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Edward P. Churchill papers

Identifier: MS-036

Content Description

The Edward Perry Churchill papers contain material primarily from his tenure at the University of South Dakota. The papers are divided into eight series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Typescripts, Typescripts/Manuscripts, Typescripts/Printed Material/Correspondence, Printed Material, Topical, Miscellaneous. While much of the material is dated, most typescripts are undated. The Correspondence is divided into three sub-series: Incoming, Outgoing, and Other. The correspondence in Incoming and Outgoing varies greatly in topic. The correspondence in the Other sub-series deals primarily with research conducted for the blue crab as well the education of university educators in the region up to 1890. The sub-series also includes correspondence on the publication of Churchill’s memoirs, Three Thousand Coyotes and I. The Manuscripts contain primarily miscellaneous notes about the oyster industry. The Typescripts are divided into two sub-series: Typescripts written/co-written by Churchill and Typescripts not written by Churchill. The Typescripts written/co-written by Churchill contain a wide variety of material. This material includes drafts for his memoirs, drafts of articles, and material presumably for lectures. The material ostensibly intended for lectures range in topic from the history of biology to evolution to the oyster industry in the United States. Typescripts not written by Churchill includes articles he may have used for radio shows and/or lectures as well as for his own personal use. The Typescripts/Manuscripts contain both handwritten and typed material for drafts of books and articles and survey notes on the fishes of South Dakota. The Typescripts/Printed Material/Correspondence includes typescripts, printed material and correspondence that Churchill exchanged with Robert Hillman. The Printed Material is divided into three sub-series: Publications written/co-written by Churchill, Publications not written by Churchill, Commencement programs, and Newspaper articles. Publications written by Churchill include articles concerning oysters, mussels, the crab industry, the blue crab, and mammals in South Dakota. Publications not written by Churchill include materials Churchill may have used for his lectures and reports from the entomologist for the State of South Dakota. The newspaper articles include reviews of Churchill’s memoirs Three Thousand Coyotes and I. The Topical file contains tracings of prezoeae and prints of zoeae and fish diagrams. The Miscellaneous file contains departmental requisition forms.


  • 1915 - 1971


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This collection is open for research without restrictions. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Perry Churchill, Jr., was born in Allerton, Iowa, in 1882. He attended the University of Iowa where he earned an A.B. degree in 1907. Before pursuing his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, Churchill taught at various high schools in Iowa. He headed shellfish investigation for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries from 1916 to 1920. Churchill taught at the University of South Dakota from 1920 until 1970 as a professor of zoology. When the Biology Department was split into the Botany and Zoology Departments in 1926, Churchill became a co-chairman for the Department of Zoology. Churchill was also a member of the honorary societies Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, American Society of Zoologists, South Dakota Academy of Science, and Society of Colonial Wars. Churchill taught at USD for fifty years before passing away in 1976 at the age of 94.


2.0 Linear Feet (2 record cartons)

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The papers are divided into eight series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Typescripts, Typescripts/Manuscripts, Typescripts/Printed Material/Correspondence, Printed Material, Topical, Miscellaneous.
Edward P. Churchill papers
Andrea M. Peterson
2007 January
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Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository