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Guide to the Harold Thornton Stearns Papers 1905-1975

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Harold Thornton Stearns
Dates: 1905-1975
Quantity: 1 c.f.
Abstract:Reports and illustrations for scientific articles on volcanoes in the Pacific, materials on ground water investigations in Hawaii, and illustrations for an article on Idaho's Eagle Rock volcanic area.
Identification: MG138
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this record group was in no apparent order when processing began. Since the majority of the material concerns Hawaii and other Pacific islands it was decided to sort the material geographically. Some material was in labeled folders or envelopes. This material was kept together and the original label retained.The first series concerns volcanoes and ground water studies of the Pacific islands and includes four printed articles by Stearns, typescripts or abstracts of other Stearns articles, numerous original drawings, including those used to illustrated four articles published in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, v. 56, 1945. There are also short articles by other authors and typed copies of letters dealing with a visit to the 1859 eruption of Mauna Loa.The second series includes an article by Stearns on Yellowstone Park and the illustrations for an article on the Eagle Rock volcanic area in Idaho. Also included are articles on the Coeur d'Alene mining area, the Swan Valley reservoir, and a report on ground water in the Targhee National Forest.Two areas outside the U.S. which are included in this series are Iceland, represented by a typed translation of a chapter on volcanoes in Iceland from a book by Th. Thoroddsen, and Mexico, represented by a Life magazine article on Paricutin.

Scope and Content

The papers of Harold T. Stearns span the years 1905 to 1975 with the bulk of the material covering the years 1930 to 1945.

The papers include printed articles by Stearns and others on Pacific island volcanoes and ground water studies, typescripts of two articles and typed abstracts of others. There are also original illustrations for many of Stearn's articles as well as some unidentified drawings. Also included are articles on geologic features in the western United States.


Administrative/Biographical History

Harold Thornton Stearns was born in Wallingford, Connecticut on August 25, 1900. He received his B.S. degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1921, and his Ph.D. in geology from George Washington University in 1926.

He began his career with the United States Geological Survey in 1923 and was the author of numerous reports to the General Land Office on Carey Act and Irrigation Projects in Idaho. He also explored the Craters of the Moon region and was the author of the report to the National Park Service recommending the area be set aside as a national monument, which it was in 1924.

From 1924 to 1925 he traveled around the world visiting the volcanoes of Hawaii, Japan, the Philippine Islands, Java, Sumatra, Africa, and Italy. He was the geologist in charge of Hawaiian ground water investigations from 1943 to 1946.

He was a member of the Geological Society of Washington, the International Geophysical Union - Section Volcanology, and the Seismological Society of America.

Following his retirement from the U.S.G.S. he made his home in Hope, Idaho.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

Stearns, Harold T. (Harold Thornton), 1900- --Archives.

Groundwater -- Hawaii
Volcanism -- Idaho -- Idaho Falls
Volcanoes -- Pacific Area

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Harold Stearns were received by the Special Collections Department of the University of Idaho Library sometime prior to 1984.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Pacific Islands 1925-1945
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1/1-41/1-4Reprints of articles by H.T. Stearns 1925-1944 14 items
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1/5-81/5-8Typescripts and abstracts of articles by H.T. Stearns 1924-1945 20 items
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1/9-121/9-12Illustrations for articles appearing in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, v. 56 1945 21 items
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1/13-161/13-16Illustrations for unspecified publications undated 45 items
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1/171/17Photograph and correspondence with Life re: a Pacific atoll 1945 4 items
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os/18os/18Drawings of mountains and shorelines undated 5 items
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1/19-231/19-23Articles by others 1930-1937 23 items
Series II. United States and Elsewhere 1905-1975
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1/24-311/24-31United States 1927-1975 31 items
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1/321/32Volcanoes in Iceland 1905 2 items
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1/331/33Paricutin (Mexico) 1944 1 item

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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