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Walter Clay Lowdermilk papers

Call Number: MS 597

Scope and Contents

Two items make up the Walter Clay Lowdermilk Papers. The first is "Soil, Forest, and Water Conservation and Reclamation in China, Israel, Africa, and the United States" by W. C. Lowdermilk, a two-volume typescript with inlaid photographs. It takes the form of an interview with Malca Chall of the University of California at Berkeley Regional Oral History Office, and "was planned to cover Dr. Lowdermilk's more than fifty years of conservation and natural resources management, and to chronicle through his career the development of the soil conservation movement in the United States, many countries of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, and Japan." The second item, "The Heavens Cooperate," by Ines (Marks) Lowdermilk, describes briefly some of the Lowdermilks' adventures in various countries. These materials came to Yale University from the University of California.


  • 1969


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The materials are open for research.

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0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Typed manuscript (mimeograph) "Soil, Forest, and Water Conservation in China, Israel, Africa, and the United States," oral history interview (703 pages in two volumes) conducted by Malca Chall for the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California at Berkeley, illustrated, 1969, Berkeley, California. Also included is a typed manuscript (mimeograph) "The Heavens Cooperate," by Inez M. Lowdermilk.

Biographical / Historical

Walter C. Lowdermilk (1888-1974): agronomist; helped to found the Soil Conservation Service of the U.S. Agriculture Dept., and was its associate chief (1933-1939) and assistant chief (1939-1947); worked as consultant on conservation projects in China, Israel, Yugoslavia, Japan; president of American Geophysical Union (1941-1944); author.

Guide to the Walter Clay Lowdermilk Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
September 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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