1974 Notable Authors

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Louise Phelps Kellogg
Increase Allen Lapham
William Ellery Leonard
Thorstein Bunde Veblen
Glenway Wescott
Frank Lloyd Wright

Louise Phelps Kellogg, 1862-1942
(Eva) Louise Phelps Kellogg (1862-1942) was born in Milwaukee and received her early education in Evanston, Illinois and Chicago’s Dearborn Seminary. In 1882 she graduated from Milwaukee-Downer College and received her B.L. degree in 1897 from the University of Wisconsin. She then began graduate studies in history under Frederick Jackson Turner, gaining her Ph.D. in 1901. In that year she also began her lifelong career at the Historical Society of Wisconsin, starting as an assistant to Reuben Gold Thwaites. In her over 40 years spent with the Society she played a key role in the editing and publication of many of the renowned titles emerging from the Society, including selections from the Draper manuscripts and the thirty-two volume series of “Early Western Travels.” She also contributed numerous articles to scholarly journals and was a widely known lecturer and radio speaker, and active in many organizations, including the American Historical Association, the Madison Literary Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Wisconsin College Equal Suffrage League. Her most highly regarded works are considered to be The French Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest and the follow-up work The British Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest, which solidified her reputation as a foremost authority on the history of this region.

American Historical Association Justin Winsor Prize
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Great Britain
Wisconsin Archaeological Society Lapham Medal

Selected Books
The French Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest (1925)
The British Regime in Wisconsin and the Northwest (1935)
Early narratives of the Northwest, 1634-1699 (1917)
The American Colonial Charter; A study of English Administration in Relation Thereto, Chiefly after 1688 (1904)
Frontier advance on the upper Ohio, 1778-1779 (1916)
Stagecoach and tavern tales of the Old Northwest (1930)


Increase Allen Lapham, 1811-1875
Increase Lapham was born in Palmyra, New York in 1811 and died in 1875 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He had little formal education, but earned an Honorary LL.D. from Amherst College in 1860. This renowned naturalist spent his early years as a canal worker out east before becoming a developer, surveyor, and land speculator in the Milwaukee area from 1836 to 1875. He also served as a meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, as well as being Wisconsin state geologist from 1873-1875, and contributed to research conducted by the Smithsonian Institute. Most of his writings are scientific in their focus, and he published at least 45 articles and several monographs. The diverse topics covered in his writings include studies of the origin of effigy mounds, the impact of the destruction of forestlands on erosion and water quality, and various cartographic materials.

Honorary LL.D., Amherst College, 1860

Selected Works
The Antiquities of Wisconsin, as Surveyed and Described, 1855
Report on the Disastrous Effects of the Destruction of Forest Trees, Now Going on so Rapidly in the State of Wisconsin, 1867
Wisconsin: Its Geography and Topography, History, Geology, and Mineralogy; Together with Brief Sketches of its Antiquities, Natural History, Soil, Productions, Population, and Government, 1844

William Ellery Leonard, 1876-1944
Thorstein Bunde Veblen, 1857-1929
Glenway Wescott, 1901-1987
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1869-1959