This collection consists of the writings and personal papers of Lowry Nelson. Writings include articles, study reprints, seminar materials, notes for his class on Latin America, and books, including Rural sociology (1955) and American farm life (1954), and a draft carbon copy of his book, the Birth and growth of a science. Personal papers consist mostly of correspondence.
Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Manuscript Collection
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Collection materials are in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Lowry Nelson was born in Ferron, Utah in April of 1893. He attended college in Utah and later earned a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. During his lifetime he became a world known sociologist.
Nelson earned a B.S. degree at Utah State University in 1916. He spent the next two decades working mainly in Utah. He served as the County Agricultural agent in Sanpete County, Utah in 1919, he became the field agriculturist for the People's Sugar Company in 1920 and edited the Utah Farmer from 1920-1922. He was associated with Brigham Young University from 1921-1935. During the Depression he worked for the Utah Relief Administration in 1934, he was regional advisor to the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, and in 1935 became director of the Resettlement Administration. He was then director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station at Logan. In 1937 he received a position at the University of Minnesota in the Sociology Department.
During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Nelson began to develop an international reputation as a rural sociologist. In 1944 he did a study for the State Department on rural life in the Caribbean. In 1945 he received a Fullbright to study rural life in Italy. Dr. Nelson continued his international work taking an interest in different aspects of Canadian rural life.
Dr. Nelson's works include several monographs and a multitude of articles and papers ranging from rural life in Latin America, the United States and Canada as well as studies on various Mormon Villages in Utah. Dr. Nelson died in Provo, Utah in 1986.
This collection consists of the writings and correspondence of Lowry Nelson. The first box contains various articles by Nelson. The second box holds the carbon copy of his book, The Birth and Growth of a Science, and some smaller studies. box three consists of reprints and seminar materials, and also contains notes for his class on Latin America. The fourth box holds Nelson's personal papers consisting mostly of correspondence. There are also some reprinted articles and two books in this box as well. This last box contains materials added to the collection after the first three boxes were already processed.
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