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WILLIAM LOUIS STRAUS JR. - APPLICATION DOUBLE SIGNED 09/20/1920 CO-SIGNED BY: EDWARD BERRY - DOCUMENT 178078

Application Double Signed: "William L. Straus, Jr." twice (application signature and address spot). Two pages (front and verso), 8½x12. Also endorsed"Edward W Berry" as Professor in the Principal Subject of Study. Baltimore, Maryland, September 20, 1920. Application for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Application filled out in Straus' hand. Berry has handwritten the word "Paleontology" (the applicants intended program of study). Paleontologist Edward Wilber Berry (1875-1945) spent many years at Johns Hopkins as a teacher, researcher, science editor and administrator (1906-1942). Berry's specialty was paleobotany. He studied the modern plant life of the Western Hemisphere and tried to reconstruct the evolution of the geography and fauna through the ages. He conducted expeditions to the Andes and other regions of South America. At his death he was President of the Geological Society of America. Berry's confidence in the scholarly potential of William L. Straus Jr.(1900-1981) proved justified. Straus joined the Hopkins faculty in 1927. He worked to reconstruct early Neanderthal skeletons which had been assembled incorrectly by earlier researchers. His books included Up from the Apes, an influential work which argued that humans weren't descended from apes. Rather humans and apes each descended separately from a common ancestor. Regular folding creases. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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