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Alexander Granovsky papers

 Collection
Identifier: ua-00059
The collection comprises the professional and personal papers of Alexander and Irene Granovsky, and their son Robert Granovsky. Included are diplomas, course outlines, research notes and publications, especially on entomology and on plant diseases. Also included are records of volunteer activities with the Republican Party, displaced persons activities files, and miscellaneous notes and correspondence relating to the Ukraine, including notes for a book.

Dates

  • 1758-1971
  • Majority of material found within ( 1920-1939)

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English, German, French, and other languages.

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Copyright

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Extent

12.5 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)

Overview

Collection contains the papers of Alexander A. Granovsky, professor emeritus of entomology at the University of Minnesota.

Biographical Sketch of Alexander A. Granovsky (1887-1976)

Alexander A. Granovsky, B.A. (1918), Colorado AM College; M.A. (1929) and Ph.D. (1930) University of Wisconsin. Assistant professor, (1930), professor, (1940), Department of Entomology and Economic Zoology, University of Minnesota. Known for his pioneering work in chemical control of insects.

Alexander Granovsky was born in Berezcy, Ukraine, November 4, 1887. He came to the United States in 1913 at age 26. He served in France during WWI with the United States Army and remained there after the war’s end to study at the Sorbonne. Upon returning to the United States, he settled in Colorado, and began his science studies. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1930 as assistant professor in entomology and economic zoology. Granovsky is best known for his pioneering work in chemical control of insects, and as an early advocate for chemical dusting of forests to contain insect infestations, the use of DDT on potato bugs, and white grub and cutworm controls.

Throughout his life Granovsky was involved in political activities concerning Ukrainian political autonomy, and was personally involved with diplomatic efforts to bring 5000 Ukrainians in German displaced persons camps to the United States at the end of WWII. Alexander Granovsky died in St Paul, Minnesota, November 4, 1976.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives from 1977 to 1981.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Division of Entomology and Economic Zoology. Entomology records

Other Related Materials

Alexander A. Granovsky papers, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Title
Alexander Granovsky papers, 1758-1971
Author
Karen Spilman
Date
March 2005
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • March 2011: Collection processed by Susan Hoffman and Valerie MacDonald. EAD updated by Valerie MacDonald and Karen Spilman

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Contact:

612-624-0562