William A. Buckhout papers, 1867-1902
- Buckhout, Wm. A. (William Armstrong), 1846-1912
- Physical Description:
- 0.50 cubic feet
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted Access.
- This collection of the papers of William A. Buckhout documents his career as professor in science and botany at Pennsylvania State University between 1871 and 1912. It includes photographs, lectures, notes, sketch pad, and publications.
- In the University Archives, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#MGN 14).
- Administrative History:
- Dr. William A. Buckhout was born on December 26, 1846 at Oswego, New York. In February 1876, he entered the second year class of the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania (now the Pennsylvania State University) from which he graduated in 1868 with the degree of bachelor of agriculture. After two years of graduate work at Harvard University under the celebrated botanist, Asa Gray, he returned to the Pennsylvania State College as Instructor in Natural Science in 1871. He received the degree of master of science that same year. There were only 39 students at Penn State when Dr. Buckhout began his teaching career. During the span of his 40 year career, the enrollment grew to 2,000. Dr. Buckhout made a major contribution in forest conservation and his published works include Chestnut as Food and Fruit, Effect of Smoke and Gas on Vegetation, and Forest Fires. In 1904, the Pennsylvania State College conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. This was the first and only honorary degree conferred by the Pennsylvania State College.
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