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Melvin Franklin Arey. Papers, 1862-1930
Title: Melvin Franklin Arey. Papers, 1862-1930
Record Series: 14/12/02/03
Creator: Melvin Franklin Arey
Extent: 0.417 linear feet, 1 box
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 Melvin Franklin Arey Papers, 1862-1930, Archives Record Series 15/02/19, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
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Melvin Franklin Arey (1844-1931) was a distinguished, long-time member of the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. He was born in Hampden, Maine, on January 19, 1844. He entered Bowdoin College at the age of eighteen, before enlisting in Company A, 22nd Maine Infantry, Union Army. Following his military service, he returned to Bowdoin College, where he received his bachelor's degree, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, in 1867. He received his master's degree from Bowdoin College in 1870.
Professor Arey taught in Maine and New Hampshire schools before coming to Iowa in 1873. He was superintendent of Cedar Falls (Iowa) schools for four years and then served in the same capacity in Fort Dodge for thirteen years. In 1890 Professor Arey joined the faculty of the Iowa State Normal School as head of the Department of Natural Sciences. He held that position until he retired from active teaching in 1917. He then served as Curator of the Museum and supervisor of the college garden. He died in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on March 20, 1931.
Professor Arey was an excellent classroom teacher and a productive scholar. He took part in the Bahama expedition organized by the University of Iowa in 1893. He published geological studies of at least six Iowa counties. He was also active in local government and in veterans' associations, such as the Grand Army of the Republic.
Scope and Content
Some of the papers in this collection accumulated gradually over the years in the University Archives. However, most of this collection came from the UNI Museum in 2010. This included: a journal kept by Professor Arey during a portion of his military service during the Civil War; a journal kept by Professor Arey during the 1893 Bahama expedition and publications relating to that expedition; and tributes to Professor Arey on his retirement from teaching in 1917. University Archivist Gerald Peterson decided to combine this material into one collection in order to enhance research possibilities.
Biographical information, including 1917 retirement tributes
Tribute to Professor Arey by Roger Leavitt
History of geology in Iowa over the last twenty-five years
Geology of Black Hawk County, 1906
Typescript of journal kept by Professor Arey during a portion of his military service, October 21-December 7, 1862
Typescript of journal kept by Professor Arey during the University of Iowa expedition to the Bahama Islands, May 1-July 28, 1893
Publications relating to the University of Iowa expedition to the Bahama Islands (written by members of the expedition other than Professor Arey)
Collection processed and inventory written by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2010; modified, April 8, 2013 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 15, 2017.