Department of Biology records
05.B

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Eastern Michigan University
Creator
Michigan State Normal College.
Title
Department of Biology records
ID
05.B
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1984-2012
Date [inclusive]
1894-2012
Extent
0.6 Linear feet 1 archive box, 1 halfsize archive box
Language
English
Abstract
Natural science courses were offered at Michigan State Normal College from its inception, but it did not become its own department until 1883. Eventually the name was changed to Department of Biology. The collection includes department curriculum, publications, newsletters, brochures, newspaper clippings and press releases. This material covers the span of the department from 1894 to the present, and refers to both the Natural Sciences Department as well as the Department of Biology.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Administrative History

The Department of Biology at Eastern Michigan University began as the Natural Science Department. When Michigan Normal School opened its doors for classes in 1853 there were several natural science classes offered. However, from 1853-1883 the classes were not separated into distinct departments and all science course were taught in one room. Due to increased enrollment at Michigan Normal School, in 1883 the Natural Science Department was created, and the first department head was Lucy Aldrich Osband. Over time the Natural Science Department evolved into the Biology Department.

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Scope and Contents

The materials of the Department of Biology collection, 1894-present, includes news releases, clippings, faculty meeting minutes, department newsletters, curriculum information, correspondence, a printed copy of the department web site, and several other department publications. There is also a small collection of glass plate negatives.

The collection of the Department of Biology has been divided into three series:  Department administration,  Published materials, and  Visual materials. The Published materials series includes several bound publications. All files are arranged chronologically. The Visual materials series consists of glass plate negatives, which have been housed separately.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 January 12

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Revision Description

  2012 January 18

Conditions Governing Access:

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to use through the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Biology
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Universities and colleges--Faculty.
  • University degrees

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Physical Characteristics

The Natural Science images are glass plate negatives and should be viewed with a light table.

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Collection Inventory

 id3584 Department administration 

Scope and Contents

Materials include news releases, clippings, faculty meeting minutes, program information, correspondence and old biology class pictures.

Box
1

 id3586 News releases and clippings 1961-2011 


    Box Folder
Mixed Materials (32307023995104)   1 1

 id3587 Curriculum 1984- present 


    Box Folder
Mixed Materials (3230723995104)   1 2

 id3588 Correspondence 2000 


    Box Folder
Mixed Materials (32307023995104)   1 3

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 id9288 Published materials 1983-2007 

Scope and Contents

This box contains two different newsletters from the Biology Department at Eastern Michigan University. The box contains comes of the Piggly Weekly from 1983-1989, and The Starr from 1990-1991.

 id9289 "Piggly Weekly" newsletter 1983-1989 


    Box Folder
Mixed Materials (32307023995104)   1 4-7

 id9291 "The Starr" newsletter 1990-1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed Materials (32307023995104)   1 8

"Symbiosis" newsletter 2002-2006 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995104)   1 9

"A brief history of the natural science department of the Michigan State Normal College." 1949 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995104)   1 10

Brochures 1894-2007 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995104)   1 11

Website 2007 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials (32307023995104)   1 12

Box

"Laboratory Manual for Biological Science" 1958 

1

Center for Aquatic Biology: "Sorption of soluble phosphates by freshwater sediments in the Huron River Basin, Michigan" 1970 

1

Center for Aquatic Biology: "An approach to the study of freshwater sediments" 1970 

1

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Natural science images 1927-1931 

Box
2

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