An original publication, 2001. xxviii, 364 pp., bibliog., index. Item #33
Lewis S. Dean, a geologist and member of the Alabama Historical Association, has edited this collection of letters and papers of Michael Tuomey (1805-1857), an able geologist who contributed significantly to scientific knowledge in the Old South, in particular the two states of South Carolina and Alabama. Tuomey served as "State Geological Surveyor" in South Carolina and State Geologist in Alabama. But, his scientific investigations were largely self-motivated with a minimum of state support. His efforts and the results of his work in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Alabama were recognized by contemporaries and subsequent workers. The genesis for this work was a collection of forty-seven letters related to the life and career of Tuomey given to the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History in 1994. To complement this collection, other published writings and manuscript material were selected. The material spans the years 1839 to 1931. Selected published journal and newspaper articles, letters, and legislative reports fill gaps in the available manuscript material. In all, some 220 documents were compiled for this volume.