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Iowa State University. Department of Botany records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/5

Scope and Content

The collection Consists of materials related to the Department of Botany. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, subject files, biographical files, administrative records, class project records, seminar records, lantern slides, and faculty papers.

Dates

  • 1886-2014, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Department of Botany was established in 1870 with Charles E. Bessey serving as head. In 1871, the Department first offered graduate courses for a M.S. degree in botany, and J.C. Arthur, in 1877, received the first M.S. degree issued by Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University). In 1914, the Department initiated a Ph.D. program, and again the Department held the distinction for awarding the first Ph.D. degree at Iowa State, given to Leslie Kenoyer in 1916. In 1918, Ada Hayden became the first woman Ph.D. at Iowa State College (University).



In 1957, an undergraduate curriculum in plant pathology was initiated in the College of Agriculture and the name of the department was changed to the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. A decade later, the department was moved to a new building, Bessey Hall. The Department of Botany became a separate entity again within the College of Sciences and Humanities after the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology split into two departments in 1979.



In 2003, the Department of Botany was merged with the departments of Animal Ecology and Zoology and Genetics to form the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology.

Extent

1 collection

Abstract

The Department of Botany was established at Iowa State in 1870 with Charles E. Bessey serving as head. The first graduate degree issued by Iowa State was received by botany student J.C. Arthur in 1877. The Department of Botany also holds the distinction of graduating Iowa State's first Ph.D. student, Leslie Kenoyer in 1916, and first female Ph.D. student, Ada Hayden in 1918. In 2003, the Department of Botany was merged with the departments of Animal Ecology and Zoology and Genetics to form the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. The collection contains news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, subject files, biographical files, administrative records, class project records, seminar records, and lantern slides.

Items in related collections

RS 13/5/6. Iowa State College. Guatemala Tropical Research Center records, 1944-1949, undated RS 13/5/13. Louis Hermann Pammel papers, 1856-2011 RS 13/5/14. Irving E. Melhus papers, 1906-2002, undated RS 13/5/17. Frederick G. Smith papers, 1929-2014. RS 13/5/20. L. H. (Lois Hattery) Tiffany papers, 1940-2010, undated RS 13/5/11. Charles E. Bessey papers, 1870-1985 RS 13/5/51. Joseph Charles Gilman papers, 1916-1966, undated RS 13/5/56. Duane Isely papers, 1938-2000 RS 13/5/59. Jack Robb Wallin papers, 1915-2000 RS 13/5/55. Ada Hayden papers, 1864-2007, undated RS 13/5/53. Richard W. Pohl papers, 1932-1992, undated RS 13/5/54. Arthur L. Bakke papers, 1914-1972, undated RS 13/5/58. George Knaphus papers, 1941-2000, undated. RS 13/5/52. John M. Aikman papers, 1911-1979, undated.

Processing Information

Released on 2019-04-22.

Title
RS 13/5. Iowa State University. Department of Botany records, 1886-2014, undated.
Date
March 5, 2020
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

Contact:
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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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