Lee Roy A. Schoenmann Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Schoenmann, L. R., (Lee Roy Adolph), 1889-
Lee Roy A. Schoenmann papers
Date [inclusive]
0.4 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Lee Roy Schoenmann was born on January 13, 1889, in Plain, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1911. He held numerous government posts including director of the land economic survey in the Michigan Department of Conservation (1925-1933), director of conservation work in the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1934), regional director of the federal submarginal land program, and supervisor of land classification for the Tennessee Valley Authority (1935-1936). In 1937, Schoenmann joined the faculty at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) as Director of the Conservation Institute. This institute was established to work with other departments for training, research, and extension work in the field of conservation. Schoenmann was appointed head of the Department of Land and Water Conservation in the Division of Conservation on July 1, 1950. He held this position until his death in April 1952.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lee Roy Schoenmann papers include papers and speeches written by Schoenmann, as well as speeches given on radio broadcasts. The topics covered in the collection mostly cover problems of conservation, land use and soil conservation, particularly in Michigan. A few papers by other authors are also contained in the collection. Some of the papers in the collection have more than one copy. Usually, these are a first draft and a revision.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2009

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Unknown. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Civilian Conservation Corps. (U.S.) -- Chronological subdivision--1933-1934.;
  • Michigan State College. Conservation Institute.
  • Michigan State College. Department of Land and Water Conservation.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Speeches

Personal Name(s)

  • Hill, Russell G.


  • Land use
  • Land use -- Michigan
  • Land use, Rural -- Michigan
  • Natural areas
  • Soil conservation
  • Water conservation

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

“The Relation of the Soil Survey to Land Classification” 1925 

803H 1

Land Inventory as a Basis for Planning Land Utilization November 1931 

803H 46

“Michigan Land Affairs” November 1931 

803H 2

“The Hook-Up between Conservation and Recreational Development” January 1932 

803H 3

“Why Do We Need a Land Economic Survey” April 1932 

803H 4

“Balanced Land Use” 1933 

803H 5

“Michigan Land Use Plans” 1933 

803H 6

“Rural Land Use Planning” November 1934 

803H 7

“The Planning of Submarginal Land Projects” November 1934 

803H 8

“The Function of Agriculture in the Unified Development of the TVA” March 1936 

803H 9

“Soils and Soil Conservation” August 1936 

803H 10

“Wild Land Use” October 1936 

803H 11

“Essential Elements of Land Classification”  November 1936 

803H 12

“Conservation Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” March 1937 

803H 13

“Something About Conservation in General” June 1937 

803H 14

“The Land and its People” October 1937 

803H 15

“The MSC Conservation Institute” February 1938 

803H 16

“Why Conservation” March 1938 

803H 17

“Preparing Michigan’s Land for Work and Play” March 1938 

803H 18

“Michigan’s Conservation Program” February 1939 

803H 19

“Definition and Need: “What is Conservation?” circa 1942-1945 

803H 20

“Conservation in a National Emergency” circa 1942-1945 

803H 21

Trends in Land Use 1947 

803H 47

“Recreation – An Important Forest Land Use” September 1949 

803H 22

“The Soil and its Conservation” Undated 

803H 23

“Planned Land Use” Undated 

803H 24

“What is Conservation and How Can Good Conservation Be Recognized?” 

803H 25

“What do We Know about Soil Conservation?” 

803H 26

Paper on Michigan Land Use, no title page 

803H 27

“Public Lands in Michigan” 1951 

803H 45

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Planning for Rural Development 1931 

803H 48

“Agricultural Land Classification” January 1936 

803H 28

Do we Need Land Use Planning” 1945 

803H 29

Talk to Soil Science Seminar March 1946 

803H 30

Saginaw Valley Talk Undated 

803H 31

Notes for Talk at Howell Undated 

803H 32

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Box Folder

“Fifth Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps” March 1938 

803H 33

“Today’s Conservation” December 1938 

803H 34

"Are You Thinking of Moving to the Country” February 1952 

803H 35

Radio Broadcast on Farmer’s Week Activities March 1938 

803H 36

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Box Folder

"Michigan Farm Economics” Newsletter January 1950 

803H 37

Paper by MSC Department of Information Services to Schoenmann 1951 

803H 38

Letter to Conservation Education Bulletin Undated 

803H 39

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Box Folder

“What Shall We Do about Our Surplus Lands” by George Wehrwein July 1934  

803H 40

“The Agricultural Activities of the TVA” by J. C. McAmis 1935 

803H 41

“Is Your County or Township Going to Zone” by Louis Wolfanger circa 1945 

803H 42

“Some Financial Aspects of Soil Conservation” by E. L. Sauer February 1951 

803H 43

“Is the Cost of Applying a Soil Conservation Program Justified” by E. L. Sauer February 1951 

803H 44

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