The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster

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Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Ruff, Del G.
The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster
0.25 Linear feet
A book titled The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster.

Preferred Citation note

The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Lyman C. Wooster

Lyman C. Wooster was born in Hammond, New York, on August 1, 1849. His family moved to Wisconsin when he was 7 years old. His first teaching experience was in the rural schools of Jefferson County, Wisconsin, after which he attended Milton College in East Milton, Wisconsin. He then spent four years working as an assistant for the Wisconsin Geological Survey while continuing to teach during the winter at the Normal School in Whitewater. He studied marine life at Yale College for one year and then went to Colorado to study the mountains. Dr. Wooster graduated from Whitewater Normal School, Wisconsin, in 1873 and received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Milton College, Wisconsin. On August 6, 1877, he married Ellen Ada Bassett in Greeley, Colorado, and then moved to Eureka, Kansas, with her in 1883 to work as a superintendent of schools in Eureka. During the 14 years there, while teaching in the Southern Kansas Academy, he also supervised and collected the Kansas educational exhibit for the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. In 1897, he became a professor in the Department of Biology at Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, Kansas, for 37 years, including 32 years as head of the department. The courses he taught included Natural History, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. Dr. Wooster retired from Kansas State Teachers College in 1934 and was the father of five children. Wooster Lake was named after him in 1917.

Dr. Wooster was a prolific writer. His writings included The Story of Life in 1902,  Geology of Kansas in 1928,  Fundamentals of Biology in 1930,  Geology of Kansas and Each of the United States, and the  Geological History of Kansas. He was a member of the Kansas Academy of Science and a member of the First Congregational Church. He died on February 1, 1947, in Emporia at the age of 97 and the burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.

Walter Glenn Ruff

Walter Glenn Ruff was born on August 8, 1904, in Burdett, Kansas, and entered Fort Hays State University in 1926 and graduated in 1930 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Public School Music and a minor in English and later graduated from University of Kansas with Master’s Degree of Musical Education. He married Bessie Adalaide Peterson on May 31, 1924; she died on April 9, 1936, and he later married Nora Nolan. He was a high school instrumental teacher. He taught at Northwest Missouri State University and was an associate professor of music in Western Carolina University where he served as head of the Department of Music between 1947 and 1950. He moved to Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1950 and operated Ruff’s Music Store for 20 years. W. Glenn Ruff died on June 17, 1989, and was buried in Hanston Cemetery, Hanston, Kansas.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of one book titled The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster from the Department of Biology and Geology, Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, in 1928. This book introduced the ancient lives in the different geological eras in Kansas, including plants and animals, the structure of the earth like the material for sedimentary rocks, soils and subsoils and the strata, the history of earth materials like petroleum and natural gas, and the progress of life. Some geological problems that puzzled the writer and his opinions on how to teach Biology and Geology, as well as a geological map of Kansas, were also included in this book. Additionally, the name “W. Glenn Ruff” was stamped in the upper right-hand corner on the cover of this book.

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Arrangement note

Single item.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives April-May 2009

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The 1898 Kodak yearbook contains photographs of Lyman C. Wooster. The  Emporia Gazette contains an obituary for Lyman C. Wooster on February 3, 1947. Also, a short piece of information about Dr. Wooster is included in the Emporia State University Archives Ready Reference book titled  Biology Department- History 1963. Other related materials include  The Story of Life (Np.3w Wooster 1907) and  Fundamentals of Biology (Np:3w Wooster 1930).

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ruff, Walter Glenn
  • Wooster, Lyman C.


  • Fossils -- Kansas.
  • Geology -- Kansas -- Study and teaching.
  • Geology -- Kansas.
  • Geology -- Maps.
  • Geology teachers -- Kansas.
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Archaean.
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Cretaceous.
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Mesozoic.
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Proterozoic.
  • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Tertiary.
  • Rocks -- Kansas.
  • Rocks, Sedimentary -- Kansas.
  • Soils -- Kansas.

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Collection Inventory

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The Geology of Kansas by Lyman C. Wooster, 1928. 

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