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Edith M. Patch Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0387

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence with naturalists, manuscripts, speeches, stories, articles, and essays by a professor of entomology, naturalist and author of children's books.


  • 1900-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1954


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Library.

Biographical Note

Edith Patch was born in Worcester, Mass., in 1876 and received a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1901, an M.S. from the University of Maine in 1910 and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1911. She organized the Department of Entomology of the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station at the university and was entomologist there from 1904 until her retirement in 1937. An authority on aphids, Patch was the author of numerous scientific articles and also published 15 books for children.


7 linear feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, and essays, poetry and stories written by Patch. Also includes presentations given by Patch, notebooks of her research notes on aphids and other insects as well as newspaper clippings and photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Geddes Simpson in 1970 and 1973. Additional material received from K. Elizabeth Gibbs, Hampden, Me., in 2002.

Related Materials

For additional materials see also the Edith M. Patch Aphids Reprint Collection (MS 21).

Guide to the Edith M. Patch Papers
Box And Folder List Available
February 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States