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Gordon W. Gullion papers

Identifier: ua01288

Scope and Contents

The Gordon W. Gullion papers contain a large amount of research and data related to Gullion’s study of the ruffed grouse in Northwest Minnesota. Data includes hunting research, population data, and ecological information. Other material includes coursework, publications and photographs of his studies near Cloquet Forestry Center, Crow Wing and Mille Lacs, Minnesota.


  • 1931-1991


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Note

Gordon Gullion was born in Eugene, Oregon on April 16, 1923. (1) He went on to attend University of Oregon and obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology. (1) He continued his studies in Vertebrate Zoology and obtained his Master’s degree in that area of study from the University of California. (1) Gullion began his career working for the Nevada Fish and Game Department from 1951 to 1958. Needing a change of scenery, he moved to Minnesota, and began as Research Fellow for the department of Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife, now known as the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) at the University of Minnesota. He held that position from June 1958 until 1968 when he became a Research Associate (2) and then an Associate Professor in the late 1970s. (3) Gullion went on to study the management and habitat of the ruffed grouse for the next 32 years, uncovering the influence of the aspen tree on the lifespan of grouse and producing forest management procedures that would benefit the ruffed grouse to live longer. (1) Outside of his studies, Gullion served on the national board of directors as the chair of the research committee for the Ruffed Grouse Society from 1972 to 1990. Gullion also authored over 160 professional articles, along with a book, “Grouse of the North Shore,” published in 1984 and “The Ruffed Grouse,” published in 1989. (1) Amongst being known internationally for his extensive research on the ecology of the ruffed grouse, Gullion also received the Minnesota Award in 1979, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Governor’s Wildlife Management Award on January 1, 1991 and was honored by the Izaak Walton League with its Honor Roll Award. (1) On September 23, 1991, Gordon Gullion passed away from his battle with lung cancer. And in 1998, to honor him and his research, the University of Minnesota created the Gordon Gullion Endowed Chair of Forest Wildlife Research and Education, which helps fund a position for a research professor to develop a program that focuses on the ecology and management of forest wildlife. (1)


(1) Biographical File, Gullion, Gordon W., Information files collection, University Archives

(2) University of Minnesota Board of Regents Minutes: September 19-20, 1958

(3) Board of Regents Meeting and Regents Committee Meetings: September 7, 1978


177.38 Cubic Feet (90 record boxes, 1 oversized box, 8 rolled tubes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains research data and professional material of Gordon W. Gullion, Professor of Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Minnesota related to his work in studying the ruffed grouse and small mammals of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

  • Series 1: Ruffed Grouse Research and Data, 1931-1991
    • Subseries 1.1: Banded Bird Data, 1956-1990
    • Subseries 1.2: Drumming Logs Data, 1931-1991
    • Subseries 1.3: Individual Bird Data (IBD), 1955-1987
    • Subseries 1.4: Key Sort Punch Cards, 1956-1990
    • Subseries 1.5: Ralph King’s Data, 1931-1982
    • Subseries 1.6: Weather and Bioclimate Data, 1931-1990
    • Subseries 1.7: Wing and Tail Study Data, 1958-1990
  • Series 2: Ecological Research and Data, 1952-1989
    • Subseries 2.1: Cloquet Forestry Center, 1952-1989
    • Subseries 2.2: Crow Wing, 1960-1989
    • Subseries 2.3: Mille Lacs, 1959-1989
    • Subseries 2.4: Research Material, 1934-1989
  • Series 3: Ruffed Grouse Data, 1947-1989
    • Subseries 3.1: Ruffed Grouse and Small Mammal Data and Research, 1947-1989
    • Subseries 3.2: Survival Research and Data, 1956-1972
    • Subseries 3.3: Population Data, 1956-1989
  • Series 4: Professional Material, 1948-1990
    • Subseries 4.1: Correspondence, 1961-1990
    • Subseries 4.2: Curriculum and Teaching Material, 1951-1989
    • Subseries 4.3: Ruffed Grouse Project Material, 1956-1990
    • Subseries 4.4: Professional and Departmental Material, 1958-1990
    • Subseries 4.5: Theses, 1948-1989
  • Series 5: Publications and Reports, 1952-1992
    • Subseries 5.1: Publications and Reprints, 1952-1990
    • Subseries 5.2: Articles and Research Resources, 1952-1990
    • Subseries 5.3: Book Material, 1977-1986
  • Series 6: Audiovisual and Electronic Material, 1933; 1947-1990
    • Subseries 6.1: Photographs and Negatives, 1933; 1959-1982
    • Subseries 6.2: Slides, 1947-1990
    • Subseries 6.3: Audio Material, 1966-1987
    • Subseries 6.4: Electronic Material, 1984-1990
  • Series 7: Maps, 1940-1982

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired in January of 2021 through Joseph Bump, the Gullion Chair and Lane Johnson, Rachael Olesiak and Kyle Gill from the Cloquet Forest Center.

Processing Information

Processing completed with funds from the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society (2021-2022).

Gordon W. Gullion papers
Katelyn Morken
April-July 2021
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