MsC 407

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PAPERS OF B. O. WOLDEN

Collection Dates: 1902 -- 1969
.5 linear ft.

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Biographical Note

Bernt Olaf Wolden (1886 -- 1968) of Estherville, Iowa, was a rural mail carrier for thirty-five years. However, he was also a writer, naturalist, and historian. He was an ornithologist and a charter member of the Iowa Bird Union. Wolden published many articles on plant studies, concentrating on the botany of Emmet County, Iowa. The Iowa Academy of Science honored his achievements at its 100th anniversary meeting in 1975.


Scope and Contents

The papers of B. O. Wolden consist primarily of correspondence that spans some sixty years. Wolden corresponded with some of the nation's most respected botanists including Henry S. Conard and R. I. Cratty. The remainder of the collection is comprised of Wolden's notebooks, in which he recorded such things as weather, appearances of birds, observations of flora, etc. He also kept notes about the history of Wallingford, Iowa.

Index to Correspondents and Correspondent Biographies

Related materials

B.O. Wolden's collection of vascular plants appears (see letter 18 in the 1940 -- 1969 file) to have been deposited in the Herbarium, Botany Department, Iowa; and

B.O. Wolden's collection of bryophyte (and lichen) specimens has been donated to the University of Iowa Botany Department. One packet of moss specimens was transferred to University of Iowa Botany Department for inclusion, at the discretion of the Department, in the B.O. Wolden collection of bryophytes.


I. From the Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science:

B.O. Wolden was first elected to membership (Associate) in 1909. His name did not appear in the membership roster in the years 1910 -- 1913 but reappeared in 1914. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1917 and remained a member for the remainder of his life.

I have searched the author indexes (or equivalent) for all the years from 1909 to 1968 and believe that the following list of papers represents the total of Wolden's contributions to the Proceedings:

Wolden, B.O. 1916. "The White Admiral or banded purple butterfly in Iowa." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 23:269

Wolden, B.O. 1919. "The moss and lichen flora of western Emmet County (an annotated list of the bryophytes and lichens of the High Lake and Des Moines River region)." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 26:259 -- 267

Wolden, B.O. 1932. "The plants of Emmet County, Iowa." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 39:89 -- 132

Wolden, B.O. 1935. "Additions to the lichen flora of Emmet County." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 42:71

Wolden, B.O. 1956. "The flora of Emmet County, Iowa." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 63: 118 -- 156


II. Lawrence J. Eilers ("History of studies on Iowa vascular plants." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 82:59 -- 64, 1975) has listed the following two publications authored by Wolden:

Wolden, B.0. 1911. "Asters." American Botanist, 17:100 --102

Wolden, B.O. 1926. "A bog flora, of northern Iowa." American Botanist, 32:6 --10

III. B.O. Wolden was co-author of the following paper:

Conard, H., and Wolden, B.O. 1932. "A key to the mosses of the Okoboji Region." University of Iowa Studies. Studies in Natural History, Vol. XIV, No. 7

While searching for other materials I found that H.S. Conard had submitted one final manuscript by Wolden to the Iowa Academy of Science. This was published in 1971. We have the notebooks on which this study was based, I believe.

Wolden, B.O. 1971. "Flora of Island Grove and adjacent Iowa prairies before 1908." Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings, 78:2 -- 8

Finding Aid compiled by Jeffrey Dodd, February 2, 1982

Box List

Box 1

Biographical information

Correspondence, 1909 -- 1919 (1 folder)

27 December 1909. George F. Kay to Wolden: notice of election to Iowa Academy of Science

16 January 1911. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: expressing willingness to identify Lichen specimens

20 February 1911. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: acknowledging receipt of Lichen specimens and giving instructions on proper form of labels

4 September 1911. R.M. Barnes to Wolden: concerning identity of a bird observed by Wolden

15 February 1912 (post mark) Thomas H. Macbride to Wolden: acknowledging receipt of specimens sent by Wolden

17 April 1912. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: concerning Lichen specimens sent by Wolden

5 December 1913. Frank C. Pellet to Wolden: concerning birds

24 February 1914. Frank C. Pellet to Wolden: concerning mammals

25 May 1914. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: concerning Lichen specimens sent by Wolden for identification

20 August 1914. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: concerning lichens

9 September 1914. Mary F. Miller to Wolden: concerning lichens

5 October 1914. Edward B. Chamberlain to Wolden: concerning an inquiry made by Wolden about articles in back issues of the Bryologist

9 September 1915. Raymond L. Ditmars to Wolden: concerning identity of an animal (turtle) seen by Wolden

20 September 1915. George H. Conklin to Wolden: concerning aquatic liverworts

2 December 1916. James H. Lees to Wolden: concerning vegetable matter observed by Wolden in glacial deposits

12 February 1917. Johs Lid to Wolden: personal and botanical notes

9 March 1917. C.H. Weller to Wolden: identification of stone sent by Wolden

16 March 1917. Arthur C. Trowbridge to Wolden: providing further information about the specimen mentioned in letter 17

1 April 1917. Johs Lid to Wolden: (written in Norwegian)

16 May 1917. A.O. Thomas to Wolden: notification of election of Wolden to rank of Fellow in the Iowa Academy of Science

9 October 1917. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: identification of Moss specimens sent by Wolden

16 December 1917. Edward B. Chamberlain to Wolden: advising choices of literature for identifying lichens and mosses and requesting a copy of a floristic list made by Wolden

28 December 1917. Edward B. Chamblerlain to Wolden: concerning literature requested by Chamblerlain

7 January 1918. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: identification of mosses sent by Wolden

13 January 1918. Caroline C. Haynes to Wolden: concerning identification of Liverworts

10 April 1919. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: reference to specimens sent by Wolden. Also comments refer to an (Emmet) County flora on which Wolden was evidently working on at the time and to a flora that Conard was working on

13 November 1919. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning specimens

1919 A.G. Newhall to H.S. Conard: note concerning specimens referred to in item 27

Correspondence, 1923 -- 1929 (1 folder)

7 March 1923. Edward B. Chamberlain to Wolden: request for a reprint of Wolden's list of bryophytes and lichens from western Emmet County

16 March 1923. Edward B. Chamberlain to Wolden: acknowledgement of receipt of reprint

13 April 1925. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: concerning vascular plant specimen sent by Wolden for identification. The envelope contained as well a plant sample. The envelope has notes written on it in a hand other than that of Cratty. The specimen was left in the envelope.

22 April 1925. George H. Conklin to Wolden : identification of liverwort specimen sent by Wolden

7 May 1925. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: identification of mosses sent by Wolden

10 September 1925. J.E. Guthrie to Wolden: identification of a snake observed by Wolden

1 October 1925. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

11 December 1925. Charles A. Weatherby to Wolden: concerning identification of vascular plant specimens sent by Wolden

17 December 1926. C.R. Ball to R.I. Cratty: concerning a specimen of (Salix) sent by Wolden to Cratty

20 December 1926. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: reference to the specimen noted in item 9 with further comments on the species in question

8 March 1927. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

21 April 1927. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

7 July 1927. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

28 December 1927. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

9 January 1928. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

9 February 1928. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

5 March 1928. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: concerning vascular plants

20 March 1928. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

12 April 1928. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

26 April 1928. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

4 April 1929. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

11 October 1929. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: concerning vascular plants

Correspondence, 1930 -- 1939 (1 folder)

20 March 1930. George B. Kaiser to Wolden: moss identifications

3 May 1930. George Neville Jones to Henry S. Conard: concerning identification of a moss species (collected by Wolden)

7 May 1930. Elizabeth Blagg to Wolden: concerning item 2

11 August 1930. Elizabeth Blagg to Wolden: note and attached species list (perhaps annotated by Wolden)

16 October 1930. Edwin B. Bartram to Wolden: moss identifications

23 November 1930. George N. Jones to Wolden: concerning plant specimens

17 December 1930. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning plant specimens

22 December 1930. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning specimens

5 July 1931. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: concerning vascular plants

21 July 1931. R.I. Cratty to Wolden: concerning vascular plants

5 September 1931. Henry S. Conard to Wolden

9 September 1931. Henry S. Conard to Wolden. Conard letting Wolden know, that (Wolden) is to be named as joint author of the forthcoming paper, on the mosses of the Okoboji region

13 October (1931). Henry S. Conard to Wolden: more remarks concerning the paper mentioned in item 12

16 October (1931). Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning specimens

14 November 1931. R.S. WIlliams to Wolden: concerning mosses

(8 December 1931). F.L.R. Roberts to Wolden: concerning birds

24 December 1931. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning mosses

10 January 1932. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: reference to mistakes made by other experts in identification of Wolden's specimens

15 February 1932. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning specimens and the Okoboji mosses paper

20 February 1932. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning specimens and manuscript of paper

(20 February 1932?) "Saturday". Henry S. Conard to Wolden concerning specimens

1 March 1932. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: moss and lichen problems

25 March 1932. Postcard. Henry S. Conard to Wolden

11 December 1932. Postcard. R.I. Cratty to Wolden

22 December 1932. Postcard. "Doc R." (F.L.R. Roberts) to Wolden

16 January 1933. Henry S. Conard to Miss Ida Iverson: concerning moss specimens

5 February 1933. Carl Stenholm to Wolden: acknowledgement of receipt of moss specimens

26 April 1934. Bennett to Wolden: concerning birds

9 May 1934. H.S. Conard to Wolden: concerning moss specimens

19 August 1934. Elizabeth Blagg to Wolden

13 October 1934. Winona H. Welch to Wolden: concerning mosses

(October ??) 1934, Saturday. Walter W. Bennett to Wolden

(May?? ?? 1934?) Henry S. Conard to Wolden (same envelope as item 29): concerning mosses

Correspondence, 1940 -- 1969 (1 folder)
19 December 1940. Henry S. Conard to Mr. and Mrs. Wolden containing remarks on misidentifications by experts (including Conard) of materials in Wolden's collection

28 November 1944. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning mosses

15 December 1944. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: concerning mosses

19 December 1944. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: request for specimens

5 January 1945. Henry S. Conard to Wolden: various matters. Reference to Ida (wife of B.O. Wolden, possibly the former Miss Ida Iversen )

3 March 1945. Henry S. Conard to Wolden

18 August 1945. Henry S. Conard to Mr. and Mrs. B.O. Wolden

8 July 1952. Rhoda Thomas to Mr. and Mrs. Wolden

22 December 1954. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden: concerning publishing of Emmet County flora in the Iowa Academy of Science proceedings

27 February 1955. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden: more reference to Wolden's Emmet County flora

13 March 1955. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden

28 March 1955. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden: concerning Emmet County flora

23 June 1955. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden: concerning publication of floras in Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings 14

27 November 1955. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden

15 January 1956. Robert F, Thorne to Wolden: botanical matters

7 April 1956. David G. Mobberley to Wolden: announcing that Wolden's Emmet County flora would appear in the 1956 Iowa Academy of Science Proceedings

20 June 1956. Robert F. Thorne to Wolden: botanical matters

2 September 1969. William S. Blagen to Mrs. B.O. Wolden: this letter concerns the deposit of Wolden's collection in the Iowa State University herbarium. There are handwritten notes (evidently by Mrs. Wolden) agreeing to do so and giving the date on which it was done. Reference to Ada Hayden

Memorials for Henry S. Conard (1971) and Robert I. Cratty (1940)

Notebooks

17 notebooks

Print Materials

Conrad, H. S. and B. O. Wolden, "A Key to the Mosses of the Okoboji Region." University of Iowa Studies. Studies in Natural History. Vol. XIV, No. 7, November 1, 1932


 

 

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