The Merle C. Prunty, Jr. Papers consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, papers concerning Prunty's education as a student and teacher, University of Georgia faculty activities, professional activities, research, bibliographies, photographs, negatives, slides, and maps.
The collection consist of 71 boxes and 8 oversize folders. Box 1 contains folders 1:1-1:8 which have biographical information such as newspaper clippings, awards, and resumes. Folder 1:5 contains personal correspondence that Prunty kept in a separate folder. Much of this correspondence is letters of reference from the early 1940's.
Boxes 2-8 contain correspondence arranged in alphabetical order. Dr. Prunty apparently had several sets of correspondence files-a general office file, a deskside file, a research file, a student file, and a manuscript file. His files were arranged alphabetically. There was also correspondence throughout other folders in his files. Most correspondence has been combined into general correspondence using Prunty's folder headings whenever possible. These headings varied from a person's name to the name of a college to the title of a paper. Therefore, letters from one person could have been found in several different folders. In an attempt to aid researchers using this collection, some letters were shifted from one category to another. Box 2 contains folders 2:1-2:25 which include A-Burton. Box 3 contains folders 3:1-3:21 which include C-Davison. Box 4 contains folders 4:1-4:17 which include De Blij-H. Box 5 contains folders 5:1-5:21 which include Hall-Lineback. Box 6 contains folders 6:1-6:23 which include M-Postdoctoral Research Professorship. Box 7 contains folders 7:1-7:22 which include Q-V. Box 8 contains folders 8:1-8:31 which include W-Z and letters without a full signature to identify the correspondent.
Boxes 9-19 contain writings by Prunty arranged in chronological order. Box 9 contains folders 9:1-9:18 which include journal articles or papers written 1941-1952. Box 10 contains folders 10:1-10:10 which include journal articles or papers written 1953-1956. Box 11 contains folders 11:1-11:14 which include journal articles or papers written 1957-1967. Box 12 contains folders 12:1-12:13 which include journal articles or papers written 1968-1974. Box 13 contains folders 13:1-13:12 which include journal articles or papers written 1975-1979. Box 14 contains folders 14:1-14:8 which include journal articles or papers written 1980-1982 and undated writings. Box 15 contains folders 15:1-15:9 which include writings by Prunty for encyclopedias, newspapers (see Mildred Thompson correspondence), and reviews. Boxes 16-17 contain material concerning the writing of the book
Lands of Promise. Box 16 contains folders 16:1-16:15 which include the 1966-1968 outlines, 1968 chapters, and revision notes for 1970, 1972, and 1973. Box 17 contains folders 17:1-17:9 which include the 1970 chapters and the 1973 galley proofs. Box 18 contains folders 18:1-18:7 which include typed copies of books Prunty wrote or was writing. Folder 18:1 contains
Problems in World Human Geography. Folders 18:2-18:4 contain
Central Gulf South (published title was
Gulf South Central States). Folder 18:5 contains portions of
Festschrift that were written by Prunty. Folder 18:6 contains an unfinished book
South (see Clyde Browning correspondence for more information on this book). Folder 18:7 contains
Hopeton-Altama, which Prunty labelled his "unfinished manuscript". Box 19 contains folders 19:1-19:5 which include Prunty's M.A. thesis, Ph.D. thesis, and three term papers written 1937-1940.
Boxes 20-21 contain material concerning Prunty as a student at the University of Missouri and Clark University from 1937 until 1942. Box 20 contains folders 20:1-20:10 which include notes and exams from the University of Missouri and Clark University geography classes. Box 21 contains folders 21:1-21:11 which include notes and exams from Clark University geography classes and undated class notes
Boxes 22-26 contain material concerning Prunty as a teacher. Box 22 contains folders 22:1-22:11. Folders 22:1-22:7 contain class rolls, lecture notes and exams from classes Prunty taught at Mississippi State College. Folders 22:8-22:9 contain notes and typed portions of "Climate of the Naval War Zones" and "Climates of the Pacific", which Prunty wrote and used for teaching while in the Navy. Folders 22:10-22:11 contain lecture notes and exams from early geography and physical science courses that Prunty taught at the University of Georgia. Boxes 23-26 contain material pertaining to University of Georgia geography courses taught by Prunty. Box 23 contains folders 23:1-23:10 which contain lecture notes and exams for the following courses: World Human Geography (GGY 101), Natural Environment (GGY 121 and GGY C121), Use and Interpretation of Maps (GGY 221), Conservation of Natural Resources (GGY 310 and GGY C310), Political Geography (GGY 341), Soviet Union and the Far East (GGY 362), Weather and Climate (GGY 375), and Caribbean America (GGY 430). A "C" before the course number indicates a correspondence course. Box 24 contains folders 24:1-24:5 which include outlines, assignments, lecture notes, exams, and map exercises for Economic Geography (GGY 358). Box 25 contains folders 25:1-25:5 which include outlines, lecture notes and exams for Geography of the South (GGY 436/636). Box 26 contains folders 26:1-26:9. Folders 26:1-26:5 contain lecture notes and material, course outlines, and exams for North American Rural Land Use (GGY 461/661). Folders 26:6-26:7 contain class rolls, assignments, lecture material, and exams for Geographic Methods and Philosophy (GGY 801/803). Folders 26:8-26:9 pertain to Thesis Research (GGY 930). Folder 26:8 contains the rough draft of a thesis by Paul Ries with Prunty's handwritten corrections and suggestions. Folder 26:9 contains notes and preliminary exam questions for graduate students.
Boxes 27-29 contain materials concerning Prunty's activities as a faculty member of the University of Georgia, both in the geography department and general University activities. Box 27 contains folders 27:1-27:13. Folders 27:1-27:2 contain classroom schedules for the geography department. Folders 27:3-27:8 contain materials about various geography department committees of which Prunty was a member. Folder 27:9 contains material concerning faculty and teaching assistants in the geography department. Folder 27:10 contains geography department memos. Folders 27:11-27:12 contain geography department reports. Folder 27:13 contains memos, notes, and correspondence concerning a legal case against the geography department by Kenneth Richard Robinson. Box 28 contains folders 28:1-28:6 which include geography department faculty meeting minutes from 1965-1982. Box 29 contains folders 29:1-29:22. Included are minutes, memos, and reports of University committees and general activities in which Prunty was involved.
Boxes 30-31 contain material concerning Prunty's professional and civic activities. Box 30 contains folders 30:1-30:13. Folders 30:1-30:2 contain programs and information about Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Southeastern Division Association of American Geographers (SEAAG) meetings that Prunty attended. Folders 30:3-30:12 contain information about Prunty's work as a consultant for industrial, academic, and private clients. Folder 30:13 contains information about Prunty's visiting lectureships. Box 31 contains folders 31:1-31:10. Folders 31:1-31:8 contain material such as programs, reports, and itinerary of various conferences, committees, seminars, and meetings that Prunty attended. Folder 31:9 contains travel request forms submitted to the University of Georgia by Prunty. Folder 31:10 contains a report from a Clarke County Grand Jury committee of which Prunty was a member.
Boxes 32-39 contain research material that Prunty used for his numerous papers and projects. Box 32 consists of research on plantations and contains folders 32:1-32:19. Folders 32:1-32:14 contain information about plantations arranged alphabetically by state with Prunty's original folder labels attached. Folders 32:15-32:18 contain correspondence concerning several plantations that Prunty used in his research. Folder 32:19 contains travel expense items pertaining to visiting the various plantations. Box 33 contains folders 33:1-33:6 which have a typescript of the diary of William J. Dickey of Birdsong Plantation. Prunty used information from this diary in his research. Box 34 contains folders 34:1-34:12 which have information about several research projects. Folders 34:1-34:9 contain Grassland Fire Project material such as contracts, expenses, flights requests, memos, reports, data, and notes. This project involved a contract with the United States Department of the Interior (USDI) to study fire phenomena in grasslands using remote sensing equipment on National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aircraft. Several papers were written using the data. Some notes were written by William T. Mealor, who was Prunty's principal research assistant in this project. Folder 34:10 contains information about a Department of Labor project concerning underdeveloped industrial manpower. Folder 34:11 contains research material Prunty used for his papers on population. Folder 34:12 contains research material for several papers about ticks and about irrigation. Box 35 contains folders 35:1-35:3 which include research material on cotton. Boxes 36-39 contain research material on index cards with most of Prunty's original labelled dividers used. Box 36 contains cotton 10-year study trend cards. Box 37 contains cotton proportionate area value cards for Alabama-Texas. Box 38 contains cotton proportionate area value cards for Virginia-West Virginia and cotton habitat study cards. Box 39 contains cards that were unlabeled but which appear to be proportionate area value cards and cards about farm acreage.
Boxes 40-41 contain bibliographies on index cards labelled with Prunty's headings. Box 40 contains two sets of cards-North American Land Use and South. Box 41 contains four sets of cards-Cotton, Rice and Sorghum; Plantations; Ticks; and Grassland Fire Project.
Boxes 42-43 contain photographs and negatives. Box 42 contains folders 42:1-42:11. Folder 42:1 contains photographs of Honduras and Guatemala used by Prunty in his GGY 430 class. Folder 42:2 contains photographs used with Prunty's papers "Demise of the Piedmont" and "...Texas Llanos...". Folders 42:3-42:4 contain photographs of the Grassland Fire Project labelled as Prunty indicated. Folder 42:5 contains photographs used with the paper "Open Range Ranching". Folder 42:6 contains personal photographs, many unidentified. Folder 42:7 contains plantation photographs. Folder 42:8 contains photographs used with the paper "Two American Souths". Folders 42:9-42:10 contain unlabelled photographs. Folder 42:11 contains negatives that have been placed in plastic pages for easier viewing. Box 43 contains negatives rolled in their original metal containers, some of which are labelled.
Boxes 44-48 contain large glass or plastic slides. Box 44 contains slides unlabelled by Prunty but with titles on the slides themselves. Box 45 contains slides grouped by Prunty into such categories as Water Power, Guggenheim Plantations, and Cotton Regions Revisited. Box 46 contains slides of the Cotton Regions 1950. Box 47 contains slides of Plantation Renaissance, Deltapine, and Plantation Migration. Box 48 contains slides of Wire Product Imports (black slides) and Pipeline Road and Deseret (yellow slides).
Boxes 49-71 contain small slides. Box 49 contains both labelled and unlabelled slides. Box 50 contains slides that have been inserted in plastic pages and placed in a notebook for easier viewing. This notebook contains Coronet Films and
Encyclopedia Britannica slides. Box 51 is also a notebook of labelled slides. Boxes 52-71 contain slides from the Grassland Fire Project. To preserve their order, these slides and their indexes have been kept in their original metal boxes.
Box 72 contains 3 folders of aerial photographs. Some are of the Grassland Fire Project, others are unlabelled.
There are eight oversize folders. Folders 1B and 2C contain material such as maps and drawings that Prunty used in his plantation research. Folders 3B and 4C contain maps and diagrams Prunty used in his Grassland Fire Project. Folder 5B contains maps and charts used in cotton research. Folder 6C contains maps and material about Dyer County, Tennessee. Prunty used this material in his Ph.D. thesis and research papers. Folder 7C contains other maps Prunty used in his geography classes and for his research papers. Folder 8C contains blueprints of the University of Georgia Science Center 1968 renovations.