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Department of Fisheries and Wildlife records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.48

Scope and Contents

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife records consist of correspondence, employment opportunities, and administrative files for 1948 to 1968. The correspondence is from the department chairman and professors, other professionals (academic, government, and private sector), future and past students, and the general public. Areas of correspondence include fish ponds (creation and maintenance), fish culture, recipes, bait culture (minnows, worms, frogs), pest control (mammals, crayfish, microscopic), admissions to program, staffing, bird banding, experimental station and bird sanctuary, public interest (alewife, lamprey eel), and careers in the field. In 1981, additional material was transferred to the archives from the department. This material included background historical information about the department and school, several projects and studies, and course materials. Material spanned the years of 1939 to 1975. The projects included studies with the Organization for Tropical Studies, Consumers Energy, Partners of the Alliance (in Belize), commercial fishing interests, and the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Course materials include 4-H, Fisheries, Zoology, and off campus seminars. In 2009, black and white photographs were added to the collection from the period 1929 to 1944. They include wildlife, habitat, course materials, and 4-H activities.


  • Creation: 1926 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The Department of Fisheries was formed in 1950 from courses taken out of the Zoology curriculum and faculty drawn from several different departments. The department began in the Department of Agriculture but is now a department within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Chairpersons for the department include Peter Tack (1950–1967), Eugene Roelofs (acting 1968–1969), Niles R. Kevern (1970–1991), Thomas G. Coon (acting 1999–2001), William W. Taylor (1992–1999 and 2002–January 2008), Michael Jones (acting chair February 2008-June 2009, chair July 2009-June 2014) and Scott R. Winterstein (July 2014-).


6.5 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Records
4 Published And Cataloged
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US