The personal and organizational correspondence, working papers, notebooks, and manuscripts of John P. Buwalda (1886-1954)
form the the bulk of the collection known as the John P. and Imra Wann Buwalda Papers in the Archives of the California Institute
of Technology (Caltech). The writings of Imra Wann Buwalda, wife of John P. Buwalda, on the history of Caltech, the subject
of earthquakes, and miscellaneous family and professional papers connected to her work as a policewoman form a subgroup of
this collection. John P. Buwalda was a structural geologist who became the first chairman of Caltech's new Geology Division
John Peter Buwalda was born December 16, 1886, in Zeeland, Michigan, a town settled by Dutch immigrants, to which group his
parents belonged. In 1897 the family moved to Yakima, Washington, where Buwalda graduated from high school in 1905. He began
his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, but after some time off from school, during which he worked in
the Coeur d'Alene mines of Idaho and surveyed for the Northern Pacific Railway in the Cascade Mountains, he enrolled as a
geology major at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1909. He received his BS with honors in 1912. His mentors were
John C. Merriam (paleontology) and Andrew C. Lawson (geology). In 1915 he completed his doctorate and began an instructorship
at Berkeley. In 1917 he married a Berkeley graduate, Imra Wann, and took up a teaching position at Yale, where he remained
until 1921--with a year off (1918-1919) to work for the US Geological Survey in Washington. In 1921 he returned to Berkeley
as professor of geology and also held the post of Dean of Summer Sessions.
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