Guide to the A. Leonard Melander Photographs circa 1904-1926
PC 77

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Melander, A. L. (Axel Leonard), 1878-1962.
Title
A. Leonard Melander Photographs
ID
PC 77
Date [inclusive]
circa 1904-1926
Extent
165.0 items
General Physical Description note
.5 Linear Feet of Shelf Space
Language
English
Abstract
A. Leonard Melander served as Professor of Entomology, Entomologist at the Experiment Station, and Head of the Department of Zoology at Washington State College from 1904-1926. The collection consists of black and white photographs of orchards, insects, spraying, experiment station research plots, WSC demonstration train, and WSC class pictures.

Preferred Citation note

A. Leonard Melander Photographs, circa 1904-1926 (PC 77)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Born in Chicago in 1878, A. Leonard Melander received his B.S. and M.S degrees from the University of Texas in 1901 and 1902, and after a short stint at the University of Chicago, came to Washington State College on Feb. 1, 1904, where he would serve as Professor of Entomology, Entomologist at the Experiment Station, and Head of the Department of Zoology. He left WSU exactly 22 years after he came, leaving on Feb. 1, 1926 to move to the College of the City of New York. Melander is held to be the first to prove that insects can develop resistance to insecticides, in a case involving the San Jose scale and lime-sulfur. Melander died on August 14th, 1962, in Riverside, California.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of black and white photographs of orchards, insects, spraying, experiment station research plots, WSC demonstration train, and WSC class pictures. Virtually every picture is both undated and unlabeled.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection of Axel Leonard Melander's photographs was donated to the WSU Libraries' archives in 1964 by Melander's wife.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Here at MASC Cage 3055 consists of approximately 75 clippings, notes, and manuscripts from A.L. Melander regarding insects and diseases, such as typhoid.

A few additional materials may be found in other collections by searching MASC's site for "Melander".

A small unprocessed collection of Melander's correspondence and photographs can be found at the California Academy of Sciences Archives.

Melander's collection of nearly a quarter million Diptera samples and his personal library were acquired by the Smithsonian, and became part of the U.S. National Entomological Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington -- Photographs.
  • State College of Washington. Agricultural Experiment Station -- Photographs.

Personal Name(s)

  • Melander, A. L. (Axel Leonard), 1878-1962 -- Photographs.

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Insects -- Photographs.
  • Orchards -- Photographs.
  • Plants -- Photographs.
  • Science
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Orchards, pesticide application, people at work in the orchards, undated.   84.0 items

1 1

Photographs and drawings of insects, undated.   14.0 items

1 2

Experiment station research plots, men at work, undated.   25.0 items

1 3

Detail of trees and plants, undated.   16.0 items

1 4

Gathering at Yakima Valley train station, undated; panorama of Washington State College, undated.   6.0 items

1 5

Envelope containing black and white negative of A.L. Melander or P.L. Snodgrass, undated; Envelope containing black and white photographs of a Washington State College horticulture (?) class, undated; Postcard of Nog High School, Pomeroy, WA, undated; Black and white photograph of a Washington state relief map.   20.0 items

1 6