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George Knaphus papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/5/58

Scope and Content

This collection (1941-2000, undated) contains biographical information, course work, teaching materials, publications, faculty information, photographs, and personal and professional correspondence.



Topics in this collection include botany, mycology, and mushrooms. There is information in this collection about several individuals, including Norman Borlaug and Lois Tiffany. In addition, researchers will also find materials relating to groups such as the Science and Humanities Council and the Botany Club.

Dates

  • 1941-2000, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

George Knaphus was born on August 31, 1924, in McCallsburg, Iowa. He graduated from McCallsburg High School in 1942 and entered the Army early the following year. Knaphus earned the Bronze Star for his service in Europe during World War II. He then attended the Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) and graduated in 1949. He earned his M.S. (1951) and his Ph.D. (1964) in plant pathology from Iowa State University.



During the 1950s, Knaphus returned to McCallsburg where he farmed, held various leadership positions in Bethany Lutheran Church, served on the school board, was a Warren Township trustee for fifty years, and was an active member of the American Legion. In 1958, he became principal and teacher in the McCallsburg High School and taught science classes at Nesco High School until 1962.



Knaphus was hired by Iowa State University to work in the teacher education program and in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology as Instructor (1962-1965), Assistant Professor (1968-1972), and Professor (1972-2000). Among the many awards he received were the Governor's Science Medal, the Distinguished Science Award by the Iowa Academy of Science, and Professor of the Year (1995). He was also posthumously awarded a Distinguished Service Award (2000) by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.



Knaphus married Marie Gjenvick. Knaphus died on May 20, 2000.

Extent

10.61 Linear Feet (8 records center cartons, 1 half-document box)

Abstract

George Knaphus (1924-2000), a native of Iowa, served during World War II and received the Bronze Star. He graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) in 1949; earned an M.S. (1951) and Ph.D. (1964) in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University. He farmed and taught high school in the community of McCallsburg, holding various leadership positions. Knaphus returned to Iowa State as an Instructor (1962-1965); Assistant Professor (1965-1968); Associate Professor (1968-1972); and Professor (1972-2000) in Botany and Plant Pathology. This collection contains biographical information, course work, teaching materials, publications, faculty information, photographs, and personal and professional correspondence. Topics in this collection include botany, mycology, and mushrooms. There is information in this collection about several individuals, including Norman Borlaug and Lois Tiffany. In addition, researchers will also find materials relating to groups such as the Science and Humanities Council and the Botany Club.

Arrangement

The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Items in related collections

RS 13/5. Iowa State University. Department of Botany records, 1886-2014 RS 13/5/20. L. H. (Lois Hattery) Tiffany papers, 1940-2010, undated

Related collection materials

Related collections in the University Archives, Iowa State University Library include:

•Iowa State University Botany Club Records, RS 22/5/0/31

•Lakeside Laboratory Records, RS 1/5

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 13/5/58. George Knaphus papers, 1941-2000, undated
Date
January 23, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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