Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Records
UA.16.84

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Dept. of Microbiology and Public Health.
Title
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics records
ID
UA.16.84
Date [inclusive]
1904-1987
Extent
2.1 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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 department officially began as the Department of Bacteriology and Farm Hygiene during the 1900-1901 academic year. Charles Marshall was appointed Assistant Professor and department head (and only faculty member) that year. Marshall came to MSU in 1897 as bacteriologist and hygienist in the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station. In its earliest years, the bacteriology lab was part of the Veterinary Laboratory building located just west of the present day Ag Hall.

In 1902, MSU built the first free-standing building devoted to teaching and research in bacteriology in the nation. Now named Marshall Hall, it housed the department (renamed the Dept. of Bacteriology and Hygiene in 1902) for the next 50 years. In its early years, the focus was on undergraduate teaching and research into farm-related bacteriology. As an example of the impact of the department, in 1916, over 60% of the students at then Michigan Agricultural College took at least one course in bacteriology. In 1914, it was said to have "probably the best equipped laboratory in the United States" due to profits from the sale of the hog cholera vaccine it produced. Marshall left MSU in 1912, with Ward Giltner appointed to head the department. Giltner also became Dean of the Veterinary School in 1923. On his retirement in 1947, he had been department head for 35 years, having also been Dean for last the 24 years of that time. The Department became heavily involved in teaching veterinary students with the beginning of this College shortly after 1910. It graduated its first M.S. in 1915 and first Ph.D. in 1925. In 1930, Alfred Hershey received his B.S. in bacteriology, followed by a Ph.D in 1934, working with I.F. Huddleson of this department. Hershey went on to receive the Nobel Prize in 1969 for his later work on bacterial viruses (bacteriophage). In 1926 Giltner began the first B.S. program in medical biology (later to become medical technology) in the U.S. In 1943, the department's name was changed to Bacteriology and Public Health, in part to reflect the heavy involvement of departmental faculty in public health-related diseases such as brucellosis and tuberculosis, along with its teaching commitment in medical biology. In 1954, the name was further changed to Microbiology and Public Health, indicative of the growing interest in parasitology and fungal diseases. In 1993, it dropped "and Public Health" from the name in recognition of the (much earlier) splitting off of the Medical Technology Program and its increased emphasis on basic research in all fields of microbiology.

Having outgrown Marshall Hall, the department moved to the newly built central wing of the veterinary complex, renamed Giltner Hall, in late 1952. After the establishment of the College of Natural Science and, much later, the Colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine, the department became a component of each of these units, a unique shared arrangement that allows the department to maintain critical masses of faculty in a number of relevant research areas. As a result, the department has become one of the largest such units in the nation. At some point most of the undergraduate programs were transferred from the College of Veterinary Medicine to the College of Natural Science (as the D.V.M. became purely a professional degree).

In 1989, many departmental faculty were involved in the successful development of the Center for Microbial Ecology, one of the first 11 Science and Technology Centers awarded by the National Science Foundation (only two of which were biology-based). In 1990, the Department became home to Bergey's Manual and the Bergey's Manual Trust office. The department celebrated its Centennial in 2000, and is relocated in the new Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building connected to the existing Chemistry and Biochemistry Buildings on south campus. The new facilities enhance the already high level of multi-disciplinary research being done in the department and its ability to recruit the best available faculty, students and postdoctoral staff.

These highlights are based on "The History of Bacteriology in Michigan," compiled by A. S. Schlingman for the 57th annual meeting of the Society of American Bacteriologists (Detroit, 1957), recollections of Frank Peabody, Harold Sadoff and other emeritus faculty, early reports to the State Board of Agriculture from Charles Marshall, and, most of all, the "Recollections of Early Microbiology at Michigan State University" of W. L. Mallmann (1974).

The preceding history was taken from the MSU Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Department website (http://www.mmg.msu.edu/microbiology-history.html)

The department has undergone several name changes over the years, including:

Bacteriology and Farm Hygiene: 1900-1901. Bacteriology and Hygiene: 1901-1943 Bacteriology and Public Health: 1943-1954 Microbiology and Public Health: 1954-1993 Microbiology: 1993-? Microbiology and Molecular Genetics: ?-present (2012) [name change occurred sometime between 1997 and 2000)

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of administrative, curricular, and research papers of the Department of Microbiology from its beginnings at the beginning of 1900 through 1987. Administrative files include records from the Advisory Committee (1967 – 1970), Executive Committee (1965 – 1969), Curriculum Committee (1964 – 1970), Graduate Committee (1964 – 1969), Correspondence (1967 – 1971), Faculty Meetings (1965 – 1970), Annual Reports of faculty (1952 – 1968), and Staff Memorandums (1967 – 1968). Research papers include Charles E. Marshall’s “Bacteriology and the Bacteriological Laboratory” (1904) and Phillip A. Hawkins’ “Introduction to Parasitology” (1944). There is also “The History of Bacteriology in Michigan” by A. S. Schlingman (1957).

Annual reports of the department are available for 1901 – 1938, 1955 – 1957, and 1959 – 1971.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

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

Revision Description

  May 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

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. -- General subdivision--Microbiology and Public Health Department;

Subject(s)

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology -- Research
  • Public health
  • Public health -- Research

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Collection Inventory

Administrative Groups: Notes and Minutes 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 1

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Advisory Committee 

General Information and Papers 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 2

Memorandums October 1968- June 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 3

Memorandums and Papers 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 4

Minutes and Agendas 

 July - December 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 5

 January - June 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 6

 September 1969 – June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 7

Notes and Correspondence January- June 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 8

Papers and Proposals undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 9-10

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AIBS Roster January 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 11

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Annual Reports of Individual Faculty 

R.C. Belding 1953-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 12

E.S. Beneke and R.R. Brubaker 1966-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 13

B.R. Burmester and C.G. Carter 1966-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 14

Ralph N. Costilow 1952-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 15

Herbert W. Cox 1966-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 16

Chas H. Cunningham 1955-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 17

Irving Dahljelm 1957-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 18

Philip Gerhardt 1965-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 19

R.W. Hinz and Peter Hirsh 1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 19

Walter N. Mack 1952-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 20

A. Mallmann 1960-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 21

W.L. Mallmann 1952-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 22

F.R. Peabody 1955-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 23

Marvis Richardson 1957-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 24

Harold L. Sadoff 1957-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 25

Charles L. SanClemete 1955-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 26

Evelyn Sanders 1957-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 27

R. Scherrer 1965-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 28

Delbert E. Schoenhard 1957-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 29

Donald W. Twohy 1960-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 30

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"Bacteriology and the Bacteriological Laboratory" by Charles E. Marshall June 1904 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 85

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Bylaws of the Faculty Organization 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 31

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CNS Executive Committee 

General Information 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 32

General Information undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 33

Memorandums and Correspondence 1960-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 34

Memorandums and Correspondence January-June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 35

Minutes January-June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 36

Notes and Minutes 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 37

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Correspondence File 

Letters 

 1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 38

 1969 

 September – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 39

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 40

 1970 

 January – February 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 41

 March – April 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 42

 May – June 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 43

 July – August 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 44

 September – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 45

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 46

 1971 

 January – February 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 47

 March – April 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 48

 May – June 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 49

 July – August 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 50

 September – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 51

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 52

 1983-1984 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   580 53

Memorandums and Notices 

 1969 

 August – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 1

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 2

 1970 

 January – February 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 3

 March – April 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 4

 May – June 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 5

 July – August 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 6

 September – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 7

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 8

 1971 

 January – February 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 9

 March – April 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 10

 May – June 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 11

 July – August 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 12

 September – October 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 13

 November – December 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 14

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Curriculum Committee 

Annual Report 

 1968-1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 15

 1969-1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 16

Correspondence and General Information 

 1964-1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 17

 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 18

 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 19

General Information 

 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 20

 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 21

 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 22

 undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 23

Notes and Memorandums 

 1965-1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 24

 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 25

 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 26

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Executive Committee 

General Information 1968-1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 27

General Papers and Information 1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 28

Memorandums and Correspondence 1968-1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 29

Notes, Correspondence and Minutes 

 1965-1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 30

 1966-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 31

 1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 32

Notes and Minutes 

 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 33

 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 34

 undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 35

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Faculty Meetings 

Correspondence September 1969 - June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 36

Correspondence & Booklet September 1970 - June 1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 37

General Information & Papers September 1969 – June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 38

General Information Paper undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 39

Memorandums and Correspondence 

 September 1965 - June 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 40

 August 1966 - June 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 41

 July 1967 - June 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 42

 September 1968 - June 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 43

 September 1969 - June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 44

 September 1970 - June 1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 45

Notes and Minutes 

 September 1965 - June 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 46

 September 1966 - June 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 47

 September 1967 - June 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 48

 September 1968 - December 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 49

 January 1969 - June 1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 50

 September 1969 - June 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 51

 September 1970 - June 1971 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 52

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General Memorandums and Correspondence September 1967 – November 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 53

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Graduate Committee 

Booklets from other Universities and 1967 Draft Act 1965-1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 54

General Information and Reports undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 55

Miscellaneous File undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 56

Notes, Correspondence, Minutes 

 1964-1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 57

 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 58

 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 59

Programs and Information for Doctorates undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 60

Requirements and Programs of the Undergraduate and Masters 1966-1969 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 61

Revised Veterinary Medicine Curriculum 1963-1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 62

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Graduate and Post-Graduate Studies Poster undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 81

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Graduate Study in Microbiology Program (includes Faculty Bios) undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 82

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Hiring of Dr. Charles L. San Clemente 1946 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 86

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"The History of Bacteriology in Michigan" by A. S. Schlingman 1957 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 83

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"Introduction to Parasitology" by Phillip A. Hawkins 1944 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 84

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Bacteriology and the Bacteriological Laboratory” by Charles E. Marshall June 1904 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 85

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List of Graduates undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 63

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MED 499- Assignments and Examination 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 64

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Nomination of H. Graham Purchase 

Correspondence and Notes September 1970 – November 1970 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 65

Information and Articles undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 66

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Papers and Information for the Staff undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 67

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Scholarship Actions 

 December 1965 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 68

 March 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 69

 December 1967 – August 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 70

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Staff Memorandums 

 July – August 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 71

 September – November 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 72

 December 1967 – January 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 73

 February – May 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 74

 June - October 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 75

 November - December 1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 76

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"A Study of the Methods of Measuring Germicidal Chlorine with Reference to the Oxidation-reduction Potential, Starch-iodide Titration and Ortho-tolidine Titration" by William B. Ardrey 1939 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 77

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Symposiums and Workshops 1983, 1987 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 78

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"Treatment of Brucellosis in Humans by Means of Sulfonamides and Normal Human Blood" by I. Forest Huddleson undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 79

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Undergraduate Information 1966, undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 80

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Photographs. Electron microscopy 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   581 87

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History of the Department by W. Mallmann (Copy in MSU Info File under Microbiology) 1974 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 1

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Annual Reports 

Volume

Published in State Board Reports 

Bd. of Ag.

1901 

1902 

1903 

1904 

1905 

1906 

1907 

1908 

1909 

1910 

1911 

1912 

1913 

1914 

1915 

1916 

1917 

1918 

1919 

1920 

1921 

1922 

1923 

1924 

1925 

1926 

1927 

1928 

1929 

1930 

1931 

1932 

1933 

1934 

1935 

1936 

1937 

1938 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1954-1955 

1955-1956 

1956-1957 

1958-1959 

1959-1960 

1960-1961 

1961-1962 

1962-1963 

1963-1964 

1964-1965 

1965-1966 

1966-1967 

1967-1968 

1968-1969 

1969-1970 

1970-1971 

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