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Roy W. Simonson (September 7, 1908 - November 2, 2008) was a scientist and professor who studied soil across the United States and on islands in the Western Pacific. He was educated at the North Dakota Agricultural College, where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1934, and at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his doctorate in 1938. He taught at Iowa State College from 1938 to 1943, when he took a new position of Soil Correlator for the United States Department of Agrculture Division of Soil Survey. Following World War II, Dr. Simonson worked for the Military Geology Unit to map soils on islands in the Western Pacific. Dr. Simonson spent the rest of his career at the Division of Soil Survey until his retirement in 1973. He occassionally taught a course on soil genesis as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland until relocating to Oberlin, Ohio, in 1993, where he resided until his death in 2008. This collection consists of Kodachrome photographic slides of Dr. Simonson's 1947-1948 trip to Japan, Okinawa, Palaus, and Guam, and a USB drive containing scanned images of the slides.
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349 Photographic Slides : Color photographic slides
1 Hard Drives (Hard drive)
Roy W. Simonson was a scientist and professor who studied soil across the United States and in islands in the Western Pacific. The collection consists of Kodachrome photographic slides of Simonson's 1947-1948 trip to Japan, Okinawa, Palaus, and Guam, and a USB drive containing scanned images of the slides.
This collection contains born-digital materials. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit as items may require specialized software for access.
This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Bruce M. Simonson, Dr. Simonson's son, on June 7, 2019.
This collection has been minimally processed. Slides remain in their original order in the slides boxes in which they were received and have been placed together in an archival oversize box. An inventory was provided by the donor upon donation. The scanned images of the slides are awaiting processing and will be made available via Digital Collections in the future.
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