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Dillman S. Bullock papers

Identifier: UA-10.3.412

Scope and Contents

The majority of the papers are correspondence from Bullock and his wife, Katie, and to his mother, Mrs. C. A. Bullock of Hadley, Michigan. The letters contain details of missionary work, life in South America, political and social affairs in Chile and Argentina, and personal matters. Also covered in Bullock's letters is his work and interest in natural history, especially wildlife. An account of a trip Bullock took to Isla Dela Mocha in 1932 is included in the correspondence which discusses birds and insects.

Also included are weekly reports Bullock made while Agricultural Commissioner in Argentina, reports of church conferences, newspaper clippings on Bullock's activities from 1912 to 1921, and a 1902 commencement program from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University).


  • Creation: 1901 - 1967


Language of Materials

Some of the materials are in Spanish.

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

Dillman S. Bullock (1878-1971), a 1902 graduate of Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) and native of Lapeer County Michigan, was an agriculturist, naturalist and Methodist missionary. Bullock also earned his master of agriculture from M.A.C. in 1911.

After graduation, he worked for the South American Missionary Society at Bunster Agricultural School in Angol, Chile. In 1906, he met and married his wife, Katrina, also a Methodist missionary. Bullock returned to the United States where he taught school in Michigan and Wisconsin until 1921. He earned his M.S. in 1920 from the University of Wisconsin.

He went back to South America where he worked for a year as Agricultural Commissioner for the United States Department of Agriculture at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1923, Bullock returned to mission work as a teacher and administrator at El Vergel Methodist Agricultural Institute, Angol, Chile from which he retired in 1958.

Bullock was a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science which he represented at the Santiago Scientific Congress in January, 1944 where he delivered a paper on Chilean panpipes. He also collaborated with James G. Needham to write a monograph on dragonflies, The Odonata of Chile, in 1944.

He was the founder of the Dillman S. Bullock Archeaological Museum in Angol. In 1947 he was awarded the Order of Merit "Bernardo O'Higgins" in the degree of Knight, the highest distinction of the Government of Chile to a foreigner, for his services to the country, and in 1951 he received the Gold Medal distinction granted by the Municipality of Angol.

He remained in Chile where he died at El Vergel in 1971. His remains are buried in the Municipal Cemetery of Angol.

(Some material sourced from the Dillman Bullock Wikipedia page retrieved on December 10, 2019 at


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Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. C. Wesley Israel.

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

Changed record group from 00044 to UA 10.3.412 to reflect Bullock's connection to Michigan State University. J. Russell, December 2019

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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