Name and location of repository
Level of description
Stuart and Rose Pady family papers
- 1921-1998 (Creation)
3.00 Linear Feet, 8.00 Boxes
Post-Fire Oversize Extent:
Box 8 (20.4x24.5x1.5): 509S: 19/6/5
Name of creator
Stuart McGregor Pady was born in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, on November 15, 1905. Educated in Ontario, he graduated from McMaster University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1928 and a Master of Arts degree in 1929. As a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, he married Rose Annie Maw in 1931. Two years later, Stuart received his Ph.D. in Mycology, Plant Pathology.
Pady received a Fellowship in Botany from the National Research Council and did his work at the New York Botanical Gardens between 1933 and 1935. He then joined the faculty at McMaster University for one year, and then became Head of the Biology Department at Ottawa University, in Ottawa, Kansas, from 1936 to 1945. During this time, Pady and his wife adopted two children: Donald in 1937 and Helen in 1942.
In 1945, Stuart taught botany at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas, for one year. Then, the Padys moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where Stuart joined the McGill University faculty and taught botany. During this time, he received research grants from the Defence Research Board, Ottawa, Canada, on Arctic Aerobiology.
In 1952, the Padys returned to Manhattan, Kansas, as Stuart became Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Kansas State College, now Kansas State University. He served in this capacity until 1967, when he returned to the classroom. During his tenure he recevied several research grants from the United States Department of Health Education and Welfare, National Center for Air Pollution Control, to study airborne fungi.
Pady enjoyed a sabbatical from July 1969 to March 1970 at Waite Agricultural Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. During this time he also was a consultant for the USAID program at Andhra Pradesh University, Hyderabad, India.
Rose Annie Maw was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, on January 28, 1900. While not a college graduate, she was important to Stuart's academic life by often typing his research papers and attending academic functions with him.
Stuart retired from Kansas State University in 1973 and they moved to Ottawa, Kansas, the following year. After living in Ottawa for twenty years, they returned to Manhattan in 1994. Rose died there in June 1997, followed by Stuart's death in January 2004.
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
This collection includes diaries, literary works, documents by subjects, and college diplomas from Stuart and Rose Pady from 1921 to 1998. There are 66 diaries, 18 from Rose and 48 from Stuart. Stuart’s diaries describe his youth and early study in Canada, his work at the New York Botanical Gardens, trips to Canada, Alaska, and the Arctic to trap and study airborne microorganisms. Rose’s diaries describe planning and costs for their travels, records of her family’s daily lives, and details as to how she supported Stuart’s academic career. The literary works include Stuart's publications and dissertation. The subject documents include newspaper clippings, a college Sigma Xi certificate, college notes on mycology, and photographs of lab experiments and family photos. Oversize materials include college diplomas.
System of arrangement
This collection is housed in eight boxes and arranged into four series by material type: 1) Diaries (arranged chronologically), 1921-1922, 1927-1938, 1941-1944, 1946, 1949-1951, 1957, 1959-1986, 1998, undated; 2) Literary Works, 1933-1974; 3) Subject (arranged alphabetically), 1929-1931, 1933, 1949, 1958-1960, 1968, undated; 4) Oversize, 1927, 1929, 1933.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
No access restriction: All materials are open for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
The researcher assumes full responsiblity 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
It received accession number U2011.53, and their son, Donald S. Pady, housed their materials after his parents' deaths.
Immediate source of acquisition
Acqusition Source: Donald S. Pady
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20111209
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Acquired because it documents some of the research and creative efforts of a faculty member.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- Citation: [Item title], [item date], Pady family papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.
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Description control element
Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Author: Cynthia A. Harris
Processing Info: Cynthia A. Harris, Library Assistant III, processed the collection and university archivist Cliff Hight reviewed it in August 2013.
Publication Date: 2013-08-13