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

MS 677
John Clark Salyer (1902-1966)
Field Journal, 1932

Descriptive summary

creator: Salyer, John Clark (1902-1966)
title: Field Journal
dates: 1932
extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 half-document box)
collection number:

MS 677

repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: John Clark Salyer Field Journal, MS 677, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

John Clark Salyer II was born in Higgensville, Missouri, on August 16, 1902. He received his B.A. (1927) from Central College in Fayette, Missouri and his M.S. (1930) from the University of Michigan. He taught science in the Parsons, Kansas public schools and then became Professor of Biology at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas. He accepted a job with the Iowa Fish and Game Commission in 1933.

Salyer was recruited by the Chief of the Bureau of Biological Survey, Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, to oversee the management of national wildlife refuges. He accepted a position with the Bureau in 1934 and was given the task to develop a national waterfowl management program using the conservation principles of wildlife management endorsed by Aldo Leopold. He retired in 1961 after increasing the national wildlife refuge system in size from 1.5 million acres to nearly 29 million acres.

Salyer became known as the "Father of the National Wildlife Refuge System" for his tireless efforts as head of the Division of Wildlife Refuges. After his retirement, Salyer remained active with the Fish and Wildlife Service in an advisory capacity until his death on August 16, 1966.


Collection description

The collection (1932) consists of a handwritten field journal belonging to John Clark Salyer while working for the Iowa Fish and Game Commission. The journal primarily documents Iowa’s fish populations and habitats, but also includes descriptions of local people and anecdotes on Iowa’s place and river names. The journal refers to locations mainly in the north-central and northeastern portions of Iowa.


Container list







Field Journal: "Iowa Survey 1932. Salyer"