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Academic Affairs. Dean, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. Biological Sciences. Department of Zoology (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-007-007

Scope and Contents

The record group mostly contains textual information created by and pertaining to the Department of Zoology, including information that deals with graduate’s physiology project greenhouse renovation, where there is grant proposals, acceptance of the grant and plans to go forth with the project. In particular, one of the graduate students is deciding on whether to conduct an experiment on the reproductive cycle of Strongylocentrotus drobachiensis (sea urchin) with an emphasis on temperature and salinity effects or Echinarachnius Parma. Another major project discussed is where a new zoology building would be produced.

Like the graduate greenhouse renovation project, the new Zoology department building files include information about plans, grant proposals and correspondence among state and University people. There are also items related to the renaming of the building in honor of Joseph M. Murray and building renovations including architectural drawings and floor plans.

The record group also contains miscellaneous information regarding the history of zoology at the University of Maine, including clipping, reports, histories of, and photographs of faculty and staff including head shots, group photographs, and at the seminar "Biology: The Starting Point" and of the "One Final Look" Whale Sculpture in Murray Hall. Also, includes lithograph images of Murray Hall.


  • Creation: 1873-1997
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and sensitive information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Natural History was established in 1893 and in 1900 was renamed the Department of Biology. In 1927, this Department was subdivided into a division of zoology and a division of botany and entomology. Professor D.B. Young was the chair. In 1929, zoology became its own department in the College of Arts and Sciences, with Young becoming its first chair. Joseph M. Murray succeeded Young in 1934, and then B.R. Speicher in 1942, and in 1963 Kenneth Allen became chair. Allen was department chair from 1963-1973, Allen would later be appointed acting University of Maine president (1979-1980).

Most of the material in this record group relates to the construction of the new zoology building on the University of Maine campus in 1966 during Allen's tenure as chair. In 1968, the building was named Murray Hall in honor of former professor of zoology and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Joseph M. Murray (1937-1941). The Architects used to design the building were Wadsworth, Boston, Dimick, Mercer & Weatherill. While degrees in zoology are still offered by the University of Maine’s Department of Biology and Ecology the separate zoology department was closed in 1990 with James D. McCleave its last chair.


1 box

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When possible the original order of the material was maintained. Some file names were changed to make them more meaningful and to correct errors. The records are physically arranged by subject.

Box number has changed:

  1. Old Box #262 (New Box 1)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Folders 14-19 and the Photograph Album were transferred to Special Collections by Trish Costello on October 5, 2021 as Accession #2021-1005.


Zoology is no longer its own separate department but instead a program in the School of Biology and Ecology. Accruals from the School of Biology and Ecology are anticipated.

Related Materials

Office Of the President Records, UA RG 0003 includes records on the Department of Zoology including the construction of Murrary Hall. There are also materials on the department in the record group Raymond H. Fogler Library Records, UA RG 0006.012.001 and University of Maine Marine Laboratory at Lamoine Records, SpC MS 0567. There are Faculty/Staff files for department faculty including chairs Joseph M. Murray and Kenneth W. Allen that include: photographs, correspondence, clippings, and obituaries.

Processing Information

Folders 1-13 were processed by student worker Abigayl Novak and Matthew Revitt, July 2017 and Folders 14-19 were processed in October 2021, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. The material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled added using information from ArchivesSpace.

University of Maine. Department of Zoology Records
Matthew Revitt
July 19, 2017
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Finding aid written in English.
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Revised in October 2021 to add additionally acquired content.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

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