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Louis Agassiz letter

Identifier: UA-28.7

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a letter (1856) from naturalist Louis Agassiz to zoologist Manly Miles of Flint, Michigan who later taught at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). The letter requests information on turtle species in Michigan.


  • Creation: 1856


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (May 28, 1807 – December 14, 1873) was a Swiss biologist and geologist. He received a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Erlangen in 1829, and a doctor of medicine degree at Munich in 1830. In 1847, he emigrated to the United States, and became a professor of zoology and geology at Harvard University. Agassiz was head of its Lawrence Scientific School, and founder of its Museum of Comparative Zoology. “In the 20th and 21st centuries, Agassiz's resistance to Darwinian evolution, belief in creationism, and the scientific racism implicit in his writings on human polygenism have tarnished his reputation, and led to controversies over his legacy.” (source: Wikipedia).


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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Donald S. King, 1975-07-25.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00076 to UA 28.7 to reflect the connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, October 2021

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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