JOHN FLESHER NEWSOM PAPERS, 1882-1928
John Flesher Newsom, geology professor and mining engineer, was born on September 6, 1869 in Elizabethtown, Indiana. Newsom graduated from Indiana University in 1891 and went to Stanford where he was a classmate of Herbert Hoover. He was an assistant professor of geology at Indiana University before returning to Stanford as a geology professor in 1899. Newsom earned his doctorate from Stanford in 1901, remaining there until 1909, when he became a consulting engineer for the Yukon Gold Company. His work led him to Alaska, Malaysia, and South America. Newsom dies of a stroke on October 25, 1928.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection contains class notes taken while Newsom was a student, lecture notes from Newsom as an instructor, articles, correspondence, photographs, and business cards. The main topics documented in the collection include: mining education, science education, Stanford University, and Herbert Hoover. The collection has been subdivided into four subgroups: student notes, lecture notes, personal files, and photographs. Student notes include two notebooks from Henry Stephenson, a geology student at Ohio State University in 1894. Stephenson’s connection to Newsom is not clear. Lecture notes also include copies of Herbert Hoover’s 1909 geology lectures. The materials are arranged alphabetically with the exception of the student notes which are arranged chronologically.
1 Student Notes – Indiana University
2 Paleontology, 1893
3 Explosives, 1898
4 Occurrence and Features of Ore Deposits – Draft, undated