Alton A. Lindsey papers, 1921-2000
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Brief Description: The Alton A. Lindsey papers (1921-2000; 0.5 cubic feet) document the life, academic and scientific career, and publication history of Alton A. Lindsey. They feature publications and maps regarding geographical areas Lindsey studied, including the Lindsey Islands in Antarctica, the Ross Biological Reserve in Indiana, and Pine Hills Preserve in Indiana. Some of the ecological papers were authored by scholars other than Lindsey. Types of materials include: vitas, photographs, publications, articles, newsletters, pamphlets, maps, postcards, poetry, licenses, certificates, obituaries, and diplomas.
Held at:
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
504 W. State St
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-6414
Fax: 765-494-2810
Email: archives [at]
Created by: Lindsey, Alton A. (Alton Anthony) (1907-1999)
Volume: 0.4 Cubic feet
Acquired: 05/25/1995.
More information is available at (pdf)
Arrangement: Original order of the materials has been retained.
Biographical Note for Lindsey, Alton A. (Alton Anthony) (1907-1999) : Alton Lindsey was a renowned Purdue University ecologist who served as the vertebrate zoologist for Admiral Byrd's second Expedition to the Antarctic in 1933-35 and is considered the father of Indiana's nature preserve system. Born in Pittsburgh in 1907, Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree from Allegheny College in 1929 and a doctorate from Cornell University in 1937. He came to Purdue in 1947 as a biology professor and in 1969 wrote Natural Areas in Indiana and Their Preservation, considered "the bible" of preservation. The book was instrumental in the creation of 170 protected nature preserves in the state. He was instrumental in the preservation of Ross Hills Park and Pine Hills Nature Preserve, among others. In 1960, 12 Lindsey Islands in Antarctica were named for him, and in 1973 a new genus and species of animal was named for him. Lindsey wrote 10 books and 75 research papers. He was named an emeritus professor in 1973, and in 1976 the Ecological Society of America conferred on him the Eminent Ecologist Award. He received an honorary Purdue doctorate in 1995. Lindsey died December 19, 1999 at age 92.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Biology--Study and teaching
Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1857--Journeys--Antarctica
Pine Hills Nature Preserve (Ind.)
Purdue University--Faculty
Genres/Forms of Material
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Alton Lindsey  Donation
PreferredCitation: MSF 225, Alton A. Lindsey papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Finding Aid Revisions:

Revised by Michael Maune

August 29, 2012