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Frank Telewski papers

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Identifier: UA-17.218

Scope and Contents

The Frank Telewski papers consist of two reports written by Telewski including "The Beginning of an Artificial Forestry in Mid 19th Century Michigan: The Contributions of W. J. Beal to Silviculture" and "The 120-Yr Period for Dr. Beal’s Seed Viability Experiment." Also included are slides of W.J. Beal Plantation at Grayling, Michigan; W.J. Beal plantings at Oscoda, Michigan; W.J. Beal plantings Harrision, Michigan; W.J. Beal Botanical Garden scenes and shade arbor; W.J. Beal Botanical Garden 125th Anniversary; MSU 4-H Children's Garden; site of MSU Deer Park in 1973; MSU buildings, grounds and trees; tree moving on campus; construction at Mason - Abbott Hall relating to trees; Red Cedar River; MSU Beaumont Nursery; and MSU Herbarium. There are also a few negatives of campus buildings and Beal Plantation in Grayling, Michigan.


  • Creation: 2002, undated


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.

Biographical Note

Frank W. Telewski is a professor of plant biology and the curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Arboretum at Michigan State University. He is currently studying the effect of mechanical stress on the development of biomechanical properties of the wood of the hybrid poplar. Telewski is collaborating with Frank Ewers to investigate possible trade-offs between mechanical strength and water conductivity in the wood of these hybrid poplars. He is also applying dendrochronology to study the rate of growth and response of both native and non-native trees growing in Michigan. Telewski is the author or co-author of numerous publications including: “A Unified Hypothesis of Mechanopreception in Plants” (2006, American Journal of Botany); Epperson, B.K., Willyard, A.M., and Telewski, F.W., “Chloroplast Diversity in a Putative Hybrid Swarm of Ponderosae” (2009, American Journal of Botany); and Kilgore, J.S. and Telewski, F.W., “Climate-growth Relationships for Native and Nonnative Pinaceae in Northern Michigan’s Pine Barrens” (2004, Tree Ring Journal). Among the courses Telewski teaches are Environmental Plant Physiology which discusses the interaction of plants and their environment and photobiology, thermophysiology, plant-water relations, thigmomorphogenesis, climate, salt stress, and drought tolerance. He also supervises the Botanical Gardens internship where he is interested in issues related to the care and documentation of plant collections in botanical gardens and arboreta.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders)

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Frank Telewski Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
M. Grace
April 2010
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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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