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John Casper Branner Papers

Identifier: MC 280

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the correspondence between John Casper Branner and Albert Homer Purdue, from 1892-1917. It includes a letter from Branner to Purdue's widow, Ida Pace Purdue, on the occasion of Purdue's death; Ida Pace Purdue's reply is also contained in the collection. Letters are variously handwritten or typescript; all are photocopies.

The correspondence between Dr. John Casper Branner (1850-1922) and Albert Homer Purdue forms a portion of the Branner collection of the Archives of The Leland Stanford Junior University. Purdue was a student in geology at Stanford from 1890-93, the first student of geology at Stanford and the first to graduate. Branner was his professor. Branner was State Geologist of Arkansas, 1887-92; Purdue was to occupy the same post 1907-12. The two established a cordial professional relationship at Stanford that was reflected in their correspondence and would last until Purdue's death in 1917.


  • 1892-1918


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

John Casper Branner was born in New Market, Tennessee (Jefferson County). He received his B. S. from Cornell University in 1874 and his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 1885; Branner was awarded an LL. D. from the University of Arkansas in 1897. He served as a Geologist of the Imperial Geological Commission in Brazil, 1875-77. Branner worked as a topographical geologist in the geological survey of Pennsylvania, 1883-85. He was professor of geology at Indiana University from 1885-92, leaving that post to become professor of geology at Stanford. Branner was sometime acting president, from 1898-99, at Stanford. He was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Société Géologique de France. He was the associate editor of the Journal of Geology and wrote a great many articles on physical geography and geology. Further information on John Casper Branner can be obtained from Who's Who in America for 1899-1900.


1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

Photocopies of the correspondence of John Casper Branner with Albert Homer Purdue were donated by the Stanford University Archives on July 11 and November 30, 1977. The originals are presently in the Archives of Stanford University, and permission to publish them must be obtained from that institution.

Processing Information

Processed by Janet G. Tucker, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February 1988.



John Casper Branner Papers
Janet G. Tucker
February 1988
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444