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 earned his A. B, M.A. and Ph.D. (1927) from the University of Michigan. He met his wife, Martha Cooper, at the University of Michigan and they were married in 1934.They had two daughters, Sylvia and Myra.

After graduation, he spent a year with the Vermont Fish and Game Service and then became director of a bird and wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts. In 1942, Wallace joined the faculty in the Department of Zoology at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). During the next three decades, he researched ornothology topics, including bird mortality. He was the author of one of the most used textbooks on ornithology.

He linked the mortality of robins with the spraying of DDT, a pesticide used to treat Dutch Elm disease on campus and in East Lansing in the 1950s and 1960s, in a paper published in 1961. At the time, he was critized and nearly lost his job.

Wallace died in 1986.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers include some correspondence, course materials, bibliographies, honors and newspaper clippings on Wallace. The bulk of the materials are copies and reprints of articles that were written by Wallace. The materials deal primarily with the field of ornithology including a statement given to the House Subcommittee on Fisheries and Wildlife on the effects of DDT in 1960. 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

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

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. Department of Zoology.


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Course materials
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Newsletters
  • Publications


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

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Correspondence 1970 

F.D. 1

Class Papers of Wallace 1971, Undated 

F.D. 2

Honors Bestowed on Wallace Undated 

F.D. 3

Newspaper Clippings on Wallace 1971 

F.D. 4

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
Drawer Folder

House Sub-committee on Fisheries and Wildlife May 1960 

F.D. 16

Michigan Pesticide Council Newsletter 1968-1969 

F.D. 17