Preliminary Guide to the Jacob Stokes Papers 1948-1973

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Stokes, Jacob Leo, 1912-
Preliminary Guide to the Jacob Stokes Papers
Date [inclusive]
8 Linear feet of shelf space, 8 Boxes
(MASC staff use) 2-15-8-1
Collection materials are in English.
Papers of Washington State University faculty member and bacteriologist James Stokes.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Preliminary Guide to the Jacob Stokes Papers, 1948-1973 (MS.1995.24)

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

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Jacob L. Stokes (1912-1992) worked as a Professor of Bacteriology and Public Health at Washington State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University and subsequently worked for the USDA's Western Regional Research Laboratory (WRRL), known as of 2018 as the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California. He then began teaching at WSU in 1959. He became the third chairman of the Department of Bacteriology and Public Health and during his time at WSU he was a consultant to the United States Public Health Service, the president of the Northwest Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, and was sent to Moscow, USSR, to present at the International Congress for Microbiology.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers of Washington State University faculty member and bacteriologist James Stokes. It includes binders of notes both for Stokes' professional work and his teaching. This includes his work at the Western Regional Research Laboratory (WRRL) of the United States Department of Agriculture, and Hopkins Marine Station, a research lab operated by Stanford University, as well as at WSU. These binders largely contain experiment notes and literature reviews related to Stokes' research. Additionally, the collection contains lecture notes and experiment plans for Stokes's undergraduate and graduate courses at WSU. The collection also contains a large assortment of photographic slides, some glass, related to Stokes' teaching. Most depict specimens.

Preliminary inventory:

Box 1. Photographic slides.

Box 2. Photographic slides, notebooks, and course materials.

Box 3. Assorted papers and course materials.

Box 4. Binders of Stokes's professional material and course material, 1952-1963.

Box 5. Course-related material (Bacteriology 201), 1972-1973.

Box 6. Professional papers (binders), 1948-1965.

Boxes 7-8. Course-related material (Bacteriology 528 and 514); professional papers (binders), 1956-1963.

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This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2020

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Francis Lillienthal, daughter of Jacob Stokes, donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1995 (MS.1995.24).

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

Personal Name(s)

Subject(s) :
  • Stokes, Jacob Leo, 1912- -- Archives.


  • Bacteriologists -- Archives.
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Science

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