Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922

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John Casper Branner (1850-1922) was a geologist was born on July 4, 1850, in New Market, Tennessee. He enrolled at Maryville College, but after two years he transferred to Cornell. He developed an interest in Brazil and he accompanied his professor, Charles F. Hartt, there in 1874, staying until 1883. He studied the country's geology, and also searched for vegetable fibers that could be used to make incandescent light. At the same time, he studied insects that affected cotton plants, under the commission of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1882. In the same year, he was appointed assistant geologist to the Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania. In 1885, he accepted position as professor and chairman of the Department of Geology at Indiana University, where he remained until 1891. He later became director of the Geological Survey of Arkansas, and was the state's geologist until March 16, 1893. He then became a professor of geology at Stanford University. He became vice president of Stanford in 1898, and president in 1913. He retired two years later. He died on March 1, 1922.

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John C. Branner, American geologist, was the second president of Stanford University (1913-15). His career featured scientific expeditions to Brazil, where he went as a geologist and botanist.

From the description of Papers of John Casper Branner, 1881-1925. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 228718381

John Casper Branner, second president of Stanford University, was born in New Market, Tennessee in 1850. He entered Cornell University in 1870, but left for work in Brazil between 1874 and 1882. He returned to Cornell to complete his degree in 1882; Between 1883 and 1891 he served as topographic geologist for the state of Pennsylvania and as state geologist of arkansas, as well as professor of geology at Indiana University. In 1891 he went to Stanford University as professor of geology (1891-1913; emeritus 1913-1922) and executive head of the Geology Department. In 1899 he was named vice president of Stanford (1898-1913) and later served a short term as president of the University (1913-1915) shortly before his retirement. He died on March 1, 1922.

From the description of John Casper Branner, president of Stanford University, papers, 1913-1915. (Stanford University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 702129419

John Casper Branner, second president of Stanford University, was born in New Market, Tennessee in 1850. He entered Cornell University in 1870, but left in 1874 for Brazil first as assistant geologist on the Geological Survey of Brazil then as assistant engineer for the Sao Cyriaco Gold Mining Company. He returned to Cornell to finish his b.s. degree in 1882. Between 1883 and 1891, he served in a number of state positions including topographic geologist for Pennsylvania and State geologist of Arkansas; between 1885 and 1891, he also served as professor of geology at Indiana University. The first professor to be named at the new Stanford University in 1891, Branner served as professor of geology (emeritus, 1913-1922) at Stanford as well as executive head of the Geology Department. He later served as vice president of Stanford (1898-1913) and president of Stanford (1913-1915) and professor emeritus (1915-1922). He died on March 1, 1922.

From the description of John Casper Branner papers, 1882-1921. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122553620

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John Casper Branner, second president of Stanford University, was born in New Market, Tennessee in 1850. He entered Cornell University in 1870, but left in 1874 for Brazil first as assistant geologist on the Geological Survey of Brazil then as assistant engineer for the Sao Cyriaco Gold Mining Company. He returned to Cornell to finish his b.s. degree in 1882. Between 1883 and 1891, he served in a number of state positions including topographic geologist for Pennsylvania and State Geologist of Arkansas; between 1885 and 1891, he also served as professor of geology at Indiana University. The first professor to be named at the new Stanford University in 1891, Branner served as professor of geology at Stanford as well as executive head of the Geology Department. He later served as vice president of Stanford (1898-1913) and president of Stanford (1913-1915) and professor emeritus (1915-1922). He died on March 1, 1922.

From the guide to the John Casper Branner papers, 1882-1925, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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John Casper Branner, the first professor to be named at the new Stanford University in 1891, served as professor of geology at Stanford as well as executive head of the Geology Department. He later served as vice president of Stanford (1898-1913) and president of Stanford (1913-1915) and professor emeritus (1915-1922). He died on March 1, 1922.

From the guide to the John Casper Branner, president of Stanford University, papers, 1913-1917, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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referencedIn Ray Lyman Wilbur, president of Stanford University, papers, 1914-1951 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn George Casper Branner papers, 1896-1920 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf John Casper Branner papers, 1882-1925 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn California State Earthquake Investigation Commission photographs from the Andrew C. Lawson collection, 1900-1910, bulk 1906 Bancroft Library
referencedIn The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection Bancroft Library
referencedIn Stanford University. Presidents Office. University clippings, 1891-1945. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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referencedIn Rev. David Charles Gardner collection, 1902-1949 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Rev. David Charles Gardner collection, 1902-1949. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921 Houghton Library
referencedIn Elmer Walter Pehrson photograph album and papers, 1906-1957, 1914-1918 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Francis Sitwell Pratt photograph album, 1913 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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referencedIn Purdue, A. H. (Albert Homer), 1861-1917. Albert Homer Purdue professional papers, 1874-1918. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. [Collected papers on geology and biology, with special reference to Brazil and the southern United States]. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Berton W. Crandall proof album collection, 1904-1930 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf John Casper Branner, president of Stanford University, papers, 1913-1917 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Pehrson, Elmer Walter. Elmer Walter Pehrson photograph album and papers, 1906-1957 (inclusive), 1914-1918 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn David Starr Jordan papers, 1861-1964 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, School of Law, Dean's Office records, 1906-1914 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Branner Family. Branner family genealogical records, 1679-1990. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Caspar, 1850-1922. The history of geological work in Arkansas, with 3 maps by the author [manuscript], ca. 1893. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stanford University entomological collection, 1891-1929 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. Branner family genealogy [manuscript], 1729-1899. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stanford University. Archives. Postcard collection, 1898-1982. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Stanford University. President's Office. Stanford University, President's Office, University fees correspondence, 1906-1910. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Branner Memorial Association. Branner Memorial Association records, 1924-1933. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Newsom, John F. (John Flesher), 1869-1928. John Flesher Newsom photographs, 1892-1920. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Purdue, A. H. (Albert Homer), 1861-1917. Albert Purdue correspondence, 1905-1917. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Crandall, Berton W., 1882-1979. Berton W. Crandall proof album collection, 1904-1930. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Pratt, Francis Sitwell. Francis Sitwell Pratt photograph album, 1913. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Lee, Russell V. Stanford presidents : typescript drafts, 1978. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Anderson family. Anderson family papers, 1848-1963. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University clippings collection, 1891-1945 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Caspar, 1850-1922. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1909-1912. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. Papers of John Casper Branner, 1881-1925. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Osborne, Henry Zenas, 1848-1923. Henry Z. Osborne miscellaneous papers, 1892-1921. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf University of California, Berkeley. Seismological Laboratory. Berkeley Seismological Laboratory collection on the California earthquake of April 18, 1906 [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Branner, John C. Coast range geology : geologic map and section to accompany a preliminary report on the general geology along the proposed line of the Hetch-Hetchy water system / by John C. Branner. Water Resources Collections and Archives, WRCA
referencedIn Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905. Jane Lathrop Stanford papers, 1860-1975. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn McElroy, Floyd L. Floyd L. McElroy photograph album, 1905-1920. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Henry Rushton Fairclough papers, 1886-1937 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, President's Office, records, 1893-1960 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University. School of Law. Stanford University, School of Law, Dean's office records, 1906-1914. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wilbur, Ray L. (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949. Ray Lyman Wilbur, president of Stanford University, papers, 1914-1951. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Flesher Newsom photographs, 1892-1920 Hoover Institution Archives.
referencedIn Stanford University. Registrar's Office. Stanford University, Registrar's Office, records, 1891-1955 (inclusive), 1891-1928 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hyde, James Macdonald. James Hyde Macdonald miscellaneous papers, 1900-1919. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. A Texas iron boom. Remarkable industrial enterprise just blooming in the Lone Star state. St. Louis and New York capital strikes a rich lead in the southwest. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Elliott, Orrin Leslie. Orrin Leslie Elliott correspondence, 1892-1914. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIi, 1897 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Annie M. Law shell collection papers, circa 1888-1892 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Crandall, Roderic. Journals, 1907-1992 (inclusive), 1907-1935 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Branner Memorial Association records, 1924-1933 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, Registrar's Office, records, 1891-1955, 1891-1928 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Anderson family Papers, 1848-1963 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Leib, Samuel Franklin, 1848-1924. Samuel Franklin Leib papers, 1881-1920. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922,. Rio grande du sud : manuscript codex, ca. 1880? Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University, President's Office, University fees records, 1906-1910 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Law, Annie M. Annie M. Law shell collection : miscellaneous papers, ca. 1888-1892. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Stanford University entomological collection : records, 1891-1929. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Samuel Franklin Leib papers, 1881-1920 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Floyd L. McElroy photograph album, 1905-1920 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. John Casper Branner papers, 1882-1921. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIh, 1892-1896 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Branner, John K. John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship Award : mid-year and final reports. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Stanford University postcard collection, 1891-1990, undated Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Orrin Leslie Elliott papers, Bulk, 1891-1936 1860-1940, 1891-1936 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Elliott, Orrin Leslie, 1860-1940. Orrin Leslie Elliott papers, 1891-1936. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931. Papers of David Starr Jordan, 1861-1964. Library of Congress
creatorOf Branner, John Casper, 1850-1922. John Casper Branner, president of Stanford University, papers, 1913-1915. Stanford University Libraries
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIf, 1866-1886 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Orrin Leslie Elliott correspondence, 1892-1914 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
Brazil
San Francisco (Calif.)
Panama Canal (Panama)
Panama Canal.
Brazil
Brazil
California--Palo Alto
Southern States
Arkansas
Virginia
California
Subject
Geological surveys
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, Calif., 1906
Geology--California
Geology
Geologists--Archives
Universities and colleges--Administration
College presidents--Archives
Geology--Brazil
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Photographers
College presidents
College teachers
Geologists
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Birth 1850-07-04

Death 1922-03-01

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