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George Willis Thomson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/14/15

Scope and Content

The collection (1950-2007, undated) contains biographical information and professional correspondence. The collection also contains a number of Dr. Thomson’s professional publications. These publications focus on Dr. Thomson’s work with management, range management forest photogrammetry, forest history, and Midwestern forest history.


  • Creation: 1950-2007, undated

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


George Willis Thomson was born on July 10, 1921 in Seward, Illinois. He received his B.S. (1943) in Forestry from Iowa State University, M.S. (1947) in Forest Management-Plant Physiology from Iowa State University, and Ph. D. (1956) in Silviculture-Soils from Iowa State University. He served in the United States Army (1943-1946) as a Master Sergeant in the Department of Ordnance. He served as a Research Assistant (1947), Instructor (1948-1951), Assistant Professor (1951-1956), Associate Professor (1956-1960), Professor (1960-1975), and Department Head (1967, 1975-1985) at Iowa State University.

Dr. Thomson was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Xi Sigma Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Society of American Foresters, American Society of Photogrammetry, Society for Range Management, American Forestry Association, and the Soil Conservation Society of America.

Dr. Thomson married Dorothy M. Hart of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They had three sons: Bruce, Raymond, and Craig. Dr. Thomson died on November 8, 1993.


2.56 Linear Feet (3 document boxes, 1 record center carton)

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The collection is arranged alphabetically into two series:

Series 1, Biographical Information and Correspondence, 1953-2007, undated

Series 2, Professional Publications, 1957-1988, undated

Items in related collections

RS 9/14. Iowa State University. Department of Forestry records, 1878-2004

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/14/15. George Willis Thomson papers, 1950-2007, undated
March 26, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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