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W.W. Ray, Papers

Title: W.W. Ray, Papers

Creator: Ray, W.W. (William Winfield), 1909-

Dates: 1933-1968

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-07-15

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: W.W. Ray, Papers (RG 12-07-15). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Born in Grabill, Indiana, on 31 January 1909, William Winfield Ray attended Haverford College from 1927 to 1929. He then went to Northwestern University in Illinois, where he received his B.S. in 1931 and his M.S. in 1933. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1938. Ray worked as an Instructor in Mycology at Cornell from 1937-1938. In 1938, he started as an Assistant Professor of Botany at Oklahoma State University, and in 1945 became an Associate Professor at OSU. Ray left Oklahoma in 1947 and began his career at the University of Nebraska as Professor of Botany. He became the Chair of the Department in 1948. Ray actively participated in various professional organizations, including the Mycological Society of America, the Botanical Society of America, and the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. He published over fifty articles and papers on plant pathology and mycology.

Scope and Content:

Ray's papers consist of correspondence to and from Ray and his colleagues regarding publications and research, and copies of his thesis written at Northwestern University and of his thesis for Cornell University, which includes negatives of figures and illustrations. The papers contain biographical sketches of Ray's colleagues and other botanists, and several of these biographical sketches appear in the programs and proceedings of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences. Also included are typescript copies, published copies, and reprint copies of several of Ray's articles and copies of the Plant Disease Reporter that include notes written by him.


Buller, A. H. Reginald (Arthur Henry Reginald), 1874-1944

FitzPatrick, H. M

Pool, Raymond J. (Raymond John), 1882-1967

Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964

Ray, W. W. (William Winfield), 1909-

Targioni Tozzetti, Giovanni, 1712-1783



Plant diseases

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1939-1955 Box 1. Folder 2. Thesis, Northwestern University; Thesis, Cornell University Box 1. Folder 3. Articles, typescripts, 1935-1962 Box 1. Folder 4. Articles, published copies, 1938-1947 Box 1. Folder 5. Articles, reprints, 1936-1941 Box 1. Folder 6. Biographical sketches Box 1. Folder 7. "Plant Disease Reporter," 1953-1955 Box 1. Folder 7. Programs, Proceedings, Nebraska Academy of Science, 1951, 1953, 1967

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