Roy Linn Abbott. Papers, 1930-1964

Collection Overview

Title: Roy Linn Abbott. Papers, 1930-1964

Record Series: 14/12/02/04

Creator: Roy L. Abbott

Date: 1930-1964

Extent: 3.63 linear feet, 4 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 Roy Linn Abbott Papers, 1930-1964, Archives Record Series 15/02/20, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Roy Linn Abbott (1886-1968) was a distinguished, long-time member of the science faculty of the University of Northern Iowa.  He was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on May 5, 1886.  He graduated from Conesville (Iowa) High School and, after teaching in rural schools, received a bachelor's degree from the Iowa State Teachers College in 1915.  He received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1917 and joined the faculty of the Iowa State Teachers College in September of that year.  He received the Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1925.

Professor Abbott was a fine teacher, but he was probably best known as a naturalist who could explain the natural world to a wide and general audience.  He published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines across the United States.  When the Teachers College inaugurated its radio service, Professor Abbott contributed over eight hundred programs in the following twenty-two years, including many programs after his retirement from classroom responsibilities in 1954.

Professor Abbott died in Bradenton, Florida, on December 8, 1968.  


Scope and Content

Some of the papers in this collection accumulated gradually over the years in the University Archives.  The scrapbooks came to the Archives from Lela Mae Ping Abbott, Professor Abbott's widow in about 1970.  The scripts in Box 4, from Professor Abbott's "Everyday Science" radio program, came from the UNI Museum in 2010.  Both these scripts and the scrapbooks give a good picture of Professor Abbott's popular style of nature writing.



Box 1

Scrapbooks of Professor Abbott's newspaper and magazine articles

Box 2

Scrapbooks of Professor Abbott's newspaper and magazine articles

Box 3

 Articles written by Professor Abbott; radio scripts

Box 4

"A Scientist Looks About Him" radio scripts, 1944-1945

"A Scientist Looks About Him", study guide, 1945

"Everyday Science" radio scripts, 1955-1958, 1959-1962

Biographical information

Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, June 2010; updated July 2, 2010 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 15, 2017.

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