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Arthur William Galston papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1712

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, course materials, writings, and photographs documenting Arthur William Galston's career as a plant physiologist and a professor at Yale University. The papers highlight Galston's concern over the ecological harm done by herbicides and his efforts to end the use of Agent Orange, which was sprayed as a defoliant in Vietnam by the United States military. The papers also document Galston's visit to the People's Republic of China in 1971.

Dates

  • 1938-2007

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials are in English, with some Vietnamese.

Conditions Governing Access

As established by Yale Corporation regulations , box 19 of the original accession is restricted until January 1, 2047.

Accession 2009-M-022 is restricted until January 1, 2042. A review of the materials in this accession for student records requiring additional restriction must occur before this accession can be opened for research. Researchers wishing to request access should email mssa.assist@yale.edu requesting specific box numbers in order to initiate the review process, which may take several weeks.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other 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

Gift of Arthur W. Galston, 1996 and 2002. Gift of Beth Galston and William Galston, 2008.

Extent

25.75 Linear Feet ( (28 boxes))

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1712

Overview

The papers include correspondence, course materials, writings, and photographs documenting Arthur William Galston's career as a plant physiologist and a professor at Yale University. The papers highlight Galston's concern over the ecological harm done by herbicides and his efforts to end the use of Agent Orange, which was sprayed as a defoliant in Vietnam by the United States military. The papers also document Galston's visit to the People's Republic of China in 1971.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur William Galston was born on April 21, 1920. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1943 and joined the Yale University faculty as an instructor in botany in 1946. From 1951 to 1955 Galston was an associate professor of biology at California Institute of Technology, following which he returned to Yale. He served as chairman of the botany department (1961-1962), director of the division of biological sciences (1965-1966), and chairman of the biology department (1985-1988). In 1971 Galston became the first American scientist to visit the People's Republic of China. He was named professor emeritus in 1990. Arthur Galston died on June 15, 2008, in Hamden, Connecticut.
Title
Guide to the Arthur William Galston Papers
Author
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan
Date
November 1996
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2013: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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