Finding aid created by: Anna Smallwood
|Creator:||Syracuse University. -- Department of Biology.|
|Title:||Syracuse University Biology Department Records|
|Size:||5 boxes (5.5 linear feet)|
|Abstract:||The Biology Department Records contain correspondence, reports and publications related to its students, faculty, research and preceding departments.|
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
The first classes in biology at Syracuse University were taught as early as 1873 by Alexander Winchell in the department of Geology, Zoology, and Botany. Biology classes were taught in departments that changed over time.
|1891||Biology and Geology Department is established.|
|1895||Department of Biology is formed.|
|1907||Biology Department splits into two separate departments: Zoology Department and Botany Department.|
|1911||Bacteriology Department is created as an additional department.|
|1935||Bacteriology Department and Botany Department combine to make the Bacteriology and Botany Department.|
|1938||Bacteriology and Botany Department changes its name to Plant Sciences Department.|
|1959||Plant Sciences Department changes back to Bacteriology and Botany Department.|
|1970||Biology Department is formed, combining the Zoology Department and the Bacteriology and Botany Department.|
Over the years, classes in biology were held in different locations. Early classes in biology were held in the Hall of Languages until Lyman Hall was finished and occupied in 1907. Lyman Hall continued to be a space for biology until 2008. The Biological Research Laboratories, which started in 1956, were used for the Department of Plant Sciences and later the Zoology Department. The Biological Research Laboratories were originally located on Collendale Campus (current site of Manley Field House), but later moved into a newly designed building on College Place. In the 1960s, the Bacteriology and Botany Department held some classes in Sims Hall. By 2008, the Department of Biology had moved in the newly built Life Sciences Complex.
The Department of Biology at Syracuse University contributed to its field in many ways. In 1875, under Alexander Winchell, the University built a Museum of Natural History that worked with local schools. Located in Lyman Hall, the museum was opened to the public. Faculty of the Department participated in expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s, including an expedition to the Andes Mountains in 1931 that brought back specimens for the museum. Research at the laboratories resulted in publications, like the Contributions from the Zoological Laboratory, which was published between 1897 and 1937. In the 1960s, undergraduates began to do their own independent research, a concept that began under the Department of Bacteriology and Botany chairman Marshall Jennison's more experimental approach. Other notable chairs include William Martin Smallwood and Frederick G. Sherman of the Zoology Department and the first chair of the unified Biology Department, Donald G. Lundgren.
Materials in the Syracuse University Biology Department Records span from 1886 to 2014 and include correspondence, annual reports, publications and other materials related to the Department and its predecessors. Records are divided into three series:
The Bacteriology & Botany Series contains publications and correspondence from 1913 until 1970 that were created under the Bacteriology & Botany Department as well as under Plant Sciences, a name that replaced Bacteriology & Botany from 1938 to 1959.
The Biology Series includes bulletins from 1886 and 1900 as well as other materials related to the Biology Department from 1970, when the Department of Zoology and the Department of Bacteriology and Botany joined, to 2014.
The Zoology Series contains correspondence, bound volumes of Contributions from the Zoological Laboratory, and meeting minutes from 1897 until 1970 that were created under the Zoology Department.
Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.
School, college and department records are restricted to the office of origin for 30 years. Requests to use restricted records must be obtained in writing from the office of origin.
Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Also in the Archives are various biology and botany faculty papers including the Donald G. Lundgren Papers.
The Archives holds additional information about the Biology Department, Bacteriology and Botany Department, Plant Sciences Department and Zoology Department in the Clipping Files, and images of these departments can be found in the Slide Collection and Photograph Collection.
Materials related to the Biology Summer Institute are located in the Science Teaching Collection.
Additionally, materials related to research in the field of biology can be found in the Office of Research Records and the Syracuse University Research Corporation/Institute (SURC/SURI) Records.
Bray, William L., 1865-1953.
Jennison, Marshall Walker, 1905-1979.
Lundgren, Donald G. (Donald George), 1924-1985.
Sherman, Frederick G.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University. -- Department of Biology.
Types of Material
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Syracuse University Biology Department Records,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
Materials were transferred to the Archives from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Biology Department starting in 1965.
Materials were placed in archival folders and boxes.
The Biology Records are arranged in alphabetical order.
Bacteriology and Botany
|Bacteriology and Botany|
|Box 1||Alexander Gourevitch Memorial Award in Microbiology 1970|
|Box 1||Bacteriology 205 - "Experiments on the Development of a Screening Test for the Evaluation of Cellulase Production by Certain Wood-Rotting Basidiomycetes" by Frederick C. Fink and Richard D. O'Neill 1948|
|Box 1||Bacteriology and Microbiology undated|
|Box 1||Biological Research Laboratories Booklets on Department of Bacteriology and Botany undated|
|Box 1||Book Lists 1918-1920|
|Box 1||Botany X and XI Examinations 1913-1914|
|Box 1||Brochures undated|
|Box 1||Budgets 1920-1927|
|Box 1||Collections Donated to the Department - Bray and Smallwood 1937-1943|
|Box 1||Collections Donated to the Department - Wolff 1926-1932|
|Box 1||Armacost, Richard R. 1948-1950|
|Box 1||Bowers, Landon E. 1962-1964|
|Box 1||Bray, William L. 1925-1929|
|Box 1||Bray, William L. 1930-1939|
|Box 1||Bray, William L. 1940-1944|
|Box 1||Carpenter, Carlos C. 1947-1956|
|Box 1||DeGroot, Rodney C. 1962|
|Box 1||Fagan, Maurice 1954|
|Box 1||General 1918-1921|
|Box 1||General 1964-1966|
|Box 1||Gillette, Norman J. 1950-1952, 1962-1964|
|Box 1||Gourevitch, Alex 1952|
|Box 1||Henderson, Richard 1948-1952|
|Jennison, M. W.|
|Box 1||Jones, Henry N. 1946-1948|
|Box 1||Klens, Paul F. 1946-1952|
|Box 1||Kuehnert, Charles C. 1964|
|Box 1||Lundgren, Donald G. 1962-1965|
|Box 1||Merger with Zoology to Form the Department of Biology 1968-1970|
|Box 1||Miller, John H. 1962-1964|
|Box 1||Newcomb, Harvey R. 1955-1956|
|Box 1||O'Neill, Richard D. 1952-1957|
|Box 1||Phillips, Arthur W. 1954-1956|
|Box 1||Russell, Ralph T. 1952-1956|
|Box 1||Sanborn, Joseph Raymond 1948-1949|
|Box 1||Sedgwick, Paul T. 1951-1956|
|Box 1||Shull, J. J. 1962-1963|
|Box 1||Slepecky, Ralph A. 1963-1965|
|Box 1||Sommermeyer, Lucille 1946-1947|
|Box 1||Wildman, John D. 1952-1956|
|Box 2||Course Materials undated|
|Box 2||Curriculum Changes 1958-1961|
|Box 2||Curriculum Committee 1965-1970|
|Box 2||Equipment 1915-1920|
|Box 2||Equipment and Supplies 1946-1956|
|Box 2||Evaluation Committee Report 1970|
|Box 2||Faculty Committee 1918-1922|
|Box 2||Faculty Lists 1958, 1962|
|Faculty Load Sheets|
|Box 2||Final Report for the Grant for the Purchase of Equipment in the Field of Nuclear Technology as Applied to the Life Sciences 1961|
|Box 2||Information for the Candidates for the Ph.D. Program 1957-1970|
|Box 2||Inventory of Cultures 1957, 1961|
|Box 5||Inventory of Lyman Hall - Department of Plant Sciences 1952 (2 copies)|
|Box 5||Inventory of Lyman Hall - Museum of Natural Sciences 1952|
|Box 2||Memoranda 1957-1964|
|Box 2||National Defense Graduate Fellowship Program 1965-1966|
|Box 2||National Institutes for Health (NIH) Proposal for Undergraduate Instructional Scientific Equipment 1965|
|Box 2||National Science Foundation Proposals 1966-1967|
|Box 2||Radiation Biology Institute 1960|
|Box 2||Research Proposal to the United States Atomic Energy Commission on Production of Asporogenic Mutants 1957-1959|
|Box 2||Schedule of Required and Elective Courses 1967-1969|
|Box 2||Seminar Speaker Schedule 1965|
|Staff Meeting Minutes|
|Box 2||Annual Report 1983-1984|
|Box 2||Biological Bulletin 1900|
|Box 2||Biology at Syracuse University, 1872-2010 by H. Richard Levy 2012|
|Box 2||"Biology at Syracuse University: The First 135 Years" 2008|
|Box 2||Bristol Laboratories Inc. Publications undated|
|Box 2||Brochures 1971-2000|
|Box 2||Brochures - Biophysics 1972-1986|
|Box 2||Bulletin of the Biological Laboratory of Syracuse University - List of the Birds of Onondaga County 1886|
|Box 2||General 1970|
|Box 2||Jennison, M. W. 1970-1971|
|Box 2||Lundgren, Donald G. 1979-1985|
|Box 2||Vincow, Gershon 1982-1983|
|Box 2||Vincow, Gershon 1981-1982|
|Box 3||Course Offerings Suitable for Departmental Graduate Students 1971-1972|
|Box 3||Faculty Load Sheets 1973|
|Box 3||Faculty Load Sheets 1974|
|Box 3||Faculty Meeting Minutes 1970-1971|
|Box 3||Faculty Services 1981-1982|
|Box 3||Individualized Biology 1979|
|Box 3||"A Look Backward – And a Look Forward" by Reginald Manwell 1979|
|Box 3||Newsletter - Bio @ SU 1995-2002|
|Box 3||Newsletter - Bio @ SU 2004-2009|
|Box 3||Newsletter - Bio @ SU 2010-2014|
|Box 3||Newsletter - BioLog 1998|
|Box 3||Performance Review of the Department by Vice-Chancellor Prucha 1983|
|Box 3||Sabbatical Task Force 1981|
|Box 3||Bazar Program undated|
|Box 3||Biology Open House 1953-1954|
|Box 3||Brochures 1966-1969, undated|
|Colloquia: Speakers and Correspondence|
|Contributions from the Zoological Laboratory|
|Box 4||Volume I 1897|
|Box 4||Volume II 1905 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume III 1908 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume IV 1912 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume V 1917 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume VI 1923 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume VII 1927 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume VIII 1930 (2 copies)|
|Box 4||Volume IX 1937 (2 copies)|
|Box 3||Contributions from the Zoology Department 1954-1959|
|Box 3||Collette, Alfred T. 1967-1968|
|Box 3||Curriculum 1959-1970|
|Sherman, Frederick G.|
|Box 3||Summer Session 1964-1965|
|Box 3||Faculty Loads 1952-1965|
|Box 3||Faculty Meeting Minutes 1962-1967|
|Box 3||Graduate Assistants 1965-1968|
|Box 3||Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree 1969-1970|
|Box 3||Symposium on Population Biology 1967|
|Box 3||Zoological Laboratories Rules 1927|