Aldo Leopold papers

Container Title
Series: 9/25/10-12: Student Course Materials
Scope and Content Note

Materials in this series pertain to courses Aldo Leopold took as a student. He began his schooling in Burlington, Iowa, then attended the Lawrenceville Preparatory School in New Jersey, beginning in January 1904. From 1905-1908 he studied at Sheffield Scientific School at Yale, earning a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1908. While still an undergraduate, he began taking courses at the Yale Forest School, from which he earned a Master of Forestry degree in 1909.

The UW-Madison Archives collection includes class notes from AL's high school years, primarily at Burlington High School, and several essay books from AL's time at Lawrenceville (Box 001). See also Series 13: Additions to the Collection, Box 3, for additional class notebooks from Leopold's years at Burlington High School.

Boxes 002 and 003 contain course notes from AL's years at Yale Forest School. The notes are handwritten on looseleaf pages and bound in black cardboard binders by course number. Some of the books contain page numbers and indexes. These materials, deposited 5 August 1970 by the Leopold family, may be an important source for what was being taught at Yale Forest School during a significant period in the history of American forestry. See letter, S. A. Andrews to Luna B. Leopold, 11-16-56, in Box 002, for background on the history of these materials.

See also 9/25/10-6, Box 014 for papers AL prepared in connection with some of these courses, and correspondence in 9/25-10-8 for letters written by AL during his school years.

Most of the notebooks in Box 001 are undated, but apparently were kept by AL during his years (1901?-December 1903) at Burlington High School. Several items are from his time (January 1904-June 1905) at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.

Box 002 contains 10 field notebooks 5" x 7" in size; Box 003 contains 10 lab notebooks 8" x l0" in size, and one folder, which contains loose pages of notes and drawings numbered 19-60. It appears to be the remnants of Leopold's notes for a course on forest insect pests. Also present in Box 002 is a 1956 letter from Stuart Andrews of Albuquerque to Luna Leopold in Washington, D. C., stating that he had found the Yale materials in the basement of the house at 131 S. 14th Street in Albuquerque and was forwarding them to Luna Leopold per instructions from Estella Leopold.

box 001
Student Course Materials: High School Class Notes, Essays, Etc.
box 001
volume 001
"History" notebook (Burlington, ca. 1903)
box 001
volume 002
"History" notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 003
"History" notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 004
"History" notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 005
"Language" notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 006
"Spelling" notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 007
Essay book (Lawrenceville)
Note: Includes "A Tramp in November."
box 001
volume 008
Essay book (Burlington)
box 001
volume 009
1st term Physics notebook/lab book (Lawrenceville?)
box 001
volume 010
Composition book (Burlington)
box 001
volume 011
Composition book (Burlington)
box 001
volume 012
Essay book (Lawrenceville, 1904).
Note: Includes two versions of "The Maintenance of Forests."
box 001
volume 013
Essay book (Lawrenceville, January 1905).
Note: "The quarrel with France in Washington's Administration."
box 001
volume 014
Composition book (Burlington)
box 001
volume 015
Biology notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 016
Biology notebook (Burlington)
box 001
volume 017
"The Army Canteen Question (affirmative)," 1905
box 002
Student Course Materials: Yale Forest School -- Course Notes
box 002
volume 001
Course 1, Physical Geography -- fall 1905; Professor Angelo Heilprin [NOTE: missing from box January 2003]
box 002
volume 002
Course 6, Forest Mensuration -- summer 1907; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 002
volume 003
Course 8, Forest Botany -- fall 1907; Professor A. H. Graves
box 002
volume 004
Course 9, Silviculture -- fall 1907; Professors H. S. Graves & H. H. Chapman
box 002
volume 005
Course 10, Dendrology -- fall 1907; Professor J. W. Toumey
box 002
volume 006
Course 11, State Forest Law -- fall 1907; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 002
volume 007
Course 16, Soils -- winter 1908; Professor L. V. Pirrson
box 002
volume 008
Course 18, Seeding and Planting -- spring 1908; Professor J. W. Toumey
box 002
volume 009
Course 20, Forest Management -- fall 1908; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 002
volume 0010
Course 22, Forest Mensuration -- winter 1909; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 002
volume 011
Course 23, Practice of Forestry in the United States -- fall 1908; Professor R. C. Hawley
box 002
volume 012
Course 25, Federal Forest Law -- fall 1908; Professor E. A. Bowers
box 002
volume 013
Course 26, Lumbering, Vol. I -- fall 1908; Professor R. C. Bryant
box 003
Student Course Materials: Yale Forest School -- Course Notes
box 003
volume 001
Course 3, Hydraulics -- spring 1907; Professor S. E. Barney
box 003
volume 002
Course 7, Diseases of Trees -- fall 1907; Professor A. H. Graves
box 003
volume 003
Course 19A, Wood Technology-Lab -- fall 1908; Professor J. W. Toumey
box 003
volume 004
Course 19B, Wood Technology-Lectures -- fall 1908; Professor J. W. Toumey
box 003
volume 005
Course 26, Lumbering, Vol. II -- winter 1909; Professor R. C. Bryant
box 003
volume 006
Course 28B, Mechanical Properties of Wood -- Lectures -- winter 1909; Professor H. D. Tiemann
box 003
volume 007
Course 28B, Mechanical Properties of Wood -- Lab Tests -- winter 1909; Professor H. D. Tiemann
box 003
volume 008
Course 29, Roads and Trails -- winter 1909; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 003
volume 009
Course 30, National Forests -- winter 1909; Lectures by E. E Carter, R. E. Benedict, A. F. Potter, P. P. Wells
box 003
volume 010
Course 31, Forest Regulation -- winter 1909; Professor H. H. Chapman
box 003
volume 011
(Forest Insects?) [undated, no professor given]