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Francis Pettijohn papers

Identifier: MS-0638

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Scope and Contents

Research materials and notes from 1929 through 1951 form the bulk of Dr. Pettijohn's papers. In addition, there are field notebooks, conference and professional materials, and notes for his courses.


  • Creation: 1929-1951


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not processed and therefore has not been prepared for research use. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Francis John Pettijohn was born June 20, 1904 in Waterford, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor's degree, masters degree, and Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1924, 1925, and 1930, respectively. He taught geology or earth sciences at the University of California, the University of Chicago, Oberlin College, and Macalester College before becoming a professor of geology at Johns Hopkins University in 1952. During his academic career, he also completed research assignments for the United States Geological Survey. His particular field of interest and research was sedimentary geology.

At the time of his death in May 1999, he was widely considered the founder of modern sedimentology.


18.75 Cubic Feet (15 record center cartons)

Language of Materials



Francis John Pettijohn (1904-1999) was an American geologist.This collection consists of research materials and notes from 1929 through 1951. This collection is unprocessed.

Custodial History

Collected from Professor Pettijohn's office in Olin Hall, January 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in January 1997.

Processing Information

This collection has not been processed.

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Repository Details

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