Scope and Content Note

The Herdman Fitzgerald Cleland (1869-1935) Papers, 1905-1935 consist of personal and professional papers relating to Cleland's career as a professor of geology and mineralogy and his untimely death aboard the Steamship Mohawk. The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence, Lectures and Writings, and Collected and Miscellaneous Papers.

Series I. Correspondence, contains letters from 1910 to 1935 relating to Cleland's Our prehistoric ancestors, other professional communications, and several incomplete or unidentified drafts. A number of these letters are in German, French or Danish.

Series II. Lectures and Writings, ca.1912-1933, includes Cleland's complete guides to his Geology I and V courses, captioned illustrations tipped into composition books (entitled Geology, Parts I and II), and various manuscript and published articles and essays.

Series III. Collected and Miscellaneous Papers, comprises visual material, clippings, obituary information, and miscellaneous papers from 1905 to 1935. Visual material includes maps, photographs, negatives, postcards and diagrams which Cleland collected or used as illustrations in publications. Clippings primarily concern Cleland and his work. Obituary material includes letters of condolence upon Cleland's death, printed obituaries, and Karl Osterhaut's (Class of 1935) story of the sinking of the Steamship Mohawk. Miscellaneous papers contain collected articles, a list of faunal zones, etc.

Herdman Fitzgerald Cleland (1869-1935) Papers, 1905-1935

Paul A. Chadbourne
Introduction
Biographical Chronology