Wayne I. Anderson Papers

Archives Record Series: 15/04/20

Wayne I. Anderson, Papers, 1972-96. 1.5 linear feet.


Wayne Irvin Anderson received his A. A. degree from Keokuk Community College in 1955.   In 1958 he completed his B. A. degree and later his master's degree at the University of Iowa.  Professor Anderson was awarded the Ph.D. in 1963, again, from the University of Iowa, where he was a Laboratory Instructor in Earth Science, Mineralogy, Field Methods, and Structural Geology from 1960-1963.  He also gained experience at the National Science Foundation Geology Laboratory while at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Anderson joined the UNI faculty in 1963. He served as the first head of the Department of Earth Science (1970-1995).  He was instrumental in developing the geology curriculum at UNI.  Dr. Anderson twice received the Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in the College of Natural Sciences and in 1997 was honored by the Iowa Board of Regents for faculty excellence.

Dr. Anderson retired from UNI in May 2000.


Professor Anderson's papers consist of curricular material relating to the teaching of geology; information collected in the writing of his article "Iowa's Self-Made Paleontologists"; correspondence, programs, and other material associated with his work in the Paleontological Society of America; photographs and other material from the Tri-State Geological Field Conferences; and his publications.

The material relating to Professor Anderson's article on "Iowa's Self-Made Paleontologists" includes survey forms and correspondence from and about several notable Iowa paleontologists including B. H. Beane, Carl Campbell, and Harrell Strimple.

Professor Anderson donated these papers to the University Archives in May and June, 2000.

Container Inventory

Box 1

  • Curricular material including: Mini-course on Geology of Iowa; Fossils and Rocks of Eastern Iowa; and Geology of Iowa summer courses.
  • Text, survey forms, and correspondence relating to "Iowa's Self-Made Paleontologists".
  • Correspondence, conference planning material, and programs from Professor Anderson's work in the Paleontological Society of America.
  • Guidebook (1972) and extensive collection of photographs from the Tri-State Geological Field Conferences.
  • Correspondence relating to Conodonts.
  • Correspondence relating to Pint's Quarry.
  • Professor Anderson's professional publications.
  • Papers processed and finding aid prepared by Gerald L. Peterson, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, June-August, 2000.

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