Guide to the Lowry Nelson writings and papers,
1948-1974

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Nelson, Lowry, 1893-
Title: Lowry Nelson writings and papers
Dates: 1948-19747 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4 boxes (1.75 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 17
Summary: 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.
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: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Lowry Nelson writings and papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Lowry Nelson writings and papers, 1948-1974 (COLL MSS 17). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged by type of material.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Lowry Nelson, 1974.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Book 1:  Rural Sociology, copyright 1955, second edition
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Book 2:  American Farm Life, copyright , 1954
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1:  Collected Papers (bound) , 1948 - 1957
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2:  "The Education of Commercial Fishermen in Manitoba", by Lowry Nelson and S. E. Sigurdson
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3:  "Some Social Aspects of Agrarian Reform in Mexico, Bolivia, and Venezuela", by Lowry Nelson. , 1964
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4:  "Area Development in the Interlake, Problems and Proposals", by Lowry Nelson
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5:  "Rural Sociology: Some Inter-American Aspects", by Lowry Nelson, July 1967
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6:  "The Rise of Rural Sociology: The Pre-Purnell Period", by Lowry Nelson, December 1965
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7:  "On George Edgar Vincent: Rural Social Scientist", by Lowry Nelson, December 1966
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8:  "Social Change in Goodhue County, 1940 - 1965", by Lowry Nelson and George Donohue, 1966
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 1) - The Social Climate in America, 1870 - 1908.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 2) - The Country Life Association.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 3) - The Herald-Evangelists of Rural Life.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 4) - Early Development of the Social Sciences.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 5) - Influence of Agricultural Economics and General Sociology.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 6) - Charles Josiah Galpin (1864-1947).
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 7) - Sending Down the Roots.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 8) - The Growth and the Spread.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 9) - Church-Sponsored Rural Studies.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 10) - How They Became Rural Sociologists: Some Memoirs.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 11) - Post-Galpin Federal Support for Sociology.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 12) - Scope and Content of Rural Sociology.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 13) - The Profession.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 14) - Rural Sociologists Abroad.
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The Birth and Growth of a Science (Chapter 15) - Progress - Problems - Perspectives.
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Envelope #1:  Printer's proof - Cuba: The Means of a Revolution, p(1 page)-206.
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Envelope #2:  Brigham Young University Studies and Some Other Rural Studies
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BYU Studies
1) : Some Social and Economic Features of American Fork, Utah
2) : The Mormon Village: A Study in Social Origins
3) : The Utah Farm Village of Ephraim
4) : A Social Survey of Escalante, Utah
Other Studies
1) : The Mormon Settlements in Alberta
2) : The Green River Drought Relief Project of 1939
3) : Intermarriage Among Nationality Groups in a Rural Area of Minnesota
4) : How Satisfying is Rural Life?
5) : Distribution Age and Mobility of Minnesota Physicians, 1912 - 1936

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Reprints - Lowry Nelson publication reprints, mostly from Rural Sociology
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Community Theory and Development Seminars - Seminar Outlines, Reports, and Notes
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Seminar Material: Comparative Rural Societies in Europe - (Part 1) Outline and reports of Seminar given by Lowry Nelson at the University of Minnesota
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Seminar Material: Comparative Rural Societies of Europe (part 2)
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Chile Notes: Notes are miscellaneous material or collected by Lowry Nelson when he was Consultant to Aid, 1960 (April - June)
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Course on Latin America, Notes - (Part 1) Lowry Nelson notes and bibliography for course on land, people, and institutions of Latin America including maps and reprints on the subject
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Course on Latin America, Notes (Part 2)
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Incoming Correspondence from Delta Nu Fraternity brothers
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1 : Note by Lowry Nelson giving background of correspondents 1974
2 : Letter from Langton Barber (Bud) (1 page) September 18, 1918
3 : Letter (consisting of three postal cards mailed in one envelope) from Verne Oberhansley October 5, 1918
4 : Letter from Clyde Stratford (1 page) October 5, 1918
5 : Post card from Langton Barber December 23, 1918
6 : Letter from Bernard (Trolley) Nichols (2 page) February 11, 1919
7 : Letter from Bernard (Trolley) Nichols (2 page) June 4, 1919

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Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence with officials of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the Negro Issue
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8 : Incoming letter from Heber Meeks (1 page) [click to view] June 20, 1947
9 : Outgoing letter to Heber Meeks (1 page) June 26, 1947
10 : Outgoing letter to Pres. George Albert Smith (1 page) June 26, 1947
11 : Copies of four letters on one page
a.) : Incoming letter form Joseph Anderson July 1, 1947
b.) : Incoming letter from Joseph Anderson July 17, 1947
c.) : Incoming letter from George Albert Smith, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., and David O. McKay July 17, 1947
d.) : Incoming letter from George Albert Smith November 12, 1947
12 : Copy of Outgoing letter to the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (2 page) October 8, 1947
13 : Incoming letter from Joseph Anderson May 23, 1952

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Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence with USU individuals - mostly in connection with L. Nelson Collection
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14 : Outgoing letter to Pres. Dean Taggart (1 page) September 24, 1968
15 : Outgoing letter to "the librarian. USU" (1 page) November 7, 1969
16 : Incoming letter from Pres. Glen L. Taggart (1 page) May 1, 1974
17 : Incoming letter from Pres. Glen L. Taggart (1 page) May 3, 1974
18 : Outgoing letter to Sorenson (1 page) May 13, 1974
19 : Outgoing letter to Pres. Glen L. Taggart (1 page) May 13, 1974
20 : Outgoing letter to Jeff Simmonds (1 page) May 20, 1974

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Miscellaneous Writings
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1 : Explanatory Note - 1974, Report of the First Annual Encampment of Troop 6, Logan, Utah August 1917
2 : Explanatory Note, talk for church meeting "If This Council" presented Nov. 1917
3 : Notes on parts of Utah during WWI July 15, 1918-June 20, [1919]
4 : Poetry written by Lowry Nelson, included in Poems of the West published 1925
5 : Copy of commencement address at the University of Utah, August 30, 1950, as printed in the Western Humanities Reviews
6 : Explanatory Note - May 1974, copy of article "The Mormons and the Negro" as submitted to The Nation in which it was published May 24, 1952

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1: Note from Pres. Peterson
2: Invitation to party given in honor of L. Nelson
3: Article from "Utah Extension News " - March 1921 "New Grape Juice in an Old bottle"
4: Notice of Appointment - April 27, 1937
5: Notice of Termination - March 8, 1920
6: Picture of USU Agronomy Field Day - July 31, 1937

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Articles and books that include references to Lowry Nelson - located in box IV after folders:
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Shapes for the Deep Unrest
Three Essays: The Radiant Apex, Wright and his Helix, Mold of Fire by Carlton Culmsee November 1970
Culture Change in Brazil: An Analytical Model by H. W. Hutchinson Reprint from Journal of Inter-American Studies Vol. VI, No. 3 July 1964
Value Orientations and Northeast Brazilian Agro-Industrial Modernization by H. W. Hutchinson -Reprint from Inter-American Economic Affairs Vol. 21, No. 4
Federal Government Efforts to "Americanize" Utah Before Admission to Statehood By Gustive O. Larson -Reprint from BYU Studies Winter 1970
Integrity in Politics - Common Cause Report From Washington, Extra Edition: December 1973 - January 1974 Vol. 4, Number 2
Cuban Studies Newsletter Vol. 4, December 1973, Center for Latin American Studies University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
The Poets of the Future: A College Anthology for 1915-16, Edited by Henry T. Schnittkind, Ph.D., The Stratford Co., Publishers: Boston 1916
The Poets of the Future: A College Anthology for 1916-17, Edited by Henry T. Schnittkind, Ph.D., The Stratford Co., Publishers: Boston 1917

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Nelson, Lowry, 1893-
    • Nelson, Lowry, 1893- Birth and growth of a science.  ( contributor)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Race relations--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
    • Race relations--Religious aspects--Mormon Church.
    • Sociologists--Correspondence.
    • Sociology, Rural.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Latin America--Social conditions.

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