Department of Entomology records

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US US kmk U2003.34

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Department of Entomology records


  • 1904-1980 (Creation)


9.5 cubic feet total.
Made up of: 11 boxes, consisting of: 9 cubic foot boxes, 1 five-inch document case, 1 two-and-half-inch document case.

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Administrative history

The Department of Entomology was officially established at K-State in 1913 with George Dean as the first department head. Previously, courses on the subject had been taught as early as 1865 by Benjamin F. Mudge. From 1877 to 1883, entomology was taught as part of Botany and Horticulture. In 1897, Horticulture and Entomology were consolidated, but in the 1894 catalog, Entomology was listed as a separate subdepartment. After being officially established, Entomology remained in Arts and Sciences until July 1, 1953, when it was transferred to Agriculture.

Administrators of Entomology include Mudge (1865-1873), J. S. Whitman (1873-1876), E. A. Popenoe (1879-1897, 1899-1907), Ernest E. Faville (1897-1898), and Thomas J. Headlee (1907-1912). Subsequent heads of Entomology were George A. Dean (1912-1943), Roger C. Smith (1943-1953), Herbert Knutson (1953-1976), Richard J. Sauer (1976-1980), Robert G. Helgesen (1980-1989), C. Michael Smith (1990- 1996), Sonny Ramaswamy (1997-2006), Jim Nechols (interim), Thomas W. Phillips (2007-2012), John Ruberson (2012-2018), and Brian McCornack (2018-present).

The department’s facilities include 22 greenhouses and laboratories that feature bioclimatic chambers and rearing rooms. Field research for the department is conducted at branch experiment stations throughout the state of Kansas. The department also maintains an award-winning Insect Zoo at the K-State gardens.

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The Entomology Department Records were generated and collected by the Entomology Department at Kansas State University and pertain to the files of faculty and extension entomologists of the department, including Roger C. Smith, E.G. Kelly, Dell E. Gates, and F.L. Poston. They document correspondence, research and course files of faculty. Significant topics covered and material includes grasshoppers, corn borers, crops, pesticides, pest management, extension work, and extension specialist correspondence. Approximate years covered of the records are 1904-1990.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The following records were transferred to the University Archives by the Department of Entomology in November of 2003.
The collection was assigned the accession number U2003.34.
In 2018 Hale Library had a fire. K-State's archival material including this collection were moved and rehoused during this time. Original order may have been disrupted.

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Acqusition Method: Donation

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Company advertisements, lab equipment descriptions and manuals, farm operating manuals and USDA project abstracts/objectives were appraised by Processing Archivist Helena Egbert and University Archivist Veronica Denison as not having research value and removed. Publications have been removed and can be found in other library collections. February 2022.


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Disaster Recovery 2023 note: see accession record for further details.

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  • Citation: Department of Entomology Papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, February 2015. Reprocessed and Finding Aid written by Helena Egbert in February 2022.

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