A Guide to the F. Earl Ingerson Papers, 1931-1932, 1953-1963, 1988-1991
Dr. Fred Earl Ingerson, known as Earl, was born on October 28, 1906, in Barstow, Texas. After graduating as valedictorian from high school, Ingerson earned a BA in chemistry (1928) and an MA in geology (1931) from Hardin-Simmons College at Abilene. He earned his PhD in geology from Yale University in 1934 and did post-doctoral work with Professor Bruno Sander in Austria before joining the staff of the Geophysical laboratory of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D. C. He served there from 1935 to 1947, when he became Chief of the Geochemistry and Petrology Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey, a position he held for 11 years.
In 1958, Ingerson joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin, serving as Professor of Geology, 1958 to 1977, and as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, 1961 to 1964. He authored nearly 200 scientific publications and founded two major geochemistry societies and their journals. He retired in 1977 but continued to work for various journals and geological societies until Alzheimer's disease prevented him from doing so.
Dr. Earl Ingerson married Martha Duncan, who died in 1979, and Maureen Ingerson, who died in 1992. He died in Austin on June 11, 1993.
In Memoriam: Fred Earl Ingerson, UT Jackson School of Geosciences
The F. Earl Ingerson Papers, 1931-1932, 1953-1963, 1988-1991, are comprised of two original issues of Engenharia, Mineracao, e Metalurgia, a Brazilian publication that featured Ingerson's articles in 1953, along with biographical material on Ingerson from the UT Retired Faculty-Staff Association newsletter and the Austin American-Statesman in 1988. Additionally, the collection contains Barstow and Pecos Valley, Texas, reminiscences of 1956 and 1963, as well as the 1991 inventory of the Earl Ingerson Papers, housed at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. Two bound notebooks of lecture notes from Ingerson's time as a doctoral student at Yale University, of 1931-1932, can also be found. These notebooks pertain to Geology 162 - Stratigraphy, taught by Professor C. O. Dunbar, and Geology 120b - Petrology, taught by Professor A. Knopf.
This collection is open for research use.
F. Earl Ingerson Papers, 1931-1932, 1953-1963, 1988-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Deborah Bloys, December 1993.
Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, September 2016.
Detailed Description of the Papers