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F. Herbert Bormann papers

Call Number: MS 2012
Scope and Contents

The papers document the professional work of ecologist F. Herbert Bormann. The bulk of the papers comprise research materials, speeches, and writings. Research materials include notes, photographs, and grant reports and proposals. Projects that are the most represented include smaller studies at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and the Sandbox project. Speeches and writings include articles for popular magazines and newspapers, book drafts, testimony for legislative bodies, and award acceptance speeches. There are also some non-academic writings. Correspondence included in the collection is mainly with colleagues, including some on specific topics such as tropical forestry and the Hubbard Brook Foundation. There is a small amount of personal correspondence as well. Teaching materials are limited and include some syllabi, course notes and materials for specific courses, and lectures on various topics. The papers cover his work from 1950 to 2009, with much of the collection dating from the mid 1980s to the mid 2000s.

Language of Materials

The material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The bulk of the collection is open for research.

Yale University related files are restricted until 2055 as established by Yale Corporation regulations. Student records are restricted until 2095 as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by F. Herbert Bormann was transferred to Yale University in 2015. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of M. Christine Bormann, 2015. Accession 2020-M-0024 gift of Gene Likens, 2019.


The papers are arranged in four series and one accession: I. Correspondence, 1957-2009. II. Research materials, 1950-2006. III. Teaching materials, 1967-2006. IV. Speeches and writings, 1950-2009.

1950 - 2009
26.7 Linear Feet (72 boxes)
130.551 Megabytes
Related Names
Bormann, F. Herbert, 1922-2012
Language of Materials