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George D. Marler papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2171

Scope and Contents

Collection relates primarily to George D. Marler's research on geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone Park, and related themes. Includes an unpublished autobiography; field notebooks; correspondence; articles and books, including drafts by Marler and others; photographs; slides of thermal features in Yellowstone Park; and other items. Dated 1932 to 1977.


  • 1932-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

George D. Marler was born on June 28, 1898 to George Washington Marler and Martha Christiansen in Fremont, Idaho. He served as a Latter-day Saint missionary to Central States Mission from 1919 to 1922. He began working as a ranger naturalist at Yellowstone National Park in 1931. In 1946 he married Laura Sherburne. He retired from his permanent position at Yellowstone in 1966. In 1962, Brigham Young University awarded him with an honorary doctorate degree. He received a citation for distinguished service from the United States Department of Interior in 1967 for contributions in the field of hydrothermal geology at Yellowstone National Park. He died on July 10, 1978 in Thornton, Idaho. He was buried in Little Butte Cemetery in Jefferson, Idaho.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Laura Marler, Kim and Barbara Turley, and Robert Witzke, 1991-1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Laura Marler, Kim and Barbara Turley, and Robert Witzke; 1991-1992.


LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts Collecting Policy, 2009).

Processing Information

Processed; May 2000.

Processing Information

Processed; Elisabeth Ross; 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Jace Packer; 2020.

Register of the George D. Marler papers
Processed under the direction of Curator of 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
2000 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States