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John N. Lowe scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 09-05-03
Identifier: MSS-362

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a cloth-bound field journal and a bound scrapbook. The field journal is embossed with the title: “Simmons Wood, Biological Survey; By John W. Lowe. June 20, 1930.” The field journal contains a research journal documenting the field work done at Simmons Wood, located in Western Mackinac County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The journal has information relating to lakes, streams, game animals, birds, and plants that can be found in Simmons Wood. It also includes photographs of the research team and their journey.

The scrapbook contains programs from the Men’s Union Dinner, held in 1933, 1934, and 1936 at Northern State Teachers College. There are also listings of student names for Dr. Lowe's Wildlife Conservation class (1935), his Embryology class (Spring 1936), his Zoology class (1936), as well as a list of the members of the Congo Club. There is an autographed paper placemat from the Wildlife Conservation class’s trip to Blaney Park on July 20, 1935 that was signed by all those present. The scrapbook contains a large collection of photographs taken in the field. These photographs are mainly of Dr. John N. Lowe, Dr. Karl Christofferson, students, and the areas that were visited. Among the places visited were: AuTrain Falls; Bart King Monument; Bernhardt’s Creek; Blaney Park; Carp River; Cherry Creek; Grand Marais; Hogsback Mountain; Lake Michigan; Lakewood; Little AuTrain Falls; Paul Bunyan’s Camp; Poor Farm Road; Sable Falls; Simmon’s Wood; Sugarloaf Mountain; The Sand Dunes; and Witch Lake. The last section of the scrapbook contains photographs taken during the field trip to Hogsback Mountain on July 27, 1938, the last field trip for Dr. Lowe.


  • 1930 - 1938


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from MSS-362, John N. Lowe scrapbook, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical / Historical

John Nicholas Lowe came to Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University) in the summer of 1919 as Head of the Department of Natural Sciences. Before coming to Northern, he had served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Sanitary Corps after graduating from Ripon College in Wisconsin. While a faculty member, he would continue his studies and receive his M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Lowe’s knowledge of game management and his support of land and wildlife conservation contributed to his being selected by John Baird, Commissioner of the State Department of Conservation, to supervise state-wide surveys of lakes and streams in Michigan. Dr. Lowe was a member of the Michigan Audubon Society and believed in having actual contact with the subjects being studied. He held classes and lectures in the field and took his students and members of the Congo Club and the Blazed Trail Club on numerous field trips throughout the Upper Peninsula. Dr. Lowe was ill during the summer of 1938 and would suffer a cerebral embolism while on a field trip with fifteen students to Hogsback Mountain on July 27th; he would die two hours later.


1 folder


The materials in the scrapbook are in original order. Loose materials have been sleeved and placed back into their original locations within the scrapbook pages.

Separated Materials

Field Journal: Simmons Wood, Biological Survey; By John N. Lowe. June 20, 1930. This book was separated from the collection and is housed in the Special Collections of the archives at call number SD144.M5 L69 1930.


The Biographical/Historical note was compiled from information retrieved from multiple sources. These sources included materials within the collection, the faculty biography file at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, and the book "Northern Michigan University: The First 75 Years" by Miriam Hilton.

Condition Description

The scrapbook is a little ripped on the edges, but it is in fair condition.

The field journal is in excellent condition.


This collection was previously identified as Univ Series-017. After the material was reassessed, it was reaccessioned and processed as a manuscript collection in May 2015.



John N. Lowe scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

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1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette 49855 United States
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