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Collection on Rudolph W. Edmund

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 157

Scope and Contents

The collection on Rudolph W. Edmund, 1933-1998 and undated, contains material related to Edmund's time as a student at Augustana (including class notes and papers related to the Runic Honor Society, papers related to his professional research (including a subsurface mapping notebook and a draft of Edmund's Structural geology and physiography of the northern end of the Teton Mountains, Wyoming, 1951), and an audiocassette recording of Edmund's interment ceremony.

The Runic Honor Society series (1933-1949) contains a copy of the society's constitution, membership lists, a historical sketch, and Edmund's Runic Honor Society key. Edmund was one of the early members of this honor society. The F. M. Fryxell classes series (1934-1939 and undated) contains notes that Edmund recorded in classes taught by geologist Fritiof M. Fryxell while at Augustana College. The Manuscript (1951) series contains a draft of Edmund's Structural geology and physiography of the northern end of the Teton Mountains, Wyoming, 1951. This work was based on the field work done for his doctoral dissertation at the University of Iowa and was published by the Augustana College Library in 1951. Following the text of the book are the accompanying figures (in the form of photographs, maps, and diagrams) used. The subsurface mapping notebook (circa 1988) was created by Edmund for a 1 credit seminar at California Lutheran University. According to Richard C. Anderson, Edmund accumulated these materials over many years with the intention of compiling the information into a book, but his busy schedule never allowed him to finish the project. The Audiovisual Material series (1998) consists of one audiocassette recording of Rudolph Edmund's interment, 30 May 1998, which took place at the New Sweden Church and Cemetery.

Dates

  • 1933-1998 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. Audiovisual materials may be inaccessible pending reformatting. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.

Historical Note

Rudolph W. Edmund was born 9 May 1910 in Lockridge, Iowa, to Amos and Minnie Edmund. He was the eldest of six children. He grew up on the family farm and received his early education in a one-room school. Upon graduation from Ottumwa High School in 1928, Edmund worked for a year to save enough money to begin his college education at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. When Edmund started college in the fall of 1930, he planned to become a medical missionary, but his career path changed when he took his first geology course, taught by professor Fritiof M. Fryxell. From this point on, Fryxell acted as Edmund's mentor. Edmund graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology in 1934. After working for a year, Edmund continued his education at the University of Iowa where he attained a Master's Degree (1938) and a Ph. D. (1940). In June 1939 Edmund married Doris Swanson, a fellow Augustana College graduate.

In July 1940, Edmund took a position as a Subsurface Petroleum Geologist at Shell Oil Company. He worked for Shell until 1945 when he opened a consulting office in Oklahoma City with a business partner. In 1948, Edmund returned to Augustana as a professor. He remained at Augustana until January of 1969, with a sizable break between 1951 and 1960 when he returned to his job as a petroleum geologist. While at Augustana, Edmund was instrumental in helping design new facilities for the Department of Geology and the Geology Museum as it transitioned to a new location in what is now known as Swenson Hall. He also served as the chair of the Department of Geology for several years. In 1969, Edmund accepted the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran College. He worked in the administration of this new institution until 1974 when he began teaching in the Department of Geology in 1974. He retired in 1980 though continued teaching part-time for several years.

In the midst of his successful and varied professional life, Rudolph and his wife Doris raised a family of three daughters. They were active in the Lutheran Church: they helped to found Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City and were active volunteers and supporters of Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in Washington state. Rudolph served on the board of directors of Holden Village and also established a museum about the Howe Sound Mine. Doris and Rudolph continued to live in California until Doris's health began to fail in 1994. At this point, they decided to move back to the Midwest. Rudolph volunteered at the Fryxell Geology Museum upon his return to Rock Island. Doris passed away in the spring of 1995 and Rudolph followed in November 1997.

Extent

0.604 Cubic Feet (/ 2 boxes and 1 AV box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Rudolph W. Edmund graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor's Degree in Geology in 1934. After working for a year, Edmund continued his education at the University of Iowa where he pursued and then attained a Master's Degree (1938) and then a Ph. D. (1940). For the remainder of his career, he alternated between working in the private sector as a petroleum geologist and teaching in the geology department at Augustana College, where he was instrumental in helping design new facilities for the Department of Geology and the Geology Museum as it transitioned to a new location in what is now known as Swenson Hall. He also served as the chair of the Department of Geology for several years. The collection on Rudolph W. Edmund, 1933-1998 and undated, contains material related to Edmund's time as a student at Augustana (including class notes and papers related to the Runic Honor Society, papers related to his professional research (including a subsurface mapping notebook and a draft of Edmund's Structural geology and physiography of the northern end of the Teton Mountains, Wyoming, 1951), and an audiocassette recording of Edmund's interment ceremony.

Custodial History

This collection was artificially assembled by combining donations from different sources. Rudolph W. Edmund donated information about the Runic Honor Society in 1979. Two accessions were received from geologist Richard C. Anderson, the first in 1987 and the next in 2002. In 2001, Diane Edmund Griffin, one of Edmund's daughters, donated class notes Edmund had collected from his classes with F. M. Fryxell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Rudolph W. Edmund, 1979, Richard C. Anderson, 1987 and 2002, and Diane Edmund Griffin, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007. Updated by Caroline McPherson, February 2015. Revised by Atticus Garrison, May 2016.
Title
Collection on Rudolph W. Edmund, 1933-1998 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Atticus Garrison
Date
May 2016
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

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