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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.21

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a pamphlet that gives a thorough description of the Sanford Natural Area; the booklet "Exploring the Ecology Along the Red Cedar River" by Dorothy McMeekin, news clippings of obituaries and funeral programs of faculty; and a comprehensive list of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree in Botany. There are also bulletins about plants and plant pathology information put out by the department. Also included are materials related to the Seminarium Botanicum (Sem Bot) Club including the Botanists Bugle newsletter and a club record book.

Photographs include images of crops, fungi, lumbering, roots and grafting of trees and shrubs, scenes of the Michigan State University campus including buildings, Beal Botanical Garden, the deer park, and students in classes.


  • Creation: 1876 - 1992
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1899 - 1992


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 Plant Biology Department started in 1859 and was called Plant and Vegetable Physiology. In 1870, William J. Beal became the first professor of botany at Michigan State University (MSU). In 1880, the first Botanical Laboratory was built. It burned to the ground in 1890. The second Botanical Laboratory was built in 1893 on Circle Drive and is now referred to as the "Old Botany Building." In 1932, the department changed its name to Botany and Plant Pathology. In 1949, the Natural Science building was finished and the department was located there. In 1968, the Plant Pathology building was completed as an addition to the MSU/DOE (U.S Department of Energy) Plant Research Laboratory. On July 1, 2001, the Board of Trustees approved a reorganization and name change. The name changed to Plant Biology. A separate Department of Plant Pathology was a joint department with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Records
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
December 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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