UA 100.021 Guide to the North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Genetics Records, 1941-2001

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Genetics are arranged in four series: General Records, Grants and Proposals, Research and Reports, and Publications. Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically by topic or title.
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Contains brochures, correspondence, course information, facilities information, faculty and student lists, graduate studies material, program information and reviews, and seminar material.
[Half Box 3, Folder 3] Committees: Faculty appointments, 1961-1979
[Half Box 3, Folder 6] Committees: Organization of Genetics Unit, 1950-1954
[Half Box 3, Folder 4] Committees: Self-Study and Re-Evaluation, 1971, 1976
[Box 1, Folder 1] Comprehensive Review, 1979
[Half Box 3, Folder 5] Correspondence, E.W. Glazener, 1965-1966
[Box 1, Folder 2] Correspondence, H. F. Robinson, 1958 - 1964, undated
[Box 1, Folder 3] Course Description -- Cytogenetics, 1961
[Box 1, Folder 4] Course Information -- Correspondence, 1950 - 1976, undated
[Box 1, Folder 5] Course Information -- Student Enrollment, 1960 - 1969
[Box 1, Folder 6] Courses and Curriculum - Faculty Memos, Correspondence and Comments, 1950 - 1976, undated
[Box 1, Folder 7] Course Offerings -- Syllabi and Outlines, 1953 - 1986, undated
[Box 1, Folder 8] Course Outlines for Faculty, 1961 - 1962, undated
[Box 1, Folder 9] Course Proposals and Revisions, 1952 - 1976, undated
[Box 1, Folder 10] Departmental Brochure, 1963
[Box 1, Folder 11] Departmental Events and Parties, 1966, undated
[Box 1, Folder 12] Faculty Information and Correspondence, 1952 - 1977, undated
[Box 1, Folder 13] Fellowships, 1972, undated
[Box 1, Folder 14] "Genetics and the Future of Man," by Carey H. Bostian, 1970
[Box 1, Folder 15] Genetics Planning Conference, 1964
[Box 1, Folder 16] Graduate Student Guidelines, 1977, undated
[Box 1, Folder 17] Library -- Genetics Resources, 1951 - 1970, undated
[Box 1, Folder 18] Organization of Genetics Unit, 1950 - 1951
Facilities and Equipment
[Box 1, Folder 19] General Records, 1952 - 1977, undated
[Box 1, Folder 20] North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, 1967 - 1972
[Box 1, Folder 21] Pamphlets and Instruction Manuals, 1950, undated
[Box 1, Folder 22] Faculty and Student Lists, 1962 - 1965
[Box 1, Folder 23] Genetics 666, Laboratory Manual, 1987 (Accession no. 8736)
[Half Box 3, Folder 1] Genetics Symposium articles, Oct. 2001
[Half Box 3, Folder 2] Video of presentation from the Genetics Symposium, "Genetics and the New Millennium," Dr. M. J. Mehlman, Oct. 2001
VHS cassette
Seminars and Lectures
[Box 2, Folder 1] Brochures, 1960 - 1978
[Box 2, Folder 2] Class Notes, 1945 - 1968, undated
[Box 2, Folder 3] Flyers, 1964 - 1976
[Box 2, Folder 4] Visiting Lecturers, 1955 - 1973
Staff Meetings
[Box 2, Folder 5] Agendas and Comments, 1952, undated
[Box 2, Folder 6] Minutes, 1960 - 1966
[Box 2, Folder 7] Minutes, 1967 - 1975
[Box 2, Folder 8] Sub-Committee for Genetics and Evolution of National Academy of Sciences, 1964
[Box 2, Folder 9] Teaching Schedules, 1961 - 1974, undated
Contains grants and proposals relating to work performed by the department. This material does not document particular research projects, but instead on the development of the department itself and some of its subsequent research and training activities.
Graduate Training and Research in Quantitative Genetics Breeding Methodology
[Box 2, Folder 10] Proposal, 1960
[Box 2, Folder 11] Report of Progress, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 12] Report of Progress, 1963
[Box 2, Folder 13] Outline of a Proposed Genetics Program, 1952
[Box 2, Folder 14] Proposal for a Doctoral Program in Genetics, 1952
[Box 2, Folder 15] A Proposal for an Expanded Doctoral Program in Physiological and Biochemical Genetics, 1964
[Box 2, Folder 16] Quantitative Genetics Project -- Budget Proposal and Information, 1959 - 1960
[Box 2, Folder 17] Outline of a Proposed Genetics Program, 1952
[Box 2, Folder 18] Quantitative Genetics Project -- Progress Reports, 1959 - 1963
[Box 2, Folder 19] Undergraduate Research Participation, 1969
Contains reports and papers. This series a variety of research topics, from genetics research to departmental teaching activities and efficacy.
[Box 2, Folder 20] Agricultural Research Classification Instructions, undated
[Box 2, Folder 21] Cytogenetics of Maize: Report of Progress [1962-1963], 1963
[Box 2, Folder 22] Director's Report -- Undergraduate Science Education, 1963
[Box 2, Folder 23] Problem Analysis (Quantitative Genetics of Forest Trees), 1964
[Box 2, Folder 24] Project Proposals and Outlines, Various, undated
[Box 2, Folder 25] Task Force 20 (USDA) Review -- North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, 1972
This series contains publications produced by the Department of Genetics.
[Box 4, Folder 1] Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University presents Dr. Robert Sinsheimer, Third Annual Distinguised Lecturer in Genetics, 11 Mar. 1980
[Box 4, Folder 2] Development of the Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University, 1924-1976, Feb. 1977
[Box 4, Folder 3] Evening Lecture Series in the Summer Institute of Genetics for College Teachers, 14 Jun.-Jul. 21 1960
[Box 4, Folder 4] Final Announcement and Registration Forms : Second International Conference on Quantitative Genetics, 31 May-5 Jun. 1987
[Box 4, Folder 5] Genetics flyer, Undated
[Box 4, Folder 6] The Genetics Program : N. C. State College, Oct. 1959
[Box 4, Folder 7] GN301 : Genetics in Human Affairs, 1988
[Box 4, Folder 8] Graduate Studies and Graduate Opportunities in Genetic posters, 1980-1983
[Box 4, Folder 9] Graudate Studies in Genetics pamplet, 1976
[Box 4, Folder 10] Graudate Study in Genetics at North Carolina State University : Program and Admission Requirements, Undated
[Box 4, Folder 11] North Carolina State University at Raleigh, School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Genetics, 1975
[Box 4, Folder 12] Summer Institute of Genetics for College Teachers, 1960-1965


North Carolina State University. Dept. of Genetics.


1.75 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 archival boxes, 1 archival half box



Acquisitions Information

Transferred from North Carolina State University, Department of Genetics.


Processed by: Allison Hall; Pat Webber; Laura Abraham, 2009 July; machine-readable finding aid created by: Russell S. Koonts; Pat Webber; Finding aid updated by Laura Abraham, 2009 July; Cate Putirskis, 2009 July


2005-2009, Converted to EAD 2002, 2005; Finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection by Cate Putirskis, 2008 September, 2009 July; Laura Abraham, 2009 July

Scope and Content Note

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Genetics contain brochures, correspondence, grants and fellowships information, courses and curriculum material, a departmental history, facilities and equipment information, faculty and student records, research project files and reports, seminar and lecture materials, and other publications. Materials range in date from 1941 to 2001.

Some records in the collection relate to a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, which funded a project in 1959, called "Quantitative Genetics." Progress reports from 1959 - 1963 include the yearly results from this project. In 1960, the Genetics Department proposed and received new appropriations for a program called "Graduate Training and Research in Quantitative Genetics Breeding Methodology." A progress report from 1963 includes remarks on the progress of this new program. Among other things, these grants made it possible for students from Central and South America to receive graduate training in quantitative genetics.

The collection also houses many records relating to the courses and curriculum of the department from 1953 - 1977. These records include course descriptions, criteria and syllabi for a variety of genetics courses. Course proposals and revisions from 1954 - 1987 are also included, as well as, outlines, brochures and programs, flyers and announcements for genetics seminars and lectures from 1955 through 1977.

Perhaps some of the most important records in the collection relate to the conception and organization of the Genetics Department, which spanned several years and was finally achieved in 1951. The transition was a large collaboration between several different departments and members of the faculty. Many records exist that document the comments, correspondence, memos, etc., that were passed amongst them. The records relate plans for the transfer and purchasing of facilities and equipment, as well as plans for a possible new greenhouse and experimental garden.

One of the most interesting and valuable records found in the collection is a document called "Outline of a Proposed Genetics Program for North Carolina State College." This document, written by Dr. S. G. Stephens to the Dean of Agriculture in 1952, contains many proposals and suggestions from the genetics faculty on what was needed to broaden and improve the newly developed genetics program. The proposals included the need for more highly specialized faculty, a greenhouse and experimental garden and more funding for research. During his tenure as Chairman of the Genetics Faculty, most of these proposals were implemented.

The collection also contains numerous other records relating to the Genetics Department such as departmental events flyers, programs and brochures, faculty correspondence and memos, research and facility and equipment procedures, guidelines and instructions. The records are arranged into three series: General Records; Grants and Proposals; and Research and Reports.

Historical Note

No formally organization of a genetics department existed at North Carolina State University until 1951. Until that time, the subject of genetics was distributed to several long-established departments within the School of Agriculture. By the 1930's, departments such as Agronomy, Zoology, and Plant Pathology (among others) were beginning to take an interest in genetics and the possible ways in which it could be integrated into their coursework and research projects. These departments had for some time employed geneticists on an individual basis to help conduct research projects and teach courses (such as cytology) in Agronomy and other biological sciences that focused on subjects such as plant and animal breeding. Eventually, the University decided that the field had becomre important enough to create a department devoted entirely to genetics for graduate degrees and more basic research.

In 1951, the Department of Genetics was formally organized with Dr. S. G. Stephens as chairman. The faculty consisted of many professors who had taught and conducted research in other departments in the School of Agriculture. The department was temporarily housed with the Botany Department in Winston Hall, and relocated to the newly built Gardner Hall in 1952. During Dr. Stephens' tenure as chairman, the graduate program, including the Ph.D. degree, new faculty, a genetics garden, greenhouse and an experimental station were added to the department. In 1958, Dr. H. F. Robinson became the new head of the department, and established a genetics nursery and obtained a significant amount of funding for increased research. In that same year, Genetics became the first North Carolina State College department to employ an African-American woman, Justina Williams, who worked in the Drosophila research lab.

In 1964, Dr. T. J. Mann took over leadership of the department after Dr. Robinson's promotion to Director of Biological Sciences. Dr. D. F. Matzinger became acting department head after Dr. Mann's departure in 1974 and in 1975, Dr. John G. Scandalios became the new department head. Under the leadership of these individuals, the department expanded and earned national recognition and distinction.

In 2013 the programs of the Department of Genetics were subsumed under the new Department of Biological Sciences in the new College of Sciences.

Department Heads

1951 - 1958 S. G. Stephens
1958 - 1963 H. F. Robinson
1964 - 1973 Thurston J. Mann
1974 - 1975 Dale F. Matzinger
1975 - 1985 John G. Scandalios
1985 - 1986 Dale F. Matzinger
1986 - 1988 William Atchley
1989 - 1991 Dale F. Matzinger
1991 - 1993 Dale F. Matzinger
1994 Stephanie Curtis

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