Joseph W. Stack papers
Scope and Contents
The Joseph W. Stack papers relate to Stack's tenure as a professor in the Department of Zoology and as curator and director of the MSU Museum. His particular areas of interest were ornithology and bird banding. Other subjects covered in Stack's papers are the university curriculum, the Inland Bird Banding Association, and Stack's work with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Materials found in the collection include maps, bird banding records, student reports and papers, manuscripts, publications, and WKAR radio scripts.
- 1916 - 1953
- Stack, Joseph W. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Student records are restricted (box 1024, folders 35-41)
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Joseph William Stack was born in Jefferson, Ohio on February 2, 1893. His parents were Robert S. Stack, a railroad clerk, and Ann M. Murray. Graduating from Jefferson High School in 1911, he received a B.S. (1915) and an M.S. (1918) from Notre Dame University. He also attended Ohio State University for a short while in 1916.
Stack came to Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1915 as an instructor in zoology, physiology, and geology. In 1924 he began serving as the curator of the museum and was appointed director in 1941. In 1942 the Department of Zoology promoted him to professor. With his particular area of interest centering on ornithology and bird banding, Stack continued the bird banding station started in 1923. He was also involved in the Works Progress Administration Museum Project and the Committee to Reorganize the Curriculum.
Joseph Stack was married to Helen Elizabeth Dodge on September 6, 1917. They had two children, Joseph William Stack, Jr. and Helen Elizabeth Stack. Stack died in 1954. Additional biographical data and a list of university positions held and other affiliations are included in the biographical section of the collection.
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Language of Materials
The container listing is organized alphabetically by subject title and is also in alphabetical order within each subject.
Copyright: Michigan State University.
Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- Annual reports
- Bird banding -- Michigan
- Birds -- Michigan
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Hannah, John A., 1902-1991
- Inland Bird Banding Association (U.S.)
- Letters (correspondence)
- Michigan State University. Basic College
- Michigan State University. Department of Zoology
- Stack, Joseph W. -- Archives
- United States. Works Progress Administration
- WKAR (Radio station : East Lansing, Mich.)
- Zoology -- Study and teaching
- Joseph W. Stack Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- S. Brown
- April 1986
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.