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Robert G. Green papers

Identifier: ua-00349

Scope and Content

The collection contains the professional papers of Dr. Robert Green. Materials in the collection include correspondence, surveys, research reports, manuscripts, reprints, societies meetings and lectures, University funding reports, WPA projects, virus and cancer research materials and experiments, and materials regarding his time and activities in the Minnesota wildlife disease investigation project.


  • 1918-1946


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Use of Materials

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


Requests for permission to quote from the Robert G. Green papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Robert G. Green (1895-1947)

Robert Gladding Green (1895-1947) was world renowned for his research on diseases in animals caused by viruses and its relationship to cancer. He earned his B.A (1919), a M.A. (1920) in bacteriology, and his M.B. and M.D. (1922) all at the University of Minnesota.

Born in Wadena, Minnesota, he attended Valparaiso University from 1914 to 1916 before transferring to the University of Minnesota to complete his bachelor's degree. He joined the staff at the University of Minnesota in 1918 as a laboratory assistant and served as an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor before being appointed as a full professor of bacteriology and immunology in 1929. He was promoted to chair of the department of bacteriology in 1947, but served for only six months before his death on September 6, 1947 at age 52.

In the 1920s, Dr. Green hypothesized the evolutionary nature of viruses and how they cause disease. In 1946, he developed a revolutionary theory of how cancer cells spread in the body. From 1932-1940, Dr. Green directed the Minnesota Wildlife Disease Investigation, sponsored by the State of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota and the United States Biological Survey. During his tenure, he created a vaccine to prevent encephalitis in foxes. He also discovered a vitamin deficiency causing widespread death in foxes and developed a vaccine effective against canine distemper.


10 boxes (9.3 cubic feet)


The collection contains the papers of Dr. Robert G. Green, professor and head of the department of bacteriology at the University of Minnesota.


The collection has been arranged into the following series:

  1. Correspondence
  2. Manuscripts
  3. Photographs
  4. Research
  5. Teaching Responsibilities

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives by Dr. Syverton, head of the department of Bacteriology and Immunology in 1950.

Related Materials in University Archives

University of Minnesota. Division of Entomology and Economic Zoology. Economic Zoology papers

Minnesota Wildlife Disease Investigation Report.Vol. 1-4, 1933-1938. (Call No. MY/M66r)

Processing Information

Collection has been processed.

Robert G. Green Papers, 1918-1946
Karen Spilman and Jenny Filipi
September 2005, April 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

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