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Gahan Family papers


Gahan Family papers
Gahan Family
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Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Arthur B. (Burton) Gahan (1880-1960) grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1904, Gahan accepted an assistantship in the Department of Entomology at the Maryland Agricultural College. Gahan received a master's degree from the Maryland Agricultural College in 1906, and remained in the Department of Entomology as Assistant Entomologist until 1913. In 1913, he accepted an appointment as Assistant Entomologist in the Division of Cereal and Forage Insect Investigations of the then U. S. Bureau of Entomology, with assignment at the National Museum in Washington. Gahan retired in 1951. His son, James B. Gahan (1909-1996) also graduated from the University of Maryland. His daughter Winifred Gahan (1910-2002), was also a University of Maryland graduate and was active in local civic and church affairs, and was named "Prince Georgian of the Year" in 1993. The Gahan Family Papers spans the period 1905 through 2003 and consists of publications in the field of Entomology, employment records, correspondence, photographs, certificates and awards, and biographical information relating to the Gahan family. The bulk of the collection is a near-complete set of one-hundred and twenty scientific publications and reprints of articles by Arthur B. Gahan, dating from 1906 to 1952, and indexed by the author. Also included are notes, correspondence, and documentation relating to the establishment of the Gahan Scholarship Fund in 1981. Winifred E. Gahan (Arthur B. Gahan's sister) is represented in the collection by a commemorative book of letters assembled by her co-workers upon her retirement from the university in 1953, entitled "Our Miss Gahan."

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