UA 100.015 Guide to the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, 1934 - 1984

This collection is organized into four series: Administrative Records, Research and Development, Maps, and Artifacts.
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Contains correspondence, brochures, seminar information, departmental reviews, and a history of Botany at N.C. State written by L. A. Whitford. The records are arranged alphabetically.
[Box 3, Folder 1] Botany - Areas of Advanced Study, 1984
[Box 1, Folder 1] Botany Seminar, 1966
[Box 1, Folder 2] Brochures, 1969 - 1979
[Box 1, Folder 3] Cell Biology class, undated
[Box 1, Folder 4] Comprehensive Review, Botany Department, 1978
[Box 1, Folder 5] Correspondence, 1949 - 1950
[Box 1, Folder 6] Correspondence, 1962 - 1964
[Box 1, Folder 7] Courses in Botany and Bacteriology, 1962
[Box 1, Folder 8] Evaluation of the Botany Research Program, undated
[Box 1, Folder 9] "A History of the Botany Department," by L. A. Whitford, 1970
[Box 1, Folder 10] "Investigations into Plant Life: A Study Guide for General Botany using the Audio-Tutorial Discovery Approach," by James R. Troyer and Charles E. Anderson, 1983
[Box 1, Folder 11] "The Present Position of Botany: A Preliminary Overview,", 1967
[Box 1, Folder 12] Proposed Program, Biological Sciences, 1962
[Box 1, Folder 13] "Reflections from the Botany Staff at NCSU and Projections to Botany at NCSU at Raleigh,", 1963
[Box 1, Folder 14] Research and Educational Program in Bacteriology, 1962
Contains correspondence, proposals, research results, travel files, and general information on a variety of research projects conducted within the department and with the Agricultural Experiment Station. The records are arranged alphabetically by granting agency.
[Box 2, Folder 1] Atomic Energy Commission, Contract No. AT-(40-1)-1070, 1950 - 1953
[Box 2, Folder 2] National Academy of Sciences, Correspondence, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 3] National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bio-Satellite Project, 1963 - 1964
[Box 2, Folder 4] National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Proposal for support of Research Entitled "Mechanism of the Diauxie Phenomenon," by Walter Dobrogosz, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 5] National Defense Education Act (NDEA), Fellowships for Bacteriology Programs, 1959 - 1962
[Box 2, Folder 6] National Defense Education Act (NDEA), Proposal for an Expanded Program in the Fields of Ecology - Taxonomy, 1959
[Box 2, Folder 7] National Science Foundation (NSF), Plant Physiology Research by Harold Evans, 1956
[Box 2, Folder 8] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal for Support of Research Entitled "Investigations on the Growth in Vitro of the Shoot Apex of Certain Seed Plants," by Ernest Ball, 1957
[Box 2, Folder 9] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal B 9278, "Metabolic Pathways in the Microcci," by James B. Evans, 1960
[Box 2, Folder 10] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal G 15669, "Undergraduate Research Participation Program" by Ernest Beal, 1961 - 1962
[Box 2, Folder 11] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal seeking Funds for Cooperative College -School Science Program, for Summer School, by W.A. Reid, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 12] National Science Foundation (NSF), Request for Equipment for Undergraduate Instruction, by Clyde Smith, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 13] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal for Support of Research entitled "A time-Lapse Study of the Growth and Division of Isolated parenchyma Cells of Certain Gymnosperms and Angiosperms," by Ernest Ball, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 14] National Science Foundation (NSF), Proposal G 22768, "Undergraduate Science Education Program," by Ernest Beal, 1962 - 1964
[Box 2, Folder 15] Office of Naval Research (ONR), NR 110-757, "Permeability of Certain Epidermal Membranes to Gaseous Carbon Dioxide," by Donald Anderson, 1949 - 1953
[Box 2, Folder 16] Office of Naval Research (ONR), NONR-486(09), "Vascular Plant Zonation in North Carolina Salt-Marshes," by Ernest Beal, 1960 - 1962
[Box 2, Folder 17] Public Health Service (PHS), Research Grant "The Biochemical Role of Univalent Cations," by Harold J. Evans, 1958 - 1961
[Box 2, Folder 18] Public Health Service (PHS), National Institutes of health-Application for H Research Facilities Grant, 1961
[Box 2, Folder 19] Public Health Service (PHS), "An Application to the Division of Water Supply and Pollution control for a Training Grant in Aquatic Ecology" by James B. Evans, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 20] Public Health Service (PHS), National Institutes of Health - Application for Research Grant Support, "Mechanism of the Diauxie Phenomenon," by Walter Dobrogosz, 1962,
[Box 2, Folder 21] State Fund, Project No. S-91, "The Biochemical Role of Univalent Cations," by Harold J. Evans, 1959 - 1960
[Box 2, Folder 22] State Fund, Project No. S-249, "Studies in the Ecology of Fresh Water Algae in North Carolina" by L. A. Whitford, 1961
[Box 2, Folder 23] United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hatch-36, "A study of the cytochrome system of higher plants in relation to iron requirements and factors affecting iron metabolism," by Harold J. Evans, 1954 - 1960
[Box 2, Folder 24] United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hatch-177, "Studies on the cytochrome and related respiratory systems in higher plants," by Harold J. Evans, 1959 - 1961
This series contains folding field maps created by botany faculty and/or students. These are U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle topographical maps mounted on linen, then folded and given front and back covers. These maps mostly cover western North Carolina and Tennessee, but there is one for part of Connecticut. Only one of the maps is dated (1934), but all are assumed to be from the same time period.
[Box 3, Folder 2] Folding Field Maps: Cowee, Cranberry, Knoxville, Mt. Guyot, Circa 1935 (Accession 2014.0110)
[Box 3, Folder 3] Folding Field Maps: Mt. Mitchell, Murphy, Nantahala, Pisgah, Circa 1935 (Accession 2014.0110)
[Box 3, Folder 4] Folding Field Maps: Smoky Mt. Park (East, East-Middle, West-Middle, West), 1934, Circa 1935 (Accession 2014.0110)
[Box 3, Folder 5] Folding Field Maps: Roan Mt., Storrs and Vicinity (Conn.), Circa 1935 (Accession 2014.0110)
[Carton 4] Lantern used by B.W. Wells, circa 1930s (Accession 2014.0150)
This lantern was used by Wells to dry plant specimens.


North Carolina State University. Dept. of Plant Biology.


3.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 archival storage boxes, 1 carton


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Plant Biology.


Processed by: Pat Webber, 2004; machine-readable finding aid created by: Pat Webber, 2004; finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection: by Beverly King, 2012 May; Todd Kosmerick, 2014 June.


2012, 2014, <date calendar="gregorian" normal="2005" era="ce">2005</date><item>Converted to EAD 2002</item>; finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection: by Beverly King, 2012 May; Todd Kosmerick, 2014 June.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of records describing the administrative function of and research projects undertaken by the North Carolina State University Department of Plant Biology. In addition, there are also items regarding departmental seminars, reviews, a study guide, and a history of the department written by L. A. (Larry Alston) Whitford in 1970. The collection is arranged in four series: Administrative Records, Research and Development, Maps, and Artifacts. The Administrative Records series contains correspondence, course material, and departmental review items. The Research and Development series contains project proposals and reports concerning research in botany. Most of the projects contained in the latter series were federally sponsored by such agencies as NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Maps series contains a small group of field maps used by botany faculty and/or students. The Artifacts series contains a lantern used by B.W. Wells while doing fieldwork.

Historical Note

Botanical work at N.C. State began in concert with the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, which was established in the 1870s and later became part of the college. Since the first courses were offered at the college in 1889, there have been courses in botany. At first, they were part of the biological sciences training. By 1902, there were enough classes taught to hire Frank L. Stevens as the first head of botanical instruction. Botany appears to have been a part of biology instruction until approximately 1912, when the two disciplines were separated. Academic instruction and research in botany continued to grow within the overall agriculture curriculum throughout the next few decades.

In 1945, a Plant Pathology section was created within the School of Agriculture, resulting in a new Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. With the creation of the Division of Biological Sciences in 1950, the two sections were split, creating two separate departments. Both operated under the administration of the Division of Biological Sciences. The division was abolished in 1958, and the Department of Botany and Bacteriology was established from those two curricula. In 1962 the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) was created, with Botany becoming one of five departments under its aegis. The IBS was created to better coordinate and promote research and education in the biological sciences, and it lasted until being dissolved in 1971. In the meantime, in 1966 the bacteriology program was split off from Botany, becoming the Department of Microbiology.

In 2006 the Department of Botany changed its name to Plant Biology. It changed its name again in 2013, becoming the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology when it added faculty from the microbiology and genetics programs.

Department Heads

1950 - 1963 Herbert T. Scofield
1963 - 1964 Ernest O. Beal
1964 - 1977 Glen R. Noggle
1977 - 1985 Jerome P. Miksche
1985 - 1995 E. D. Seneca
1995 - 1999 Eric Davies
1999 - present Margaret Daub

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