Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 25
Rev. Laurence N. Nelson (1908-1970)
Papers, 1965-1969, undated

Descriptive summary

creator: Nelson, Laurence N. (1908-1970)
title: Papers
dates: 1965-1969, undated
extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)
collection number: MS 25
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Rev. Laurence N. Nelson Papers, MS 25, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Rev. Laurence N. Nelson was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He went to Bellevue, Iowa, as a student pastor in 1938 where he served the Bellevue First Presbyterian Church while going through college. He received his bachelor and master of theology degrees from the University of Dubuque as well as the doctor of divinity from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at the University of Dubuque.

He was widely know as a conservationist and in 1963 was appointed to the Iowa State Conservation Commission. He served for six years and was chairman during 1967-1968. He also served six years as a member of the Mississippi River Parkway Planning Commission, was a member of the Izaak Walton League, the Great River Road Commission and the Water Pollution Study Committee.

Rev. Nelson's interest in conservation was widespread and he wrote and lectured extensively on the subject. In addition, under the supervision of the State Conservation Commission and the National Rifle Association he worked as a hunter safety instructor.

Rev. Nelson died in 1970.


Collection description

This collection (1965-1969, undated) contains sermons, lectures, and color transparency slides. The subjects concern conservation, nature and the environment. The slides (numbering 61) illustrate a 1965 Mississippi River flood.


Container list







Sermons and sermon notes about conservation, nature, environment. Includes one letter to Rev. Nelson

1967-1969, undated



Lectures and talks




Color transparency slides of a Mississippi River flood in 1965 (61 color slides)