Guide to the Glenn O. Blough Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Blough, Glenn O.
Title: Glenn O. Blough papers
Dates: 1953-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 736
Summary: Glenn O. Blough (1904-1995) was an author of children's books and textbooks. The collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, reviews, galleys and a few illustrations relating to Blough's interest in illuminating the world of science for young readers.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Glenn Orlando Blough was born on September 5, 1904, in Edmore, Michigan, the son of Levi and Catherine (Thomas) Blough. He spent the first year of his collegiate education at Central Michigan University, from 1925-1926, before transferring to the University of Michigan and receiving his A.B. degree in 1929. He also received an M.A. degree in 1932 from the University of Michigan, and later went on for additional education at the University of Chicago and Columbia University.

From 1925-1927, and again from 1929-1931, Blough worked as a teacher in secondary schools in Michigan. In 1932 he joined the faculty of Eastern Michigan University at Ypsilanti as an instructor of education, a position he retained until 1936. For the 1937-1938 school year he went to Colorado State College in Greeley as an assistant professor of science education. From 1939-1942, Blough worked at the University of Chicago as an instructor of science education.

With the advent of World War II, Blough served in the U. S. Navy from 1942-1946, reaching the position of lieutenant commander. After ending his term of service, he took a post as a specialist for elementary science at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in Washington D.C. in the Office of Education, where he remained until 1954. In 1956, he began teaching at the University of Maryland as a professor of education.

Blough authored over 43 books and numerous articles from the period 1937-1973. Most of the books focused on information about plants, animals, the environment, and natural principles such as the workings of sunshine, water, and air. He also wrote several science textbooks for young students. His books won critical acclaim from reviewers for his succinct style and pleasant manner of presenting little-known facts. Several of these titles include Lookout for the Forest: A Conservation Story (1955); After the Sun Goes Down: The Story of Animals at Night (1956); The Young People's Book of Science (1958); and Who Lives in This Meadow? (1961).

Blough was a member of the National Education Association; the National Science Teachers Association, in which he served as president from 1957-1958; the National Council for Elementary Science International, serving as president in 1947; Phi Delta Kappa; and Phi Sigma.

Glenn O. Blough died on August 31, 1995 in Washington, D.C.

(Source: Gale Literary Databases. "Glenn Orlando Blough." Contemporary Authors. 16 Nov. 2001. 28 July 2005.)

Content Description

The Glenn O. Blough Papers consist of manuscripts, research notes, reviews, galleys, correspondence, and one dummy with illustrations for ten books, and a reprint of the April 1973 edition of Science and Children.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Manuscripts Librarian of the Division of Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[identification of item], Glenn O. Blough Papers, Ax 736, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Glenn O. Blough in 1973

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Discovering Cycles. Correspondence and
1 2 Discovering Cycles. First drafts
1 3 Discovering Cycles. First revised drafts
1 4 Discovering Cycles. Reviews and miscellaneous papers
1 5 Discovering Cycles. Bound volume
1 6 When You Go to the Zoo. Cover illustration and photographs
2 1 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. Research and correspondence
2 2 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. Manuscripts
2 3 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. First draft
2 4 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. First draft revised
2 5 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. First revision
2 6 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. Final draft
2 7 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. Final draft. Printer's copy
2 8 Bird Watchers and Bird Feeders. Galleys and reviews
2 9 Discovering Plants. Galleys
2 10 Discovering Plants. Dummy
2 11 Discovering Plants. Printer's copy
2 12 Lookout for the Forest: A Conservation Story. First draft
2 13 Lookout for the Forest: A Conservation Story. Final draft, carbon
2 14 Lookout for the Forest: A Conservation Story. Correspondence and reviews
2 15 Lookout for the Forest: A Conservation Story. Galleys
2 16 Not Only for Ducks. correspondence
2 17 Not Only for Ducks. First draft
2 18 Not Only for Ducks. First revision
2 19 Not Only for Ducks. Second revision
2 20 Not Only for Ducks. Galley; unbound copy of book
2 21 Soon After September. Final draft. Printer's copy
2 22 Soon After September. Galley and reviews
2 23 When You Go to the Zoo. Final draft
2 24 When You Go to the Zoo. Galley
2 25 Who Lives at the Seashore? Manuscript
2 26 Who Lives at the Seashore? First revision, carbon
2 27 Who Lives at the Seashore? Second revision
2 28 Who Lives at the Seashore? Final draft and dust jacket copy
2 29 Who Lives at the Seashore? Galley, reviews, and correspondence
2 30 Who Lives in the Meadow? Galley, correspondence, and reviews
2 31 Who Lives in the Meadow? First revision
2 32 Who Lives in the Meadow? Second revision
2 33 Who Lives in the Meadow? Second revision revised
2 34 Who Lives in the Meadow? Another version
2 35 Who Lives in this House? First revision
2 36 Who Lives in this House? Final draft. Printer's copy
2 37 Who Lives in this House? Galley, reviews, and correspondence


  • Personal Names :
  • Blough, Glenn Orlando
  • Blough, Glenn Orlando--Correspondence
  • Subject Terms :
  • Animals--Juvenile literature
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Children's literature, American--Authorship
  • Nature--Juvenile literature
  • Science--Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Zoology--Juvenile literature
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Book illustrations
    • Manuscripts for publication

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