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Special Collections: Guide to the Edith Patch Papers

Collection title: Edith M. Patch Papers
Collection number: MS 387
Dates of collection:
 1900-1954
Size of collection: 7 boxes

Biography

Edith Patch was born in Worcester, Mass., in 1876 and received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1901, an M.S. from the University of Maine in 1910 and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1911. She organized the Department of Entomology of the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station at the university and was entomologist there from 1904 until her retirement in 1937. An authority on aphids, Patch was the author of numerous scientific articles and also published 18 books for children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence with naturalists, manuscripts, speeches, stories, articles, and essays by a professor of entomology, naturalist and author of children's books.
 

Contents of Boxes

Box 1

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

f1 "Edith M. Patch, Ph.D., Sc.D." (May 1941)
f2 "The Junior Book of Authors" ( 1943 )

BIOGRAPHY

f3 No Title (6-11-27) Minnesota Alumni Weekly
f4 No Title ( 7-7-39 ) Book Fair, Kennebunk Beach
f5 "Alumnae Who Are Doing Things" (5-24-20)
f6 "Edith M. Patch, 1901" (no date)
f7 "Edith M. Patch: Biographical Sketch" (6-38)
f8 "Edith M. Patch: Her Life As An Entomologist and Writer of Children' s Books" by Manya B. Stoetzel
f9 Genealogical information (1931)
f10 Letter of Recommendation for Edith Patch
f11 "Material for University Records" (1933,1937)
f12 Misc. (1923-1926) correspondence, and professional biography
f13 "Obituary" and "Memorial Service" ( 9-30-54 )
f14 "Patch Family in Iowa and Nebraska" by Fred A. Patch ( 1945)
f15 "The Patch Family" (no date) Genealogy and Patch family in America
f16 Retirement (1937)
f17 "Who' s Who In America" ( 1924-1925 ) listing for Edith M. Patch

CORRESPONDENCE, PERSONAL

f18: Personal correspondence ( 1939-1950 )

CORRESPONDENCE, PROFESSIONAL, CHRONOLOGICAL
 
f19-56 Professional correspondence (1904-1951)

CORRESPONDENCE, PROFESSIONAL, BY COUNTRY

f57 Argentina ( 1915-1925 )
f58 Australia (1916-1929)
f59 Austria
f60 Belgium ( 1940 )
f61 Bermuda (1927)
f62 Brazil (1929-1940)
f63 Buenos Aires (1918)
f64 Canada, general (1910-1947)
f65 Canada, Department of Agriculture (1910-1931)
f66 Canada, Mac Donald College (1911-1933)
f67 Ceylon (1914)
f68 China (1918-1935)
f69 Cuba (1940)
f70 Denmark ( 1915-1923 )
f71 Egypt ( 1919-1929 )
f72 England (1910-1942)
f73 France (1920-1930)
f74 Germany ( 1910-1928 )
f75 Holland (1929-1931)
f76 Honduras (1928)
f77 India ( 1913-1914 )
f78 Ireland (1924)
f79 Italy (1940)
f80 Jamaica (1919)
f81 Japan (1913-1941)
f82 Kenya (1939)
f83 Misc. (1911-1940)
f84 Peru ( 1947 )
f85 Porto Rico (1916-1929)
f86 Portugal (1927-1933)
f87 Rhodesia (1939-1940)
f88 Romania (1937)
f89 Russia (1911-1931)
f90 Scotland (1931-1932)
f91 South Africa (1914-1920)
f92 Switzerland (1913-1930)

Box 2

CORRESPONDENCE, PROFESSIONAL (WITH ORGANIZATIONS)

f1 Entomological Department Inventory (1941-1946)
f2 Entomological Society of America (1929-1930)
f3 Galapagos Expedition (1923)
f4 Institute of Women' s Professional Relations (1938-1939)
f5 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (1915-1923 )
f6 Vineland Station, Ontario (1913-1923)

CORRESPONDENCE, PROFESSIONAL (WITH INDIVIDUALS)

f7 Arthur C. Baker (1911-1915)
f8 Arthur C. Baker (1916-1918)
f9 Arthur C. Baker ( 1917-1918)
f10 Arthur C. Baker (1919-1939)
f11 W.E. Britton (1910-1928)
f12 John C. Davis (1910-1915)
f13 John C. Davis (1916-1919)
f14 C.P. Gillette (1904-1921)
f15 Asa C. Maxson (1913-1921)
f16 J.T. Monell (1908-1913)
f17 Miriam A. Palmer ( 1931-1933 )
f18 J.R. Parker (1913-1914)
f19 H.B. Peirson (1919-1937)
f20 H.F. Wilson (1909-1940)
f21 Women in Entomology (1937-1939)

ESSAYS BY EDITH M. PATCH

f22 "Brownie the Outlaw" (no date)
f23 "Dodder" (May 1923)
f24 "A Garden for Humming Birds" ( 1923 )
f25 "Guests of the Desert Mistletoe" (no date)
f26 "The Hill of New Orleans" (no date)
f27 "Holmes Hall" (October 1942)
f28 "The Janitor's Doll" (no date)
f29 "Maineward Ho! " (12-27-36)
f30 "Our Insect Friends" (no date)
f31 "Pool of the Floating Heart" (May 1923 )
f32 "Romance of the Potato" (May 1923 )
f33 "Scotland Ho! " (no date)
f34 "The Selfish Man's Apology" (Dec. 1900)
f35 "Snow Buntings in Trees" (no date)
f36 "The Temple Carpet" (no date)
f37 "A Torch Beside the Road" (no date)
f38 "A Tuft of Evening Primroses" (May 1923)
f39 "Upstream With the Alewives" (no date)

POETRY BY EDITH M. PATCH

f40 "Lines To" (1933-1938)
f41 Misc. (no date)
f42 "A Poet's Feeling for Nature" (10-10-34)
f43 "Venture in Verse" (no date)

PRESENTATIONS BY EDITH M. PATCH

f44 "Aphids, Aphids, Everywhere ! " ( 8-26-36 )
f45 "Benefit of Insects" (June 1906)
f46 "Church School" ( 11-6-38 )
f47 "Desert Fragments" (no date)
f48 "Entertaining Arctic Guests" (3-12-20)
f49 "The Entomologist" (no date)
f50 "Even in Memory" (August 1939)
f51 "Insects Benefit, Also" ( summer 1900 )
f52 "Looking Forward" (December 1938)
f53 "Merely An Insect, A Blossom, and A Bird" (3-27-35)
f54 "Neighboring With Nature" (3-24-40)
f55 "Pantheism Today" ( 4-10-40 )
f56: "Retirement Dinner for Edith M, Patch" (4-28-37 )
f57 "A Silver Anniversary" ( 12-31-30)
f58 "Some Problems In Aphid Ecology" (10-18-11)
f59 "Something About Birds" (4-2-20)
f60 "Without Benefit of Insects" (February 1938)
f61 "Who Needs Insects" (no date)

PUBLICATIONS OF EDITH M. PATCH

f62: "Clarence Richie Phipps" (1933)
f63: "How Laddie Tells The Time 'O Year" (1914)
f64: "The Life Cycle of Insects: A Symposium" (1919)
f65: "Maineward Ho ! " ( 1936 )
f66: "Man' s Debt to Insects" ( no date )
f67: "Nature Study Naturally Considered" (no date)
f68: "On Writing A Nature Book" (11-26-21)
f69: "Tour to the Entomological Congress" (2-20-39)
f70: "Without Benefit of Insects" (February 1938)

STORIES BY EDITH M. PATCH

f71: "Aircastles"
f72: "Braeside"
f73: "Camouflage"
f74: "Caves and Dugouts"
f75: "The Color of Corn"
f76: "Corbie' s Playthings"
f77: "That Crow"
f78: "Ell-Fare"
f79: "The Flight of the Carpet Beetle"
f80: "Flora' s ' Sociation" .
f81: "Flora's Spring Woe"
f82: "For-Get-Me-Nots"
f83: "Honeydew Sugar"
f84: "The House of Paper"
f85: "A Jonah"
f86: "The Campreys Go In May"
f87: "The Man Behind the Grocer' s Horse"
f88: "The Mouse and the Ground Bean"
f89: "On the High Road to Dreams"
f90: "Plexy the Acrobatic Caterpillar"
f91: "Private Grounds: No Trespass"
f92: ""The Stone House of Caddice Stream"
f93: "Taming A Chickadee"
f94: "Ten Village Birds"
f95: "Three-cent Stamps"
f96: "The Whole Duty of Dogs"
f97: "The Willowmeade Girl"
f98: "The Woman Next Door: On Party Politics and the State Convention "

WRITING REFERENCES (FOR EDITH M. PATCH)

f99: Advertisements and reviews
f100: General
f101: Manuscripts and publications
f102: Professional recognition

Box 3

See Box 12 Folio for oil painting of the barn on the Patch farm.

AUTOGRAPHED PUBLICATIONS

f1: Adams, Britton, Comstock, Craig, Nylander
f2: Oestland, Peckham, Palmer, Palm 3

ILLUSTRATIONS

f3: Unmarked and undated misc.
f4: Misc. papers

NEWS CLIPPINGS

f5: Undated: "Maine Agricultural Station" and misc.
f6: 1913-1922: "Maine Naturalists, Scientists, and Nature Lovers" "Suggests Destruction of Rose Bush" & misc.
f7: 1923-1925: "Agricultural Station Solves Problems of Maine Farmers" "Women Educators in Maine" "Maine Blueberry Field Attack by Cutworm" Misc.
f8: 1926-1930: "Maine Scientist Makes Discovery" "Woman Scientist Traces Plant Louse" "Woman of the Day" "Head of Entomology Society" "Nation Honor" and misc.
f9: 1931-1937: "Dr. Patch Spends Lifetime Studying Aphids" "Another Text Book by Patch" "Guest of Honor" "Patch to Retire" "Woman' s Club" and misc.
f10: 5-31-36 Portland Sunday Telegram "Symposium of Maine Authors"
f11: 12-27-36 Portland Sunday Telegram "Maineward Ho! "
f12: 4-25-37 The Detroit News "Gardeners Must Raise Bugs"
f13: 1939-1983: "Gallant American Woman" "Maine Experiment Station" "Edith Patch Receiving Credits Long Due"

PHOTOGRAPHS

f14: Negatives, portraits, Bonnie Brae, Misc. Nature photos: plants; Nature photos: animals

PROFESSIONAL PAPERS

f15: Honors (1919-1991)
f16: Memorabilia (1910-1947)
f17: Retirement (1937)

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS

f18: Pamphlets and personal notes

WORK NOTES (OF EDITH M. PATCH)

f19: "Beneficial Bird Clippings" "Birds, vol. I"
f20: Birds - general
f21: Birds - personal notes
f22: "Conservation, " "Fish, " "Habitats"
f23: "Insects, " "Mammals, " and misc.
f24: Misc. - animals, insects, plants, work of other individuals

Box 4

Notebooks added to collection in 2002:

Aphid genera: genera recorded from zoological records to 1913 inclusive + 1914-1920

Aphid literature: authors I-Z (2 vols.)

Aphid literature: food plants, vols. III, IV, VI (3 vols.)

Aphid literature: species C-D, M-S (3 vols.)

Box 5

Aphid literature: species T-Z

Aphid miscellany

Maine aphids: host plants I (records of the plants from which Maine aphididae have been collected)

Insect literature: host plants I-III

Insect photographs: coleoptera

Insect photographs: hymenoptera, neuroptera, orthoptera

Kaltenbach pflanzenfeinde

Box 6

Noctuid larva: comparative and descriptive morphology

Photographs: Lepidoptera noctuidae

Photographic negatives: Holmes Hall attic

Psyllid literature: species S-Z: authors

Psyllid photographs (except Psylla)

Psyllid photographs: Psylla

One untitled notebook [Entomology written on back cover]

Box 7

3 boxes of index cards labeled “Index to lot books”

2 unlabeled boxes of index cards

 

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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