Maurice Hugh Farrier Papers 1876-1991

Creator
Farrier, Maurice H.
Size
49.5 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00123

The Maurice Hugh Farrier Papers includes personal and professional correspondence, entomology research materials, and a reprint collection of articles and works by internationally acclaimed scientists writing on mites and other insects. The collection chiefly documents Farrier's research and professional activities during his tenure as a professor of Entomology and Forestry in the departments of Entomology and Forestry at North Carolina State University. One of Farrier's main subjects of research was the Veigaiidae (Acarina). In March 1957 he published A Revision of the Veigaiidae (Acarina), which is included in this collection, as is Mites of the Superfamily Parasitoidea (Acarina: Mesostigmata) Associated with Dendroctonus and Ips (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) (December, 1969). Farrier also wrote numerous articles for scholarly journals, news columns in various North Carolina newspapers, and other works. The bulk of the collection consists of a comprehensive compilation of original publications, reprints, and annotated photocopies of articles on mites written by scientists from all over the world. Farrier and his student Michael K. Hennessey used these articles to compile and publish Soil-Inhabiting and Free-Living Mesostigmata (Acari-Parasitiformes) from North America: an Annotated Checklist and Bibliography and Index (1993), a taxonomic index on mites. Farrier and Hennessey also co-authored Systematic Revision of Thirty Species of Free-Living, Soil-Inhabiting Gamasine Mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) of North America (1988) and Mites of the Family Parasitidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) Inhabiting Forest Soils of North and South Carolina (1989).

Maurice Hugh Farrier received a B.S. in Zoology and Entomology in 1948 and a Masters degree in Entomology in 1950, both from Iowa State College. Farrier subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State College (University) in 1955. That same year, he was appointed Assistant Professor at North Carolina State in the Department of Entomology. In 1960, Farrier was promoted to Associate Professor of Entomology, and in 1961, he became Associate Professor of Entomology and Forestry. In 1971, Farrier was promoted to full professor. He retired in 1991.

Biographical/historical note

Maurice Hugh Farrier was born on September 18, 1926, in Washington County, Iowa. In 1948, he received a B.S. in Zoology and Entomology, and in 1950, a Masters degree in Entomology, both from Iowa State College. Between 1948 and 1949, Farrier assisted the state entomologist of Iowa. In 1951, he attended Duke University to study Acarology. Farrier served as the research assistant in the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State College from 1950 to 1952, and again from 1954 to 1955. Farrier also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for twenty years. Between 1952 and 1954, he spent twenty-two months on active duty in Korea and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as the Post Entomologist. He served as the Commanding and Laboratory Officer of the U.S. Army 207 in 1953 and 1954. Farrier subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State College in 1955. That same year, he was appointed Assistant Professor at North Carolina State in the Department of Entomology. In 1960, Farrier was promoted to Associate Professor of Entomology, and in 1961, he became Associate Professor of Entomology and Forestry. In 1971, Farrier was promoted to full professor. He retired in 1991.

Memberships in honorary and professional organizations include the American Association for Advancement of Science, North Carolina Academy of Science, North Carolina Entomological Society, Entomological Society of Washington, Canadien Entomological Society, International Society of Soil Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, National Agricultural Colleges and Teachers Association, Entomological Society of America, Society of Systematic Zoology, Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Honor Society), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Farrier, a member of Sigma Xi, served as the North Carolina Chapter's secretary (1967-1968) and treasurer (1968-1969). He was also an active member of Gamma Sigma Delta, for which he served as secretary/treasurer (1961-1963), vice president (1964-1965), and historian (1976-1987). Farrier's awards include Outstanding Teacher, School of Forestry, in 1963, and the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Southern Insect Work Conference in 1970.

In 1986, Farrier was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at North Carolina State University. That same year, the Friends of the Library at North Carolina State University, an organization that Farrier avidly supported, made him a Life Member. In 1989, he received the first Faculty Award presented by the Friends of the Library for outstanding contributions to the development and use of the NCSU Libraries. On September 30, 1991, Farrier retired as Professor of Entomology and Forestry at North Carolina State University after thirty-six years of teaching and research service.

Farrier is an internationally recognized bibliographer and taxonomic specialist on mites. During his career, Farrier received several grants to fund his work, including grants from the United States Forest Service and the United States Department of Agriculture. Since 1951, he has published a number of articles, on topics such as insect conditions, mite control, entomology training, advances in acarology, and studies on mites,hornworms, beetles, moths, caterpillars, and ticks. Farrier also presented papers at conferences, did consultant work, chaired several graduate committees, served on many advisory councils, and published major works, including the annotated checklist and bibliography he coauthored with Michael Hennessey, Farrier's former pupil.

Scope/content

This collection documents Farrier's research and professional activities during his tenure as a professor of Entomology and Forestry in the departments of Entomology and Forestry at North Carolina State University. One of Farrier's main subjects of research was the Veigaiidae (Acarina). In March 1957 he published A Revision of the Veigaiidae (Acarina), which is included in this collection, as is Mites of the Superfamily Parasitoidea (Acarina: Mesostigmata) Associated with Dendroctonus and Ips (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) (December, 1969). Farrier also wrote numerous articles for scholarly journals, news columns in various North Carolina newspapers, and other works. The bulk of the collection consists of a comprehensive compilation of original publications, reprints, and annotated photocopies of articles on mites written by scientists from all over the world. Farrier and his student Michael K. Hennessey used these articles to compile and publish Soil-Inhabiting and Free-Living Mesostigmata (Acari-Parasitiformes) from North America: an Annotated Checklist and Bibliography and Index (1993), a taxonomic index on mites. Farrier and Hennessey also co-authored Systematic Revision of Thirty Species of Free-Living, Soil-Inhabiting Gamasine Mites (Acari: Mesostigmata) of North America (1988) and Mites of the Family Parasitidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) Inhabiting Forest Soils of North and South Carolina (1989).

The first series, Working Files, consists of personal and professional correspondence, and information gathered on various projects. The second series, Organizational Papers, consists of an index to international Acarina collections, papers relating to an acarology conference, several acarology directories, and papers of the Association of Economic Entomologists. The Reprints series contains various articles and works that a multitude of internationally acclaimed scientists wrote on both mites and insects.

Physical description

99 archival boxes

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maurice Hugh Farrier Papers, MC 00123, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Donated by Maurice Hugh Farrier in 1976 (Accession no. 1976-0018, 1976-0019), 1979 (Accession no. 1979-0018), 1991 (Accession no. 1991-0004), and 1998 (Accession no. 1998-0002).

Processing information

Processed by Jane V. Charles; Encoded by Nancy J. Kaiser, Katherine M. Wisser; Revised by Jonathan Holloway, August 2010

The collection is organized into three principal series:

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Maurice Hugh Farrier Papers, MC 00123, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.