Fonds RG 2031 - Department of Plant Ecology fonds

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Department of Plant Ecology fonds

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RG 2031

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  • [ca. 1933]-1981, predominant 1950-1973 (Creation)

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2.54 metres of textual records

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Field Husbandry was one of the original departments of the College of Agriculture. During the first decade horticulture, soils, and farm management were taught as subjects in Field Husbandry before becoming separate departments. Plant ecology also originated as a subject in Field Husbandry before becoming a separate department in 1949. The department became known for its contributions to plant breeding and work in the distribution and improvement of seed. In 1982 the departments of Crop Science (the former Department of Field Husbandry, renamed in 1962) and Plant Ecology were amalgamated; the new department was named Crop Science and Plant Ecology. In 1998 this department amalgamated with the Department of Horticulture Science to form the Department of Plant Sciences. The following have served as head of the departments relating to Plant Ecology: Department of Plant Ecology R.T. Coupland (1948-1981) Department of Crop Science and Plant Ecology H.M. Austenson (1982-1983) B.L. Harvey (1983-1995) M.D. Devine (1995-1998) Department of Plant Sciences G.L. Scoles (1998- )

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Fonds includes records relating to the Department of Plant Ecology's administration, teaching and research; extension work relating to the Saskatchewan Weed Survey; and correspondence with a variety of institutions and individuals. A series of minutes and correspondence relating to the Saskatchewan Committee on the Ecology and Preservation of Grasslands (established in 1935) documents the efforts to establish permanent reserves of significant grasslands in Saskatchewan. Records of the department and personal records of R.T. Coupland have often been intermingled; in particular, this fonds includes records relating to Coupland's research and other activities.

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Where available, the file classification numbers used by the Department have been retained. However, this file classification system does not appear to have been used comprehensively, and some file numbers are duplicated.

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Access to files containing personal information about faculty, staff or students is restricted. Other restricted files have been indicated in the finding aid.

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Related material: See also Matador Project fonds (Fonds 2032); Department of Crop Science fonds (Fonds 2123); Department of Horticulture Science fonds (Fonds 2105)

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