Department of Zoology records
UA.16.121

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Department of Zoology.
Title
Department of Zoology records
ID
UA.16.121
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1920-1989
Date [inclusive]
1920-2009
Extent
3.25 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Historical Note

The Zoology and Entomology Department was created in 1860. Manly Miles was the first instructor for the department. In 1875, A.J. Cook began his tenure as a zoology instructor, becoming departmental chairman from 1876 until 1893. The department was renamed the Department of Zoology and Physiology in 1894. At that time, ornithologist Walter F. Barrows replaced Cook as chairman for the department and was also named Curator of the Museum.

In 1914 the Zoology Department began a partnership with the Cooperative Extension Service where members of the department would begin acting as consultants to county agricultural agents. The next year Joseph W. Stack was hired as a new zoology professor. Stack would later become curator of the Museum. The Zoology Department became part of the Applied Sciences Division in 1922. The following year Dr. Harrison R. Hunt was named Chairman of the Department, following the death of Barrows. The department was renamed the Department of Zoology and Geology.

In cooperation with the Bureau of Biological Survey in Washington, D.C., a biological bird banding station was established at MSU in 1924, with Joseph Stack as its director. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary (Kellogg Biological Station) was presented to MSU in 1928 by W.K. Kellogg. The station is located in Augusta, Michigan.

The Geology Department broke off from Zoology in 1928. In 1944 the Zoology Department was transferred to the Biological Sciences Division. The department remained there for 18 years, until transferred to the College of Natural Science in 1962.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the Zoology Department are organized into eight series: Correspondence, 1920-1928; Correspondence, 1929-1934; Correspondence, 1941-1946; Correspondence, 1967-1968; Departmental material; Facilities and Reports; Miscellaneous Reports; and Annual Reports. Within each correspondence series, the folders are arranged alphabetically, with the exception of correspondence from the State of Michigan, the MSU Cooperative Extension Service, and MSU interdepartmental correspondence, which have been placed in individual folders.

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Series Arrangement

The series Correspondence (1920-1928), Correspondence (1929-1934), and Correspondence (1941-1946) consist of the correspondence of Dr. Harrison R. Hunt (department chair from 1923-1953) and Joseph W. Stack, a professor in the department. The letters are from a wide variety of individuals and institutions. Also included are correspondence relating to special interests of Hunt and Stack.

Hunt’s research focused on eugenics from 1920-1928. His correspondence during this time includes many exchanges with the Eugenics Committee of the United States of America, the Eugenics Record Office, and the Eugenics Research Association. California businessman C.M. Goethe, also wrote to Dr. Hunt, offering his personal views on eugenics and donating funds for research. Hunt also wrote letters of support to John T. Scopes, who was on trial for teaching evolution theory in school, and his attorney, Clarence Darrow.

Stack corresponded with many individuals and organizations interested in birds and conservation, particularly the Michigan Audubon Society, the Inland Bird Banding Association, the Izaak Walton League of America, and the Wilson Ornithological Club. Dr. Stack answered inquiries from county agents of the Cooperative Extension Services regarding birds and household farm pests. Stack also corresponded with the State of Michigan Conservation Department regarding various zoological topics. Stack was closely associated with the establishment of the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. He corresponded with John H. Kellogg and Will K. Kellogg during its planning stages and later with administrators of the sanctuary.

The records also include interdepartmental correspondence from Frank Kedzie, Kenyon Butterfield, Robert Shaw, and others. The interdepartmental correspondence concerns the administration of the zoology department and the overall administration of MSU.

The Correspondence series, 1941-1946 is a series of letters written by World War II enlisted servicemen (students and staff members) to Miss Bernadette “Mac” (MacCarthy) Henderson, a secretary in the Zoology department. The series also includes greeting cards and postcards.

The next Correspondence series 1941-1947 contains additional correspondence between previous Zoology department students and Bernadette McCarthy. Bernadette, also known as “Mac”, served as the department secretary. This group of letters was found later by the department and some correspondents could overlap between the previous series. Some letters to Professor Stack are also included. The letters are from former students in their new jobs and placements in military camps during WWII. Mac sent out news bulletins to Zoology graduates until WWII censorship barred specific aspects of her newsletter in 1944, due to the revealing nature of its contents. Included within these letters are correspondence of new placements, life after MSC, birth announcements, postcards from travels, as well as greeting and holiday cards. Letters from soldiers in WWII discuss memories of college life, conditions at camps and bases, wartime experiences, and opinions on the war, censorship, and wartime propaganda.

Correspondence series, 1967-1968, is a small group of correspondence concerning research interests located in one folder.

The Departmental Material series contains documents that represent inter-departmental documents that cover topics such as: the research interests of the Zoology department, grant proposals, faculty salaries, and course curriculums. Some of the documents were culled from grant proposals that were weeded from the collection. Those documents that were selected for this series are alone informative about statistical information about the department, like finances, student counts, laboratory supplies, faculty salaries, et cetera. The series contains several folders of reports: Director’s Report, - Undergraduate Science Education, Progress Reports, Report of Committee on Coordination of Basic and Upper Colleges, and Report of Planning Committee. Charles S. Thorton, who was a department head of the Zoology Department, is represented by a folder that contains a lab notebook with handwritten notes, correspondence, and other official documentation. This series also houses a copy of Keyto Michigan Vertebrates Except Birds, A, by Allen C Conger. Documents describing Lab techniques implemented by the Zoology Department are another folder in this series. Staff Meeting minutes are also a part of this series.

The Facilities series is arranged into two groupings according to building: (1) Laboratory of Experimental Zoology (Animal House) and (2) Natural Science Building. The documentation for both buildings includes blueprints. There are 5 folders on the Animal House. The titles of those folders are blueprints, correspondence, news articles, plans, and specifications. Besides blueprints, materials about the Natural Science Building also include correspondence.

The Miscellaneous Reports series includes folder headings of Williamston Game Preserve Project, a duck survey in Saginaw Bay, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Hunt’s research notes on books.

The Annual Reports series consists of published and unpublished annual reports of teh department.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections September 1987

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

 updated scope and content October 2013

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Department of Zoology. -- Form subdivision--Archives.;

Subject(s)

  • Game laws -- Michigan
  • Zoology -- Study and teaching

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 1920-1928 

Box Folder

1034 1

1034 2

1034 3

1034 4

1034 5

1034 6

1034 7

1034 8

1034 9

1034 10

1034 11

1034 12

Ma-Me 

1034 13

Mi 

1034 14

Mi-Mz 

1034 15

Michigan, State of 

1034 16

Michigan State University. Cooperative Extension Service 

1034 17

Michigan State University. Interdepartmental Correspondence 

1034 18

1034 19

1034 20

1034 21

1034 22

1034 23

1034 24

1034 25

1034 26

1034 27

Wa-We 

1034 28

Wh-Wz 

1034 29

1034 30

1034 31

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Correspondence 1929-1934 

Box Folder

1034 32

1034 33

1034 34

1034 35

1034 36

1034 37

1034 38

1034 39

1034 40

1034 41

1034 42

1034 43

Ma-Michigan Farmer 

1034 44

Michigan Taxidermy-Mz 

1034 45

Michigan, State of 

1034 46

Michigan State University. Cooperative Extension Service 

1034 47

Michigan State University. Interdepartmental Correspondence 

1034 48

1034 49

1034 50

1034 51

1034 52

1034 53

1034 54

1034 55

1034 56

1034 57

1034 58

Y-Z 

1034 59

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Correspondence 1941-1946 

Box Folder

1998 1

1998 2

1998 3

1998 4

1998 5

1998 6

1998 7

1998 8

1998 9

1998 10

1998 11

1998 12

1998 13

1998 14

Sa-Ss 

1998 15

St-Sz 

1998 16

1998 17

1998 18

1998 19

1998 20

Unidentified 

1998 21

Address Changes 

1998 22

Department newsletter 

1998 23

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Correspondence 1941-1947 

Box Folder

 1942-1944 

2580 1

 1945-1947 

2580 2

World War II 1941-1942 

2580 3

World War II January-June 1943 

2580 4

World War II July-December 1943 

2580 5

World War II 1944-1945 

2580 6

World War II, Bouwman 1943-1945 

2580 7

World War II, Braunschneider 1943-1945 

2580 8

World War II, Falks 1943-1945 

2580 9

World War II, Gordinier 1943-1945 

2580 10

World War II, Sealander 1942-1944 

2580 11

World War II, Suttkus 1943-1947 

2580 12

World War II, Warbach 1942-1945 

2580 13

No Date 

2580 14

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Correspondence 1967-1968 

Box Folder

A-Z 

1998 24

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Departmental Material 

Box Folder

Brief summary on Program in Invertebrate Zoology 1963, Undated 

1998 25

Budget 1956-1973, Undated 

1998 26

Departmental Review Material, Corrected Copy (pt.1) 1975 

1998 27

Departmental Review Material, Corrected Copy (pt. 2) 1975 

1998 28

Director's Report, Undergraduate Science Education 1962-1963 

1998 29

Faculty salary lists 

Box Folder

 1948-1961 

1998 30

 1962-1971 

1998 31

 1972 

1998 32
Box Folder

Grant Proposals 1957, 1965, 1968 

1998 33

Inner City Mathematics-Science Project Research Proposal 1968 

1998 34

Key to Michigan Vertebrates Except Birds, A, by Allen C Conger 1920 

1998 35

Lab techniques 1956, 1958, Undated 

1998 36

National Defense Education Act Proposals Undated 

1998 37

National Scientific Foundation's Undergraduate Research Participation 1958-1961 

1998 38

Progress Reports 1960-1969, Undated 

1998 39

Questionnaires 1960-1966 

1998 40

Report of Committee on Coordination of Basic and Upper Colleges 1959 

1998 41

Report of Planning Committee 1960 

1998 42

Staff Meeting Minutes 

Box Folder

 1958-1960 

1998 43

 1961 

1998 44

 1962-1963, 1984 

1998 45
Box Folder

Syllabus, term schedules 1952, 1958-1961, 1970, Undated 

1998 46

Charles S. Thorton, department head 1961-1968 

1998 47

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Facilities 

Laboratory of Experimental Zoology (Animal House) 

Box Folder

Blueprints 1941, 1956-1957, Undated 

1999H 1

Correspondence 1940, 1955-1956 

1999H 2

News articles Undated 

1999H 3

Plans 1940, 1953-1963, Undated 

1999H 4

Specifications - Bowd-Munson Company, Architects, No. 3 Undated 

1999H 5

Natural Science Building 

Box Folder

Blueprints and related correspondence 1962-1963, Undated 

1999H 6

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Miscellaneous Reports 

Box Folder

Williamston Game Preserve Project 1931-1932 

1034 60-74

Harrison Hunt research notes 

1034 75

Reports 

1034 76

Saginaw Bay Duck Survey 

1034 77

Phi Kappa Phi, MSU Chapter 

1034 78

Correspondence Undated 

1034 79

Miscellaneous 

1034 80

Alumni newsletter 2009 

1034 81

The Scientific Method by Karl A. Stiles [UA 6367] 1949 

1034 82

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Annual Reports 

Volume

Published in State Board Reports 

Bd. of Ag.

1876 

1877 

1878 

1879 

1880 

1882 

1883 

1884 

1885 

1886 

1887 

1888 

1889 

1890 

1891 

1892 

1893 

1894 

1897 

1900 

1901 

1902 

1903 

1904 

1907 

1908 

1909 

1910 

1911 

1912 

1913 

1914 

1915 

1916 

1917 

1918 

1919 

1920 

1922 

1923 

1924 

1925 

1926 

1927 

1928 

1929 

1930 

1931 

1932 

1933 

1934 

1935 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1872 

1953-1954 

1954-1955 

1955-1956 

1956-1957 

1957-1958 

1958-1959 

1959-1960 

1960-1961 

1961-1962 

1962-1963 

1964-1965 

1965-1966 

1966-1967 

1967-1968 

1968-1969 

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