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The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection

 

Finding Aid

Arthur R. Steele Papers, 1951 to 1985

UM-81

Size: .5 linear feet


Provenance: Arthur R. Steele, April 4th, 1994

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Traci McCloskey April 1994

Historical/Biographical Sketch

Arthur R. Steele was born in Oakland, California on October 28th, 1916. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkley in 1937, an M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1950, and a doctorate of philosophy in 1957 from Duke University. A specialist in Latin American History, Dr. Steele visited Peru and Chile in 1951-52 on a research fellowship and has also traveled in Spain, Mexico, and most of the countries in South America. His travels resulted in the book Flowers for the King: The Expedition of Ruiz and Pavon and the Flora of Peru, published in 1964.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Toledo, Dr. Steele served as the assistant professor of History at the State College of New York at Buffalo. In 1957, Dr. Steele came to UT, earning full professorship in 1964. At the University of Toledo he served as the first director of the honors program from 1963-1965. He was also the chairman of the UT Academic Grievance Committee, secretary of UT Publications Committee, and a member of the University Library Advisory Committee. He worked at the University until 1978. Arthur Robert Steele died on March 23rd, 2011 at the age of 94.


Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily documents Dr. Steele’s published work, Flowers for the King. Personal and professional correspondence, ads, reviews, and photographs are among the material regarding the book. Other correspondence from the 1950s to the 1980s as well as information pertaining to Dr. Steele’s academic career, such as news articles and book reviews can be found in the collection.

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Item Description

 

 

Flowers for the King

1

1

     Personal Correspondence

1

2

     Funding/Press Correspondence

1

3

     Reviews, Ads, and Notices

1

4

     Photographs

1

5

Correspondence with the Ohio Academy of history

1

6

General Correspondence 1950s

1

7

General Correspondence 1960s

1

8

General Correspondence 1970s

1

9

General Correspondence 1980s

1

10

General Correspondence Misc. dates

1

11

General Academic Career Materials

1

12

Lecture Material; History 247, 248

1

13

Speeches/ Talks given by Arthur Steele

1

14

Hunt Botanical Library Position

1

15

Reviews by Arthur Steele

1

16

Publications by colleagues

 

 

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