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Faculty Records (University Of Maine). Professor Campana (Richard J.) Papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0011-041

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by Richard J. Campana, who was a University of Maine Botany and Plant Pathology professor, but there are also photographs of Campana, slides, research tools, graphs, charts, and cartographic materials.

The record series Biographical Information contains information regarding educational background, resumes, past achievements, awards, and personal correspondence of Campana.

The record series Research and Publications contains research completed and published by Campana, mostly on the subject of Dutch Elm Disease (DED), and research and publications completed by other specialists of botany which Campana referred to.

The record series Research Tools contains two increments hammers which Campana used in gathering data and completing research.


  • Creation: 1937-1989
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1985


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical / Historical

Richard J. Campana was born in Everett, Massachusetts on December 5th, 1918. He received a BSF in forestry from the University of Idaho in 1943. Campana then served as a surgical technician in the U.S. Army, and earned a Bronze Star award during WWII after briefly being held as a prisoner of war (1943-1946). He entered Yale University and received an MS in Forestry in 1974. Campana served as an instructor at the Pennsylvania State Forestry School in Mont Alto (1947), and as an Assistant Professor of Botany for two years at North Carolina State University (1947-1949). Campana received his Ph.D. in Forest Pathology in 1952 after returning to Yale University. In 1949, Campana worked as an Assistant Plant pathologist for the USDA, and then as an Assistant Associate of Plant Pathology at the University of Illinois. Soon after, Campana began his professional study and observation of Dutch Elm Disease (DED).

In 1958, Campana came to the University of Maine as the head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. He held this position for 10 years, while simultaneously continuing his research for the prevention of Dutch Elm Disease. In 1984, Campana was awarded the University Presidential Achievement Award. In 1985, he retired as a professor emeritus and was inducted into the Idaho Alumni College of Fame and was elected a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. Campana was also honored by the University of Maine for successfully saving an elm tree with Dutch Elm Disease on campus besides Hitchner Hall. Today the tree is named Campana Elm. Campana died aged 87, on April 1, 2005.


7 boxes

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The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Biographical Information, 2. Research and Publications & 3. Research Tools. Physically the records are arranged by subject. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfered to Special Collections in July 2005 as accession #2005-0705A.


The Processing Archivist appraised the records and destroyed student records not appropriate for permanent preservation and duplicate copies of items


Accruals from Professor Campana are not anticipated because he died in 2005.

Related Materials

There are reports from Campana's research in the record group Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (University of Maine) Records, UA RG 0005.002. The reports are Effects in Trees from Acidic Precipitation and Air Pollutants in Maine. Maine Department of Environmental Protection, 1987 Stress and Irrigation on Soil-Borne Diseases of Potatoes. U.S. Department of Agriculture., 1985


"Richard J. Campana Obituary", Bangor Daily News, (accessed March, 2020).


The processing of this collection was made possible by "Putting History to Work," grant-funded student internship program via the University of Maine System and intern Hannah Deschenes.

Processing Information

Processed by Putting History to Work Intern Hannah Deschenes, February-March 2020, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

University of Maine. Professor Campana (Richard J.) Papers
Hannah Deschenes and Matthew Revitt
March 13, 2020
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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