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Theodore L. Bissell papers

Abstract

Title:
Theodore L. Bissell papers
Author/Creator:
Bissell, Theodore
Collection number:
62-2
Size:
0.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1910-1982
Inclusive dates:
1910-1982
Collection Area:
University of Maryland
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

A 1920 graduate of the Maryland State College of Agriculture, Theodore Lemuel Bissell (1899-1992) was an entomologist for the United States Department of Agriculture Bureau of Entomology and Georgia Experiment Station, who also taught entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1947 to 1969. The collection contains correspondence, news clippings, notes, and horticultural meeting and conference programs. The bulk of the materials document Mr. Bissell's interest in the history of the University of Maryland campus and its surrounding community between 1916 and 1979 and his scholarly interests in hickory aphids. Also included are six letters from Milton Ellsworth Poole to Theodore Bissell. Poole was a classmate of Bissell's during their freshman year at the Maryland State College of Agriculture. Poole left after the first year and served overseas during World War I. His correspondence discusses his wartime experiences overseas, particularly in France, his decision not to return to school after the war, and former classmates at the Maryland State College of Agriculture.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Theodore L. Bissell papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1750
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Alternate formats:

Digital copies of the letters in this collection from Milton Poole to Theodore L. Bissell are available at http://digital.lib.umd.edu/results.jsp?index1=dmKeyword&query1=theodore+bissell in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Theodore Lemuel Bissell was born in St. Mary's, Ohio, on December 9, 1899. He attended the Maryland State College of Agriculture, now the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a B. S. in entomology in 1920. During his college years, he was an active member of the New Mercer Literary Society, the Horticulture Club, and the Rossborough Club, as well as serving as captain of Company C of the corps of cadets during his senior year. Bissell received an M. S. in entomology from Cornell University in 1936. He worked as a quarantine inspector for the State Bureau of Industry in Pennsylvania in 1920 and for the Bureau of Entomology of the United States Department of Agriculture from 1921 until 1924. Bissell was an entomologist for the Georgia Experiment Station from 1925 to 1947, when he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland as an associate professor of entomology; he taught at the university until 1968.

Areas of particular interest to Mr. Bissell included the taxonomy of hickory aphids, insect control, and the history of University of Maryland campus.

Bissell died on September 22, 1992.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Theodore L. Bissell include materials dating from 1910 to 1982. The collection contains correspondence, news clippings, notes, and programs. The bulk of the materials document Mr. Bissell's interest in the history of the University of Maryland campus and its surrounding community. Other materials in the collection include personal correspondence, horticultural meeting and conference programs, photographs and slides, and professional correspondence relating to Bissell's work with aphids. This personal correspondence includes six letters from Milton Ellsworth Poole to Theodore Bissell. Poole left the school after the first year and served overseas during World War I. His correspondence discusses his wartime experiences overseas, particularly in France, his decision not to return to school after the war, and former classmates at the Maryland State College of Agriculture.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The materials in the collection were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Mr. Bissell in December 1961, April 1974, September 1980, and July and August 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Michelle DeMartino, June 1997; Guide revised by Jill F. Reilly, June 2003.

Processing note:

Processing of the papers of Theodore L. Bissell began in June 1997. Department of Entomology grade books were removed from the collection and destroyed. Two issues of The Diamondback (March 6, 1956; April 19, 1982) were removed from the collection because they are available on microfilm. One file of correspondence relating to the career of Dr. John E. Savage was removed from the collection and transferred to the archives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Two University of Maryland football programs from 1923 were transferred to the university publications collection. One folder containing Epsilon Sigma Phi newsletters was removed and added to the records of Epsilon Sigma Phi. One railroad ticket from the Chesapeake Beach Railway, dated June 24, 1909, was transferred to the memorabilia collection.

Photographs and slides were transferred to the photograph collection. Staples and metal paper clips were removed and replaced with strips of acid free paper and plastic clips. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box, and the guide was completed.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Sarah Heim.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: University of Maryland Campus History, 1916-1979 (1.5 linear inches.)

This series contains correspondence, notes, and news clippings documenting significant events in the history of the University of Maryland. Mr. Bissell's interest in campus history stemmed from his undergraduate education at the Maryland State College of Agriculture between 1916 and 1920. The series includes a list of publications of the Maryland Agricultural College, 1859 to 1916, which Bissell compiled around 1955. Correspondence and news clippings in the series relate to an agricultural museum begun at the University of Maryland in the 1950s, campus expansion, Gerneaux Hall, the Rossborough Inn, and athletics. The series is arranged alphabetically by document type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, University of Maryland Agricultural Museum, 1955-1977 series 1box 1folder 1
Newsclippings [Campus History], 1919, 1949-1979 series 1box 1folder 2
Notes and Correspondence [Campus History], 1916, 1920, 1944-1965 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
Publications of Maryland Agricultural College, 1859-1916, 1955 series 1box 1folder 4

Series 2: Personal Correspondence, 1918-1919, 1946, 1961 (8 items)

This series contains one folder of letters and postcards, six of which are from Milton Ellsworth Poole to Theodore Bissell, and one copy of a letter from Bissell to Isabella M. Hayes of the University of Maryland, dated December 30, 1961. Milton Ellsworth Poole was a classmate of Bissell's during their freshman year at the Maryland State College of Agriculture. Poole left after the first year and served overseas during World War I. His correspondence discusses his wartime experiences overseas, particularly in France, his decision not to return to school after the war, and former classmates at the Maryland State College of Agriculture. There is one letter from Poole to Bissell dated 1946 reminiscing about their lives. The letter written by Bissell to Mrs. Hayes briefly discusses the relationship between the two men and provides a short biographical sketch of Mr. Poole. The series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Correspondence, Milton Ellsworth Poole, 1918-1919, 1946, 1961 series 2box 1folder 5
Letter from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, August 30, 1918 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 1
Letter from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, January 19, 1919 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 2
Letter from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, February 28, 1919 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 3
Postcard from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, April 22, 1919 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 4
Letter from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, April 27, 1919 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 5
Letter from Milton Poole to Theodore Bissell, March 3, 1946 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 6
Milton Poole in uniform as a cadet, photograph, 1917 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 7
Milton Poole in uniform, photograph, 1919 (Online) series 2box 1folder 5item 8

Series 3: Professional Activities, 1910-1982 (2.25 linear inches)

This series contains horticultural conference and meeting programs. Mr. Bissell's presence at some of these events is evidenced by his listing as a guest speaker or by his handwritten notes on the programs. There are also several letters regarding aphids, Bissell's area of expertise. The series is arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Horticultural Conference and Meeting Programs, 1910, 1948-1967 and undated series 3box 1folder 6
Horticultural Conference and Meeting Programs, 1910, 1948-1967 and undated series 3box 1folder 7
Correspondence, Aphids, 1981-1982 series 3box 1folder 8

Series 4: Visual Materials, 1903-1976 and undated (81 items)

This series includes photographs, glass slides, slides, and one contact sheet. There are fifty-eight lantern slides taken by a photographer identified only as Mr. Brennan. The slides are dated between 1903 and 1927 and consist of portrait shots; group shots, includes sports teams and military and women's groups; University of Maryland buildings and grounds; gardens; streets; and aerial views of campus. Also included are eleven color photographs of the campus taken by Mr. Bissell in 1965. Black and white photographs in the series include a 1952 photograph of Gerneaux Hall, an undated photograph of the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, one photograph of university president Wilson Elkins dated "1976 or earlier," two photographs of Milton Ellsworth Poole in World War I uniform, and two photographs of the sons of Milton Ellsworth Poole, probably from 1946. Five color slides, dated between 1949 and 1963, depict the furnace at Snow Hill and Bayside Farm in Worcester County, Maryland. These materials have been transferred to the photograph collection.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Related Material

Materials related to Mr. Bissell's tenure as associate professor in the Department of Entomology, primarily correspondence, can be found in Series I: Administration of the Records of the Department of Entomology. "Aphids on Juglandaceae in North America" by Theodore L. Bissell can be found in the found in the publications of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (no. 5309, February 1978, p. 59-62) within the university publications collection, call number UPUB A33.045.

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