Lawrence John Eilers Papers, 1963-1991

Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence John Eilers Papers, 1963-1991

Record Series: 14/12/02/02

Creator: Lawrence J. Eilers

Date: 1963-1991

Extent: 3.75 linear feet, 3 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Lawrence John Eilers collection, 1963-1991, Archives Record Series 15/02/18, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Lawrence John Eilers was a long-time member of the biology faculty at the University of Northern Iowa.  He received his B. A. (1949) and his M. A. (1960) from the Iowa State Teachers College, now the University of Northern Iowa.  He received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1964.  He taught at the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, and Indiana State University before joining the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa in 1968. 

Professor Eilers taught plant taxonomy, plant systematics, local plants and animals, and other courses.  He also taught plant taxonomy at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory for many years during the summer session. 

His area of special study was vascular plants, an area in which he conducted research and published.  He also lent his special expertise to the Iowa chapter of the Nature Conservancy.

Professor Eilers died on March 26, 2000. 

Scope and Content

n the spring semester of 2011, Professor Daryl Smith, a biology faculty colleague of Professor Eilers, delivered this collection to the University Archives.

The collection consists of material associated with Professor Eiler's teaching, research, and professional interests.  The extensive material relating to Professor Eiler's work on Iowa vascular plants might prove useful to researchers interested in continuing that work.  

There is also a good body of correspondence, arranged chronologically, relating to Professor Eiler's responsibilities at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory.  There are good files of correspondence to and from his professional colleagues relating to his ongoing research interests, especially his work on the vascular flora of Iowa.  Professor Eilers kept the letters of some of his more frequent correspondents in separate files.  But there is also a general file that includes both these frequent correspondents and many other correspondents.  Professor Eilers maintained friendly relationships with many of his professional colleagues.  Formal letters about scientific nomenclature often include informal notes about Professor Eiler's personal life. 

The collection includes photographic slides that Professor Eilers used in his teaching and research.  Some of the slides are well-labeled; most are not.  Professor Eilers apparently took most of the images on the slides himself.  University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson maintained the labeling of Professor Eilers in the processing of the photographic slides.


Box 1

Enneagram personality checklist

Greeting cards from family members

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory correspondence, 1965-1983

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Lysimachia Project, 1969

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory student evaluations of coursework; student papers on predicted plant succession at Lakeside Laboratory

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory plant checklist

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory responses to proposed closing and sale of property, 1991

Correspondence--general, 1964-1991

Correspondence--Paul Sorensen

Correspondence--K. S. Krishna Sastry

Correspondence--Robert Thorne, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden

Correspondence--G. Wayne Mosher

Correspondence--Missouri Botanical Garden

Correspondence--Mirriel Hummel

Correspondence--Tseng-Chieng Huang

Correspondence--Robert Hulbary

Correspondence--Michael Dillon

Correspondence--Constantine Alexopoules


Box 2

Vascular flora of Iowa--typed drafts and proofs

Field notebooks

The vascular flora of the Iowan area, 1971

Correspondence relating to The vascular flora of Iowa

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie, 1985

Flora of the Grant Prairie in Black Hawk County, Iowa, by Glenn Harry Crum, 1970

Photographic slides--Sullivantia, Vernon County, Wisconsin, July 6, 1965

Photographic slides--Lemnaceae, Jimmerson Slough, Dickinson County, Iowa, July 28, 1963

Photographic slides--prairie

Photographic slides--post-prairie fire

Photographic slides--woodland wildflowers

Photographic slides--images taken by Professor Eilers while he was at Indiana State University, c. 1966

Photographic slides--Lysimachia

Photographic slides--teaching

Photographic slides--slides used in Vascular plants of Iowa

Photographic slides--Iowa Lakeside Laboratory:  Betty frying steaks, moss, Lysimachia flora, 1970

Photographic slides--economic plants

Photographic slides--LPA III, PL families, Fag-Poa

Box 3

Four large slide containers, each arranged by plant family

Processing Information

Collection processed and Web inventory developed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, March 2011. Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 15, 2017.

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