Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Matthew H. Hohn Biological Station records

Finding aid created by
C. Engerson, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Central Michigan University Biological Station records,
Creator: Hohn, Matthew H.
Inclusive dates: 1959, 1972, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
The collection documents the early history of the Central Michigan University Biological Station with financial information, committee minutes, budget requests, and correspondence.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

Matthew H. Hohn Central Michigan University Biological Station records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Matthew H. Hohn Biological Station records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical by topic, then chronological.



Matthew H. Hohn was born on November 9, 1920. He earned a B.S. in education from Indiana State University-Indiana, Pennsylvania, and both a M.S. and a Ph. D. in economic botany from Cornell University in 1949 and 1951, respectively. He worked as the Curator of Limnology at the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia, 1952-1959, and as an Associate Professor biology at Bloomsburg State College, now Bloomsburg University, 1959-1961. [Limnology is the scientific study of bodies of water.]

On September 1, 1961 he was hired as an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University (CMU) in the Dept. of Biology. Hohn was promoted to full Professor in 1965 and as Coordinator of the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, Michigan, in 1967. He retired from CMU in 1986. After retirement, he lived in St. James on Beaver Island.

Hohn’s research interests were the taxonomy and ecology of diatoms and water quality studies in the U.S., Peru, Canada, and South America. He also researched plankton diatoms from Lake Erie, 1938-1965, and their relation to the eutrophication of the lake. [Eutrophication is the increase in nutrients in a body of water.] Hohn was a member of a number of professional and academic organizations and had many publications. Several of his publications are available in the CMU Libraries and a number of his articles are available on-line.

By 1961 he was married to Jane Eleanor Hohn (born November 4, 1921). According to the Social Security Death Index, Matthew died on March 18, 1999. Jane survived him and lived in Florida in 2006. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

This set of Hohn papers, rescued from a Beaver Island dumpster, consist of documents related to the early history of the Central Michigan University Beaver Island Biological Station. The material is arranged alphabetically and was kept in original order. The papers include financial information, Beaver Island committee minutes, budget requests, and correspondence.

Subject Terms

    • Hohn, Matthew H.
    • Bovee, Norval C.
    • Central Michigan University. Biological Station.
    • Central Michigan University. Dept. of Biology.
    • National Science Foundation (U. S.)
    • Biology--Study and teaching (Higher)
    • Beaver Island (Mich.)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Matthew H. Hohn Biological Station records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Accounting, 1960-1969
    Box   1 F   2
    Beaver Island Biological Center Budget Data, 1960-1969
    Box   1 F   3
    Beaver Island Boat Company, 1959-1968, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Beaver Island Committee Minutes, 1960-1969
    Box   1 F   5
    Beaver Island Staff Meeting Notes, October 3-5, 1969
    Box   1 F   6
    Bellaire Lumber and Supply Company, 1964
    Box   1 F   7
    Bills, Purchase Orders, 1964-1970, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    Budget Requests, 1971-1972
    Box   1 F   9
    Copy of Grant, 1969-1970
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, Beaver Island Biological Center, 1960-1968
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence, Beaver Island Biological Center, 1969-1972
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence, Beaver Island Committee, 1960-1969, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence, Beaver Island Miscellaneous, 1959-1971, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Correspondence, Norval C. Bovee, 1959-1970
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence, National Science Foundation, "Summer Institute in Biology", 1965-1969
    Box   2 F   4
    Equipment, 1959-1967, undated
    Box   2 F   5
    Food and Expendable Items, 1966-1969
    Box   2 F   6
    Maintenance, 1960-1969
    Box   2 F   7
    Michigan State Board of Education, 1959, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    National Science Foundation, Biology, 1964-1970, undated
    Box   2 F   9
    National Science Foundation, "Summer Institute in Biology", Budget Data, 1965-1969
    Box   2 F   10
    Operating Policies, 1960-1966, undated
    Box   2 F   11
    SMCS (Supplies, Materials, Contractual Services) Statements, 1967-1972
    Box   2 F   12
    Tickets, 1960, undated