George J. Wallace Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Wallace, George John, 1906-
George J. Wallace papers
Date [inclusive]
0.5 Cubic feet , 17 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

George J. Wallace was born in Vermont and it was there that he began a life-long interest in ornithology. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received his B.S. in zoology in 1923 and his Ph.D. four years later. He met his wife at the University of Michigan and married her in 1934. Following graduation he spent a year with the Vermont Fish and Game Service. Next he worked as director of a bird and wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts. In 1942 Wallace came to Michigan State University where he spent the next three decades a member of the MSU faculty. During this period he was very active in the fight against the pesticide DDT. He discovered robins on campus were being poisoned as a result of spraying DDT on campus and East Lansing for Dutch Elm disease. He also published numerous articles and texts on ornithology that are used in many schools. During his thirty years at MSU Wallace helped train many of his colleagues. In addition, he has received various awards for his achievements, not the least of which was an honorary doctoral degree that was given to him by Central Michigan University. Wallace has also been made Professor Emeritus in Zoology at MSU.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers include some correspondence, class papers, honors and newspaper clippings on Wallace. The bulk of the materials are copies and reprints of various articles and booklets that were written by Wallace. The materials deal primarily with the field of ornithology. Also included are issues of the Michigan Pesticide Council Newsletter.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections

Revision Description

  December 2004

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Dept. of Zoology.


  • Birds
  • DDT (Insecticide)
  • Dutch elm disease
  • Ornithology
  • Pesticides
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Correspondence 1970 

F.D. 1

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Class Papers of Wallace 1971, Undated 

F.D. 2

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Honors Bestowed on Wallace Undated 

F.D. 3

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Newspaper Clippings on Wallace 1971 

F.D. 4

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Publications by Wallace 

Drawer Folder

The Barn Owl in Michigan 1948 

F.D. 5

Bird Mortality in the Dutch Elm Disease Program 1961 

F.D. 6

Studies on Neotropical Thrushes in Colombia 1965 

F.D. 7

An Introduction to Ornithology Undated 

F.D. 8

Articles from The Auk 1937, 1958 

F.D. 9

Articles from Jack-Pine Warbler 1945-1969 

F.D. 10

Articles from Wilson Bulletin 1956, 1959 

F.D. 11

Articles from Atlantic Naturalist January - March, 1959 

F.D. 12

Articles from Audubon Magazine 1959-1960 

F.D. 13

Articles from Massachusetts Audubon 1970, Undated 

F.D. 14

Assorted Articles 1950, 1959, Undated 

F.D. 15

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Drawer Folder

House Sub-committee on Fisheries and Wildlife May 1960 

F.D. 16

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Michigan Pesticide Council Newsletter 1968-1969 

F.D. 17

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