Thomas Frank Barton papers, 1913-1980 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Corporate Test - Dept. of Test
Crab Orchard Lake (Ill.)
Crab Orchard Lake (Ill.) - History
Geography - Study and teaching
Geology - Illinois
Geology - Study and teaching (Higher)
Illinois - Geography
Oil fields - Illinois - History
Peithmann, Irvin M. - Correspondence
Plochmann, George Kimball, 1914-
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Geography.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Department of Geology.
This collection consists of Thomas Frank Barton's papers accumulated while he was a professor and department head at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and also papers relating to Southern Illinois University Carbondale collected after his resignation.
A large portion of the correspondence relates to Barton's dissatisfactions with George K. Plochmann's book, "The Ordeal of Southern Illinois University", written in 1957. Barton thought Plochmann had misrepresented the facts about the Department of Geography and Geology. There are only a few letters after Barton's tenure at Southern Illinois University Carbondale until Barton began writing of his displeasure with the book in 1977. There is also a large amount of correspondence between Barton and Irvin Peithmann, a scholar of Native American history and archeology in Illinois, and SIU Museum curator. These letters discuss Peithmann's and Barton's careers, opinions of university administration during the early 1970s (i.e. relationship with faculty and student protest issues), and opinions of university president David Derge.
The collection also contains a large number of papers of the Department and Southern Illinois University Carbondale including departmental reports from 1938-1947, class notes, and memoranda. There are many reports, publications, notes, and news clippings concerning geography and geology surveys, conservation, studies, and projects in Illinois conducted during the 1930s and 1940s. These include information on the Crab Orchard Project conducted during the 1930s, news clippings and other information on discoveries of oil deposits in southern Illinois during the 1930s, and projects and studies conducted during World War II.
Also included are some of Barton's articles and drafts of articles and speeches written while he was at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, news clippings concerning Barton, and other papers related to his career. Photographs of Carbondale during the 1930s have been removed to the General Photograph Collection.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1980
Series 2: Southern Illinois University Carbondale Geography and Geology Department, 1934-1958
Series 3: Southern Illinois University Carbondale General, 1913-1980
Series 4: Geography and Geology, 1929-1952
Series 5: Thomas F. Barton, Papers, Articles, 1941-1950
Series 6: Employment Data and Local Politics/Financial, 1938-1962