Wilbur Armstrong Nelson (1890-1969)

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At the time of the 1925 Scopes anti-evolution trial, Wilbur Armstrong Nelson (1890-1969) was State Geologist of Tennessee but soon thereafter he moved to Virginia to become a professor at the University of Virginia and the state's official geologist. While living in Tennessee, from 1921 to 1925, Nelson had served as President of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly at the Chautauqua summer camp atop Cumberland Plateau, which is located near the site of the trial.


  • Nelson, Wilbur A (Wilbur Armistead) 1890-1969
  • Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc
  • University of Virginia

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 90-105, Science Service Records, Image No. SIA2009-0492

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SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2009-0492]

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