By Archives Staff
Scope and Contents of the Materials
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. The Papers are organized into a single series.
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.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Collection is open for research.
MSF 225, Alton A. Lindsey papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Whenever possible, original order of the materials has been retained. All materials have been housed in polyester sleeves, acid-free folders, and acid-free boxes.
Finding Aid Revision History:
Revised by Michael Maune
August 29, 2012
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Folder:
[Folder 1: Newspaper Article and Publication, 1994-1995
[Folder 2: Lindsey Islands of Antarctica by Alton Lindsey, 1993
[Folder 3: A. Documents cited and others related in paper on early history of Indiana Natural Areas Preservation in Proc. of Indiana Academy of Science, 1994
[Folder 4: Indiana Dunes publications, 1966-1982
[Folder 5: Pine Hills papers, 1953-1979
[Folder 6: Ross Biological Reserve, 1978-1989
[Folder 7: Vita and Biography, 1951-1991
[Folder 8: Indiana Ecology, 1945-1990s
[Folder 9: The Lindsey Fellowship Dept. of Biological Sciences Purdue University, 1993
[Folder 10: Miscellaneous papers, undated],
[Folder 11: Memories of an Old Ship, undated
[Folder 12: Completed Packet of Publications, Vita, Etc. Ack, Oct. 27, 1999
[Folder 13: Lindsey, Alton A. Deceased Obits, 12/19/1999
[Folder 14: Essay on Robert O. Petty
[Folder 15: Naturalist on Watch by Alton A. Lindsey, 1983
[Folder 16: Includes autobiographical sketch, 1973-1999
- Folder 10: Miscellaneous papers, undated