The collection comprises of correspondence by Bowman on polar matters and personalities to the meteorologist and geographer Hugh Robert Mill
Isaiah Bowman collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 Isaiah Bowman
- Dates of Creation1929-1939
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (8 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Isaiah Bowman was born on 26 December 1878 at Waterloo, Ontario, in Canada. He was educated at Harvard and Yale universities. Between 1905 and 1915, he taught geography at Yale, leading the first Yale South American expedition in 1907 and serving as geologist and geographer on the Yale Peruvian Expedition in 1911. In 1913, he led the American Geographical Society Expedition to the Central Andes and between 1915 and 1935 served as director of the American Geographical Society. He acted as chief territorial adviser to President Wilson at the Versailles conference and during the Second World War was appointed territorial adviser to the Secretary of State.
Between 1919 and 1929, Bowman was a member of the executive committee of the National Research Council, serving as its chairman from 1933 to 1935. In 1935, he was appointed president of Johns Hopkins University, where he remained until his retirement in 1948. Bowman served as a member of many geographical and scientific societies and was president of the International Geographical Union between 1931 and 1934, and vice-president of the National Academy of Sciences between 1940 and 1945. He died on 6 January 1950.
The correspondence with Mill is arranged chronologically
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Bartleby and Who was who, 1941-1950, Adam & Charles Black London (1952)
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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