Stephen Hopkins Spurr Papers: 1940-1971 (bulk 1952-1968)
Summary Information
Title: Stephen Hopkins Spurr Papers
Creator: Spurr, Stephen Hopkins.
Inclusive dates: 1940-1971
Bulk dates: 1952-1968
Extent: 4 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of forestry, dean of the School of Natural Resources, University vice-president and dean of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies of University of Michigan; president of University of Texas. Files concern his work with the Organization for Tropical Studies, the Ramparts Canyon Dam Project in Alaska, and other professional work.
Call number: 8677 Aa 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid prepared by: Leonard A. Coombs

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Prof. Spurr (donor 4496) in four accessions in 1968 and 1971.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Stephen Hopkins Spurr Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Stephen Hopkins Spurr was a professor of forestry at the University of Michigan and other institutions, who spent a major part of his career at Michigan and the University of Texas as a university administrator.

Spurr was born in 1918 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. After earning a graduate degree from the Yale forestry school in 1940, he worked at the Harvard Forest and the University of Minnesota before becoming professor of silviculture at the University of Michigan in 1952. While at Michigan Spurr took on administrative responsibilities, becoming dean of the School of Natural Resources in 1962, dean of the Graduate School in 1964, and vice president and dean of graduate studies in 1969. Spurr was active in many professional associations, serving at various times as president, chairman, or other officer in the Society of American Foresters, Lake States Forest Tree Improvement Committee, and Organization for Tropical Studies while on the Michigan faculty.

In 1971 Spurr left the University of Michigan to become president of the University of Texas. He was fired from that position in 1974, but remained on the faculty there. Spurr died in 1990.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence and other papers relating to Spurr's professional activities while he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan. It also includes a small amount of material relating to his faculty activities. The collection is made up of four series: Correspondence, Organization for Tropical Studies, Ramparts Canyon Dam (Alaska) proposal, and Reprints.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Alaska.
  • Central America.
  • Conservation of natural resources -- United States.
  • Forests and forestry -- United States.
  • Rampart Canyon Dam Project (Alaska)
  • Organization for Tropical Studies.
  • Spurr, Stephen Hopkins.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. School of Natural Resources.
  • Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical material [series]
Box   1  
Miscellaneous
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Association for Tropical Biology 1964-1967
Box   1  
Australia 1960-1961
Box   1  
Davis, Kenneth P. 1952-1960
Box   1  
Doctoral theses--Readerships 1959-1961
Box   1  
Ecological Society of America 1955-1957
Box   1  
Fontanna, S. G. 1952-1959
Box   1  
Great Lakes Compact Commission 1968-1970
Box   1  
Harvard Forest and University 1950-1957
Box   1  
International Union of Forest Research Organizations 1958-1961
Box   1  
Lake States Forest Tree Improvement Committee and Conference 1956-1961 (3 folders)
Box   1  
Michigan forestry 1953
Box   1  
New Zea 1960-1962
Box   1  
New Zealand--Fulbright 1959-1960
Box   1  
Pauley, Scott S. 1952-1957
Box   1  
Photogrammetry 1958-1964
Box   1  
Tropical forestry 1957
Box   1  
Tropical studies committees--Other universities 1966
 
University of Michigan
Box   1  
Center for Tropical Studies 1957-1959
Box   1  
Ecology 1959
Box   1  
Forest Properties Committee 1951-1953
Box   1  
Niehuss--Hatcher--Heyns 1960-1965
Box   1  
Staff correspondence 1952-1961
Box   1  
Students 1952-1962
Box   1  
Tropical Studies Committee 1964-1968
Box   1  
University of Minnesota--Students 1952-1958
Box   1  
Miscellaneous correspondence 1955-1962 (3 folders)
 
Organization for Tropical Studies [series]

The Organization for Tropical Studies series (Boxes 2-3) documents Spurr's work in the founding and early development of the organization.

Box   2  
Correspondence 1963-1968 (6 folders)
Box   2  
Advisory committees 1968
Box   2  
Application of University of Connecticut 1966
Box   2  
British Honduras 1967
Box   2  
Charter 1963-1967
Box   2  
Committees and associate directorship appointment 1968
Box   2  
Costa Rica 1967
Box   2  
Courses 1964-1968
Box   2  
Geography 1966
Box   2  
Grant proposals 1964-1965
Box   3  
Information summaries 1960s
Box   3  
International Education Act of 1966, 1967-1968
Box   3  
Marine Biology Committee 1967-1968
Box   3  
Minutes 1963-1966
Box   3  
National Science Foundation proposals 1967-1968
Box   3  
Program 1966-1968
Box   3  
Spencer, Jack 1968
Box   3  
Staff reports--Tropical studies and maps 1962
Box   3  
Summer meeting 1967
Box   3  
Tropical biological programs and stations 1963-1967
Box   3  
Miscellanea (5 folders)
 
Ramparts Canyon Dam (Alaska) proposal 1964-1966 [series]

The Ramparts Canyon Dam (Alaska) proposal series (Boxes 3-4) includes correspondence and reports relating to a study by Spurr and others of the environmental impact of the proposed dam. The study was commissioned by the Natural Resources Council of America.

Box   3  
AAAS meeting, Berkeley December 1965
Box   3  
Alaskans, Private individuals
Box   3  
Brewer, Michael
Box   3  
Brooks, Paul
Box   3  
Canada
Box   3  
Consultant staff (other than Brewer and Leopold)
Box   3  
Fitzgerald, Joseph H. (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
Box   3  
Leopold, A. Starker
Box   3  
Natural Resources Council of America (2 folders)
Box   3  
Nuclear power
Box   4  
Progress reports, Staff reports
Box   4  
Staff conference, Ann Arbor January 1965
Box   4  
State of Alaska, University of Alaska
Box   4  
U.S. Congress
Box   4  
U.S. Dept. of Defense
Box   4  
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Box   4  
U.S. Forest Service
Box   4  
U.S. industries (Alcoa, Bechtel, Westinghouse)
Box   4  
Miscellaneous correspondence 1964-1971 (3 folders)
 
Reprints [series]
Box   4  
1940-1970 (173 items)
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

Some records produced by Spurr in his administrative positions at the University of Michigan can be found in the records of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University of Michigan Vice-President for Academic Affairs. The records of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources contain little, if any, Spurr material.