Preliminary Guide to the Leo Bustad Papers, 1948-2005

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Bustad, Leo K.
Preliminary Guide to the Leo Bustad Papers
Date [inclusive]
25.0 boxes.
Location note
(MASC staff use): MS.1997.24: 2-5-26-7; MS.1999.11: 2-15-23-6; MS.2008.19: 2-16-24-1; MS.2008.27: 2-14-6-5; MS.2009.07: 2-9-13-1; MS.2017.04: 2-10-16-3.
This collection consists of papers of Leo Bustad.

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Biographical/Historical note

Leo K. Bustad was born in 1920 in Stanwood, Washington. He received his B.A. in Agriculture from Washington State College (now Washington State University) in 1941. Within a year of graduation, he married Signe Byrd, a WSC graduate in Home Economics Education, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, serving in Italy and Germany during World War II. He returned to Pullman in 1945, after being a prisoner of war in a German prison camp for fifteen months. Bustad went on to receive his M.A. in Animal Nutrition in 1948 and his D.V.M. in 1949 from WSC, as well as a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1960 from the University of Washington. From 1949 to 1965, Bustad also directed biological research at Hanford Laboratories in Benton County, Washington. He then went on to become the Director of the Radiobiology Laboratory and Comparative Oncology Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, before returning to WSU as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (1973-1983).

Dr. Bustad's research focused on physiological effects of radiation exposure, and he pioneered the field of study on human-animal interaction and the human-animal bond. Among his many accomplishments and contributions to veterinary medicine, he co-founded and was the first Chair of the Delta Society (Pet Partners), also serving as its first president from 1981 to 1988. As of 2015, the society still presents the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian Award to a veterinarian working in the field of human-animal interactions. Dr. Bustad founded the People-Pet Program at Washington State University, and helped establish the journal Anthrozoos (1987) on human-animal interaction studies, as well as the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (1990). In addition to his two books (Animals, Aging, and the Aged and Compassion: Our Last Great Hope), Bustad co-authored Learning and Living Together: Building the Human-Animal Bond, and contributed to over 200 academic articles during his career.

The WSU Veterinary Science Building was renamed Bustad Hall in 1985 in honor of Dr. Bustad's service as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He remained an active member of the Pullman community until his death in 1998.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of papers of Leo Bustad which were collected by the Washington State University Health Sciences Library and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Preliminary Inventory:


1970-1994. 1 box. Papers related to research, teaching, personal life. Includes speeches.


Circa 1950-1980. 4 boxes.

Boxes 1-3. Photographs (slides), correspondence, drawings, and reports related to research on the biological effects of radiation.

Box 4. Collected materials related to research Bustad conducted during his Ph.D. program at the University of Washington.


1948-2005. Correspondence, planners, video recordings (U-Matic and VHS), audio recordings (cassette and reel-to-reel).

Box 1. Video tapes and rough inventory

Box 2. Papers

Box 3. Video tapes

Box 4. Papers

Box 5. Video tapes

Box 6. Papers

Box 7. Papers

Box 8. Audio tapes

Box 9. Papers

Box 10. Papers

Box 11. Video tapes

Box 12. Audio tapes

Box 13. Audio tapes

Box 14. Papers (includes Hanford related materials)


Circa 1967-1986. 1 box. Articles, mostly photocopies and reprints.


Circa 1970s-1990s. 1 box.

Binder, 1990: "To Leo Bustad from your fan club."

Papers: Resume, autobiography, correspondence, undated photographs, "Holden Village" file.

Video (VHS): Bustad address to AS 180 (freshmen), 1995; Roger Williams seminar/Marcus Borg, 1996; WSU School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1949 "The Way We Were" (undated); celebration of Leo Bustad's life, Trinity Lutheran Church, Pullman, WA (9/22/98).

Audio (cassette): Bustad, "Koinonia = Transforming Friendship..."

Audio (reel to reel): Edward R. Murrow commencement address, Washington State University, 1962.

Photographs (slides), circa 1987-1994.


Circa 1950s-1970s. 3 boxes. Includes correspondence (a single incomplete alphabetical sequence), files related to shared curriculum in Pacific Northwest veterinary medical education, and a small amount of material related to "skin studies."

Boxes 1-2. General correspondence, C-Z.

Box 2 (continued). "Skin studies" files, Bustad dissertation (1960), miscellaneous loose unlabeled material, and files related to shared curriculum in Pacific Northwest veterinary medical education (1970s).

Box 3. Shared curriculum files (continued).


Collection of photographs (slides in two binders) related to the People Pet Partnership program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

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

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use, with the exception of the general correspondence in MS.2017.04, boxes 1-2. These materials are restricted, pending MASC staff review for sensitive personal information.

Accruals note

Additions to this collection are expected.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Washington State University Libraries received this collection in multiple installments. The WSU Health Sciences Library transferred materials between 1997 and 2009 (MS.1997.24, MS.1999.11, MS.2008.19, MS.2008.27, MS.2009.07), and the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine transferred additional materials in 2017 (MS.2017.04) and 2018 (MS.2018.07).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--Faculty--Archives


  • Colleges and Universities
  • Science
  • Scientists--Archives
  • Veterinarians--Archives

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