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Record Unit 7242
Foerste, Aug. F. (Aug. Frederic), 1862-1936
August F. Foerste Papers, 1887-1933 and undated
August F. Foerste (1862-1936) was born in Dayton, Ohio. Foerste studied geology at Denison University, B.A., 1887, and Harvard University, M.A., 1888, and Ph.D., 1890. While at Harvard, he also served as a part-time assistant with the United States Geological Survey studying the stratigraphy and petrography of New England. Following his attendance at Harvard, Foerste studied for two years at Heidelberg College and the Collège de France. In 1893, he returned to Dayton and became a science teacher at a high school where he remained until his retirement in 1932.
Foerste's summer vacations were spent participating in geological surveys in Indiana, 1896, 1897, and 1899; Ohio, 1908 and 1919; Kentucky, 1904-1912; and Canada, 1911-1912. In 1920, Foerste began research in invertebrate paleontology at the United States National Museum (USNM) and was appointed Associate in Paleontology at the USNM in 1932.
Foerste's study of fossils centered on three areas: Ohio Valley Silurian stratigraphy and paleontology; Ordovician fossils of the United States and Canada; and lower Paleozoic cephalopods, particularly those of the Ozarkian-Canadian system with Edward Oscar Ulrich of the USNM.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
These papers consist of Foerste's field, specimen, and miscellaneous notebooks; drafts of manuscripts on Ozarkian and Canadian cephalopods; and topographic maps.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Foerste, Aug. F. (Aug. Frederic), 1862-1936
- Ulrich, E. O. (Edward Oscar), 1857-1944
- Denison University
- Harvard University
- Geological Survey (U.S.)
- Heidelberg College
- Collège de France
- United States National Museum. Department of Paleontology
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7242, August F. Foerste Papers