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Shimek, Bohumil, 1861-1937

Forename:
Bohumil  Search this
Surname:
Shimek  Search this
Occupation:
Geologists
Botanists
Zoologists
Paleontologists
Record type:
Personal name
Birth Date:
1861
Death Date:
1937
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State University of Iowa
Iowa Geological Survey
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory
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Shimek, Bohumil, 1861-1937
Data Source:
Smithsonian Field Book Project
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:auth_per_fbr_EACP296

Bohumil Shimek Papers

Creator::
Shimek, Bohumil, 1861-1937  Search this
Extent:
8.51 cu. ft. (8 record storage boxes) (1 3x5 box) (1 5x8 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Maps
Field notes
Scrapbooks
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Books
Manuscripts
Diaries
Plates (illustrations)
Date:
1878-1936
Descriptive Entry:
These papers consist of correspondence with conchologists, naturalists, and shell collectors pertaining to shell collections and exchanges, and responses to Shimek's questionnaires on Pomatiopsis lapidarias and other shells; notebooks listing personal names of those to whom Shimek sent his publications on loess, geology, and botany; a notebook containing names of Czech-Americans; a notebook containing personal names listed under the counties of Iowa; field notes and diaries documenting Shimek's scientific field explorations throughout the Midwest, the Atlantic coastal states, the South, the Southwest, and Nicaragua; photographs showing mostly geological features and flora; a scrapbook on the geology of several counties of Iowa; a class book kept by Shimek while he was an instructor at the University of Nebraska; maps of different localities in Iowa and Nebraska; bibliographical cards on geological formations, shells, loess, and botany, arranged by subject and alphabetically thereunder; newspaper clippings, journal articles, and speeches, probably on soil erosion and prevention, and on foreign immigration.
Historical Note:
Bohumil Shimek (1861-1937) studied civil engineering at the State University of Iowa (SUI), where he received a C.E. degree in 1883 and an M.S. degree in 1902. He served as railroad and county surveyor for Johnson County, Iowa, 1883-1885, and taught sciences at Iowa City High School, 1885-1888. From 1888 until 1890, Shimek was an instructor in zoology at the University of Nebraska. From 1890 to 1932, he taught botany at SUI and served as the head of the Department of Botany, 1914-1919. In 1914, Shimek was an exchange professor at Charles University in Prague. Shimek was also Curator of the Herbarium, SUI, 1895-1937; President of the Iowa State Academy of Sciences, 1904-1905; a geologist for the Iowa State Geological Survey, 1908-1929; and Director of the Lakeside Laboratory, Lake Okoboji, Iowa. Shimek's interest in the natural sciences and geology covered many areas, but he was mostly known for his study of loess, loess fossils, and fossil malacology in Iowa and the prairie states. He was the author of the term, NEBRASKAN, which is used to describe the layer underneath the Aftonian interglacial deposits.
Topic:
Geology  Search this
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Invertebrate zoology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Zoologists  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Maps
Field notes
Scrapbooks
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Clippings
Books
Manuscripts
Diaries
Plates (illustrations)
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7082, Bohumil Shimek Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7082
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7082
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