Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Blatchley mss., 1883-1940, are papers of Willis Stanley Blatchley, 1859-1940, Indiana state geologist and naturalist, who was born in North Madison, Connecticut, and brought by his parents to Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1860. In 1862 the family moved to Putnam County, Indiana, where Blatchley received his elementary education. He entered Indiana University in March 1883, where he majored in science (botany, zoology, and geology), and graduated in 1887. From 1887-1894 he taught science in Wiley High School of Terre Haute. In 1894 he was elected State Geologist of Indiana on the Republican ticket, a position which he held until 1911. From 1913 until his death he wintered in Dunedin, Florida, and spent his summers in Indiana, writing and collecting scientific specimens. Biographical material on Blatchley and lists of his writings appear in Blatchleyana [I] and II...(Indianapolis, 1930-1939).

The Blatchley mss. include papers written by Blatchley while he was an undergraduate at Indiana University, 1883- 1887; some letters to him, June 29, 1889-December 2, 1904; copies of letters written by him December 12, 1898-November 6, 1939, most of them having been written while he was Indiana State Geologist; and miscellaneous papers written by him relating largely to the geology and natural science of Indiana.

Collection size: 122 items

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