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Alexander Granovsky papers

Identifier: ua00059

Scope and Content

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.


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


Language of Materials

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

Access to Materials

This collection is stored at an off-site facility and requires 3-5 business days for retrieval. Email to request access. Do not make travel arrangements or plans to visit Andersen Library without making prior arrangements with University Archives staff.


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.

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.


12.5 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)


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

Physical Location

Off-site (WBOB)

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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Alexander Granovsky papers, 1758-1971
Karen Spilman
March 2005
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