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Reginald H. Pegrum papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 20-5F-318
Earlier material consists of correspondence and other materials (1927-1929) concerning Reginald H. Pegrum's activities as curator of geology at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Also included are field notes of geological surveys (1926 and 1929), probably of Western New York and the eastern end of Lake Erie. Later material includes correspondence (1960-1966) concerning the Department of Geology, and letters (1970-1971) from Geology Department chairman John S. King, detailing Pegrum's career at the University.


  • 1926-1971
  • Majority of material found within (1926-1929 )


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Reginald H. Pegrum Papers are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection primarily consists of correspondence concerning Reginald H. Pegrum's activities as curator of geology at the Buffalo Museum of Science including field notes of geological surveys. Collection also includes material concerning Pegrum's career at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was a member of the Department of Geology.

Biographical Note

Reginald H. Pegrum was born in Romford, England on December 15, 1899. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, and earned his doctorate from Princeton University. In 1927 Pegrum came to the State University of New York at Buffalo as a professor of geology. For two decades Pegrum was the only member of the Geology Department, and from 1927-1929 he also served as curator of geology at the Buffalo Museum of Science. In 1948 the Geology Department was expanded to include geography. Reginald Pegrum was named chairman of the new Department of Geology and Geography and additional faculty members were hired. Pegrum was a life member and former director of the Buffalo Canoe Club and one-time president of the New York Weather Society (1951). In 1970 Pegrum retired and was designated emeritus professor. Pegrum died in Buffalo, NY, July 6, 1976.


The collection is arranged in rough chronological order.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of the collection (correspondence and notes) was donated by Reginald Pegrum on August 4, 1969. Letters concerning Pegrum were donated by the Department of Geological Sciences on July 8, 1976. The Department of Geology later deposited additional correspondence and field notes (October 31 and December 12, 1979).

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

File of letters called "The Future of Humanities, 1944" were removed to the Julian Park Papers, 1834-1965 15/2/119 (Series IV. College of Arts and Sciences, University of Buffalo, 1900-1962 -- #4.18).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff in the 1980s.



Finding Aid for the Reginald H. Pegrum papers
Finding aid prepared by Sheryl Saxby.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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