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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward A. Steinhaus papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1975
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1939-1969)
    Collection number: MS-F001
    Creator: Steinhaus, Edward Arthur, 1914-1969
    Extent: 25 linear feet (25 boxes)
    Physical location: The collection is stored offsite at SRLF. Advanced notice is required for access.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of entomologist and academic Edward A. Steinhaus. The bulk of this collection comprises materials documenting Steinhaus' career at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and Irvine (UCI), including the establishment of the Laboratory of Insect Pathology at UCB and his appointment as the first Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at UCI. Other UCI files contain materials relating to the founding of the School of Biological Sciences and Center for Pathobiology, in addition to the planning and opening of the UCI campus. This collection also contains files documenting Steinhaus' research in insect pathology, insecticides, and microbial control; his professional activities, particularly with the Entomological Society of America, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, and National Academy of Sciences; and his extensive work with scientific journals such as the Journal of Insect Pathology and Annual Review of Entomology. Materials include correspondence, research files, and published and unpublished writings, in addition to some photographs, slides, and audio recordings.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Edward A. Steinhaus Papers. MS-F01. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mabry C. Steinhaus, 1974.

    Processing History

    Processed by Kirstin Julian, 2001. Guide edited and completed by Adrian Turner, 2002.

    Biography

    Edward A. Steinhaus was a noted entomologist and academic known for his extensive work in insect pathology and was the first Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He was born on November 7, 1914 in Max, North Dakota and entered North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University) in 1932, graduating with a B.S. in Bacteriology in 1936. In 1939 he received his Ph.D. in Bacteriology, with a minor in entomology, from Ohio State University. He stayed at Ohio State University for another year, engaged in post-doctoral research. In 1940 he married Mabry Clark.
    From 1940 to 1944 Steinhaus was employed as a bacteriologist at the US Public Health Service Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, where he conducted research primarily on tick-borne diseases and associated vaccines. He resigned from the Rocky Mountain Laboratory when he was appointed Assistant Professor of Bacteriology at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) in 1944.
    At UCB Steinhaus was concerned mainly with bacteriology but also worked as a consultant to various agencies and organizations on arthropod-borne microorganisms of medical value. He was later transferred to the Division of Beneficial Insect Investigations and in 1945 he helped establish the Laboratory of Insect Pathology within this Division. He also began teaching courses in insect pathology during this time and compiled a textbook to support his courses, Insect Microbiology, which was published in 1946. This publication was followed by Principles of Insect Pathology in 1949, which also served as a course textbook.
    Steinhaus' continued interest in the relationship between insect pathology and microbial control motivated him to found the Journal of Insect Pathology, which later expanded its focus and was renamed Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. He served as editor-in-chief for these publications until 1969. In addition to his research and teaching duties at UCB, he was highly active in a number of scientific professional organizations, including the Entomological Society of America (ESA). In addition he continued to publish his research findings, work as a consultant, and serve as an editor and on editorial boards for journals such as Annual Review of Entomology, Journal of Entomology, and Virology. From 1962 to 1963 he served as President of the ESA. In 1960 Steinhaus established a separate Department of Insect Pathology at UCB, which he administered as Chairman until 1963.
    University of California, Irvine (UCI) Chancellor Daniel Aldrich invited Steinhaus to become Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the new campus in April 1963. Steinhaus accepted the appointment, becoming the first dean and faculty member at UCI. At UCI Steinhaus was responsible for the creation of a new, integrated curriculum espousing a "levels" approach to biology from molecules to the biosphere, which differed from traditional divisions between bacteriology, botany, and zoology. He was also responsible for developing the Psychobiology Department within the School of Biological Sciences. He taught courses in biological sciences and public policy, the latter of which eventually served as a model for the University Studies Program at UCI, in which senior professors taught courses for a non-major audience in areas of particular personal interest.
    While on sabbatical in 1967, Steinhaus resigned as Dean and began to create plans for a UCI Center for Pathobiology. The Center was approved by campus administration in February 1969. It was intended to promote wide-ranging research in diseases in all living organisms; store pathological specimens; and serve as a repository for rare books, manuscripts, and other items relating to pathobiology. Steinhaus was appointed Head, a position in which he served until his death in October 1969.
    For further biographical information, see Vision, Courage, Accomplishment: the Life of Edward A. Steinhaus (Irvine: UCI Center for Pathobiology, 1970). A biographical article on Steinhaus is also available online through "University of California: In Memoriam."

    Chronology

    1914 Born on November 7 in Max, North Dakota.
    1936 B.S. Bacteriology, North Dakota Agricultural College (now North Dakota State University).
    1939 Ph.D. Bacteriology, Ohio State University.
    1939 Sigma Xi.
    1939 Post-doctorate Scholarship (Muellhaupt Scholar) at Ohio State University.
    1940 Marries Mabry Clark.
    1940-1941 Assistant Bacteriologist, US Public Health Service, Rocky Mountain Laboratory, Hamilton, Montana (RML).
    1941-1944 Associate Bacteriologist, RML.
    1943-1944 Member, US Army Bullis Fever Commission.
    1944-1946 Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, University of California, Berkeley (UCB).
    1946-1960 Director of the Laboratory of Insect Pathology, UCB.
    1946-1948 Assistant Professor of Insect Pathology, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1946-1948 Assistant Insect Pathologist, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1948-1954 Associate Professor of Insect Pathology, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1948-1954 Associate Insect Pathologist, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1948-1957 Editorial Board, Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology.
    1951 Invertebrates Consultants Committee for the Pacific.
    1951 Consultant, Special Conference on Insect Resistance, National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
    1951-1952 Publications Committee, Journal of Entomology.
    1951-1952 Fulbright Fellowship offer.
    1951-1953 Consultant, Pacific Science Board, NAS.
    1952-1954 Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Entomology.
    1952-1963 Member, International Committee on Bacterial Nomenclature, International Insect Virus Subcommittee.
    1954 Fellow, Entomological Society of America (ESA).
    1954-1963 Professor of Insect Pathology, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1954-1963 Insect Pathologist, Experiment Station, UCB.
    1955-1957 Editorial Board, Virology.
    1955-1963 Editor, Annual Review of Entomology.
    1956-1963 Consultant, US Public Health Service, Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section.
    1957-1958 Vice-Chairman, Department of Biological Control, UCB.
    1958-1962 Governing Board, ESA.
    1959 Grace H. Griswold Lecturer of Entomology, Cornell University.
    1959 Bioferm Award, ESA.
    1959-1963 Chairman, International Insect Virus Subcommittee, International Committee on Bacterial Nomenclature.
    1959-1969 Editor, Journal of Insect Pathology (later Journal of Invertebrate Pathology).
    1960 Special Lecturer, National Taiwan University, Taipei.
    1960-1961 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.
    1960-1963 Chairman, Department of Insect Pathology, UCB.
    1961 Knapp Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    1961 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    1962 Consultant, The President's Office of Science and Technology.
    1962 Doctorate of Science, North Dakota State University.
    1962-1963 President, ESA.
    1962-1963 Consultant, World Health Organization.
    1962-1967 Member, Executive Committee of the International Colloquium of Insect Pathology.
    1962-1969 Section Editor, Biological Abstracts.
    1963 Chairman, Division of Invertebrate Pathology, UCB.
    1963 Honorary Member, Society of Science and Technology, India.
    1963-1967 Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine (UCI).
    1963-1968 Editorial Board, Life Sciences.
    1963-1968 Professor of Biological Sciences, UCI.
    1963-1969 Member, US Section of the International Committee on Comparative Pathology.
    1963-1969 Member, Subcommittee on Comparative Pathology, Division of Medical Sciences, NAS.
    1964-1967 Vice Chairman, US Section of the International Committee on Comparative Pathology.
    1964-1967 Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Comparative Pathology, Division of Medical Sciences, NAS.
    1965 Honorary Fellow, L'Oranisation International de lutte Biologique Contre les Animaux et Plants Nuisibles.
    1966 President, Section V, International Colloquium of Insect Pathology, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
    1966 Consultant, Lunar Sample Receiving Laboratory, Manned Spacecraft Center, NASA, Houston.
    1966-1967 Governing Board, American Institute of Biological Sciences.
    1967-1968 President and Co-Founder, Society for Invertebrate Pathology.
    1968 Nominee, National Medal of Science by ESA.
    1968 Honorary Member, All-Union Entomological Society of USSR. Member, NAS.
    1968-1969 Director of the Center for Pathobiology, UCI.
    1968-1969 Member, Executive Committee, Division of Biology and Agriculture, NAS.
    1969 Member, Speaker Monagan's Advisory Committee for the Formation of the California Assembly Science and Technology Council.
    1969 Chairman, Committee for the International Congress of Entomology for 1976.
    1969 Nominee, Director of the National Science Foundation.
    1969 Dies in October.
    1970 UCI Biological Sciences Building renamed Steinhaus Hall in memory of Steinhaus.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises the personal and professional papers of entomologist and academic Edward A. Steinhaus. The bulk of this collection comprises materials documenting Steinhaus' career at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and Irvine (UCI), including the establishment of the Laboratory of Insect Pathology at UCB and his appointment as the first Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at UCI. Other UCI files contain materials relating to the founding of the School of Biological Sciences and Center for Pathobiology, in addition to the planning and opening of the UCI campus. This collection also contains files documenting Steinhaus' research in insect pathology, insecticides, and microbial control; his professional activities, particularly with the Entomological Society of America, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, and National Academy of Sciences; and his extensive work with scientific journals such as the Journal of Insect Pathology and Annual Review of Entomology. Materials include correspondence, research files, and published and unpublished writings, in addition to some photographs, slides, and audio recordings.
    The original order of the files was maintained for some parts of this collection. Some original folders contained handwritten notes by Mabry C. Steinhaus, wife of Edward Steinhaus, providing information about the contents of the folders. These notes were transcribed onto archival quality folders during refolding of materials for preservation purposes.

    Arrangement

    This collection is organized into 3 series:
    • Series 1. Early academic and professional career files, 1936-1970. 16 linear ft.
    • Series 2. University of California, Irvine files, 1963-1970. 6 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Writings, 1938-1975. 3 linear ft.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Steinhaus, Edward Arthur, 1914-1969--Archives.
    University of California, Irvine. School of Biological Sciences--Archival resources.
    University of California, Irvine. Center for Pathobiology--Archival resources.
    University of California, Irvine--Faculty--Archival resources.
    University of California, Berkeley. Division of Beneficial Insect Investigations. Laboratory of Insect Pathology--Archival resources.
    Insects--Diseases--Archival resources.
    Insects--Microbiology--Archival resources.
    Pathology--Archival resources.
    Insecticides--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints.
    Slides.
    Sound recordings.

    Occupations

    Entomologists.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Steinhaus, Mabry C., former owner.

    Related Collections

    The transcript of a 1974 oral history interview with Mabry C. Steinhaus, which includes biographical information about Edward A. Steinhaus, can be found in the Samuel McCulloch Papers (AS-033), Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries.