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American Phytopathological Society records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0175

Scope and Content

This collection (1878-2008) contains records of annual meetings (includes audio and video tapes), biographical essays about prominent plant pathologists, committee activities, correspondence, membership lists, meeting minutes, awards and honors, discussion about changes to the group’s constitution and bylaws, photographs, publications and reports. Although the American Phytopathological Society was officially formed in 1908, plant pathologists held meetings in conjunction with other scientists prior to the formation of the society and records of these meetings and other documents were contained in some of the APS members’ collections.


  • 1878-2008


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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The American Phytopathological Society (APS) was established in 1908. C. L. Shears of the U.S. Department of Agriculture called an initial meeting on December 15, 1908, to take the preliminary steps for organizing a general society of plant pathologists. A follow up meeting was held on December 30, 1908 in conjunction with a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Baltimore, Maryland. At this meeting, a council of five officers was elected to consider and make recommendations for establishing a permanent organization. The first formal meeting of the society was held in Boston, Massachusetts during the week of December 27, 1909-January 1, 1910.

Membership in the society is open to professional educators, researchers and others interested in the study and control of plant diseases. APS is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and holds one large meeting annually, but also consists of several regional divisions (Caribbean, North Central, Northeastern, Pacific, Potomac, and Southern), which also meet regularly.


111.27 Linear Feet (256 document boxes and 4 records center cartons)


This collection is organized into twenty-three series:

Series 1, Boards, 1918- 2007 (alphabetical and chronological)

Series 2, Anniversaries and Celebrations, 1956-2008 (chronological)

Series 3, Annual Meetings and Other Events, 1909-2008 (chronological)

Series 4, Awards and honors, 1957- 2004 (chronological)

Series 5, Biographies of plant pathologists, 1912- 2007 (alphabetical)

Series 6, Executive Committee and Financial Advisory Committee, 1968- 2007 (chronological)

Series 7, Committees, Working Groups, Boards, 1915-2007 (alphabetical and chronological)

Series 8, Congresses,1919-2004 (chronological)

Series 9, Constitutions and bylaws, 1913- 2001 (chronological)

Series 10, Correspondence, 1878-2004 (chronological)

Series 11, Council, 1923 —2007 (chronological)

Series 12, Divisions, 1914 — 2004 (alphabetical and chronological)

Series 13, Finances and Investments, 1945 — 2008 (chronological)

Series 14, Half-tone plates, undated (?)

Series 15, Membership, 1932 — 2008 (chronological)

Series 16, Organization and groups associated with APS, 1900 — 2004 (alphabetical)

Series 17, Photographs and Slides, 1900 circa — 1998 (chronological)

Series 18, Programs, 1919 — 2003 (alphabetical and chronological)

Series 19, Phytopathological Classics, 1884 — 2000 (chronological)

Series 20, General publications, 1884 — 2005 (chronological)

Series 21, Audiotapes, 1958 — 1964, undated (alphabetical)

Series 22, Subject files, 1913 — 2004 (alphabetical)

Series 23, Motion pictures, 1970 — 1983 (chronological)

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0175. American Phytopathological Society records, 1878-2008
July 1, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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