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Loren Potter Papers

Identifier: UNMA-181

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Dr. Potter’s curriculum vitae, a list of publications, awards, and professional photographs, extensive lecture notes from Biology 573L and 574L, which he returned to UNM in 2002-2003 to teach as Biology 403L and 503L. The collection includes lectures given to professional organizations throughout his career, publications for academic journals, government reports, conference proceedings, and field trip notes, including those for a USAID teaching assignment in India. Notable items include the final draft of his book co-authored with Charles L. Drake, Lake Powell: Virgin Flow to Dynamo published in 1989 by UNM Press, along with the tables, images, and plates, and his collection of slides, numbered and indexed.


  • 1938-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1975-2005

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Note

Loren Potter was born in 1918 in Fargo, North Dakota and died in Albuquerque in 2016. He was Professor Emeritus of the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico, having served as Department Chair from 1958-1972 and Professor from 1972-1985. Potter was instrumental in securing funding for an expansion to Castetter Hall when he was Department Chair, a wing that bears his name. UNM created an endowed chair in his name in 1985 upon his retirement. He returned to UNM from 2002-2003 to teach Ecology of North American Forests and Tundra and Ecology of North American Deserts and Grasslands. Dr. Potter co-authored four books and numerous publications.

Previous appointments include the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in 1941, Goodyear Research from 1942-1945, and Professor at North Dakota State University from 1948-1958. He received the Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in 1940, the Master of Arts in Botany from Oberlin College in 1946, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Ecology from the University of Minnesota in 1948. His research interests included Rocky Mountain forests, plant biology of the Arctic and grasslands, fire ecology, reclamation ecology of the Southwestern United States, and riparian ecology. Dr. Potter enjoyed photography, painting, and sketching. Slides of his work are included in this collection.


3 Cubic Feet (3 Boxes and 1 Oversize Folder)


The Loren Potter collection includes class lectures and notes, awards, slides, and publications by the former UNM Professor and Biology Department Chair.

Processing Information

Stephanie Akau, March 2019
Finding Aid of the Loren Potter Papers, 1938-2014
Stephanie Akau
© 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131