Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Karl Frank Lagler Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Karl Frank Lagler Papers,
Creator: Lagler, Karl Frank.
Inclusive dates: 1937-1984, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
The collection consists of his various publications and his vitae/biographical materials.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#70840

Access Restrictions:

Karl Frank Lagler Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Some printed materials in the collection are still under copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Karl Frank Lagler Papers, 1937-1984, and undated, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical.


History

Biography:

Karl Frank Lagler was Professor of Fisheries in the School of Natural Resources, and Professor of Zoology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, at the University of Michigan.

Lagler was born on November 15, 1912. He attended public schools in Rochester (N.Y.), earned his A. B. from the University of Rochester, his M. S. in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries in 1936 from Cornell University, and his Ph. D. in Zoology and Fisheries in 1940 from the University of Michigan (UM).

After teaching botany from 1934 to 1935 at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), Dr. Lagler was hired as a teaching fellow at the UM in 1939. He quickly rose through the ranks to be Chairman and founder of the Department of Fisheries by 1950, a post he held until 1965. Lagler also served as Distinguished Professor of Aquatic Biology for Michigan State University’ Kellogg Biological Station and as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Ichthyology at Ohio State University in the summer of 1959.

Dr. Lagler was employed variously as a biologist or consultant for many governmental and private agencies, including the then Cranbrook Institute of Science, now Cranbrook Educational Community, the Institute for Fisheries Research of the Michigan Department of Conservation, and for the National Wildlife Federation. He served as an advisor, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, May 1964-1965. His travels as a consultant or observer took him to France, Norway, Alaska, Rome, the Bahamas, Malaysia, Africa, and South America.

In addition to his teaching and consultant work, Dr. Lagler was a Fellow of the International Academy of Zoology, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Institute of Fishery Research biologists, serving as president, 1963-1964, of the International Academy of Zoology, and of the International Academy of Fishery Scientists, serving as president, 1967-1968. He was also a life member of several organizations, and was associated with a number of state and national organizations as well.

Dr. Lagler helped the Trusts Fund for Fisheries Research of the Associated Fishing Tackle Manufacturers develops into the active Sport Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Institute of Washington, D. C.

He taught two telecourses at the UM, including the first UM Telecourse which was entitled “Man in this world.” From 1961 through 1971 Dr. Lagler produced a weekly fifteen-minute radio commentary called “Conservation report” which was broadcast from the UM radio’s station to over three dozen Michigan stations.

In 1956 he became a founding member and Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research biologists. In 1957 Dr. Lagler was awarded a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship for six months of travel and research in Europe.

Dr. Lagler also worked on major river systems throughout Africa and South America in 1969 and 1972, and was awarded a million dollar grant in 1972 to implement a plan for a basin wide environmental impact study on Mekong basin fisheries in Southeast Asia. From 1982 to 1984 he worked as Field Director on the Gambia River basin environmental and socio-economic studies.

Dr. Lagler published over 150 scientific publications, technical and semi-popular papers, laboratory manuals, and monographs, scientific papers and other articles, mostly about fish and fishery subjects and education in the area. He originated the published series “Michigan fisheries.” In addition Dr. Lagler published a number of books, including: Guide to the fishes of the Great Lakes and tributary waters (with C. L. Hubbs), 1941; Fishes of the Great Lakes region (also with Hubbs), 1947; Fish and fishing in Michigan, 1949; Freshwater fishery biology, 1952; Peches continetales (with R. Vibert), Paris, 1961; Ichthyology (with J. Bardach and R. Miller), 1962; Continental fishers (with R. Vibert), c1960; and Natural history and ecology of the Great Lakes region. Twenty-eight of his publications are separately cataloged at the Clarke.

His work brought Dr. Lagler international recognition, many honors, and awards. In addition to his academic work he was active as an editor, and in his professional organizations and university committees, as well as in public service work in his community.

In 1941, Dr. Lagler married Mary Jane Manchester, another Ph.D. Together, they had three children: Karl, Susan, and MaryLou. On August 25, 1985 Dr. Lagler died in Ann Arbor (Mich.). (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection, 1937-1984, and undated, is almost entirely composed of Lagler’s publications, including abstracts of papers, addresses/presentations, articles and reprints, bibliographies, a forward and preface for a book, book reviews, research project reports, and a draft copy of Fishes of the Great Lakes Region, 1947. There is also a folder of his biographical materials and his vitae.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • University of Michigan. Faculty.
    • Lagler, Karl Frank, 1912-
    • Michigan authors
    • Fishes--Great Lakes Region.
    • Fishing.
    • Freshwater fishes.
    • Freshwater biology.
    • Fishes--United States.
    • Fishes--Michigan.
    • Cranbrook Institutue of Science.
    • Hubbs,Carl L. (Carl Leavitt), 1894-1979.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Karl Frank Lagler Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Vitae, Biographical Materials, 1969, 1974, 1984
    Box   1 F   2
    Abstracts of Papers, 1958, 1961, and undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Addresses/Presentations, 1960, 1966, 1970
    Box   1 F   4
    Articles, Reprints, Alphabetical by Title, A-C, 1948-1970
    Box   1 F   5
    Articles, Reprints, Alphabetical by Title, D-L, 1947-1973
    Box   1 F   6
    Articles, Reprints, Alphabetical by Title, M-O 1952-1967
    Box   1 F   7
    Articles, Reprints, Alphabetical by Title, P-T, 1949-1967
    Box   1 F   8
    Bibliographies, 1947-1977
    Box   1 F   9
    Box Forward; Preface, 1940, and undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Book Reviews, 1949-1968
    Box   1 F   11
    Fishes of the Great Lakes Region, by Lagler and Carl L. Hubbs (missing cover), 1947
    Box   1 F   12
    Research Project Reports, Alphabetical by Title, C-F, 1949-1981
    Box   1 F   13
    Research Project Reports, Alphabetical by Title, I-V, 1948-1980
    Box   1 F   14
    Telecourse Syllabus-Man In His World-Human Biology, 1950-1951
    Box   2 F   1
    Publications of Karl F. Lagler (1 v.), 1937-1946