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Ellen Churchill Semple papers, 1900-1932, 1900

Part of Ellen Churchill Semple papers, 1900-1932

46m139Semple, Ellen Church papersGuide to the Ellen Churchill Semple papers, 1900-1961, undated 46m139Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric WeigUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research CenterSpecial Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-03-15 14:17:38 -0400.EnglishDescribing Archives: A Content Standard2017 March 6Description updated by Morgan A. LeMaster. English University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center Ellen Churchill Semple papers 46m139 3.64 Cubic Feet 7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes 1900-1961, undated The Ellen Churchill Semple papers (dated 1900-1961; 3.64 cubic feet; 7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes) consist of manuscripts, correspondence, research material, and realia relating to the writings of geographer Ellen Churchill Semple. Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Immediate Source of Acquisition Gift, 1946 Arrangement Collection is arranged into series four series by subject: Books, Mediterranean regional material, Professional, and Personal. Biographical note Geographer Ellen Churchill Semple was born in 1863 in Louisville, Kentucky. When Semple was sixteen years old she moved from Louisville to Poughkeepsie, New York to attend Vassar College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in history at nineteen years old. She spent some years teaching in Louisville at the private school where her sister worked while studying independently for a master's degree, which she received from Vassar in 1891.After completing her formal studies, Semple travelled to the University of Leipzig in Germany to study geography under professor Friedrich Ratzel. Though the university prohibited matriculation of females, Semple was permitted to attend Ratzel's lectures and seminars, where she was the only female student.Upon returning to the United States, Semple began field work and research concerning the Kentucky highlands. In 1901, her work was published in the article The Anglo-Saxons of the Kentucky Mountains, A Study in Antropogeography in theGeographical Journal. In 1903, she published her first book, American History and Its Geographic Conditions, a work that was influenced by the teachings of Friedrich Ratzel. Semple published two more books in the course of her career, Influences of Geographic Environment in 1911 and Geography of the Mediterranean Region in 1931.Semple taught at the University of Chicago from 1906 until 1920, lectured at the University of Oxford in 1912 and 1922, and in 1922 began as a Professor of Anthropology at Clark University, where she stayed until her death. Semple was elected as the first female President of the Association of American Geographers in 1921. The University of Kentucky gave Semple an honorary doctorate degree in law in 1923. Semple died in 1932. Preferred Citation 46m139 : [identification of item], Ellen Churchill Semple papers, 1900-1961, undated University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Related Materials PA46M139, Ellen Churchill Semple photographs, 1886-1914, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Scope and Contents The Ellen Churchill Semple papers (dated 1900-1961; 3.64 cubic feet; 7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes) consist of manuscripts, correspondence, research material, and realia relating to the writings of geographer Ellen Churchill Semple. Present are manuscripts and notes for three influential books: American History and Its Geographic Conditions, Influences of Geographic Environment, and The Geography of the Mediterranean Region. Also included are reprints of some of Semple's articles, notes for articles, a scrapbook containing newsclippings about Semple and reviews of her books, photographs, and maps. Present also are Semple's academic gown, academic hood, and two gold medals: one the Collum Geographic Medal awarded in 1914 by the American Geographical Society of New York, and the other, the Helen Culver Medal, awarded her by the Geographic Society of Chicago in 1931. Also included is a biographical sketch of Semple by Ruth E. Baugh, a fellow geologist. Conditions Governing Use The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Maps Human geography -- United States. Women scholars. Historical geography. Mediterranean Sea -- Historical geography. Colby, Charles Carlyle Cole, Fay-Cooper De Geer, Sten Ekblaw, Walter Elmer Baulig, Henri, 1877-1962 Bowman, Isaiah, 1878-1950 Maritone, P. de. Leiper, Mary L. Newbigin, Marion J. Mayer, William R. Greg, E. W. Goode, Paul Huntington, Ellsworth Hubertson, N. V. Whittlesey, Derwent Stainthorpe, 1890-1956. Semple, Ellen Churchill, 1863-1932 Shallos, J. P. Risbeth, O. H. T. Ratzel, Friedrich, 1844-1904. BooksSeries I.1900-1931, undatedScope and ContentsComprises research materials, drafts, and correspondence that document Semple's published books, American History and Its Geographic Conditions, The Geography of the Mediterranean Region, and Influences of Geographic Environment.American History and Its Geographic ConditionsSubseries A.[1900?]-1908, undatedChapters I-III1901, undated11Chapters IV-VII1908, undated12Chapters VIII-X1903, undated13Chapters XI-XIII[1900?]-1902, undated14Chapters XIV-XVI1902, undated15Chapters XVII-XIX1902, undated21Referencesundated22The Geography of the Mediterranean RegionSubseries B.1919-1931, undatedPrinted front matter, with edits1931 November 123Chapters I-IIundated24Chapters III-IVundated25Chapters V-Xundated26Chapter XIundated27Chapter XIII1921, undated28Chapters XIV-XVundated29Chapter XVIundated210Chapter XVIIundated211Chapter XVIIIundated212Chapter XIX1919, undated213Chapter XXundated214Chapters XXII-XXIVundated215Influences of Geographic EnvironmentSubseries C.1900-1918, undatedChapters I-III1905-1907, undated31Chapters IV-V1900-1918, undated32Chapters VI-VII1906, undated33Chapter VIIIundated34Chapters IX-Xundated35Chapter XI1907, undated41Chapter XIIundated42Chapter XIII1902-1908, undated43Chapter XIVundated44Chapter XVundated45Chapter XVIundated46Chapter XVIIundated47Mediterranean regional materialSeries II.1915-1929, undatedScope and ContentsComprises handwritten and transcript research materials, including notes, maps, published articles, pamphlets, and essays on the Mediterranean region. Also includes two atlases Semple used in the research for Geography of the Mediterranean Region.Climate and geographical influence upon ancient Mediterranean forests1925, undated48Ancient Mediterranean Agriculture192849Barrier boundary of the mediterranean basin1915, undated51Ancient Mediterranean Pleasure Gardens192952Articles, Incompleteundated53Atlases used by E.C. Semple to write Geography of the Mediterranean Region, especially Atlas Antiquesundated54Mediterranean region climateundated55Reclamation by Irrigation...in Turkey in Asiaundated56The Ancient Piedmont Route of Northern Mesopotamiaundated57The Partition of Asiatic Turkey191858Report on Mesopotamiaundated59The Oil Fields of Mesopotamiaundated510Mediterranean region, various aspects of agricultureundated511Mediterranean region notesundated512ProfessionalSeries III.1900-1952, undatedScope and ContentsComprises maps Semple used over the course of her career, handwritten and transcript research materials covering areas outside the Mediterranean region, and professional correspondence with agents, publishers, and other professional contacts.Maps and a postcard1905, undated61Research materialsundated62Research materials including Kentucky and frontier notes1910-1916, undated63Correspondence1900-195264PersonalSeries IV. 1901-1961, undatedScope and ContentsComprises biographical materials, a scrapbook about Semple's career achievements and publications, and memorabilia from significant events in Semple's life.Biographical information, Gaines; The Kentucky Woman in the Field of Letters VII Ellen Churchill Semple191765Biographical information on Ellen Churchill Sempleundated66Biographical information, Baugh; Ellen Churchill Semple1961, undated67Scrapbook1901-193268Academic gownundated8Academic hoodundated9Medals; The Helen Culver Medal and The Culium Geographical Medalundated7