A Guide to the W. C. Bell Papers, 1886-1888, 1936-1971, and undated
Born in Missoula, Missouri, William Charles Bell (1911-1979) received his bachelor’s degree in 1934 and his master’s degree in 1936, both from Montana State University. In 1939, Bell earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Michigan. Specializing in Cambrian, Ordovician, and Pennsylvanian stratigraphy, he taught at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin from 1940 through 1941, before enlisting in the armed forces during World War II. Following the war, Bell lectured at the University of Minnesota from 1946 through 1953, after which he returned to UT, where he taught invertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy, and photographic techniques applied to paleontology. He authored a number of articles in the Journal of Paleontology and the Geological Society of America Bulletin as well as co-authoring Early Upper Cambrian Faunas of Central Montana (1944). Despite having suffered a stroke in 1972, Bell continued to be an active member of the paleontology community until his death in 1979.
"William Charles Bell." Jackson School of Geosciences. Accessed on October 20, 2011. http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/foundation/mem/bell.html.
Comprising correspondence, educational materials, reports, and plates, the W. C. Bell Papers, 1886-1888, 1936-1971, and undated, chronicle Bell’s career as a graduate student and a professor of paleontology. Correspondence with colleagues concerns research, teaching, and fieldwork, while educational materials consist of student records and theses. Additionally, the collection includes photographic plates of fossils, and fieldwork reports.
This collection is open for research use.
W. C. Bell Papers, 1886-1888, 1936-1971, and undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Bethany Anderson, October 2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers