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David William Staniforth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/18/52

Scope and Content

The Staniforth Papers include biographical materials; correspondence - personal and professional; North Central Weed Control Society materials, records, minutes, committee reports; Weed Science Society correspondence and conference materials; Lecture and seminar papers; Research data, field books, reports, analysis and summaries; Abstracts; Reprints and manuscripts; Development Advisory Team training manual. Correspondence is largely professional and pertains to soybeans, corn, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, and inbreeding. Staniforth’s later papers indicate an international interest and recognition. Foreign interests include New Zealand, Costa Rica, Latin America, Ecuador, England, the Soviet Union and Europe.


  • 1947-2008, undated

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


David William Staniforth was born to Mr. and Mrs. David A. Staniforth on September 5, 1919 in Esther, Alberta, Canada. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture (1944) and an M.S. degree in Plant Ecology (1946) from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed a Ph.D. in Botany from Iowa State College in 1949. He was a research assistant and instructor at Iowa State College in 1947 and became an assistant professor in the department of plant pathology, seed and weed sciences in 1949. Staniforth was a professor of Botany and Agronomy and served as a plant pathologist and agricultural scientist. He conducted seminal research on weed/crop competition and on weed control in no-till and reduced tillage farming. He published extensively in his field of research; weed biology and herbicide evaluation. Staniforth’s correspondence demonstrates his close involvement in Iowa State University’s relations with the petrochemical and agricultural-chemical manufacturers.


10.5 Linear Feet (25 document boxes)

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The collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

RS 9/18. Iowa State University. Department of Plant Pathology records, 1917-2013 RS 9/18/51. Erhardt Paul Sylwester papers, 1936-1971, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/18/52. David William Staniforth papers, 1947-2008, undated
January 22, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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