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College of Agriculture, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 21
The College of Agriculture, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Records (1918-1984; 1.4 cubic feet) consists of correspondence (1937-1950), applicant materials (1910s-1930s), two reports for the academic years 1981/82 and 1983/84, and other materials.


  • 1918-1984

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University


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Correspondence, applicant materials, and reports documenting the history and administration of the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology.

Biographical or Historical Information

The following historical sketch appears on the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology website. “The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology had its beginning with the appointment of Dr. J. C. Arthur as the first Botanist of the Purdue University Agricultural Experiment Station in 1887. Much of the early research was in the classical botanical areas, but time was devoted to identification and control of noxious weeds, fungicides and their applications, and other applied problems of Indiana agriculture. The various missions of the Department have changed over the years, and in the 1930’s, the department name was changed to The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. However, the emphasis on the more fundamental aspects in not only plant pathology, but also genetics, plant physiology, mycology, virology, weed science, and other areas has been a central theme in the history of the research, teaching, and service of the department. The very first Ph.D. degree awarded from Purdue University was to a student in the Department of Botany in 1897. Teaching within the department traditionally has been strong in the graduate arena.  Today the Department has over 22 faculty members who teach and mentor our graduate student population.  The faculty continue to recruit top students into the program and pride themselves on producing well-rounded researchers. In 1971, an undergraduate option in Crop Protection was introduced jointly with the Department of Entomology. In 1990, the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology introduced their own option in Plant Science. In 2001, a third undergraduate option titled Environmental Plant Studies was introduced as well as the Plant Science option name change to Plant Biology.  The College of Agriculture made a college wide effort in 2012 to reduce the number of majors to prevent confusion during recruitment.  As a result, the Department consolidated down to one major, Plant Science.  Within that major students can choose from three areas of concentration; Plant Cell and Molecular Biology, Plant Ecology and Environment, or Plant Health Management.”  ​

Note written by Department of Botany & Plant Pathology

Arrangement Note

The Records are organized into a single series with items arranged by document type.

Custodial History

College of Agriculture to ASC

Source of Acquisition

College of Agriculture
Method of Acquisition Records transfer, Purdue University

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free manuscript boxes.  Some materials are housed in acid-free folders.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.07 to UA 21 as of November 3, 2015.
College of Agriculture, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, records
John Michael Foster
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States