Name and location of repository
Level of description
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.
Name of creator
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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Scope and content
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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Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
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Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Acquisition and appraisal elements
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
Acqusition Method: Donation
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
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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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Disaster Recovery 2023 note: see accession record for further details.
- Citation: Department of Entomology Papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, February 2015. Reprocessed and Finding Aid written by Helena Egbert in February 2022.