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Master of Arts (MA) in History




"Background. The Eastern Washington University-Archives and Special Collections have recently acquired the papers of EWU Professor Emeritus of Geography Dale F. Stradling. Stradling taught at EWU for many years and as well as being of significance to the history of the university,this collection also contains material regarding the history, geography, and geology of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Stradling was interested in the natural forces that shaped the geography of the Inland Northwest. He collected numerous articles, pictures, and other material on the unique series of geological erosion features known as the Channeled Scablands. Dale F. Stradling was part of a new school of geologists and geographers entering the field in the 1950s and 60s. This group largely accepted the theory that the Channeled Scablands had been formed by a series of massive floods during the Ice Age; a theory that had been largely dismissed by geologists and geographers when it was first proposed by Geologist J. Harlen Bretz in 1923. Overall Goal of the Project. This project has two overall goals: The first is to process and make available to the public the Dale F. Stradling Papers. The second is to provide archival training for the student carrying out this project. The archival training will be good experience for developing archival skills as well as good for a resume or other type of application. Specifically the student involved in this project will gain experience organizing a physical archival collection for the archives of a university archives and experience digitizing media for the same archives. Thesis. The thesis will describe the reorganization of the Dale F. Stradling Papers, show the connection between Eastern Washington University and the debate over the formation of the Channeled Scablands, and end with Dale F. Stradling and his work along an annotated bibliography containing sources available through the JFK Library system, many of which were used for this thesis"--Document.


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