Guide to the Louise Paullin (1895-1990) Papers

Collection Title: Louise Paullin (1895-1990) Papers
Dates: 1910-1923
Identification: 31/6/65
Creator: Paullin, Louise Elizabeth, 1895-1990
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The series consists of Louise Paullin's course notes from her science courses both at the Evanston Academy and at Northwestern.
Acquisition Information: The Louise Paullin Papers were transferred to the University Archives by Teri Yoder, Evanston Historical Society, as Accession #00-220 on July 13, 2000. A small portion of the papers were separated from the NU Archives general files, as Accession #95-158 on September 25, 1995.
Processing Information: Catherine Anderson; July 18, 2000.
Separated Materials: A small amount of extraneous material was discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Louise Elizabeth Paullin was born on January 10, 1895 and lived her whole life in Evanston. Her father, George W. Paullin, was a furrier; the family lived at 1908 Sheridan Rd.

Louise attended the Evanston Academy of Northwestern University from 1910-1914. She then enrolled at Northwestern where she majored in Botany, with minors in Zoology and French. While at Northwestern she became a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She graduated with a B.S. in 1918. In the years after her graduation, Louise assisted in the Botany laboratory and continued to take classes at Northwestern, in subjects as diverse as Chemistry, Art and English. Louise's two sisters, Frances Anne and Laura Virginia, also graduated from Northwestern, in 1912 (Liberal Arts) and 1933 (Education), respectively.

On January 23, 1947, Louise married the mayor of Evanston, Mr. Samuel Gilbert Ingraham. (Mr. Ingraham retired from his position as mayor in 1953, due to ill health.)

Mrs. Ingraham was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and the Evanston King's Daughters, and served as a director of Canterbury House at Northwestern and on the Women's Board at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She was active in the local community as a member of the Evanston Historical Society, where she once gave a lecture, and the Women's Club of Evanston. Her community interests extended beyond Evanston as well to include membership in the Chicago Historical Society, the Mid-Western Antique Association, the Women's Republican Club of the 13th Congressional District, and the Fort Dearborn chapter of the D.A.R.

Louise Paullin Ingraham died in hospital on October 18, 1990.

Other information about Louise Paullin Ingraham may be found in the Alumni Biographical Files, Series 51/14, box 326, and in the Evanston Academy Student Records, Series 38/3, box 22.

Scope and Content

The series consists of Louise Paullin's course notes from her science courses both at the Evanston Academy and at Northwestern. Both the Zoology and Botany notes include detailed drawings of various specimens. For some courses, lecture notes are included as well as the lab notes accompanying the drawings. Also included are the course notes, lab book and tests from the Chemistry course that Louise took after she graduated, and the course notes from the Botany class in which she assisted as a grader.

Arrangement of Materials

The notes are arranged in folders by course. For each course, notes are arranged in chronological order as far as possible. Most of the notes for each course are not dated, however; these have been maintained in the original order.


Personal Name

Paullin, Louise Elizabeth, 1895-1990


Botany--Study and teaching

Zoology--Study and teaching

Container List / Contents

  • Botany Course Notes, Evanston Academy, 1910-1911Box 1, Folder 1
  • Zoology Course Notes, Evanston Academy, 1911-1912Box 1, Folder 2
  • Botany A: General Botany lecture notes, 1914-1915Box 1, Folder 3
  • Botany A: General Botany lab book, 1914-1915Box 1, Folder 4
  • Botany B: Seed Plants, Section 1, 1915-1916Box 1, Folder 5
  • Botany B: Seed Plants, Section 2, 1915-1916Box 1, Folder 6
  • Botany B: Seed Plants, Section 3, 1915-1916Box 1, Folder 7
  • Zoology A: Structure, Development & Evolution of Animal Life, 1915-1916Box 2, Folder 1
  • Zoology B1: Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, 1917-1918Box 2, Folder 2
  • Zoology C1: Vertebrate Embryology, 1918Box 2, Folder 3
  • Botany A1: Nature & Development of Plants TA notes, 1921-1922Box 2, Folder 4
  • Chemistry A1 lecture notes, 1922-1923Box 2, Folder 5
  • Chemistry A1 tests, 1922-1923Box 2, Folder 6
  • Chemistry A1 lab book, 1922-1923Box 2, Folder 7