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George Edgar Folk Papers

Identifier: RG99.0275

Scope and Contents

The George Edgar Folk papers include materials about the Research Club of faculty members. It also includes the manuscript for the first issue of the International Journal of Bioclimatology and Biometeorology, 1957. One oversized item is a photograph of cells made with a Color Phase Interference Microscope. The microscope was donated by Dr. Folk to the Department of Pathology.


  • 1957-1986


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

George Edgar Folk, Jr., was born on November 12, 1914, in Natick, Massachusetts. He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1933. He received the B.A. (1937), M.A. (1940), and Ph.D. (1947) degrees in biology from Harvard University. Following graduation, Folk taught courses at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, for six years.

Folk joined the State University of Iowa faculty as associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in 1953. He was made full professor in 1965. In 1957, Folk was one of the founders of the International Journal of Bioclimatology and Biometeorology. His research took him to the Arctic each summer from 1970 through 1982, where he and his students studied how mammals functioned in the environment. Folk was the recipient of the University of Iowa Teacher of the Year Award in 1983. He served as a consultant for the United States Army during the late 1940s and early 1950s on the topic of ""Moisture Relations Between the Human Foot and Its Environment."" Folk retired from the University of Iowa in 1985.

Folk married Mary Arp in June 1956 and the couple had one son, Christopher, and one daughter, Victoria. Following Mary's death, Folk married Bessie Beresford Kueny.


1.00 linear foot


Professor in Department of Physiology and Biophysics, 1953-1985. Records of the faculty Research Club.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were donated to University Archives from Dr. Folk in September 2000. Finding aid posted to the Internet in May 2011.

Related Materials

Folder, "Folk, George Edgar, Jr.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Folk, G. Edgar, Jr., and others. The Research Club of Faculty Members of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa City, 1986. 36 pp., lllus. Archives AS36 .I67 A65 1986.

Folk, G. Edgar, Jr., and Mary A. Folk. Vilhjalmur Stefansson and the Development of Arctic Terrestrial Science. Iowa City, Iowa: University of Iowa, 1984.

Folk, G. Edgar, Jr. Textbook of Environmental Physiology. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger,1974.

Folder, "Research Club," Organizations and Clubs Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.004)

Records of the Department of Dermatology, within the Records of the College of Medicine (RG15.0001.001)

Denise Anderson, May 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242