Guide to the Lincoln Ellison Papers,
1923-1958

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ellison, Lincoln, d1908-
Title: Lincoln Ellison Papers
Dates: 1923-1958 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 317
Summary: Journals and field notes, professional writings, prose and verse, correspondence, and information about Lincoln's family, career, and death.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Alfred Lincoln Ellison was born to Alrena and A.O. Ellison on August 2, 1908, in Portland, Oregon. The family soon moved to California, living in San Francisco, Burlingame, and Los Angeles before finally settling in the farming community of Arcadia. In 1923, A.O. walked out on his wife and children, eventually prompting Ellison to legally drop the "Alfred" from his name. He then assumed much of the household responsibility, providing income, tending to the two-acre farm, and caring for his two younger siblings. Ellison graduated from Monrovia High School in 1926 and enrolled in UCLA. Over the next five years, he worked to earn his BA in botany and spent summers working for the Forest Service. After graduation Ellison continued his work with the Forest Service, taking assignments in remote areas for long periods of time. In 1933 he married Laurel Elver, a young woman he met at UCLA. The couple moved to Miles City, Montana, in 1934 and later to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Lincoln earned his master of science degree in 1938. Later that year they moved Ephraim, Utah, where Lincoln served as the Director of the Great Basin Experiment Station. While employed at the station, Ellison spent two years in Minneapolis completing coursework for his PhD at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 1948. He transferred to Ogden in 1945, assuming the position of director for the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. Ellison's employment in Ogden included two research trips to Australia in 1951 and New Zealand in 1957. An enthusiastic researcher, writer, and outdoorsman, Ellsion died in an avalanche on March 9, 1958, while skiing on Mt. Ogden.

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Lincoln Ellison and spans the period of 1923-1958. It is organized in various broad categories, using folder headings mostly created by Liane. The collection includes journals and field notes, professional writings, prose and verse, correspondence, and information about Lincoln's family, career, and death.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Lincoln Ellison Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Lincoln Ellison Papers USU_COLL MSS 317, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 317, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged chronologically.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2007

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections in 2007 by the Lincoln's daughter, Liane Ellison Norman.

Bibliography :  Source:
  • Lincoln Ellison: Director,Great Basin Branch Experiment Station1938-1945 by Liane Ellison Norman

Detailed Description of the Collection

Journal and Field Notes, 1923-1957
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Journal and Field Notes 1923-1924
1 2 Journal and Field Notes
Arcadia, California, and Los Angeles County, California
1924-1925
1 3 Journal and Field Notes 1925
1 4 Journal and Field Notes 1925 February
1 5 Journal and Field Notes 1925 April
1 6 Journal and Field Notes 1925 Summer
1 7 Journal and Field Notes 1924-1926
1 8 Journal and Field Notes 1926
1 9 Journal and Field Notes 1927
1 10 Journal and Field Notes 1928
1 11 Journal and Field Notes 1930-1931
1 12 Journal and Field Notes
Sierras
1931
1 13 Journal and Field Notes
Bogalusa
1932
1 14 Journal and Field Notes
Missoula
1932
2 1 Journal and Field Notes 1930-1932
2 2 Journal and Field Notes 1933
2 3 Journal and Field Notes 1934
2 4 Journal and Field Notes 1935
2 5 Journal and Field Notes 1936
2 6 Journal and Field Notes 1937
2 7 Journal and Field Notes 1938
2 8 Journal and Field Notes 1939
2 9 Journal and Field Notes 1940
2 10 Journal and Field Notes 1941
2 11 Journal and Field Notes 1941-1942
2 12 Journal and Field Notes 1942
2 13 Journal and Field Notes 1943
2 14 Journal and Field Notes 1946
2 15 Journal and Field Notes 1948 July and August
3 1 Journal and Field Notes 1947-1950
3 2 Journal and Field Notes 1950-1954
3 3 Journal and Field Notes
Australia
1951-1952
3 4 Journal and Field Notes 1954-1956
3 5 Journal and Field Notes
New Zealand
1956
3 6 Journal and Field Notes 1957

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Professional Writings
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Ellison Bibliography Undated
4 2 Book Review: Of Men and Mountains Undated
4 3 "Applications of Ecology in Forest Management" Undated
4 4 "Comparison of Methods of Quadratting Short-Grass Vegitation" Undated
4 5 "Effects of Drought on Vegetation Near Miles City, Montana" Undated
4 6 "Establishment of Vegetation on Depleted Subalpine Range as Influenced by Microenvironment" Undated
4 7 "Grazing Standards in Range Management" Undated
4 8 "How Wasteful is ‘Waste Range?’" Undated
4 9 "Indicators of Condition and Trend on High-Range Watersheds of the Intermountain Region" Undated
4 10 "Influence of Grazing on Plant Succession of Rangelands" Undated
4 11 "Influence of Pocket Gophers on Vegetation of Subalpine Grassland in Central Utah" Undated
4 12 "A Natural Seedling of Western Aspen" Undated
4 13 "Note on Food Habits of Juncos" Undated
4 14 "Observations on Ecological Research Relating to Soil Erosion of Pasturelands in Eastern New South Wales" Undated
4 15 "Our Weight in the Balance of Nature" Undated
4 16 "Overlays as a Visual Aid in Analysis of Permanent Quadrant Records" Undated
4 17 "A Panel Discussion of Place and Functions of the Division of Range Management in the Society of American Foresters" Undated
4 18 "The Place of Indicators in Judging Condition and Trend of High Mountain Rangeland" Undated
4 19 "The Pocket Gopher in Relation to Soil Erosion on Mountain Range" Undated
4 20 "Principles and Indicators for Judging Condition and Trend of High-Range Watersheds" Undated
4 21 "Subalpine Vegetation of the Wasatch Plateau, Utah" Undated
4 22 "Trends of Forest Recreation in the United States" Undated
4 23 Excerpt from a rough draft of Ellison's paper Undated
4 24 History of Wasatch Plateau Undated
4 25 Range Research Seminar 1939
4 26 Obligations Report 1942
4 27 Annual Reports of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station 1939-1948
5 1 Annual Reports of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station 1949-1959

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Prose and Verse
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 1 Prose and Verse 1924
6 2 Prose 1930
6 3 Prose 1931
6 4 Verse 1931
6 5 Prose 1932
6 6 Verse 1932
6 7 Prose 1934
6 8 Lincoln's Early Excursions into Creative Writing Undated
6 9 Miscellaneous Verse Undated
6 10 Miscellaneous and Undated
7 1 "Collection of Useless Information" 1924
7 2 "Employment for the Dead" Undated
7 3 "Giggin’ Frawgs" Undated
7 4 "Handbook of Information – Useless and Otherwise" Undated
7 5 "Mormon Cricket" 1940-1945
7 6 "Mormon Cricket" 1946-1957, 1960
7 7 "Pacific Shore" Undated
7 8 "Rambling Rhymes" Undated
7 9 "A Sporting Proposition" Undated
7 10 "The Triumph of Peter Wall" Undated
7 11 "Unknown Visitor" Undated
7 12 "Valley of the Shadow (The Blockhouse)" Undated
7 13 "What Can One Believe?" Undated

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Correspondence
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 Correspondence
at UCLA
1930
8 2 Correspondence 1931
8 3 Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1932
8 4 Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1933
8 5 Correspondence 1934
8 6 Correspondence 1935
8 7 Correspondence 1936
8 8 Correspondence 1937
8 9 Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1938 May 31 (?)
8 10 Correspondence 1939
8 11 Correspondence 1940
8 12 Correspondence 1941
8 13 Correspondence 1942
8 14 Correspondence
to Wellner
1943
8 15 Correspondence 1943
8 16 Correspondence
Wellner
1944
8 17 Correspondence 1944
8 18 Correspondence
to Liane
1945
8 19 Correspondence
Wellner
1945
8 20 Correspondence 1945
8 21 Correspondence 1946
8 22 Correspondence
Lincoln to Laurel
1948
9 1 Correspondence 1949
9 2 Correspondence 1953-1954
9 3 Correspondence 1955
9 4 Correspondence 1956
9 5 Correspondence 1957-1958
9 6 Correspondence
Letters of Condolence
1958
9 7 Correspondence Undated
9 8 Correspondence
Harvey Anderson Letters
Undated
9 9 Correspondence
Letters to Joseph and Nesta Evans
Undated
9 10 Correspondence
Letters from Laurel (Ellison) and Monroe Everett
Undated
9 11 Correspondence
Bob Marshall Letters
Undated
9 12 Correspondence
Letters to Chuck Wellner
Undated
9 13 Correspondence
Letters concerning Ellison's publications
Undated
9 14 Correspondence
Correspondence concerning the use of terms "condition" and "trend"
Undated
9 15 Correspondence
Attempts to establish natural areas
Undated
9 16 Correspondence
Misc. Office Correspondence
Undated

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Information about Family, Career, and Death
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
10 1 Academic Records Undated
10 2 Employment Information Undated
10 3 Honors, Awards, and Posthumous Tributes Undated
10 4 Lincoln's will, death certificate, and various claims for insurance and benefits Undated
10 5 Death in Avalanche – Newspaper Clippings Undated
10 6 Family Tree Information Undated
10 7 Lincoln Ellison: Director, Great Basin Experiment Station, 1938-1945 by Liane Ellison Norman Undated
10 8 Essays about Laurel and Lincoln Ellison by Liane Ellison Undated
10 9 Misc. Cards, etc. Undated
10 10 Family Photos Undated
10 11 Miscellaneous Undated

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Ellison, Lincoln, d1908---Correspondence.
    • Marshall, Robert, d1901-1939--Correspondence.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Great Basin Experimental Range (Utah).
    • Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station (Ogden, Utah)
    • United States. Forest Service.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Forest management
    • Range management

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