3 linear ft (5 document boxes).
Arranged by subject and chronologically within.
Collection consists of correspondence, honors and awards, professional papers including lecture notes, student term papers, masters thesis and notes and Callanan Junior High School (Des Moines) conservation projects. Correspondents include members of the Iowa Conservation Education Council, Nature Conservancy, Iowa Chapter and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.
Conservationist; teacher of education at Drake University (1938-1967). Miss Black was graduated from junior college at the University of Northern Iowa in 1922 and received her B.A. there in 1926. Later she received her Masters from Drake University. Between 1922 and 1925 she taught school in College Springs and Clarinda, Iowa. She then taught in Newton and in 1927 she started teaching in the public schools of Des Moines. In 1938 she became Assistant Professor of Education in Field Science at Drake University, where she remained until she retired in 1967. Her teaching was based "on the philosophy that life is of supreme importance, that plants, animals and mineral matter are closely interrelated and that man reaches his full height of development as he finds his place of responsibility in the over-all plan of life."..
Miss Black was co-editor of Conservation--Source Book, Iowa State University Press, 1962, and has served a three year appointment on the State Preserves Advisory Board. For her contributions to conservation she has been the recipient of numerous awards. Among them are the Izaak Walton League's Conservation Award in 1960 for originating, planning, directing and fostering the Children's Forest Project in Des Moines. In 1967 she was named conservation educator of the year by the Iowa Wildlife Federation, Inc. In 1968 she was given the Drake Alumni Distinguished Service Award and during the same year was chosen for the Iowa Conservation Hall of Fame award by the Iowa Chapter of the Wildlife Society for outstanding contributions to conservation.
Margaret J. Black Papers, MS-013, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.