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Curtis F. Marbut Collection

Collection Number: M014
Volume: 1.5 cubic feet
Dates: 1891-1989

Provenance

The collection was acquired prior to the formation of the department in 1997. A second accession was acquired in 2008. The collection was processed in 2007 by Shannon Western, with additional work was done in 2008 by Amanda Nichols.

Copyright

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Access

The collection is unrestricted. Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be obtained from the Department of Special Collections and Archives. Citations should be as follows: Identification of the item, box and folder number, Curtis F. Marbut Collection [M014], Department of Special Collections and Archives, Missouri State University.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Curtis Fletcher Marbut was born July 19, 1863, in Barry County, Missouri, where he was also raised. In 1889 he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and in 1894 received a Master of Arts degree from Harvard. He also completed his thesis for the Doctor of Philosophy at Harvard in 1896. He taught physiography and geology at the University of Missouri from 1895 to 1910 and worked for the Missouri Geological Survey, directing the Missouri Soil Survey.

From 1910 to 1935, he worked as a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Bureau of Soils. During this time he also lectured at universities, directed field trips all over the world, and won several awards for his work and publications. He passed away in 1935 of pneumonia, on a trip to China to advise the Chinese Geological Survey in organizing a Soil Survey.

Scope and Content

Box 1 contains photographs taken in South America between 1923 and 1924. Subjects include animals, vegetation, rivers, boats, towns and settlements, buildings, crops, land features, and people (including “Putamayo Indians” and “Peruvian Indians”). This box also contains memorabilia items that belonged to Dr. Marbut including a wallet, a stamp book, and pins.

Box 2 contains personal correspondence and receipts, drawings and plans for the house designed by Dr. Marbut, copies of his class lectures, photographs, and papers relating to his work and field of study.

The collection’s folders are organized alphabetically, and everything within each folder is organized chronologically.

Scope and Content

Box 1    
Folder    
1 Memorabilia 1 of 2 n.d.
2 Memorabilia 2 of 2 n.d.
3 Photos of South America - People - Dr. Marbut and colleagues 1923-1924
4 Photos of South America - Peopl e- Governor of Acre 1923-1924
5 Photos of South America - People - Miscellaneous/Unknown 1923-1924
6 Photos of South America - People - South American Natives 1923-1924
7 Photos of South America - Places - Acre River/Territory, Brazil 1923-1924
8 Photos of South America - Places - Amazon River 1923-1924
9 Photos of South America - Places - Bolivia 1923-1924
10 Photos of South America - Places - Brazil 1923-1924
11 Photos of South America - Places - Estado do Amazonas 1923-1924
12 Photos of South America-Places - Manaos, Brazil 1923-1924
13 Photos of South America-Places - Marajo Island 1923-1924
14 Photos of South America-Places - Miscellaneous 1923-1924
15 Photos of South America-Places - Para, Brazil 1923-1924
16 Photos of South America-Places - Peru 1923-1924
17 Photos of South America-Places - Purus River/Territory, Brazil 1923-1924
18 Photos of South America-Places - Tapajos River 1923-1924
19 Photos of South America-Places - Unknown 1923-1924
20 Photos of South America-Plants - Brazil Nuts and Nut Industry 1923-1924
21 Photos of South America-Plants - Cotton 1923-1924
22 Photos of South America-Plants - Miscellaneous 1923-1924
23 Photos of South America-Plants - Rubber Trees and Rubber Industry 1923-1924
24 Photos of South America-Plants - Strangle Figs 1923-1924
Box 2    
Folder    
1 Correspondence and Receipts - Banks 1912-1933, n.d.
2 Correspondence and Receipts - Colonial-Style House 1932-1935, n.d.
3 Correspondence and Receipts - Insurance 1 of 2 1891-1922
4 Correspondence and Receipts - Insurance 2 of 2 1923-1938, n.d.
5 Correspondence and Receipts - Miscellaneous 1896-1947, n.d.
6 Correspondence and Receipts-Stocks and Bonds 1919-1934, n.d.
7 Correspondence and Receipts - Taxes 1 of 2 1899-1919
8 Correspondence and Receipts - Taxes 2 of 2 1920-1935, n.d.
9 Correspondence and Receipts - Travel 1 of 2 1919-1935
10 Correspondence and Receipts - Travel 2 of 2 n.d.
11 Lectures 1-5 1928
12 Lectures 6-10 1928
13 Lectures 11-15 1928
14 Lectures 16-20 1928
15 Lectures 21-25 1928
16 Lectures 26-30 1928
17 Miscellaneous 1905-1947, n.d.
18 Personal Letters 1922-1923, n.d.
19 Photographs 1935, n.d.
20 Work Related - International Congress of Agriculture 1927-1933, n.d.
21 Work Related - Papers, Studies, and Theses 1 of 2 1930-1933
22 Work Related - Papers, Studies, and Theses 2 of 2 n.d.
23 Work Related - Miscellaneous 1932-1989, n.d.
24 Work Related - U.S. Department of Agriculture 1910-1924, n.d.