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David Martyn Smith papers

Call Number: MS 1189

Scope and Contents

These papers pertain to the Connecticut Pesticide Investigating Committee (the "Wallace Committee") appointed by Governor John Dempsey to investigate pesticide problems and legislation in 1963. David Martyn Smith was a member of this committee, which was chaired by Anthony E. Wallace. Included among the papers are letters (mainly copies of Wallace's correspondence as chairman with the governor and other officials and specialists), minutes and reports of the committee, testimony given by experts before the committee, and subject files of existing and pending legislation, printed matter, newspaper clippings, and notes pertaining to pesticide use, to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, and to the gypsy moth problem.

These papers were donated to Yale University by David Martyn Smith in 1965. Writings and other papers of Herman Haupt Chapman have been transferred from this collection to the Herman Haupt Chapman Papers, Ms. Gr. No. 134.


  • 1961-1963


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David M. Smith in 1965.


0.5 Linear Feet

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, and other papers relating to the Connecticut Pesticide Investigating Committee. This committee was chaired by Anthony E. Wallace and one its members was David Martyn Smith.

Biographical / Historical

David M. Smith (1921-\): educator; B.S., University of Rhode Island, 1941; M.F., Yale, 1946, Ph.D., 1950; instructor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale, 1946-1951, assistant professor 1951-1957, assistant dean, 1953-1958, associate professor, 1957-1963, professor, 1963- ; Morris K. Jesup Professor of Silviculture, 1967-.

Guide to the David Martyn Smith Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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