Leroy Barnett Papers
UA.10.3.273

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Barnett, LeRoy
Title
LeRoy Barnett papers
ID
UA.10.3.273
Date [inclusive]
1970-2005
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical/Historical

LeRoy Barnett was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 19, 1941. He received his B.S. in 1968 in Geography and Forestry and M.A. in 1972 in Geography and Geology, both from Michigan State University. He received his M.L.S. in 1983 from Western Michigan University in Library Science and his Ph.D. again from Michigan State University in 1979 in Historical Geography. He worked as a Reference Archivist for the Michigan History Bureau for 23 years. He wrote many books on various topics about Michigan, along with his papers on buffalo and mammoth bones. Also, Barnett was a contributing editor to “Michigan History Magazine” and the Historical Society of Michigan “Chronicle” and was on the Board of Editors for the “Michigan Historical Review.”

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Scope and Contents note

This collection is made up of three different sections with materials relating to the Michigan State University Department of Geography and Barnett's research relating to the buffalo bone and mammoth ivory trade. The MSU Department of Geography series includes photocopies of materials on faculty, department history, newsletters, and Lawrence Sommers.

The buffalo bones trade series consists of Barnett's 1979 dissertation "An Historical Geography of the Nineteenth Century Buffalo Bone Commerce on the Northern Great Plains" and research materials on the buffalo bone commerce on the plains including correspondence, subject files, maps and graph charts, photocopied articles, and maps. Also included are the books "Authentic Story of the Buffalo" by M. I. McCreight; "The Mammoth and the Flood" by Henry Howorth; and "The Mammoth and Mammoth Hunting in North East Siberia" by Bassett Digby.

The mammoth ivory trade series consist of copies of journal articles and excerpts from books relating to Barnett's research on the mammoth ivory trade. Also included are correspondence, interlibrary loan cards relating to his research, and bibliography cards related to articles and publications. The final product of his research was not included with the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 4, 2015

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Geography.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Plains

Personal Name(s)

  • Barnett, LeRoy
  • Sommers, Lawrence M.
  • Vinge, Clarence L.

Subject(s)

  • American bison
  • Bones
  • Mammoths
  • Trade routes

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

"A Historical Review - The Graduate Program of the Department of Geography" by Ian Matley April 1991 

5412 1

Atlas of Michigan Project 1977-1978, 1998-1999 

5412 2

"Cartography at Michigan State University" by Richard E. Groop July 1991 

5412 3

Clarence L. Vinge obituaries circa 1991 

5412 4

Correspondence about Geography Department 50th Anniversary 2005 

5412 5

Curriculum History of Geography Department undated 

5412 6

"Geography at MSU - The Earlier Year" by Clarence L. Vinge undated 

5412 7

Geography Department History March 1993 

5412 8

Geography at MSU History and outline 2002, undated 

5412 9

Geography Department Newsletter 1986-1987, 1989 

5412 10

Geography Department Report of the External Review Committee June 2003 

5412 11

Geography Department Review 2003 

5412 12

Geography Department Strategic Planning and Self-Study Documents Fall 2002 

5412 13

Gull Lake Meeting 1956 

5412 14

Harm J. de Blij CV 2003, 2005 

5412 15

Jacobson Memorial Endowed Fund Draft 1994 

5412 16

Lawrence Sommers CV Circa 2004 

5412 17

Lawrence Sommers obituaries circa 2007 

5412 18

Lawrence Sommers oral history interview transcript 2000 

5412 19

Lawrence Sommers retirement letters and photos 1990 

5412 20

Lists of graduate students degrees undated 

5412 21

MSU 2000 Faculty campaign letters and facts 1990-1991 

5412 22

Photographs. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Circa 1961 

5412 23

Photographs. Gull Lake 1955 

5412 24

Photographs. Ian Mately, Larry Sommers, Deiter Bemhweiler, and unknown undated 

5412 25

Powerpoint slides for donors opportunities undated 

5412 26

Script and interview notes for geographers on film circa 2001 

5412 27

Soil Classification of Southern Michigan May 15, 1955 

5412 28

"Some characteristics, Problems and Trends in the Evoluation of Geography Graduate Study in the United States: The Example of Michigan State University" by Lawrence Sommers undated 

5412 29

Spatial Analysis of Land Use Project 1979 

5412 30

Thesis. "The Northern Sea Route: Perspective and Prospect and the Pollution of Lake Baikal" by LeRoy Barnett 1972 

5412 35

Buffalo Bones Materials 

Box Folder

Article publications written by Barnett 1972, 1975 

5411 1

Book. "Authentic Story of the Buffalo" by M.I. McCreight 1950 

5412 31

Buffalo bones notes undated 

5411 2

Correspondence. Buffalo bones 1974, 1986, undated 

5411 3

Correspondence and historiess of companies that were involved with buffalo bones from 1881-1972 undated 

5411 4

Dissertation research materials involving buffalo bones from 1872-1972 undated 

5411 5

Dissertation research materials involving buffalo bones from 1842-1984 undated 

5411 6

Dissertation. "An Historical Geography of the Nineteenth Century Buffalo Bone Commerce on the Northern Great Plains" by LeRoy Barnett 1979 

5412 34

Maps. The Plains States undated 

5411 7

Pen from the Utah Buffalo Bones Association undated 

5412 36

Personalities involving buffalo bones from 1861-1964 undated 

5411 8

Synopsis of buffalo bones newspaper articles and histories 

Box Folder

Kansas, 1873-1970 undated 

5411 9

Montana, 1875-1970 undated 

5411 10

Nebraska, 1877-1907 undated 

5411 11

North Dakota 

Box Folder

Ashley, 1888-1938 undated 

5411 12

Bismarck, 1884-1885 undated 

5411 13

Bottineau, 1884-1959 undated 

5411 14

Burleigh County, 1885-1886 undated 

5411 15

Carrington/Sykeston, 1886-1940 undated 

5411 16

Church's Ferry, 1887-1888 undated 

5411 17

Cooperstown, 1884-1937 undated 

5411 18

Devil's Lake/Bartlett, 1884-1929 undated 

5411 19

Dickinson, 1884-1886 undated 

5411 20

Hebron, 1885-1935 undated 

5411 21

Jamestown, 1883-1933 undated 

5411 22

Maple Creek, 1880-1893 undated 

5411 23

Mercer and Morton Counties, 1882-1970 undated 

5411 24

Minot, 1887-1962 undated 

5411 25

Minneauwauken, 1884-1951 undated 

5411 26

Napoleon, 1885-1934 undated 

5411 27

New Rockford, 1883-1887 undated 

5411 28

Regina, 1884-1966 undated 

5411 29

Rugby, 1886-1943 undated 

5411 30

Washburn, 1884-1890 undated 

5411 31

Location not specified, 1884-1970 undated 

5411 32
Box Folder

South Dakota, 1884-1973 undated 

5411 33

Texas, 1877-1960 undated 

5411 34

Canada 

Box Folder

Calgary, 1892-1962 undated 

5411 35

Lethbridge, 1886-1966 undated 

5411 36

Moose Jaw, 1884-1953 undated 

5411 37

Qu'Appelle, 1889-1950 undated 

5411 38

Saskatoon, 1879-1970 undated 

5411 39

Swift Current, 1887-1975 undated 

5411 40

Winnepeg, 1886-1893 undated 

5411 41

Location not specified, 1869-1970 undated 

5411 42

Photographs 

Box Folder

Buffalo bones advertisments and receipts, 1874-1894 undated 

5411 43

Drawings of Buffalo Bones, 1887-1888 undated 

5411 44

People excavating buffalo bones 1943 

5411 45

Piles of buffalo bones, 1880-1896 undated 

5411 46

Transporting buffalo bones, 1885-1886, 1892 undated 

5411 47
Box Folder

Dictonary of Paper Money with Historical Specimens Illustrated 1965 

5411 48

Mammoth Ivory Materials 

Box Folder

National Geographic Articles about Mammoth Ivory 2005 and undated 

5411 49

Academy of Sciences of the USSR proceedings about Mammoths in the USSR, vol. 72-73 (In Russian) 1977 

5411 50

Articles about mammoth ivory, 1868-1974 undated 

5411 51

Articles about mammoth ivory, 1882-1970 undated 

5411 52

Articles about mammoth ivory in Russian and German, 1833-1953 undated 

5411 53

Request cards for Interlibrary loan or photocopy undated 

5411 54

Correspondence about mammoths 1974-1975 

5411 55

Mammoth Ivory bibliography cards undated 

5411 56

Mammoth notes undated 

5411 57

Book. "The Mammoth and Mammoth-Hunting in North-East Siberia" by Bassett Digby 1926 

5412 33

Book. "The Mammoth and the Flood" by Henry Howorth 1887 

5412 33

Maps and Graph Charts 

Oversize Drawer

Percent of total county area as swamp land in Michigan undated 

Drawer 9

Importance of the Buffalo-Bone Trade to the Canadian Prairie Provinces undated 

Drawer 9

The Bison Range of North American undated 

Drawer 9

Bone Experts to the United States from Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan undated 

Drawer 9

Bones Shipped by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad undated 

Drawer 9

Bone-Buying Territories Granted by the Northwestern Bone Syndicate undated 

Drawer 9

Diffusion of the Buffalo-Bone Trade Across the Northern Great Plains undated 

Drawer 9

Trade Routes and Markets for the Buffalo-Bone Commerce of the Northern Great Plains undated 

Drawer 9

Evidence of the Buffalo-Bone Trade in the Place Names of the Northern Great Plains undated 

Drawer 9

Buffalo-Bone Trade Region of the Northern Great Plains undated 

Drawer 9

Initial Price per Ton Paid for Buffalo Bones on the Northern Great Plains 1883-1893 

Drawer 9