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    Check out this blast from the past in Digital Collections.
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    Reading room during open house

Collection Spotlight

John Clark Salyer field journal 

John Clark Salyer II was born in Higgensville, Missouri, on August 16, 1902. He received his B.A. (1927) from Central College in Fayette, Missouri and his M.S. (1930) from the University of Michigan. He taught science in the Parsons, Kansas public schools and then became Professor of Biology at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. He accepted a job with the Iowa Fish and Game Commission in 1933. Salyter was recruited by the Chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, to oversee the management of national wildlife refuges. He accepted a management program using the conservation principles of wildlife management endorsed by Aldo Leopold. He retired in 1961 after increasing the national wildlife refuge system in size from 1.5 million acres to nearly 29 million acres. Salyer became known as the "Father of the National Wildlife Refuge System" for his tireless efforts as head of the Division of Wildlife Refuges. The collection (1932) consists of a handwritten field journal belonging to John Clark Salyer while working for the Iowa Fish and Game Commission. The journal primarily documents Iowa’s fish populations and habitats, but also includes descriptions of local people and anecdotes on Iowa’s place and river names. The journal refers to locations mainly in the north-central and northeastern portions of Iowa. For more information see the finding aid.

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Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Records, MS 697
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Iowa Bankers Association Records, MS-45
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Harold "Sande" McNabb Papers, RS 9/18/55
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