Aldo Leopold papers

Container Title
Series: 9/25/10-8: Biographical Materials
Scope and Content Note: This series contains correspondence that Mr. Leopold apparently kept at his home (Box 001); clippings and other materials collected by Mrs. Leopold that concern Mr. Leopold's activities (Box 002); and letters, clippings, etc. from the period following Mr. Leopold's death (Box 003), all deposited by Mrs. Aldo Leopold [Estella Bergere Leopold]. Later additions to the collection include family correspondence (Boxes 004-010) and materials relating to the history of the Leopold, Starker, Luna, and Bergere families (Boxes 011-012), deposited by various members of the Leopold family.
box 001
Biographical Materials: Correspondence
box 001
folder 001
Professional Correspondence, 1919-1936
Note

Included here are correspondence with Forest Service and Game Protective Association (GPA) colleagues in the Southwest concerning various personal and professional matters; correspondence concerning job offers, principally from the American GPA (John B. Burnham), various educational institutions, and the US Biological Survey, of which AL was asked to be Chief succeeding J.N. Darling in 1934; and correspondence concerning the Leopold children.

150 letters

box 001
folder 002
Professional Correspondence, 1937-1948
Note

Correspondence concerns AL's appointment as Wisconsin Conservation Commissioner in 1943 and an eye operation in 1947. Also included is correspondence with Charles Elton and other professional friends.

85 letters

box 001
folder 003
Comments on AL's Writing (valuable criticism), 1940-1948
Note: 115 letters
box 001
folder 004
Baraboo Cabin
Note

Materials about the Baraboo cabin known as "The Shack" include correspondence regarding taxes, plantings, local labor, purchases of land and supplies, maps, studies, and use problems.

1935-1948

box 001
folder 005
Insurance
Note: Includes insurance records, certificates, receipts, and related correspondence.
box 001
folder 006
Real Estate Records, 2222 Van Hise Avenue
Note: Contains records for the Leopold house at 2222 Van Hise Avenue in Madison, including various tax records, receipts, assessments, and contracts.
box 001
folder 007
AL Passport
Note

Passport AL obtained in 1935 for his trip to Germany. Also included is a copy of AL's birth certificate of 11 Jan. 1887.

1935

box 002
Biographical Materials: Clippings; Notebooks; Misc.
box 002
folder 001
Scrapbook of Clippings
Note

Scrapbook kept by Mrs. Leopold, mostly made up of newspaper and magazine reports from 1923-34. A few fugitive AL publications are included, as well as items on AL's last years in the Southwest, the Matamek Conference, the Game Policy Committee, and the establishment of the University of Wisconsin Chair of Game Management.

18p, 1923-1934

box 002
folder 002
Scrapbook Folder
Note

Unmounted clippings, including many on AL's appointment to the Conservation Commission in 1943.

40 items, 1924-1948

box 002
folder 003
Memorabilia
Note

Includes licenses, diplomas, and certificates.

115 letters

box 002
folder 004
Garden Plans [New Mexico], 1919-1920
Note: Includes two drawings by AL of the planting scheme for his yard in New Mexico.
box 002
folder 005
Album of Photographs
Note

Album of photographs taken by Mr. Frank Grover, a friend of the Leopold family, during their trip together in the Rockies in 1903.

32 unlabeled photographs, 1903

box 002
folder 006
Index of Photographs
Note

This notebook lists pictures apparently taken for a forestry course. The photographs themselves are in a separate album, but the index numbers and a brief description of each are found here.

40p, 1908

box 002
folder 007
Phenology Table: Events Observed at the Leopold Shack,
Note

Bound notebook containing eight pages of typed phenology tables showing events observed at the Shack, 1935-40. Compiled by Carl Leopold.

1935-1940

box 002
folder 008
Phenology Records, 1946
Note

Bound notebook kept by AL containing phenological observations of southern Wisconsin. Tables are in pencil.

300p

box 003
Biographical Materials: Obituaries and Tributes, 1948f
box 003
folder 001
Sympathy Letters
Note

Sympathy letters received by Mrs. Leopold.

70 letters in envelopes, 1948

box 003
folder 002
Starker -- Acknowledgements, etc., 1948
Note: Starker Leopold's acknowledgments of sympathy letters and telegrams. Also included is correspondence with the Department of Wildlife Management regarding transfer of AL's library, which was willed to Starker, and correspondence regarding memorials. Starker's trip to Mexico with Robert McCabe in summer 1948 is also documented here.
box 003
folder 003
Mrs. AL Correspondence -- Memorials and Tributes
Note: 25 letters, 1948-1965
box 003
folder 004
Biography, Editorial Press Bureau
Note

Concerns a biography, published in 1950 in American Biographies , which the Leopold family felt was inadequate. Correspondence detailing Mrs. Leopold's attempt to withdraw it from publication is in the folder, along with a copy of the biography itself.

15 letters, 1950

box 003
folder 005
Leopold Obituaries
Note: Newspaper clippings, 1948
box 003
folder 006
Leopold Memorials
Note: Clippings, 1948-1959
box 003
folder 007
References to Leopold
Note: Clippings, 1948-1961
box 003
folder 008
Leopold Family
Note: Clippings, 1943-1966
box 003
folder 009
Vivian Horn Memoir
Note: Transcript of a radio documentary made in 1974. On April 20 of that year--the day before the 26th anniversary of AL's death--AL's longtime secretary Vivian Horn recorded memories of her years with AL for University of Wisconsin student Jim Voegeli. In the interview Ms. Horn, who worked for AL from 1928 to 1940, discussed AL's work with SAAMI, his offices, and his graduate students, along with his writing, archery activities, and the Leopold family. The recording itself can be found in the Leopold-Voegeli Collection at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. The file also includes correspondence with E.B. Fred, Dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Agriculture.
box 004
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1878-1914
Note: Boxes 004 through 006 contain the voluminous series of letters that AL wrote home to his family in Burlington while he was attending Lawrenceville Preparatory School and Yale University. Also included are numerous letters that AL received from family members. Letters describe school and social activities, his active outdoor life, and a vivid picture of Leopold family life during AL's formative years.
box 004
folder 001
Family Correspondence: 1878-1903
Note: 9 letters
box 004
folder 002
Family Correspondence: January-March 1904
Note: 52 letters
box 004
folder 003
Family Correspondence: April-July 1904
Note: 48 letters
box 004
folder 004
Family Correspondence: September-December 1904
Note: 35 letters
box 004
folder 005
Family Correspondence: January-March 1905
Note: 50 letters
box 004
folder 006
Family Correspondence: April-June 1905
Note

AL graduated from Lawrenceville in June 1905.

48 letters

box 004
folder 007
Lawrenceville Grade Reports -- Carl (1906-1908) and Frederic (1912-1913)
box 004
folder 008
Family Correspondence: Correspondence with Lawrenceville School
Note

Includes AL's entrance application and correspondence between school officials and Carl Leopold, Sr. These documents were photocopied from Leopold files at Lawrenceville in 1985.

12 letters, 1903-1914

box 005
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1905-1907
box 005
folder 001
Family Correspondence: September-December 1905
Note

AL began studies in the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University in September 1905.

52 letters

box 005
folder 002
Family Correspondence: January-March 1906
Note: 78 letters
box 005
folder 003
Family Correspondence: April-June 1906
Note: 48 letters
box 005
folder 004
Family Correspondence: September-December 1906
Note: 51 letters
box 005
folder 005
Family Correspondence: January-March 1907
Note: 72 letters
box 006
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1907-1909
box 006
folder 001
Family Correspondence: April-June 1907
Note: 54 letters
box 006
folder 002
Family Correspondence: July-September 1907
Note: 63 letters
box 006
folder 003
Family Correspondence: September-December 1907
Note: 55 letters
box 006
folder 004
Family Correspondence: January-June 1908
Note: 49 letters
box 006
folder 005
Family Correspondence: September-December 1908
Note

AL received his bachelor's degree from Yale in June 1908. He commenced formal studies in the Yale Forest School in September 1908 and received his master's degree in June 1909.

24 letters

box 006
folder 006
Family Correspondence: January-May 1909
Note: 39 letters
box 007
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1909-1911
Note: Included in boxes 007 through 009 is family correspondence during AL's career in the Forest Service and, later, his move to Wisconsin and shift to wildlife management. Correspondence is most voluminous in the early part of this period, from 1909 to approximately 1923; after that, the number of personal letters tapers off dramatically as AL's professional correspondence (see 9/25/10-1 and 10-2) rises.
box 007
folder 001
Family Correspondence: September-December 1909 (Apache)
Note

AL joined the US Forest Service and went to work on the Apache National Forest in July 1909.

10 letters

box 007
folder 002
Family Correspondence: January-December 1910
Note: 36 letters
box 007
folder 003
Family Correspondence: January-March 1911 (Apache)
Note: 22 letters
box 007
folder 004
Family Correspondence: March-June 1911
Note

AL joined the force of the Carson National Forest in May 1911.

26 letters

box 007
folder 005
Family Correspondence: July-September 1911
Note: 38 letters
box 007
folder 006
Family Correspondence: October-December 1911
Note: 48 letters
box 008
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1912-1917
box 008
folder 001
Family Correspondence: January-May 1912
Note: 44 letters
box 008
folder 002
Family Correspondence: June-December 1912
Note: 39 letters
box 008
folder 003
Family Correspondence: 1913-1915
Note: 54 letters
box 008
folder 004
Family Correspondence: 1916
Note: 11 letters
box 008
folder 005
Family Correspondence: 1917
Note: 36 letters
box 008
folder 006
Family Correspondence: 1912-1917 & Miscellaneous
Note: 4 items
box 009
Biographical Materials: Family Correspondence, 1918-1948
box 009
folder 001
Family Correspondence: 1918-July 1919
Note: 33 letters
box 009
folder 002
Family Correspondence: August 1919-1920
Note: 16 letters
box 009
folder 003
Family Correspondence: 1923-1930
Note: 48 letters
box 009
folder 004
Family Correspondence: 1931-1948
Note: 44 letters
box 009
folder 005
Family Correspondence: Letters from Germany
Note: 23 letters, 1935
box 009
folder 006
Family Correspondence: Carl & Frederic Leopold letters, et al.
Note: 45 letters
box 010
Biographical Materials: General Correspondence
Note: Contains letters between Luna and Carolyn Leopold, and correspondence to them from their son Bruce (c. 1950-66).
box 010
folder 001
General Correspondence: Letters, ca. 1950- ca. 1965
Note: Correspondence is from Luna Leopold to his wife Carolyn.
box 010
folder 002
General Correspondence: Cards, ca. 1950- ca. 1965
Note: From Luna Leopold to his wife Carolyn
box 010
folder 003
General Correspondence: Letters, 1962-1966
Note: From Bruce Leopold to his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Luna Leopold
box 010
folder 004
General Correspondence: Letters, 1976-1978
Note: Letters from A. Starker Leopold to Carolyn Leopold Michaels in which Mrs. Michaels' request to publish an abridgement of A Sand County Almanac is denied.
box 011
Biographical Materials: Leopold-Bergere Family History
Note: Most items were donated by Luna Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley in 1985.
box 011
folder 001
Concerning the Leopold Family Tree
Note

Various materials relating to the Bergere, Luna, and Leopold families, including articles, memoirs, letters, and biographical sketches. These were compiled by Estella E. Leopold and Luna Leopold.

1830-1920

box 011
folder 002
Los Bosques -- Sale of San Clemente Grant
Note: Contains correspondence and records relating to Luna family holdings in New Mexico.
box 011
folder 003
Family History -- Luna B. Leopold
Note: Luna Leopold's family history folder holds assorted correspondence (1963-64, 1977-78), articles, and other items relating to family history and the Shack property.
box 011
folder 004
Family History -- Lunas [Solomon Luna family]
Note: This is Nina L. Bradley's file of documents relating to Solomon Luna, the Luna mansion at Los Lunas, New Mexico, and other Luna family lore.
box 011
folder 005
Luna-Bergere Family History
Note: Contains Luna-Bergere family history, including genealogical records; land grant records; "Autobiography and Reminiscences of Alfred Maurice Bergere"; and A.M. Bergere's [?] recollection of "The Myth of La Gran Quivara."
box 011
folder 006
"Family History -- Mrs. Aldo Leopold"
Note: Notebook of handwritten reminiscences recorded by a relative of Mrs. Leopold.
box 011
folder 007
"La Reunion de La Familia de Eloisa Luna de Otero de Bergere -- Historia"
Note: Mimeographed notebook of documents, photos, genealogies, anecdotes, etc., relating to the history of the Luna-Bergere family. Compiled by Jack J. Kenney of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980.
box 012
Biographical Materials: Leopold-Bergere Family History
Note: Items in this box were gathered from various sources and deposited in the UW-Madison Archives in November 1988.
box 012
folder 001
Starker-Leopold Biographies
Note: Biographical sketches of AL's father and both grandfathers, copied from various bibliographic sources (indicated on the individual items). Also included is a review of the career of General Isham Gilbert, the original builder and owner of the Leopold home on Prospect Point in Burlington.
box 012
folder 002
Starker-Leopold Research Reports
Note: Contains reports of extensive research into the Leopold family history conducted by landscape architect Steven Brower of Burlington in his effort to list the Leopold family property in Burlington on the National Register of Historic Places. Included are copies of two of Brower's reports: "Research Report: The Starker-Leopold Family" (15 pp) and "Starker-Leopold Historic District Nomination Form" (16 pp).
box 012
folder 003
"Burlington on the Mississippi, 1833-1983"
Note: Official commemorative book prepared for Burlington's 150th anniversary; edited by Helen Turner McKim and Helen Parsons.
box 012
folder 004
Frederic Leopold Memoirs
Note: Frederic Leopold, AL's youngest brother, prepared these memoirs while in his eighties. Included are "Leopold Family Anecdotes" (1982, 87 pp); "Recollections of an Old Member" (1977, 24 pp); and "Aldo's Middle School Years--Summer Vacation" (undated, 10 pp). Also included are copies of a transcript of an interview with Mr. Leopold conducted by the Des Moines County Historical Society on 28 Apr. 1981, and of Edwin Hunger's memoir of his childhood friendship with AL (undated, 15 pp; original in Wisconsin Historical Society Aldo Leopold File).
box 012
folder 005
Arthur Starker Journal
Note

Journal kept by AL's uncle, Arthur Starker, who died in 1893. Written in German, these accounts apparently describe Starker's travels and mention Kentucky, Yellowstone, and Montana.

Bound journal, 40pp, 1872-1873

box 012
folder 006
Charles J. J. Leopold Lecture Notes
Note

Charles Leopold, AL's paternal grandfather, apparently attended the Hanover Veterinary Studio and kept this notebook of readings and lecture notes. A cursory translation reveals that the notes involve internal diseases of domestic animals.

Bound notebook, 238pp, 1826

box 013
Leopold Trust Reports
Note: Includes various financial records and reports concerning AL's will, the Leopold family trust, Mrs. Leopold's income taxes, and family real estate and stock holdings, 1958-70. These materials were donated anonymously to the Wisconsin State Historical Society and were transferred to the UW-Madison Archives in January 1980.
folio 1 (F01)
Diplomas and Certificates
folio 1 (F01)
folder 001
Yale University, Bachelor of Philosophy, 1908
folio 1 (F01)
folder 002
Yale University, Master of Forestry, 1909
folio 1 (F01)
folder 003
Marriage License 1912
folio 1 (F01)
folder 004
The Wisconsin Yearbook, 1928
Note: Note Luna Leopold's signature on this piece of memorabilia.