Louis Wolfanger Collection
UA.17.87

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Wolfanger, Louis A., 1896-1971
Title
Louis A. Wolfanger collection
ID
UA.17.87
Date
1914-1964, undated
Extent
2.5 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 Note

Louis A. Wolfanger was born January 3, 1896 in Nebraska. He studied geography and soils in college and completed his PhD in geography and geology at Colombia University. Before his position at Michigan State University, Wolfanger taught soil geography and economic geography at a number of universities, including University of Nebraska and Colombia University. At Michigan State, he served as an Associate Professor of Soil Science, specializing in land use and zoning, from 1937 until his retirement in 1966. He was also involved in the Association of American Geographers, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and the Soils Science Society of America. Wolfanger lived in East Lansing with his wife, Henrietta Rodemann, from 1937 until his death in 1971. They had two children, Karl and Curt.

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Scope and Contents note

The Louis Wolfanger collection includes soil science and geography course material. Included are course outlines and exams from soil science classes and a geography class for the Army Air Corps at MSU, blank doctorate exams for Wolfanger’s former students at MSU, and correspondence and information regarding meetings on zoning. There are also lectures on soil science from C.F. Marbut and H.H. Bennett, professors associated with the United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School. There is also a copy of Wolfanger’s book, The Major Soil Divisions of the United States. Other material includes lecture notes, exams, and newspaper and journal articles from Wolfanger’s geography courses at Colombia University and other universities. These courses include the Geography of Europe, the Geography of Latin America, and the Geography of Africa and Australia. The collection also includes glass slides of scenes of other countries possibly Algeria, Austria, Spain as well as Finland, and Norway. The slides include scenes of people working, fields, houses, agriculture, mountains, street scenes, and rivers. The slides show ways of life of the people as well as scenes of the countries. One of the scenes in Norway is of a stave church.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 2011

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

Revision Description

  July 2013

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

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.

Custodial History

Gift of Henrietta A. Wolfanger.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Geography -- Study and teaching
  • Soil science -- Study and teaching
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Army Air Corps: Notes and Assignments for Intro Course 

Box Folder

Exams Undated 

2778 1

Geography Course Instructor’s Manual Undated 

2778 2

Intro Course: Assignments and Guidelines, 1943, Undated 

2778 3
Box Folder

Book- The Major Soil Divisions of the United States 1929 

2778 4

Doctorate Exams and Correspondence re: Meetings on Zoning 

Box Folder

Correspondence 1958-1962 

2778 5

Correspondence 1963, Undated 

2778 6

Course Exams and Materials 1934-1964, Undated 

2778 7

Graduate Exams and Course Curricula 1950-1959, Undated 

2778 8

Zoning Materials 1956-1963 

2778 9

Geography of Africa and Australia Course Notes- Colombia University 

Box Folder

Abyssinia 1927-1936, Undated 

2778 10

Africa 1928-1933, Undated 

2778 11

Africa and Australia Assignments 1915-1934, Undated 

2778 12

Africa-Examinations 1928-1933, Undated 

2778 13

Africa-South 1926-1933, Undated 

2778 14

Africa Syllabus 1932-1935, Undated 

2778 15

Australia-General Introduction, 1927-1935, Undated 

2778 16

Australia- Notes, etc. for Nebraska 1916-1935, Undated 

2778 17

Barbary States 1926-1935, Undated 

2778 18

Central Lowlands-Sheep-Cattle-Wheat-Irrigation 1926-1934 

2778 19

Congo District 

2778 20

East African Highlands 1927-1935, Undated 

2778 21

Famine and Moham. Problem 1933-1934, Undated 

2778 22

Guinea Coast 1918-1935, Undated 

2778 23

Introduction and Political-Geographical Background 1926-1935, Undated 

2778 24

Italian Libya and Italian Somaliland 1920, Undated 

2778 25

New Africa Clippings 1935-1936, Undated 

2778 26

New Zealand 1933-1937, Undated 

2778 27

Nile Oasis 1926-1935, Undated 

2778 28

North Africa 1925-1932, Undated 

2778 29

North African Deserts 1924-1936, Undated 

2778 30

Population and Economic Possibilities 1928-1933, Undated 

2778 31

South Africa 1927-1937, Undated 

2778 32

South Central Highlands 1915-1935, Undated 

2778 33

South-East Coastlands and Uplands 1931-1935, Undated 

2778 34

Sudanese Grasslands and Anglo-Egyptian Grasslands 1914-1938, Undated 

2778 35

Summary and Labor 1931-1934, Undated 

2778 36

Urbanization and Manufacturing 1933-1936, Undated 

2778 37

West Australia and Mining Industry 1914-1936, undated 

2778 38

Geography of Europe Class Lecture Notes-Colombia University 

Box Folder

Austria and Czechoslovakia 1931-1934 

2778 39

Balkan States 1926-1934, Undated 

2778 40

Belgium and Netherlands 1927-1931 

2778 41

British Isles 1925-1934, Undated 

2778 42

Europe 1923-1943, Undated 

2778 43-48

Europe-Assignments 1927-1934, Undated 

2778 49

France 1926-1934, undated 

2778 50

Germany 1927-1934 

2778 51

Hungary and Romania 1927-1931, Undated 

2779 1

Iceland, Baltic States, Finland 1925-1928, Undated 

2779 2

Introduction 1927-1934, Undated 

2779 3

Italy 1932-1935 

2779 4

Poland 1927-1934, Undated 

2779 5

Russia 1927-1934, Undated 

2779 6

Scandinavia and Denmark 1927-1934, Undated 

2779 7

Spain and Portugal 1931-1932, Undated 

2779 8

Switzerland 1931-1932 

2779 9

Latin America Course at Colombia University 

Box Folder

Argentina 1921 

2779 10

Banana-Central America Undated 

2779 11

Bolivia 1927-1937, Undated 

2779 12

Brazil 1925-1937, Undated 

2779 13

Central America and the Caribbean 1927-1938 

2779 14

Central America and the Caribbean 1940, Undated 

2779 15

Chile 1927-1932, Undated 

2779 16

Colombia 1931 

2779 17

Cuba 1931, Undated 

2779 18

Ecuador 1924-1935, Undated 

2779 19

General and Introduction to Latin America 1933-1936, Undated 

2779 14

General and Introduction to Latin America 1933-1936, Undated 

2779 21

Guianas 1926 

2779 22

Haiti and San Domingo Undated 

2779 23

Latin America 1923-1940, Undated 

2779 24-29

Latin America Exams, 1928-1935, Undated 

2779 30

Lesser Islands-West Indies 1934-1936, Undated 

2779 31

Panama 1926-1937, Undated 

2779 32

Paraguay 1928-1936, Undated 

2779 33

Peru 1297-1937, Undated 

2779 34

Puerto Rico- Virgin Islands 1935, Undated 

2779 35

Venezuela 1936, Undated 

2779 36
Box Folder

Soil Material Undated 

2779 37

United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School 

C.F. Marbut Lectures on Soil Genesis and Classification 

Box Folder

 February 1928 

2779 38

 February - March 1928 

2779 39

 March 1928 

2779 40

 March 1928 

2779 41

 March - April 1928 

2779 42

 April 1928 

2779 43

 April 1928 

2779 44

H.H. Bennett Lectures on Soil Erosion and Flood Control 

Box Folder

 January - February 1928 

2779 45

Glass Negatives  Circa 1900 - 1930 

Box Folder

Rural harvest scene with cart horse and four men Undated 

4328 1

Cart horses and men on flooded field Undated 

4328 2

Families harvest a field Undated 

4328 3

Rural Spanish (?) house with oxen Undated 

4328 4

Algerian (?) roadside with packhorses Undated 

4328 5

Spanish (?) grape harvester Undated 

4328 6

Spanish (?) wine cellar Undated 

4328 7

Spanish (?) backyard, drying out vegetation Undated 

4328 8

Men and women sort harvested fruit Undated 

4328 9

Algerian (?) farmers milk sheep Unknown 

4328 10

Spanish (?) orchard scene Undated 

4328 11

Men with horses and fruit harvest Undated 

4328 12

Algerian (?) mother and children in home or stable Undated 

4328 13

Spanish (?) orchard with town in background Undated 

4328 14

Herder and sheep at rural pond Undated 

4328 15

Algerian (?) garden and house Undated 

4328 16

Algerian (?) man outside building with bike Undated 

4328 17

Spanish (?) fruit harvesters in orchard Undated 

4328 18

Rural Algerian (?) scene with camels and tents Undated 

4328 19

Men work in flooded agricultural field Undated 

4328 20

Algerian (?) valley scene Undated 

4328 21

Mining operation in the Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 22

Workers harvest Spanish (?) flooded field Undated 

4328 23

Horses and men plough Algerian (?) field Undated 

4328 24

Algerian (?) spinner and weaver work Undated 

4328 25

Men in Basque Country (?) quarry rocks Undated 

4328 26

Spanish (?) worker leads horse from flooded field Undated 

4328 27

Industrial waterfront in Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 28

Algerian (?) family works outside home Undated 

4328 29

Algerian (?) water or oil well Undated 

4328 30

River shipping and buildings in the Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 31

Spanish (?) farmers throw hay Undated 

4328 32

Possible Algerian grain mill Undated 

4328 33

Algerian valley oasis Undated 

4328 34

Spanish (?) valley mountain town Undated 

4328 35

Timgad Roman ruins in Algeria Undated 

4328 36

Person foraging an Algerian forest floor Undated 

4328 37

An Algerian (?) works at a sewing machine Undated 

4328 38

Algerian (?) mountain crop scene Undated 

4328 39

Rural Algerian (?) scene with palm trees and cacti Undated 

4328 40

Barrels in vaulted Spanish (?) tunnel Undated 

4328 41

Fruit harvesters in Algerian (?) orchard Undated 

4328 42

Camels (?) carrying sacks on dirt roadway Undated 

4328 43

Train at Algerian (?) rural stop Undated 

4328 44

People hammer rocks in Algeria (?) (cracked) Undated 

4328 45

People and cows rest on a roadside in Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 46

Two men in Spain (?) bag products Undated 

4328 47

Transport ship in Spanish (?) port Undated 

4328 48

Semi-aerial view of rural Algerian (?) town Undated 

4328 49

Adults and children throw hay in Spain (?) Undated 

4328 50

Sailboat with products on rural Spanish (?) river Undated 

4328 51

Men work on grain (?) pile in rural Spain (?) Undated 

4328 52

Men harvest in flooded Spanish (?) field Undated 

4328 53

Aerial view of large Spanish (?) building complex Undated 

4328 54

Algerian (?) alleyway and canal Undated 

4328 55

Austrian (?) archway in town Undated 

4328 56

Fantoft Stave Church in Norway Undated 

4328 57

Line of farm workers in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 58

View of Spanish (?) valley town through flora Undated 

4328 59

Bulls plow field in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 60

A large group of youths in Algeria (?) watch an older man Undated 

4328 61

A person sorts materials in an Algerian (?) courtyard Undated 

4328 62

Rural road and cabins in Finland Undated 

4328 63

Rural Spanish (?) scene with white houses Undated 

4328 64

Koli National Park in Finland Undated 

4328 65

Water wheel in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 66

Rural Finnish (?) mountain scene with goats Undated 

4328 67

Workers throw hay in Austrian (?) field Undated 

4328 68

Rural Finnish family outside home Undated 

4328 69

Logs float down Finnish (?) river Undated 

4328 70

Women in Algeria (?) sit in a covered colonnade Undated 

4328 71

Side street in an Algerian (?) city Undated 

4328 72

Dam in Imatra, Finland Undated 

4328 73

Field workers turn soil in Algeria (?) Undated 

4328 74

Mine entrance in Algeria (?) with rock transport lines Undated 

4328 75

Worker in Algeria (?) baling hay Undated 

4328 76

Mountain scene in Algeria (?) with ridgetop town Undated 

4328 77

Market on Algerian (?) side street Undated 

4328 78

Rural field in Algeria (?) Undated 

4328 79

Large group of people in Algeria (?), possibly a market or train station Undated 

4328 80

Walled city in Algeria (?) Undated 

4328 81

Sketched image of woods and countryside, with animals that say, "Back...to...the...farm" Undated 

4328 82

Aerial view of Spanish (?) river and agriculture Undated 

4328 83

Aerial view of agriculture in the Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 84

Suspension bridge under construction in Basque Country Undated 

4328 85

Cattle field and trough in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 86

A man operates a press in Austria Undated 

4328 87

Possible Austrian (?) bee hive building Undated 

4328 88

Horses near hay bales in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 89

Scene of windmill with geese and town in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 90

Austrian (?) pig farm with three men, one with horn Undated 

4328 91

Austrian (?) pigeage and wine making scene Undated 

4328 92

Harvesters pose for picture in grove Undated 

4328 93

Harvesting scene with field workers and mountains Undated 

4328 94

Urban dock scene with workers and fish Undated 

4328 95

Rural house scene in Basque Country (?) Undated 

4328 96

Fishermen in Finnish (?) bay Undated 

4328 97

Workers bale hay in Spain (?) Undated 

4328 98

Workers in Spain (?) load hay onto ships Undated 

4328 99

Spanish (?) buildings with piled vegetation Undated 

4328 100

Adult and children outside tent in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 101

A man at a work bench in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 102

A woman in Austria (?) spins thread at a wheel Undated 

4328 103

People stand around two large thatched buildings in Austria (?) Undated 

4328 104

Workers collect vegetation at an Austrian (?) field Undated 

4328 105

Aerial views of MSU and miscellaneous rural scenes negatives Undated 

4328 106
Box item

Antique glass plate box, "Hammer Lantern Plates" Undated 

4328 1