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Frederick W. Sardeson papers

Identifier: 2000-42

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters (1890s-1957), correspondence, photographs, copies of articles by Frederick Sardeson, journal publications, notes and chapters for a book by Malcolm Weiss about Sardeson.


  • Creation: 1890-1958


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Frederick W. Sardeson papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Frederick W. Sardeson (1866-1958)

Frederick W. Sardeson was born on February 22, 1866 in Owego Mills, Wisconsin. He earned his B.S. in 1891 and M.S. in 1892 from the University of Minnesota. For the next two years, Sardeson was a instructor of paleontology at the University. In 1895, he attended the University of Freiburg, Germany and earned his Ph.D. Dr. Sardeson returned to the University of Minnesota in 1898 as instructor of paleontology and was appointed the rank of assistant professor in 1905. In 1914, Dr. Sardeson left the University of Minnesota to work full-time for the U.S. Geological Survey, for who he had been a consultant since 1889. He remained with the Geological survey until 1924. From 1917 to 1934 he was a geological examiner for the Minnesota Securities Commission. Dr. Sardeson's research focused on formations and faunas, particularly the Paleozoic fossils and rock formations of the Upper Midwest. Dr. Sardeson died on September 25, 1958.


6 boxes (6.5 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Frederick W. Sardeson, assistant professor in paleontology and geology at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with detailed contents is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

Collection donated by Malcolm Weiss, November 27, 2000.

Related Materials

University of Minnesota. Fortnightly Scientific Club

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Frederick W. Sardeson papers, 1890-1958
Karen Spilman
February 2005
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