These topic guides provide a starting point for finding source materials related to the history of science and technology at the University of Illinois. Please note that these guides are not definitive or comprehensive and are periodically updated.
Departmental Correspondence, 1905-1909 (Record Series 15/24/1): Includes letterpress copybooks containing the correspondence of the Zoology Department Head, Stephen A. Forbes, with President Edmund James, Deans David Kinley and Edgar Townsend, faculty, presidents and faculty at other universities, school principals, and others.
Zoology Subject File, 1920-1958 (Record Series 15/24/2): Contains annual reports; accident reports; Biological Division committee reports; reports and brochures on biological stations throughout the United States, including courses taught at biological stations; departmental staff meeting minutes; language proficiency exams; and correspondence of Henry B. Ward and Charles Zeleny.
Student Laboratory Guides, 1893 (Record Series 15/24/10): Laboratory guides include descriptions of laboratory exercises on the morphology of clams, crawfish, grasshoppers, worms, perch, and frogs and synopses of species, orders, and genres of North American crustaceans. The series includes a "blueprint" draft of the guidebook, a bound copy as displayed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, a bound copy with additions made by Zoology Professor Frank Smith, and 1942 notes from Van Cleave describing the provenance and background of the notebooks.
Announcements (Record Series 15/24/801): Includes announcements of the spring meeting of the Central Branch of the American Society of Zoologists (1912), lectures given by Professor Jacob Reighard (1910), a field study course in animal ecology (1936), field ecology courses (1939, 1942), summer session programs (1958), and graduate study opportunities (1961-).
Victor E. Shelford Papers (Record Series 15/24/20): Includes materials concerning plant, animal, and aquatic ecology; the Ecological Society of America; preservation of natural areas; the University Committee on Natural Areas and Uncultivated Lands; and a 1965 tape-recorded interview.
Arthur W. Ghent Papers (Record Series 15/24/31): Includes personal, teaching, and professional materials; and research and statistical studies concerning the Allerton Park floodplain, bagworms, trees, bank swallows, Rachel Carson and Silent Spring, clams, Danish pigs, date-of-birth analysis, salmon and other fish, cockroaches and other insects, growth curves, and squirrels.