Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

RS 11/12/51
John W. Patterson (1936-    )
Papers, 1947-[ongoing]


Descriptive summary

creator:

Patterson, John W. (1936-    )

title:

Papers

dates:

1947-[ongoing]

extent:

6.88 linear feet (14 document boxes and 2 oversize boxes)

collection number:

RS 11/12/51

repository:

University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access:

Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

John W. Patterson Papers, RS 11/12/51, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Biographical note

John W. (Jack) Patterson Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 14, 1936. After graduation from high school, he attended Baldwin-Wallace College until he was drafted into military service in 1955. He served in Alaska with the 2nd Infantry Division until 1957. Dr. Patterson received a combined Bachelors and Masters degree (1962) in mining engineering and a Ph.D. (1966) in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Patterson joined the faculty at Iowa State University as Assistant Professor (1966-1971) of materials science and engineering. He was promoted to Associate Professor (1971-1976) and Professor (1976-1995). Dr. Patterson was a visiting scientist (1978) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. He retired from Iowa State University in 1995. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State.

Dr. Patterson's early research interests were in electrical transport properties of solid electrolytes at elevated temperatures. During the second half of his career his research focus shifted towards the application of statistics to industrial manufacturing and processing.

Dr. Patterson is perhaps most widely known for his criticism of creationism and supernatural phenomena. His debate with Dr. David A. Weltha (Ph.D. (1969) Iowa State University), then an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Environment at Iowa State University, received wide local coverage and even generated some national headlines. Dr. Weltha promoted and gave lectures on a variety of topics such as astrology, hypnosis, life after death, and other unexplained phenomena, but it was the seminar that he taught at ISU on reincarnation that elicited the most vocal criticism from Dr. Patterson.

John Patterson married Shirley Ann Finkel on February 13, 1960. They have two sons, John and Daniel. The Pattersons reside in Arizona.

 

Collection description

This collection (1947-[ongoing]) contains biographical information on Dr. Patterson and clippings and correspondence accumulated by Dr. Patterson in his efforts to dispute supernatural phenomena, creationism, religion, and even claims of perpetual motion. Included in the papers are correspondence and news clippings related to the controversy between himself and Dr. David A. Weltha, a member of the Iowa State faculty who taught a seminar on reincarnation and other supernatural phenomena on the Iowa State campus. This led Dr. Patterson to teach a seminar on critical thinking which in turn led to a dispute with Dr. David Boylan, Dean of the College of Engineering.

Dr. Patterson's papers also include regular correspondence with several friends and colleagues. His correspondences with Henry P. Zuidema and Frank Trumpy document his efforts in opposition to creationism. He became a regular correspondent with Erica Heftmann, author of Dark Side of the Moonies, about religious cults and even contemplated co-authoring a book together. Also included in the collection are letters between Dr. Patterson and William "Bill" Brouwers, a pastor from Indiana. Brouwers and Patterson developed a friendship despite their opposing views and co-taught a class for the Iowa State University College for Seniors on "The Conflicting Worldviews of Theism and Atheism." Correspondence and course materials for this class can also be found in the collection.

 

Organization

The collection is listed in alphabetical order.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

14

4

Article – "An Engineer Looks at the Creationist Movement" by Patterson, includes related correspondence

1982-1990

9

 

Audiotape – "Creation Science Seminar Question and Answer" presentation by Henry M. Morris at Campus Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa

ca. 1979

9

 

Audiotape – "Patterson 'Live' at the Maintenance Shop"

1983

9

 

Audiotape – "The Existance of God is Provable" debate between John Patterson and Pastor Ken Chumbley (4 audiotapes)

1988

9

 

Audiotape – "The Troubled Waters of Evolution" presentation by Henry M. Morris

n.d.

9

 

Audiotape – Bill Stevens interview with Les Hinchman

1983

10

 

Audiotape – David Weltha on astrology, March 14, Iowa State University YWCA

1978

10

 

Audiotape – David Weltha on ghosts

1984

10

 

Audiotape – Debate between A. E. Wilder-Smith and Frank Arduini, Grace Missionary Church, Zion, Illinois

1984

10

 

Audiotape – Debate between Hugh Ross and Duane Gish

ca. 1992

10

 

Audiotape – Debate between John Patterson and Al Sippert on radio show "People Are Talking," KCRG News Radio 1600, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1995

9

 

Audiotape – Debate between John Patterson and David A. Weltha, March 14, WOI TV, Ames, Iowa (2 copies)

1979

9

 

Audiotape – Debate between John Patterson and Guillermo Gonzalez on the WHO Radio call-in show "Mickelson in the Morning" (2 copies)

2005

9

 

Audiotape – Debate between John Patterson and Henry M. Morris regarding whether God creates evil

1979

10

 

Audiotape – Debate between John Patterson and John Koster on the WHO Radio call-in show "Mickelson in the Morning"

1989

9

 

Audiotape – Geocentricity presentation by Professor James Hanson of Cleveland State University

n.d.

9

 

Audiotape – John Patterson interview on KPGY radio, Ames

1980

9

 

Audiotape – John Patterson interview on KUSR radio program "Iowa State Speaks"

1985

9

 

Audiotape – John Patterson interview with Daily Iowan

1984

9

 

Audiotape – John Patterson interview with ISU journalism class

1983

9

 

Audiotape – John Patterson interview with Jim Wishner regarding Iowa skeptics

1986

9

 

Audiotape – Phi Beta Kappa panel discussion on teaching creationism at Iowa State University featuring Dean David Boylan and Dr. Weinberg (2 audiotapes)

n.d.

9

 

Audiotape – Presentation by Dr. David A. Weltha

n.d.

9

 

Audiotape – Presentation by H. Bert Wagoner

1984

10

 

Audiotape – Presentation by Randy Agadon, "Teaching Science in the Christian School"

1983

10

 

Audiotape – Presentation by Sheldon Matlow at Iowa State University

1987

9

 

Audiotape – Program regarding anti evolution campaign

1980

9

 

Audiotape – Program regarding creationism

1980

10

 

Audiotape – Radio discussion between Guillermo Gonzalez and Art Bell

2004

10

 

Audiotape – Radio interview of John D. Morris, October 20-23, KDMI-FM Radio, Des Moines

1987

10

 

Audiotape – Radio interviews of John Patterson and David Weltha, October 27, KEZT 104.1 FM, Ames, Iowa

1985

10

 

Audiotape – Randi on KASI Radio

1987

10

 

Audiotape – Reverend Carl Baugh, October 14-16, KDMI-FM Radio, Des Moines

1987

1

1

Biographical information (1 2.5x3 color photograph)

1971-2006

8

6-7

College for Seniors class, "The Conflicting Worldviews of Theism and Atheism" co-taught by Patterson and Bill Brouwers, includes course materials and correspondence

1998-2001

1

7

Controversy – articles and correspondence regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1975-1978

1

8

Controversy – articles and correspondence regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1978-1979

1

9

Controversy – articles and correspondence regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1979

1

10

Controversy – articles and correspondence regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1980-1997

1

11

Controversy – correspondence regarding article in TIME magazine about the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1978

14

10

Controversy – correspondence regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1977

2

6

Controversy – correspondence with Joseph R. Myers, P.E., on reincarnation and regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1980

15

2

Controversy – Dr. David A. Weltha audio recordings transferred from cassette (1 CD)

1978-1985

2

4

Controversy – Dr. David A. Weltha's presentation to Ames High sociology class: audiotape and transcript

1978

1

12

Controversy – index of collected materials regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

ca. 1980

1

13-17

Controversy – indexed articles regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1968-1978

2

2

Controversy – news clippings and correspondence not on index listing regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1978-1980

2

1

Controversy – news clippings regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1978-1981

2

3

Controversy – notes by Patterson regarding the dispute with Dr. David A. Weltha

1977-1978

15 15 Controversy – nomination of J. Richard Lucas for Director of U.S. Bureau of Mines, includes remarks by Patterson 1970, 2010

2

5

Controversy – University Studies 313E: Critical Judgment for the Age of Aquarius

1978

12

8

Correspondence – Arduini, Frank

1984-1987

11

6

Correspondence – Avalos, Hector

2007

12

10

Correspondence – Bartz, Paul

1981-1987

13

1

Correspondence – Bennetta, William (includes printed materials)

1985-1990

11

14-15

Correspondence – Bergman, Jerry (includes printed materials)

1979-2004

11

10

Correspondence – Berra, Tim

1982-1983

2

12

Correspondence – Bouw, Gerardus

1985-2006

6

7-8

Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill

1995-1996

7

1-6

Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill

1997-2001

8

1-5

Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill

2002-2006

8

19

Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill

2007

14

1

Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill

2008

15 8 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2008-2009
15 10 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2009
15 12 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2010
16 2 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2010
16 3 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2011
16 4 Correspondence – Brouwers, Bill 2012

2

11

Correspondence – Carter, Larry: regarding Atheists in Foxholes

2005

12

11

Correspondence – Dalrymple, Brent

1983-1985

16 5 Correspondence – Deming, Edward 1986

15

6

Correspondence – Fukatsu, Norihiko

1982

16 4 Correspondence – Gardner, Martin 1978-2010

8

12

Correspondence – general

1978-2007

12

1

Correspondence – general

1980-1985

11

4

Correspondence – general

1981-1999

14

2

Correspondence – general

2008

15 9 Correspondence – general 2009

8

8

Correspondence – Gish, Duane of the Institute for Creation Research

1982, n.d.

15 13 Correspondence – Green, James and Debra; includes a copy of their publication "Clowning Around!" 2009-2010

14

3

Correspondence – Hamersky, Hilja

1998

11

7

Correspondence – Hauptman, John

2007

8

9

Correspondence – Heftmann, Erica

1995

6

1-4

Correspondence – Heftmann, Erica: regarding religious cults

1979-1988

11

12

Correspondence – Hoebens, Piet Hein

1979, n.d.

11

11

Correspondence – Horner, Paul G.

1987-1988

4

3

Correspondence – Hyman, Ray: regarding guest lecture in Patterson's Critical Judgment class (3 2x3 B&W photographs)

1978

8

13

Correspondence – Johnson, Charles K. of the International Flat Earth Research Society

1979, 2001

11

9

Correspondence – Kenney, Robert

1985

11

8

Correspondence – Lemke, Gerhold (includes writings and articles by Lemke)

1995-2008

6

5

Correspondence – Menadue-Wilson, Margaret: regarding critical judgment seminar

1978-1981

15 11 Correspondence – Oliver, Revilo P. 1983-2009
16 6 Correspondence – Otten, Herman 2009-2011

8

14

Correspondence – Pieart, Richard

2001-2002

4

4

Correspondence – Rogge, Tom

n.d.

4

6

Correspondence – Schaefer, Joe: regarding article in ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) press

1982-2006

12

7

Correspondence – Strahler, Arthur

1985-2003

8

11

Correspondence – Truzzi, Marcello, editor of The Zetetic Scholar

1978

15 14 Correspondence – Verhoeven, John 2010

12

9

Correspondence – Wagoner, Bert

2003

1

2

Correspondence – Walsh, Ken

1997

12

3

Correspondence – Weinberg, Stanley L.

1979-1997, n.d.

8

15

Correspondence – Weinberg, Stanley L: regarding creationism/ evolution debate

1987-1996

16 7 Correspondence – Yates, Stan 1981-1986

11

1

Correspondence – Zimmerman, Michael

1987-1997

15

1

Correspondence – Zindler, Frank

2008

4

10

Correspondence – Zuidema, Henry: background information (2 4x5 color photographs)

1947-1978, n.d.

4

11-13

Correspondence – Zuidema, Henry: regarding creationism controversy

1977-1979

5

1-7

Correspondence – Zuidema, Henry: regarding creationism controversy

1978-1985

11

2

Correspondence – Zuidema, Henry: regarding creationism controversy

1982-1984

13

4-5

Creationism controversy – articles and papers by Brent Dalrymple

1982-1983

3

3-5

Creationism controversy – correspondence and background materials collected by Frank Trumpy

1979-1986

15

3

Creationism controversy – correspondence and background materials on Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith

1980-1987

14

7

Creationism controversy – correspondence and clippings on Vincent Sarich and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) creation symposium

1982-1983

1

3

Creationism controversy – correspondence and clippings regarding dispute with Dean Boylan

1979-1984

11

3

Creationism controversy – correspondence and critiques of Dean Boylan's thermodynamics paper published in Creation Research Society Quarterly (includes commentary by Patterson)

1978-2007

6

6

Creationism controversy – correspondence between Sheldon Matlow and Duane Gish

1974, n.d.

14

11

Creationism controversy – correspondence regarding WHO Radio debate between John Koster and Patterson (related audiotape housed in box 10)

1974-2008

14

6

Creationism controversy – correspondence, editorials, and clippings on debate between Russ Doolittle and Duane Gish, includes commentary

1980-2008

8

10

Creationism controversy – Iowa Academy of Science creation/evolution symposium in Cedar Rapids

1981-1982

1

4

Creationism controversy – news clippings

1980-1987

16 8 Creationism controversy – reviews and comments on thermodynamics chapter in Scienrtists Confront Creationism 1985-1986

3

1

Creationism/Evolution debates – Gish-Patterson debate audio recording (3 audiotapes)

1985

4

1

Creationism/Evolution debates – Gish-Patterson debate correspondence and background information

1979-1980

3

2

Creationism/Evolution debates – Gish-Patterson debate correspondence file

1980-1984

2

15

Creationism/Evolution debates – slides used during debates at Ankeny and Lamoni (13 color slides)

ca. 1982

14

8

Creationism/Evolution debates – Walter T. Brown and Patterson debate materials, includes commentary

1980-2008

3

6-7

Creationsim controversy – clippings and articles collected by Frank Trumpy

1978-1983

8

16

Documents surrounding Dr. Patterson's excommunication from American Atheists

1983-1990

1

5

Excerpts from Dark Side of the Moonies by Erica Heftmann

1982

4

7

Future of Ames – article and correspondence

1986, 2006

4

5

Gambling – correspondence (including with Bill Brouwers), letters to the editor, and news articles

1984-2001

2

13

Intelligent Design controversy

2005

11

5

ISU President W. Robert Parks' convocation address and related editorials

1979, n.d.

2

10

Letters to the Editor

2005-2006

2

7

Literature received by Patterson in support of opposing viewpoints

1969-1992

8

17

Manuscript – "Sir William Chandler Roberts-Austen – His Role in the Development of Binary Diagrams and Modern Physical Metallurgy"

1998

15 16 News clippings regarding former Ohio State University classmate, Robert Murray, and Crandall Canyon mine collapse in Utah 2007

8

18

Notes on audiotape recordings

2006, n.d.

2

14

Opinions regarding various controversies dealing with science, creationism, and evolution

1979-2005

2

8

Pastor Alber, Campus Baptist Church – sermon recording (1 audiotape)

1987

1

6

Pastor Alber, Campus Baptist Church – sermon transcript and editorial by Patterson

1987-2004

4

2

Perpetual motion claim by Les Hinchman – slides (11 color slides)

1983

4

8

Perpetual motion: testing Hinchman device

1982-1983

15

5

Perpetual motion: printout of 1980 patent granted to Hinchman for a hydraulic pump and commentary

2008

4

9

Perpetual motion: testing Hinchman device (37 color 5x7 photographs)

1982-1983

8

20

Poem by Eileen Mericle about Patterson

2006

12

5

Printed materials about Hugh Ross

1993-1999

13

2

Printed materials and clippings about Patterson collected by Bill Kunerth

1978-1992

12

4

Printed materials and correspondence about Bass Van Gilst, State Senator and Iowa Regent

1978-1984

14

5

Printed materials by and correspondence with Robert Steiner (2- 8x10" b/w photographs)

1978-1988

13

3

Printed materials by Donald Simanek

1979-1997, n.d.

12

2

Printed materials by Frank Zindler

1984-1998

12

6

Printed materials by Richard Aulie

1968-1984

2

9

Religious cults – news clippings and publications

1979-1988

14

12

Report – "Assessment of the Roof Corrosion Problems Incurred at the Rathbun Fish Hatchery" includes related correspondence

1984

15

4

Research and correspondence regarding Nitinol memory wire

1974-1994

15

7

Shroud of Turin – Correspondence, editorials, and printed materials

1981-1989

14

9

Transcendental meditation and Maharishi International University – correspondence and news clippings

1979-1992

11

13

Transcendental meditation and Maharishi International University – correspondence and news clippings

1984-1992

16 1 Videotape – excerpts of seven-day cruise with James Randi and friends 2009