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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Robert S. Platt Papers 1898-1980

© 2006 University of Chicago Library

Acknowledgments

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Platt, Robert S.. Papers

Dates:

1898-1980

Size:

18.5 linear feet (37 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Contains correspondence, manuscripts, student notes, lectures, field notes, teaching materials, letters of recommendation, maps, biographical material, postcards, offprints, book reviews, photographs, slides, and a motion picture film. Includes notes taken while Platt was a graduate student in the Department of Geography at the University of Chicago, notes and research papers from the Department's field courses in the upper Great Lakes region, correspondence relating to professional organizations such as the Association of American Geographers and the Library of Congress where Platt was Chief of the Division of Maps. Also includes editorial correspondence of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers (1961-1963).

Information on Use

Access

Access to student letters of recommendation is Series VI is restricted indefinitely. Access to Series VIII is restricted until 2014.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Platt, Robert S.. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Robert Swanton Platt (1891-1964) was born in Columbus, Ohio, studied at St. George's School and the Hotchkiss School, and graduated from Yale in 1914. After teaching for a year at Yale in China at Changsha, he returned to the United States to enter the Department of Geography of the University of Chicago in 1915. Despite the interruption of military service during World War I, he completed his Ph.D. and was appointed an instructor in the Department in 1920. For the next thirty-seven years, Platt remained at the University of Chicago as assistant professor (1921-1927), associate professor (1927-1939), professor (1939-1957), and chairman (1949-1957) of the Department of Geography.

The central concern of Platt's work as a geographer was the intensive field study of small geographical areas that could provide data to support broader theoretical generalizations on the interrelation of landforms and human occupancy. Beginning in 1920 and continuing for more than thirty years, Platt led graduate students in his field courses on annual summer trips to Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, the upper Great Lakes region, and along the U.S.-Canadian border from Manitoba to Quebec. Conclusions drawn from these studies were distilled for presentation at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers and subsequently published as a regular series of articles in professional journals.

Platt followed a similar procedure in surveying Central and South American geography. On seven trips to the Caribbean and Latin America between 1922 and 1941 (each lasting from two to six months), Platt and his wife, Harriet, alternated lengthy traverses of continental regions with careful micro-studies of specific villages and farms. These studies, which eventually numbered nearly one hundred, formed the basis for Platt's monographic text, Latin America: Countrysides and United Regions (1942). In later years, Platt utilized the field methods developed in the 1920's and 1930's to examine a variety of other geographic settings: Tierra del Fuego (1948); the Dutch-German border (1952-1954); the Saarland (1958-1959); volcanic activity in Mexico, Hawaii, and Italy (1958-1960); and Pakistan (1961). In each of these projects, as in the edited collection of essays published as Field Study in American Geography (1958), Platt stressed the spatial complexity of human social and cultural patterns and warned against the conceptual dangers of environmental determinism.

While fieldwork formed the foundation of his reputation, Platt was equally well known for his interest in general geographical theory and the development of geography as a professional discipline. From 1923 to 1940, he was a regular participant in the spring field conference of American geographers first organized by Wellington Jones and Carl Sauer. He served the Association of American Geographers for many years as its treasurer (1929-1934), vice-president (1943), president (1945), and as editor of the Annals of the A.A.G. from 1961 to 1964. Outside the discipline, Platt advanced the interests of professional geography as vice-chairman of the Division of Geology and Geography of the National Research Council (1937-1939); as adviser to the Geographer of the U.S. State Department (1943); and most notably as chief of the Division of Maps at the Library of Congress (1944-1945) during Federal wartime mobilization. Even after his retirement in 1957, Platt's interest in professionalism and methodology was reflected in his organization of the Pakistan Field Geographers while a Fulbright Scholar in 1962 and his course on Geographic Thought given as a visiting professor at Indiana University in 1963.

Platt's skill as a teacher and his generous encouragement of the work of others contributed to the high regard in which he was held by both students and colleagues. Together with Harriet, he opened his home at 10820 S. Drew to successive generations of foreign and American students in geography and other fields, many of who lived with the Platts for more than a year and came to style themselves "Plattaches." The Platt home was also the scene of frequent gatherings of Department of Geography faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and of meetings with geographers from other universities. Following Platt's death in 1964, several of these friends and colleagues joined in erecting a monument in his memory in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, on the site of his earliest contributions to field methodology and in tribute to the teacher and scholar who represented "in remarkable degree," as Richard Hartshorne has noted, "the development of American geography during his lifetime."

Scope Note

The Robert S. Platt papers contain student notes, professional correspondence, manuscripts, off-prints, lectures, field notes, teaching materials, postcards, photographs, and movie film; notes and research papers from his Department of Geography field courses in the upper Great Lakes region; and editorial correspondence of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 1961 to 1963.

Series I. BIOGRAPHICAL

This series contains a miscellaneous group of materials related to Platt's life, as well as a series of tributes offered by his students and colleagues. Of particular interest are folders devoted to Platt's retirement and the critical appraisals of his career by William Pattison, Richard Hartshorne, and Richard S. Thoman.

Series II. EARLY NOTES AND PAPERS

Except for items in the first folder, this series of student notes and papers represents Platt's work as a graduate student in the Department of Geography from 1915 to 1920. The lectures by Barrows, Tower, and Cowles preserved in Platt's notes are significant for the information they provide on the intellectual climate of the Department during its early years. That these teachers (and others including Rollin D. Salisbury and Albion Small) were having an important effect on Platt's thinking is apparent from a group of undated geographical notes, evidently written ca. 1916; in these notes, Platt compares definitions of geography offered in Departmental courses with those found in standard dictionaries, and counter-poses his own reflections on the nature of the discipline.

Series III. PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE

Platt's professional correspondence includes a number of important exchanges with such colleagues as Harlan H. Barrows, Richard Hartshorne, Wellington D. Jones, and Derwent Whittlesey. In the case of Hartshorne, Platt considered certain letters to be of such theoretical consequence that they were separated for use in teaching his course on Geographic Thought at Indiana University in 1963. The professional correspondence also contains letters related to Platt's work with the Association of American Geographers, the Library of Congress, the National Research Council, and the U.S. State Department and War Department.

Series IV. WRITINGS

The writings in this series have been divided into three sub-series: Books and Articles and Addresses and Lectures arranged alphabetically by title, followed by Book Reviews organized alphabetically by the last name of the author or editor. Individual folders in the Books and Articles section typically contain manuscripts and offprints, but they may also include outlines and correspondence or notes by Platt such as those found on the manuscript chapters of American Geography: Inventory and Prospect. Several autobiographical writings containing Platt's comments on his career and the development of American geography should also be noted: "Being a Geographer"; "My Unfinishing School" and "My Photogenic Finish;" "Around the World in 47 Years"; "Glimpses of the Decades"; and "A Half-Century of Geography and Geographers."

Series V. FIELD NOTES

Notes in this series record Platt's field observations throughout his career, from a trip to the Fox Valley as a graduate student to travels in Spain and Morocco in the year before his death. The notes have been organized into five general geographical categories (United States and Canada; Bermuda; Latin America and Caribbean; and Europe and North America), and within each category have been arranged chronologically by year. The notes on Bermuda collected in the spring and fall of 1919 served as the basis for his 1920 Ph.D. dissertation, "Resources and Economic Interests of the Bermudas."

Series VI. DEPARTMENTAL AND TEACHING MATERIALS

Apart from a small group of administrative materials, this series is devoted largely to notes and correspondence related to regular geography courses taught by Platt from 1920 to 1963. Included are records of his earliest teaching experiences at Changsha at Yale in China and in the U.S. Army during World War I, and a group of materials from his courses on Geographic Thought and Methodology given at the University of Chicago and Indiana University late in his life.

Letters of recommendation in this series are restricted until 2005 and may be consulted only upon application to the University Archivist.

Series VII. GREAT LAKES FIELD COURSES

Material in this series records the work of Platt and his students in the field from 1920 to 1951. Within the group of folders devoted to each year's trip, Platt's correspondence and notes on travel arrangements and field instructions are followed by printed maps indicating the general area being surveyed, manuscript reports and maps compiled by students in the field, and final research papers prepared by students for course credit.

Series VIII. ANNALS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS

This series contains the editorial files accumulated by Platt during his tenure as editor of the Annals of the A.A.G. (1961-1964). General editorial correspondence is followed by letters and referees' reports on individual published articles arranged by issue.

All records in this series are restricted until 2014 and may be consulted only upon application to the University Archivist.

Series IX. POSTCARDS

Platt was an avid collector of postcards with geographical views, particularly in the early years of his career. Besides serving as colorful souvenirs of his travels, postcards also met research needs: those depicting the landforms, flora, and industries of Bermuda, for example, proved useful in the writing of his dissertation.

Series X. PHOTOGRAPHS

Rooted in his early amateur interest in picture taking, Platt's commitment to photography as a research tool was a hallmark of his geographic field technique. Although many of the photographs in this series were intended to appear as illustrations in his published articles, others were taken to serve as permanent records of significant events in his life. Platt recorded student excursions with Rollin Salisbury; his earliest fieldwork at Ellison Bay; the first of the American geographers' spring field conferences; and numerous incidents during annual trips to the upper Great Lakes region. Platt's collection of photographs is also an important source of visual information on the Department of Geography and the varied events at his home in Morgan Park.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/

Further information on Robert S. Platt and the Department of Geography can be found in the Presidents' Papers; the papers of Rollin D. Salisbury and Harlan H. Barrows; the Archival General and Biographical Files; the Goode Base Map collection; the Department of Geography records; and the records of the Department of Geography 75th Anniversary Exhibit.

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Biographical

Box 1   Folder 1

Correspondence with parents, 1918-1924

Box 1   Folder 2

Amateur photographic contest and published photographs, 1924, 1929

Box 1   Folder 3

Curriculum vitae and miscellaneous biographical information, 1933-1963

Box 1   Folder 4

Harriet Shanks Platt, lecture prospectus, undated

Box 1   Folder 5

Foreign geographic society memberships, 1948-1960

Box 1   Folder 6

"Plattweg" reunion, 1957

Box 1   Folder 7

Book of tributes from colleagues and former students, 1957

Box 1   Folder 8

Helen Culver Gold Medal presentation, Geographic Society of Chicago, 1959

Box 1   Folder 9

Anonymous biographical introduction of RSP, ca. 1959

Box 1   Folder 10

"Robert S. Platt: An Appreciation," eulogy by Marvin W. Mikesell, Rockefeller Chapel, March 17, 1964

Box 1   Folder 11

Letters of condolence, 1964

Box 1   Folder 12

Descriptions of 10820 S. Drew St. Property (Platt residence), 1965; proposal for housing Amitree organization in residence, 1974; proposal for Platt monument on Niagara escarpment, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, undated

Box 1   Folder 13

William Pattison, "An Exercise in the Sociology of Knowledge," 1950

Box 1   Folder 14

Richard Hartshorne, "Robert S. Platt, 1891-1964," 1964

Box 1   Folder 15

Richard S. Thoman, "Robert Swanton Platt, 1891-1964," 1980

Series II: Student Notes and Papers

Box 1   Folder 16

Miscellaneous notes, Yale University, 1911-1912

Box 1   Folder 17

University of Chicago transcript, 1915-1920

Box 1   Folder 18

Harlan H. Barrows, The Influence of Geography on American History (Geography 10), Autumn 1915

Box 1   Folder 19

Harlan H. Barrows, The Influence of Geography on American History (Geography 10), Autumn 1915

Box 2   Folder 1

Harlan H. Barrows, The Influence of Geography on American History (Geography 10), Autumn 1915

Box 2   Folder 2

Harlan H. Barrows, Conservation of Natural Resources (Geography 12), Winter 1916

Box 2   Folder 3

Harlan H. Barrows, Conservation of Natural Resources (Geography 12), Winter 1916

Box 2   Folder 4

Harlan H. Barrows, Geographical Influences on the History of the Western United States (Geography 36), Autumn 1916

Box 2   Folder 5

Harlan H. Barrows, Geography of Illinois (Geography 38), Winter 1917

Box 2   Folder 6

Walter S. Tower, Geography of South America (Geography 21), Winter 1917

Box 2   Folder 7

Walter S. Tower, Geography of South America (Geography 21), Winter 1917

Box 2   Folder 8

Walter S. Tower, Geography of South America (Geography 21), Winter 1917

Box 3   Folder 1

Henry C. Cowles, Physiographic Ecology (Botany 34), Spring 1919

Box 3   Folder 2

Notes on the nature of geography, undated

Box 3   Folder 3

Miscellaneous student notes, undated

Series III: Professional Correspondence

Box 3   Folder 4

A, general

Box 3   Folder 5

American Geographical Society (includes John K. Wright)

Box 3   Folder 6

Association of American Geographers, general

Box 3   Folder 7

Association of American Geographers, general, annual meetings

Box 3   Folder 8

Association of American Geographers, general, Constitutional Committee

Box 3   Folder 9

Association of American Geographers, general, Treasurer

Box 3   Folder 10

B, general

Box 3   Folder 11

Barrows, Harlan H.

Box 3   Folder 12

Bowman, Isaiah

Box 3   Folder 13

Brown, Ralph H.

Box 3   Folder 14

C, general

Box 3   Folder 15

Colby, Charles C.

Box 3   Folder 16

Collier, John

Box 3   Folder 17

D, general

Box 4   Folder 1

Davis, Charles M.

Box 4   Folder 2

E, general

Box 4   Folder 3

F, general

Box 4   Folder 4

Finch, Vernor C.

Box 4   Folder 5

G, general

Box 4   Folder 6

Gamma Alpha Fraternity

Box 4   Folder 7

Ginsburg, Norton S.

Box 4   Folder 8

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Box 4   Folder 9

H, general

Box 4   Folder 10

Hanson, Earl P.

Box 4   Folder 11

Haring, C.H.

Box 4   Folder 12

Hartshorne, Richard

Box 4   Folder 13

Hartshorne, Richard, correspondence used in teaching Geography 520, Indiana University, February 1963

Box 4   Folder 14

Huang, Kuo Chang

Box 4   Folder 15

I, general

Box 4   Folder 16

J, general

Box 4   Folder 17

James, Preston E.

Box 4   Folder 18

Jefferson, Mark

Box 4   Folder 19

Joerg, W.L.G.

Box 4   Folder 20

Jones, Chester Lloyd

Box 4   Folder 21

Jones, Clarence F.

Box 4   Folder 22

Jones, Stephen

Box 5   Folder 1

Jones, Wellington D.

Box 5   Folder 2

K, general

Box 5   Folder 3

Kollmorgen, Walter M.

Box 5   Folder 4

L, general

Box 5   Folder 5

Library of Congress, general

Box 5   Folder 6

Library of Congress, Divison of Maps

Box 5   Folder 7

Longmans, Green and Co.

Box 5   Folder 8

Longwell, Chester R.

Box 5   Folder 9

M, general

Box 5   Folder 10

Martin, Lawrence

Box 5   Folder 11

N, general

Box 5   Folder 12

National Research Council, Division of Geology and Geography

Box 5   Folder 13

National Science Foundation

Box 5   Folder 14

O-P, general

Box 5   Folder 15

Philbrick, Allen K.

Box 5   Folder 16

Q-R, general

Box 5   Folder 17

Redfield, Robert

Box 6   Folder 1

S, general

Box 6   Folder 2

Schmieder, Oscar

Box 6   Folder 3

Smith, Guy-Harold

Box 6   Folder 4

Smith, J. Russell

Box 6   Folder 5

Smith, Joe Patterson

Box 6   Folder 6

Social Science Research Committee

Box 6   Folder 7

T, general

Box 6   Folder 8

Torkelson, M.W.

Box 6   Folder 9

U, general

Box 6   Folder 10

U.S. State Department, general (includes Cordell Hull)

Box 6   Folder 11

U.S. State Department, general (includes Cordell Hull), Office of the Geographer

Box 6   Folder 12

U.S. War Department, Military Intelligence (G-2)

Box 6   Folder 13

V, general

Box 6   Folder 14

Visher, Stephen S.

Box 6   Folder 15

W, general

Box 6   Folder 16

Whitaker, J. Russell

Box 6   Folder 17

Whittlesey, Derwent

Box 6   Folder 18

Y-Z, general

Series IV: Writings

Box 7   Folder 1

Bibliographies of published works by RSP

Box 7   Folder 2

"An Air Traverse of Central America," 1934

Box 7   Folder 3

"America, War, and Waves of the Future: An Analysis of National Agreement and Disagreement," 1941

Box 7   Folder 4

American Geography: and Prospect, James, Jones, and Wright, eds. (1954)

Box 7   Folder 5

"Anomalous Panama," 1929

Box 7   Folder 6

"Being a Geographer," 1947

Box 7   Folder 7

"Brazilian Capitals and Frontiers," Parts I and II, 1954-1955

Box 7   Folder 8

"Can the Americas Be United for Defense?" 1940

Box 7   Folder 9

"Central American Railways and the Pan-American Route," 1926

Box 7   Folder 10

"A Classification of Manufactures, Exemplified by Porto Rican Industries," 1927

Box 7   Folder 11

"Coffee Plantations of Brazil: A Comparison of Occupance Patterns in Established and Frontier Areas," 1935

Box 7   Folder 12

"Critical Spots in Latin America," undated

Box 7   Folder 13

"A Cross Section of Central America in Costa Rica," 1923

Box 7   Folder 14

"Cuba, Haiti and Santo Domingo," 1923

Box 7   Folder 15

"A Detail of Regional Geography: Ellison Bay Community as an Industrial Organism," 1928

Box 7   Folder 16

"Determinism in Geography," 1948

Box 7   Folder 17

"Development and Problems of Land Transport in Latin America," 1940

Box 7   Folder 18

"Do We Lack Proper Field Methods and Mapping Techniques?" 1955

Box 7   Folder 19

"Environmentalism versus Geography," 1948

Box 7   Folder 20

"Exploration and Geography," 1925

Box 7   Folder 21

"Field Approach to Regions," 1935

Box 7   Folder 22

Field Study in American Geography: The Development of Theory and Method Exemplified by Selections (1959)

Box 8   Folder 1

"Field Study of Republic, Michigan: A Community in the Marquette Iron Range," 1928

Box 8   Folder 2

A Geographical Study of the Dutch-German Border (1958), manuscript

Box 8   Folder 3

A Geographical Study of the Dutch-German Border (1958), manuscript, maps

Box 8   Folder 4

A Geographical Study of the Dutch-German Border (1958), manuscript, published copy

Box 8   Folder 5

"Geography of a Sugar District: Mariel, Cuba," 1929

Box 8   Folder 6

Handbook of Latin American Studies (1938, 1939)

Box 8   Folder 7

"Harlan H. Barrows," 1961

Box 8   Folder 8

"The Influence of Volcanoes on People: A Study of Human Response to Natural Environment," 1959

Box 8   Folder 9

Writings

  • "Items in the Chilean Pattern of Occupance," 1934
  • "Items in the Haitian Pattern of Occupance," undated abstract
  • "Items in the Regional Geography of Panama: With Some Comments on Contemporary Geographic Method," 1938
Box 8   Folder 10

Latin America: Country sides and United Regions (1942), outline and correspondence

Box 8   Folder 11

Latin America: Country sides and United Regions (1942), outline and correspondence, publicity and reviews

Box 8   Folder 12

"Latin America in World Affairs," 1941

Box 8   Folder 13

"MRA: Help or Hindrance in Our World?" 1955

Box 8   Folder 14

"Magdalena Atlipac: A Study in Terrene Occupancy in Mexico," 1933

Box 8   Folder 15

"Memorandum on 'Large Scale Regional Development' Address by E.S. Draper," undated

Box 8   Folder 16

"Mining Patterns of Occupance in Five South American Districts," 1933

Box 9   Folder 1

"My Unfinishing School: An Unsuccess Story," 1959, and "My Photogenic Finish: A Success Story," 1960

Box 9   Folder 2

Writings

  • "A New Capital for Brazil?" 1952
  • "Nicaragua: Revolution and Intervention," 1927
  • "A Note by the President," 1946
  • "A Note on Rollin D. Salisbury," 1957
  • "Notes (Written After Talking with Mr. Harrison, Listening to Mr. Hutchins at the Trustees Dinner, and Reading Mr. Colwell's Approach to the Teachings of Jesus)," 1950
Box 9   Folder 3

Palestine, undated

Box 9   Folder 4

"Pattern of Land Occupancy in the Mexican Laguna District," 1930

Box 9   Folder 5

"Pattern of Occupance in the Maracaibo Basin," 1934

Box 9   Folder 6

"Peripheral Items in the Argentine Pattern of Terrene Occupancy," 1931

Box 9   Folder 7

"Pirovano: Items in the Argentine Pattern of Terrene Occupance," 1931

Box 9   Folder 8

Writings

  • "Political Geography," 1950
  • "Porto Rico, Jamaica, and Martinique," 1923
Box 9   Folder 9

"Problems of Our Time," 1945

Box 9   Folder 10

"Quotations on Function, Process, Organization, Dynamic Spatial Relations, Spatial-Temporal Pattern, System of Operations, as Distinct from Static Uniform Homogeneous Areal Differentiation, in Publications of 1928-1957, R.S. Platt," undated

Box 9   Folder 11

"Reconnaissance in British Guiana, with Comments on Microgeography," 1939

Box 9   Folder 12

"Reconnaissance in Dynamic Regional Geography: Tierra del Fuego," 1949

Box 9   Folder 13

Regional planning, undated

Box 9   Folder 14

"Regionalism in World Order," 1943

Box 9   Folder 15

"Resources and Economic Interests of the Bermudas" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1920), correspondence

Box 9   Folder 16

"Resources and Economic Interests of the Bermudas" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1920), manuscript and abstract

Box 9   Folder 17

"A Review of Regional Geography," 1957

Box 9   Folder 18

"The Rise of Cultural Geography in America," 1952

Box 9   Folder 19

"The Saarland, an International Borderland: Social Geography from Field Study of Nine Border Villages," 1961, correspondence, grant proposal, maps

Box 9   Folder 20

"The Saarland, an International Borderland: Social Geography from Field Study of Nine Border Villages," 1961, manuscript and offprint

Box 9   Folder 21

"Significance of the Location of Bermuda," 1921

Box 10   Folder 1

"Six Farms in the Central Andes," 1932

Box 10   Folder 2

"South Range, Keweenaw Copper Country: A Mining Pattern of Land Occupancy," 1932

Box 10   Folder 3

"Statement by Two Geographers," 1959

Box 10   Folder 4

Suggestions Concerning Desirable Lines of Research in the Fields of Geology and Geography, Bastin, Dunbar, and Platt, eds. (1936)

Box 10   Folder 5

"Summary Memorandum on the Bad River Indian Reservation, Based on Reports of Field Study," 1940

Box 10   Folder 6

"Tentative Interpretation of Middle Tennessee," 1927 "Transportation in Inter-Regional Relations," 1949

Box 10   Folder 7

"An Urban Field Study: Marquette, Michigan," 1931

Box 10   Folder 8

"Wellington D. Jones," 1957

Box 10   Folder 9

"What A Geographer Thinks About," 1961 "Where Do the Cultures Meet?" 1940

Box 10   Folder 10

"Working on the Professor's Terms," 1952 Addresses and Lectures

Box 10   Folder 11

"Around the World in 47 Years," 1962

Box 10   Folder 12

Writings

  • "The Bermuda Islands," 1920
  • "Blueprint for Hemisphere Defense," 1941
  • "Bordering on Geology," 1948
Box 10   Folder 13

Writings

  • "Boundary between Canada and U.S.," 1953
  • "Boundary Reconnaissance in Europe," 1954
Box 10   Folder 14

"Can We Avoid Determinism?" 1947

Box 10   Folder 15

"Chasing a European Boundary," 1954

Box 10   Folder 16

Clark Lectures, 1950

Box 10   Folder 17

Writings

  • "Comparative Religions," 1937
  • "Conflicting Territorial Claims in the Upper Amazon," 1937
Box 10   Folder 18

"Contributions of Geographers in Latin American Studies," 1961

Box 10   Folder 19

"Critical Spots in Latin America," 1939

Box 10   Folder 20

"Destruction and Resettlement around Volcanoes," 1961

Box 10   Folder 21

Writings

  • "Development of Field Study, Theory, and Method," 1961
  • "Dutch-German Border," 1955
Box 10   Folder 22

Writings

  • "Economic Union for the Americas," 1940
  • "Experiences in Germany," 1951
Box 11   Folder 1

Writings

  • "Geographical Aspects of Paricutin Volcano," 1961
  • "The Geographical Region," 1957
  • "Geography of Airways," 1946
  • "Geography of Religion," 1961
Box 11   Folder 2

"Glimpses of the Decades," 1954

Box 11   Folder 3

"Goings-On in Field Work," 1958

Box 11   Folder 4

"A Half Century of Geography and Geographers," 1963

Box 11   Folder 5

Writings

  • "Impressions of Africa," 1961
  • "Inter-American Transportation," 1941
Box 11   Folder 6

"Introductory Field Study," 1951

Box 11   Folder 7

"A Latin Americanist Looks at Africa," 1961

Box 11   Folder 8

Lectures in Brazil, 1947

Box 11   Folder 9

"Life in a Chinese City," 1921

Box 11   Folder 10

Writings

  • "My Discovery of Palestine," 1927
  • "My Religious Exposure," 1954
Box 11   Folder 11

Writings

  • "Natural Boundaries?" 1951
  • "Nature of Research in Geography," 1951
Box 11   Folder 12

"Palestine," [1925]

Box 11   Folder 13

Writings

  • "Patterns of World Transport, Airwise and Otherwise," 1945
  • "Perambulations of Recent Weeks," 1956
  • "Problems in Adjustment of Boundaries," 1958
  • "Problems in Cultural Geography; Plantations; Forms of Land Tenure in Latin America," 1940
Box 11   Folder 14

Writings

  • "Recent History of Boundary Study," 1951
  • "Remarks at the Dedication of the Ralph Brown Room" 1963
  • "Talk at Gamma Alpha Smoker," 1921
Box 11   Folder 15

Writings

  • "What is There to Be Coordinated, and How?" 1940
  • "What Do We Have in Washington? What Do We Want?" 1945
Box 11   Folder 16

Writings

  • "Where's Bunker Hill?" 1941
  • "World Air Routes," 1945
Box 11   Folder 17

Writings

  • Miscellaneous untitled lectures, 1917-1961
  • Book Reviews
Box 11   Folder 18

Authors A-M

Box 11   Folder 19

Authors N-Z

Series V: Field Notes

Subseries 1: United States and Canada

Box 12   Folder 1

1916-1917 (Fox Valley, Illinois)

Box 12   Folder 2

1919 (Chicago to Washington, D.C.; New York; Massachusetts; Cassville, Illinois)

Box 12   Folder 3

1920 (Ohio; Kentucky; Indiana; Maine; Washington, D.C. to Boston; Wisconsin; Illinois; Arkansas)

Box 12   Folder 4

1921 (St. Lawrence Valley; French Lick, Indiana; Wisconsin; Chicago to Boston)

Box 12   Folder 5

1922 (Pittsburgh to Key West; Texas; Missouri; Arkansas; New York to Chicago)

Box 12   Folder 6

Field notes, 1923-1925

  • 1923 (Michigan)
  • 1924 (New York; Pennsylvania; Ontario)
  • 1925 (Illinois)
Box 12   Folder 7

1926 (Tennessee; Alabama; Florida; Wisconsin)

Box 12   Folder 8

1928 (Missouri, New Mexico; Michigan; Georgia; Florida)

Box 12   Folder 9

1929 (Michigan)

Box 12   Folder 10

1951 (Chicago; Wisconsin)

Box 12   Folder 11

1952 (Wisconsin)

Box 12   Folder 12

1956-1958 (Michigan)

Subseries 2: Bermuda

Box 12   Folder 13

March 1919

Box 13   Folder 1

March 1919

Box 13   Folder 2

September 1919

Box 13   Folder 3

September-October 1919

Box 13   Folder 4

October 1919

Box 13   Folder 5

Map of Soncy Estate, Pembroke

Subseries 3: Latin America and Caribbean

Box 13   Folder 6

Latin American Project; proposals, maps, and itineraries

Box 13   Folder 7

1922 (Venezuela)

Box 13   Folder 8

1922 (Cuba; Puerto Rico; Panama; Dominican Republic)

Box 14   Folder 1

1922 (Panama; Costa Rica; Guatemala)

Box 14   Folder 2

1922 (Honduras; Guatemala; Mexico)

Box 14   Folder 3

1923 (St. Thomas; Trinidad; Venezuela)

Box 14   Folder 4

1928 (Cuba; Mexico)

Box 14   Folder 5

1930 (Peru)

Box 14   Folder 6

1930 (Colombia; Chile; Argentina; Paraguay; Brazil)

Box 14   Folder 7

1933 (Colombia; Venezuela)

Box 14   Folder 8

1935 (Peru)

Box 14   Folder 9

1935 (Brazil)

Box 15   Folder 1

1936 (Mexico)

Box 15   Folder 2

1940 (Venezuela)

Box 15   Folder 3

1947 (Brazil; Paraguay)

Box 15   Folder 4

1948 (Peru; Argentina; Brazil)

Box 15   Folder 5

1948 (Peru; Argentina; Brazil)

Box 15   Folder 6

1952 (Bahamas)

Box 15   Folder 7

1958 (Mexico)

Box 15   Folder 8

Miscellaneous notes, undated

Subseries 4: Europe and North Africa

Box 15   Folder 9

1959 (Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii)

Box 15   Folder 10

1963 (Spain; Morocco)

Series VI: Departmental and Teaching Materials

Subseries 1: University of Chicago Department of Geography

Box 15   Folder 11

Administrative correspondence, 1949-1951 (includes Ernest Colwell, Robert M. Hutchins, and Walter A. Bartky)

Box 15   Folder 12

Intra-faculty correspondence, 1955 and undated

Box 15   Folder 13

Departmental course offerings, 1946-1949

Box 16   Folder 1

Conference and symposia, 1923, 1955-1957

Box 16   Folder 2

Chicago-Frankfurt Interuniversity Project, 1952

Box 16   Folder 3

Research project proposals, 1936, 1950-1952, 1958

Subseries 2: University of Chicago Teaching Materials

Box 16   Folder 4

Advice on teaching by Rollin D. Salisbury, 1919

Box 16   Folder 5

Instructor's reports, 1920-1957

Box 16   Folder 6

Required texts, 1924-1957

Box 16   Folder 7

Correspondence with students concerning theses, 1929-1942

Box 16   Folder 8

Letters of recommendation, 1932-1955

Box 16   Folder 9

Geography of North America (Geography 5), 1920-1923

Box 16   Folder 10

The Elements of Geography (Geography 1), 1923

Box 16   Folder 11

Advanced Field Course (Geography 466), 1928, itinerary and anonymous journal of Mexican traverse

Box 16   Folder 12

Introductory Geography (Geography 101), 1931

Box 16   Folder 13

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Central America, 1943

Box 16   Folder 14

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Economic Geography, 1943

Box 16   Folder 15

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Economic Geography, 1943

Box 16   Folder 16

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Political Geography, 1943

Box 16   Folder 17

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Political Geography, 1943

Box 17   Folder 1

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Physical Science, 1943

Box 17   Folder 2

Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), Sequence C, Premeteorology, 1943

Box 17   Folder 3

Latin America (Geography 247), 1950 and undated

Box 17   Folder 4

Geographic Thought (Geography 391), 1955-1957

Box 17   Folder 5

Geographic Thought (Geography 391), notes collected in 1963

Box 17   Folder 6

Geographic Thought (Geography 391), Richard Hartshorne, The Nature of Geography (1939), copy annotated by RSP

Box 17   Folder 7

Geographic Thought (Geography 391), Richard Hartshorne, Perspective on the Nature of Geography (1959), copy annotated by RSP

Box 17   Folder 8

Methodology (Geography 516), 1957

Box 18   Folder 1

Cultural geography, notes and research materials

Box 18   Folder 2

Miscellaneous course notes and syllabi Other Teaching Materials

Box 18   Folder 3

Yale in China, notes and class assignments, 1915

Box 18   Folder 4

Yale in China, notes on climate

Box 18   Folder 5

Yale in China, correspondence, 1917-1922

Box 18   Folder 6

Yale in China, "How It Strikes the Newcomer," by RSP; brochure, map of Changsha

Box 18   Folder 7

82nd Infantry, officers' training camp, 1918

Box 18   Folder 8

82nd Infantry, "The Western Front," by RSP, 1918

Box 18   Folder 9

82nd Infantry, lecture notes

Box 18   Folder 10

82nd Infantry, student maps

Box 18   Folder 11

82nd Infantry, correspondence, 1918-1923

Box 19   Folder 1

Navy Department, Bureau of Aeronautics, lectures, 1944

Box 19   Folder 2

Michigan State University, Visiting Professor, 1957

Box 19   Folder 3

Ohio State University, Mershon Visiting Professor, 1961

Box 19   Folder 4

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, Fulbright Scholar, official correspondence, 1961-1962

Box 19   Folder 5

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, travel arrangements

Box 19   Folder 6

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, correspondence with friends

Box 19   Folder 7

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, Pakistan Field Geographers

Box 19   Folder 8

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, University of Karachi

Box 19   Folder 9

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, University of Dacca

Box 19   Folder 10

United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan, notes and maps

Box 19   Folder 11

Indiana University, Visiting Professor, 1963 Miscellaneous Student Papers

Box 19   Folder 12

Ada V. Espenshade, "Three American Sub-Capitals," 1940

Box 19   Folder 13

Ann Larimore, "The Cultural Geography of St. Charles, Mo.: Housetypes," A.M. thesis, 1955

Box 19   Folder 14

Richard S. Thoman, "Chicago, a City of Dynamicity," undated Richard S. Thoman, "The Bourmet-Boursma Farm Units: A Cursory Appraisal," undated

Box 19   Folder 15

Don Edward Totten, "Patterns of Group Occupance in the Manitoba-North Dakota Border Area," A.M. thesis, 1950

Series VII: Great Lakes Field Courses

Box 20   Folder 1

List of students participating in Field Geography (Geography 7), 1920-1923; Field Course in the Green Bay Region (Geography 7), 1924-1927; and Field Course in the Northern Lakes Region (Geography 366), 1929-1951

Box 20   Folder 2

1920 (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin), correspondence and notes

Box 20   Folder 3

1921 (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin), notices

Box 20   Folder 4

1922 (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin), correspondence, notes, map

Box 20   Folder 5

1923 (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin), correspondence

Box 20   Folder 6

1924 (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin), correspondence and field notes

Box 20   Folder 7

1926 (Crystal Falls, Michigan), notes and maps

Box 20   Folder 8

1927 (Republic, Michigan), correspondence, notes, maps

Box 20   Folder 9

1929 (Marquette, Michigan), correspondence and clipping

Box 20   Folder 10

1930 (Marquette, Michigan), correspondence

Box 20   Folder 11

1931 (Houghton, Michigan), correspondence and clipping

Box 20   Folder 12

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), correspondence and notes

Box 20   Folder 13

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student field reports

Box 20   Folder 14

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student field reports

Box 20   Folder 15

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student field reports

Box 20   Folder 16

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), printed maps and surveys

Box 20   Folder 17

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student maps

Box 21   Folder 1

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student research papers

Box 21   Folder 2

1932 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student research papers

Box 21   Folder 3

1933 (Phelps, Wisconsin), notes and student research paper

Box 21   Folder 4

1934 (St. Ignace, Michigan), notes and student research papers

Box 21   Folder 5

1935 (Ontonagon, Michigan), prospectus

Box 21   Folder 6

1938 (Newberry, Michigan), notes

Box 21   Folder 7

1939 (Iron Mt., Michigan), notes

Box 21   Folder 8

1940 (Ashland, Wisconsin), correspondence, notes, and clipping

Box 21   Folder 9

1940 (Ashland, Wisconsin), student research paper

Box 21   Folder 10

1942 (Showano, Minnesota), notes

Box 21   Folder 11

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), correspondence, notes, clippings

Box 21   Folder 12

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student field reports

Box 21   Folder 13

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student field reports

Box 21   Folder 14

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student maps

Box 21   Folder 15

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student maps

Box 21   Folder 16

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student research papers

Box 22   Folder 1

1946 (International Falls, Minnesota), student research papers

Box 22   Folder 2

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), correspondence and notes

Box 22   Folder 3

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student field reports

Box 22   Folder 4

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student field reports

Box 22   Folder 5

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student field reports

Box 22   Folder 6

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student field reports

Box 22   Folder 7

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student maps

Box 22   Folder 8

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student research papers

Box 22   Folder 9

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student research papers

Box 23   Folder 1

1947 (St. Regis, Quebec), student research papers

Box 23   Folder 2

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), correspondence and notes

Box 23   Folder 3

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), student field reports

Box 23   Folder 4

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), student field reports

Box 23   Folder 5

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), student field reports

Box 23   Folder 6

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), student maps

Box 23   Folder 7

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), field reports student maps

Box 23   Folder 8

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), field reports student maps

Box 23   Folder 9

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), field reports student maps

Box 24   Folder 1

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), field reports student maps

Box 24   Folder 2

1948 (Emerson, Minnesota), field reports student maps

Box 24   Folder 3

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), notes

Box 24   Folder 4

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), printed maps

Box 24   Folder 5

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student field reports

Box 24   Folder 6

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student maps Folder 7: 1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student research papers

Box 24   Folder 8

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 1

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 2

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 3

1949 (Ft. William, Ontario), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 4

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), notes

Box 25   Folder 5

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student field reports

Box 25   Folder 6

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student maps

Box 25   Folder 7

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 8

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student research papers

Box 25   Folder 9

1950 (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan), student research papers

Box 26   Folder 1

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), notes

Box 26   Folder 2

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student field reports

Box 26   Folder 3

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student maps

Box 26   Folder 4

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student research papers

Box 26   Folder 5

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student research papers

Box 26   Folder 6

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student research papers

Box 26   Folder 7

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student research papers

Box 26   Folder 8

1951 (Niagara Falls, Ontario), student research papers

Series VIII: Annals of the Association of American Geographers

Subseries 1: General Correspondence

Box 27   Folder 1

Allen Press

Box 27   Folder 2

Association of American Geographers, Central Office

Box 27   Folder 3

Association of American Geographers, Central Office

Box 27   Folder 4

Broek, Jan O. M.

Box 27   Folder 5

Chorley, R.J.

Box 27   Folder 6

Gerlach, Arch C.

Box 27   Folder 7

Ginsburg, Norton

Box 27   Folder 8

Harrison, Richard Edes

Box 27   Folder 9

Kikolski, Bohdan

Box 27   Folder 10

Kniffen, Fred

Box 27   Folder 11

Kollmorgen, Walter

Box 27   Folder 12

Lewthwaite, Gordon R.

Box 27   Folder 13

Mikesell, Marvin W.

Box 27   Folder 14

Moodie, Arthur E.

Box 28   Folder 1

Pounds, Norman J.G.

Box 28   Folder 2

Roder, Wolf

Box 28   Folder 3

Ruhe, Robert V.

Box 28   Folder 4

Rutherford, John

Box 28   Folder 5

Sopher, David E.

Box 28   Folder 6

Spencer, Joseph E.

Box 28   Folder 7

Wheeler, Jesse

Box 28   Folder 8

Others, A-F

Box 28   Folder 9

Others, G-J

Box 28   Folder 10

Others, K-N

Box 28   Folder 11

Others, P-Y

Subseries 2: Correspondence Regarding Published Articles

Box 28   Folder 12

March 1961 (Vol. 51, No. 1)

Box 28   Folder 13

June 1961 (Vol. 51, No. 2)

Box 29   Folder 1

September 1961 (Vol. 51, No. 3)

Box 29   Folder 2

December 1961 (Vol. 51, No. 4)

Box 29   Folder 3

March 1962 (Vol. 52, No. 1)

Box 29   Folder 4

June 1962 (Vol. 52, No. 2)

Box 29   Folder 5

September 1962 (Vol. 52, No. 3)

Box 29   Folder 6

March 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 1)

Box 29   Folder 7

March 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 1)

Box 29   Folder 8

June 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 2)

Box 29   Folder 9

September 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 3)

Box 29   Folder 10

September 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 3)

Box 29   Folder 11

December 1963 (Vol. 53, No. 4)

Series IX: Postcards

Box 30   Folder 1

Bermuda

Box 30   Folder 2

Latin America

Box 30   Folder 3

Latin America

Box 30   Folder 4

Great Lakes

Box 30   Folder 5

Great Lakes

Box 30   Folder 6

Southern United States

Box 30   Folder 7

Caribbean

Box 30   Folder 8

Caribbean

Box 30   Folder 9

Dutch-German Border

Series X: Photographs

Subseries 1: Negatives

Box 31   Folder 1

Hotchkiss School, 1910

Box 31   Folder 2

Yale University, 1910-1912

Box 31   Folder 3

Japan and China, 1913

Box 31   Folder 4

Yale University, 1913-1914; Norway and Sweden, 1914

Box 31   Folder 5

China, 1914-1915

Box 32   Folder 1

J. Paul Goode field trip to western U.S., 1915

Box 32   Folder 2

University of Chicago, 1915-1916; military service, 1917-1918

Box 32   Folder 3

Miscellaneous negatives separated by RSP:China; U.S. Army; R.D. Salisbury field trip to Stony Island

Box 32   Folder 4

Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, 1920; Dept. of Geography picnic, 1920; Geography 7 field trip to Green Bay, 1921

Box 32   Folder 5

Geography 6 field trip in Chicago vicinity, 1922; Geography 7 field trip to Ellison Bay, 1922; field trip to Ellison Bay, Iron Mt., and Fox Valley, 1923

Box 32   Folder 6

Field trip to Dubuque, 1924; Ellison Bay, 1924; geographers' field conference, Sawyer, Michigan, 1929; Geography 366 field trip to Marquette, Michigan, 1929

Box 32   Folder 7

Geography 366 field trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, 1932; Dept. of Geography picnic, 1934

Subseries 2: Prints

Box 33   Folder 1

RSP and Platt family

Box 33   Folder 2

University of Chicago campus views entered in photographic contest

Box 33   Folder 3

Dept. of Geography

Box 33   Folder 4

Latin America

Box 33   Folder 5

Latin America

Box 33   Folder 6

Latin America

Box 33   Folder 7

Latin America

Box 33   Folder 8

Latin America

Box 34   Folder 1

Latin America

Box 34   Folder 2

Latin America

Box 34   Folder 3

Latin America, RSP and field party

Box 34   Folder 4

Great Lakes region

Box 34   Folder 5

Great Lakes region

Box 34   Folder 6

Great Lakes region

Box 34   Folder 7

Great Lakes field courses, RSP and students

Box 34   Folder 8

German border

Box 34   Folder 9

Saarland

Subseries 3: Movie Film

Box 35   Folder 1

RSP and students, 3 reels, 16mm

Subseries 4: Glass Slides

Box 35   Folder 2

China, 1914-1915

Box 35   Folder 3

Dept. of Geography and geographers' field conferences, 1914-1923 and undated

Box 35   Folder 4

James Bay traverse, 1934

Subseries 5: Film Slides

Box 36

Section 1: 1898-1917

Box 36

Section 2: 1919-1920

Box 36

Section 3: 1921-1923

Box 36

Section 4: 1924-1929

Box 36

Section 5: 1930-1931

Box 36

Section 6: 1932-1935

Box 36

Section 7: 1936-1939

Box 36

Section 8: 1940-1947

Box 36

Section 9: 1948-1949

Box 37

Section 1: 1950-1951

Box 37

Section 2: 1952

Box 37

Section 3: 1953

Box 37

Section 4: 1954

Box 37

Section 5: 1955

Box 37

Section 6: 1956-1962

Box 37

Section 7: 10820 S. Drew, various events, 1925-1955

Box 37

Section 8: Portraits of RSP