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Collection 2412 - William G. Walter Papers, 1902-1999

Creator: Walter, William G. (William Goff), 1914-1999

Provenance Note: The William G. Walter papers were donated to Special Collections by Mary H. Walter, August 24, 2000.

Historical Note: William G. Walter was born November 1, 1914 in Lake Placid, New York. Walter received his B.S. and M.S. in bacteriology from Cornell University in 1938 and 1941. In 1952, he received his Ph.D. in bacteriology and public health from Michigan State College. In 1942, Walter joined the faculty at Montana State College (Montana State University) as assistant Professor of Microbiology and retired in 1980 from the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs. In the course of his tenure at Montana State University, Walter also served as Associate Professor, Professor, and Department Head of Microbiology.

During the course of his career, Walter utilized closed circuit television as a teaching tool. He conducted studies that ranged from microbiological sampling of hospital carpets to spore contamination from stainless steel surfaces, as well as how to measure contamination and learning how to lower contamination levels of contamination for ships sent into outer space. Walter co-authored or edited seven texts on Microbiology, as well as more than 80 articles for scientific publications. His intellectual and educational efforts earned many honors; some examples include the Mangold Award, the Walter F. Snyder Award, and MSU Blue and Gold Award. Walter died January 13, 2000 in Bozeman, Montana.

Content Description Note: The William G. Walter collection includes correspondence, MSU personnel biographical information, departmental material, professional material, literary productions, photographic materials, audio recordings, and ephemera. Many of the materials gathered by Walter were intended for the purpose of writing a comprehensive history of the Montana State University biology department. Series four contains oversized materials that have been separated from the series, the separation is denoted by an asterisk(*) next to the folder from which the materials were removed. Photographs in Series 2 to 5 were separated and relocated to series 6, a duplicate notation of an asterisk (**) refers to the folders from which photographs were removed.

Contents

Series 1 Correspondence, 1902-1999
Series 2 Staff Biographical Files
Series 3 Departmental Material, 1925-1994
Series 4 Professional Material, 1942-1998
Series 5 Literary Productions, 1957-1993
Series 6 Photographic Material, 1929-1998
Series 7 Audio Recordings
Series 8 Ephemera and Realia, 1921-1977

Series 1: Correspondence, 1902-1999

Correspondence in this series consists of William G. Walter's day-to-day transactions and research within the Microbiology department.  Topics include closed-circuit television, Board of Education and Training (BET), public service, adult education, Washington Alaska Montana Idaho Program (WAMI), supplies, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), committees, panel discussions, departmental issues, Sigma Xi, Montana Academy of Sciences, American Public Health Association (APHA), students, and courses.  Also discussed are Rocky Mountain Laboratory, publications, experiments, Montana Public Health Association (MPHA), awards, Phi Kappa Phi, environmental health, scholarships, donations, Montana Environmental Health Association (MEHA), former students, and departmental history.  Of note are the letters in folder 1, which document Walter's interactions with important figures in the sciences.  Correspondents include Darl Lamanna, R.G.E. Murray, Morris F. Shaffer, Phillipp Gerhardt, M. Roy Schwarz, Riley D. Housewright, Lucia Anderson, L. Joe Berry, Howard L. Bodily, Berwy, F. Mattison, R.W. Sarber, Nell Hirschberg, S.E. Luria, L.S. McClung, P.R. Elliker, Pasquale V. Scarpino, William B. Sarles, Gordon W. Robertstad, Orville Wyss, J.R. Porter, and René Dubos.  Folder 8 contains signed correspondence by Senator Mike Mansfield.

Box 1
1. Famous Letters and Signatures, 1963-1974
2. 1902-1904
3. 1922-1924
4. 1938
5. 1940-1949
6. 1950-1959
7. 1960-1969
8. 1970-1979
9. 1980-1989
10. 1990-1994
11. 1995-1999
12. No Date

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Series 2: Staff Biographical Files

In the staff biographical files series, William G. Walter assembled informational files on various university personnel. Materials in this series include staff interviews, newspaper clippings, photographs, articles, correspondence, vitas, etc. This series contains photographic materials that have been separated from the series. A duplicate asterisk (**) next to a folder indicates that photographic material has removed and relocated to series 6.

Box 2
1. Aasheim, Dorothy**
2. Afanasiev, Mitrofan**
3. Bayliss, Berenice**
4. Bond, Cliff
5. Booth, William E.**
6. Bradbury, Jim
7. Brewer, William
8. Burlingame, Merrill G.
9. Carlstrom, Robert C.
10. Carroll, Tom
11. Chadwick, Robert
12. Challender, Ralph T.
13. Cheever, Donald
14. Cheever, Myrtle
15. Clow, Bertha
16. Cobleigh, William M.
17. Collins, Don D.
18. Cook, William
19. Cooley, Robert A.**
20. Cotner, Frank B.
21. Cummins, George
22. Cutler, Jim
23. Davis, Cliff U.
24. Davis, George T.
25. Dunkel, Sandy
26. Dyche, Schubert
27. Ewald, Sandy
28. Fiscus, Alvin
29. Gaines, Paschal C.
30. Geesey, Gill
31. Graham, Richard J.
32. Grieder, Paul
33. Han, Barton
34. Hamilton, Richard I.
35. Harrison. H. Keith
36. Hill, William D.
37. Hilleman, Maurice
38. Horrall, Rus
39. Howard, Ed
40. Howard, Lou
41. Hudson, Barbara
Box 3
1. Jellison, William L.
2. Jesaitis, Algirdas
3. Jezzeski, James J.
4. Johnson, Arthur J.M.
5. Johnson, Birger L.
6. Johnson, Leon H.
7. Johnson, Mary Ellen
8. Johnstone, William A.
9. Jutila, John
10. Klemme, Hermon G.
11. Knodle, Glen**
12. Lackman, David
13. Langohr, Don
14. Leigh, Mildred
15. Lodge, Jim**
16. MacWithey, Harold S.
17. Malone, Michael P.
18. Mathre, Don
19. McBee, Richard H.**
20. McFeters, Gordon
21. McIntosh, Carol
22. McIvor, Keith
23. Mills, Ira K.
24. Morris, Harry Elwood**
25. Nelson, John
26. Nelson, Nels
27. Newman, Franklin S.
28. Nopper, Tom
29. Opp, Les
30. Paisley, Marjorie**
31. Parker, John
32. Payson, Lois
33. Pickett, James M.
34. Pollack, Rhoda
35. Plummer, Gordon
36. Ralston, Frances A.**
Box 4
1. Reed, Norman**
2. Reynolds, Creech
3. Renne, Roland
4. Rivenes, David
5. Rodriguez, Rafael**
6. Roush, Allan
7. Rumely, John**
8. Schaeffer, Jurgen S.
9. Schiemann, Don A.**
10. Sedivy, Edmund P.
11. Sharp, Eugene L.
12. Shepard, James F.
13. Sheppard, Oden E.
14. Sherrick, Anna Pearl
15. Smith, Louis D.
16. Spaulding, Herrick**
17. Starkley, Jean
18. Strand, August C.
19. Stevens, Dennis
20. Strubel, Gary
21. Stuart, Dave
22. Swingle, Deane B.**
23. Temple, Kenneth
24. Tietz, William J.
25. Wiber, Jessie**
26. Ward, David**
27. Watling, Harold
28. Weaver, Theodore W.
29. Weiss, Francis
30. Worthington, Max**
31. Wright, John
32. Young, Paul A.

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Series 3: Departmental Material, 1925-1994

Departmental materials in this series pertain to textbooks William G. Walter authored, course materials, departmental newsletters, assorted activities, committee information, various programs, reports, and committee information. This series contains photographic materials that have been separated from the series. A duplicate asterisk (**) next to a folder indicates that photographic material has removed and relocated to series 6.

Box 5
1. Textbooks
2. MB101
3. MB203
4. MB408
5. MB470
6. MB580
7. Environmental Health Undergraduate Curriculum
8. Environmental Health Program
9. Environmental Health Program Reaccreditation
10. Microbiology, Botany, and Plant Pathology Program
11. Sanitation Program at MSC
12. Sanitarian - Supervisory Program
13. Instrument Service
14. Science Club
15. Science Fairs
16. Science Talent Show
17. BS Enrollment 1925-1985
18. Plant Pathology
19. Botany and Bacteriology Evaluation
20. Botany and Microbiology Newsletters
21. Botany and Bacteriology Newsletters
Box 6
1. Microbiology Newsletters
2. Biosciences Feasibility Committee
3. Biosciences Feasibility Committee
4. Closed Circuit TV**
5. Sumer Institute**
6. Alcoholism Conference - Business and Industry
7. West Yellowstone Laboratory
8. Watershed Plan - Bozeman Creek 1970
9. Campus Eating Utensil Survey 1946-1947
10. Food Poisoning Data, July 4, 1944; Hannon Hall, MSC
11. Montana Laboratory Advisory Committee
12. Activities and Departmental Plans
13. Microbiology Annual Reports 1993-1994
14. Microbiology Historical
Box 7
1. Physical Fitness
2. Previous Students**
3. Cotner-Morris Conference Room**

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Series 4: Professional Material, 1942-1998

Professional materials in this series pertains to various grants, committees, scholarships, and associations and organizations that William G. Walter was involved in. Other material includes biographical, career information, as well as honor societies. This series contains oversized and photographic materials that have been separated from the series. Oversized materials separated from this serried are denoted by an asterisk (*) next to the folder from which the material was removed and relocated to box 15. A duplicate asterisk (**) next to a folder indicates that photographic material has been removed and relocated to series 6.

Box 7(cont.)
4. Microbiology Training Grant
5. W.K. Kellogg Foundation
6. William G. Walter Appointments and Committees
7. William G. Walter Biographical
8. William G. Walter Curriculum Vita
9. William G. Walter Retirement
10. William G. Walter Scholarship**
11. Awards, Certificates, Scholarships**
12. Boards and Standing Committees
13. Four Rivers Mental Health
14. Mental Health
15. Mental Health - Minutes of Governors Committee
16. Nursing**
Box 8
2. American Public Health Association; Infirmary Register*
3. American Public Health Association; Black, L.A.
4. American Public Health Association; Laboratory Section
5. American Public Health Association; History 1966-1970
6. American Public Health Association; Committees and Reports
7. American Public Health Association; Environmental Health Engineering Training Program February 1971
8. American Public Health Association; Environmental Health Administration Allied Health Advanced Traineeship Program
9. American Public Health Association; Research Proposal E.H. Training Program and Special Purpose Traineeship Grant, January 23, 1969
10. American Public Health Association; Public Health Traineeship Program Short-term Training, November 6-10, 1967
11. American Public Health Association; Allied Health Advanced Traineeship, 1974
12. American Public Health Association; Allied Health Advanced Traineeship, 1976-1977
13. American Public Health Association; Advanced Traineeship Program, 1971-1973
14. American Public Health Association; Research Grant Application Summer Institute for Teachers
15. American Public Health Association; Research Project Proposal; McBee, R.H. and Nelson, N.M.
16. American Public Health Association; Physical, Chemical, and Biological Study of Yellowtail Reservoir; Dr. Wright and Dean Huffman
17. American Public Health Association; Biological Implications of Weather Modification; Collings, Hastings, Pepper, et al.
18. American Public Health Association; Sanitarian - Environmental Health Budget and Justification
19. Montana Academy of Sciences
20. Public Service and Adult Education Budget 1975
21. Public Service and Adult Education /BET Membership
22. Public Service and Adult Education/BET Correspondence
Box 9
1. Public Service and Adult Education/BET Minutes and Reports
2. Public Service and Adult Education/BET Report of the Ad Hoc Joint Training and Education Committee
3. Public Service and Adult Education TV Spots
4. Public Service and Adult Education/ASM
5. American Society for Microbiology Presidents
6. American Society for Microbiology SAB Round Table, Teaching Elementary Bacteriology
7. American Society for Microbiology /SAB-Education Committee Correspondence
8. American Society for Microbiology /SAB-Education Committee Reports and Minutes
9. American Society for Microbiology Education Committee Blumenthal Correspondence
10. American Society for Microbiology Education Committee Blumenthal Minutes and Reports
11. American Society for Microbiology Chi ASM-Education Committee
Box 10
1. American Society for Microbiology -NW
2. American Society for Microbiology, ABM, AAM
3. National Environmental Health Association Accreditation
4. National Environmental Health Association Directories
5. National Environmental Health Association Correspondence**
6. American Academy of Sanitarians
7. Washington Alaska Montana Idaho Program
8. Journal of Environmental Health
9. Phi Kappa Phi
10. Phi Sigma**
11. Phi Sigma Biological Society Ledger*
12. Sigma XI
13. National Registry for Microbiologists
Box 11
1. Microbiologists I Have Known and/or Worked With**
2. Registry of Medical Technologists Correspondence
3. Medical Technologists

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Series 5: Literary Productions, 1957-1993

The materials in the literary productions series consist of newspaper clippings, poems, notes, and correspondence pertaining to a topic of interest to William G. Walter. Also included in this series are published and unpublished papers authored by Walter. Topics include Walter's honors and activities, MSC/MSU historical information, buildings on campus, bacteria and disease, sugar beet harvest, waste, etc. This series contains photographic materials that have been separated from the series. A duplicate asterisk (**) next to a folder indicates that photographic material has removed and relocated to series 6.

Box 11 (cont.)
4. William G. Walter Clippings
5. MSC/MSU and Community Clippings
6. Deceased Clippings
7. Proverbs and Poems
8. MSC History and Centennial
9. Danforth Chapel
10. Lewis Hall
11. Medical Science Building
12. Survey of Drinking Fountains
13. Jo-Jo, the "It" Bovine of Campus
14. Sugar Beet Caper
15. Notes
16. Cows and Udders
17. Foods and Disease
18. Waste - Solid
19. Water-borne Disease
Box 12
1. Test for Detergents**
2. Towels
3. Leeuwenhoek Microscope
4. Teaching and Scholarly Productivity
5. Bacterial Survival in Laundered Fabrics
6. Bacteriological Field Studies on Eating Utensils and Flat Surfaces
7. Comparative Evaluation of the Cotton Swab and Rodac Methods for the Recovery of Bacillus Subtilis Spore Contamination from Stainless Steel Surfaces
8. A Comparison of Six Methods for Determining Numbers of Bacteria on Poultry Meat under Three Types of Handling
9. Cooperative Microbial Surveys of Surfaces in Hospital Patient Rooms
10. A Cooperative Microbiological Evaluation of Floor-Cleaning Procedures in Hospital Patient Rooms
11. Environmental Microbiologic Sampling in the Hospital
12. Highlights of the 27th Annual Educational Conference - National Association of Sanitarians, Honolulu
13. Hospital Carpet Microbiological Studies
14. Making a Leeuwenhoek "Microscope" Replica
15. Measurements of Surface Contamination and Cleaning Efficiency
16. Microbiological Air Sampling in a Carpeted Hospital
17. Microbiological Methods Used in Evaluating Hospital Carpets
18. Microbiological Studies on Carpets
19. Mobiles for the Biology Classroom
20. A Plastic Dish Method for the Quantitative Determination of Bacteria on Glasses
21. The Red Red Rose
22. Student Health Service - 40 Years
23. Studies of Airborne Bacteria in a Partially Carpeted Hospital
24. Symposium on Methods for Determining Bacterial Contamination on Surfaces
25. Teaching Excellence and Involvement with Academic Administration and Educational Activities
26. Teaching Microbiology by Closed Circuit Television
27. Three Summer Institutes in Bacteriology at Montana State College for Teachers of High School Biology
28. Type of Floor Covering Does Not Influence Airborne Contamination
29. The Use of Wooden Application Sticks

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Series 6: Photographic Material, 1929-1998

The photographic material in this series includes photographs, 35 mm transparencies, and a 16 mm film reel collected by Walter. The images pertain to Walter's activities with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Montana Environmental Health Association (MEHA), and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Also included in these images are campus buildings, studies, closed circuit TV (CCTV), meetings, awards and scholarships, staff, and educational activities.

Box 13
1. Photographs, #1-15
    #1-15 ASM 1976
2. Photographs, #6-19
    #6-19 ASM 1977
3. Photographs, #20-33
    #20-33 ASM 1977
4. Photographs, #34-43
    #34-43 ASM 1977
5. Photographs, #44-50
    #44-50 ASM 1980
6. Photographs, #51-56
    #51-56 Buildings on Campus
7. Photographs, #57-77
    #57-77 Carpets and Air Sampling
8. Photographs, #78-97
    #78-97 Carpets and Air Sampling
9. Photographs, #98-117
    #98-117 Carpets and Air Sampling
10. Photographs, #118-137
     #118-137 Carpets and Air Sampling
11. Photographs, #138-157
     #138-157 CCTV
12. Photographs, #158-177
     #158-177 CCTV
13. Photographs, #178-196
     #178-196 CCTV
14. Photographs, #197-210
#197-210 CCTV
15. Photographs, #211-232
     #211-232 Cotner-Morris Conference Room
16. Photographs, #233-235
     #233-235 Golden Reunion 1995
17. Photographs, #236-242
     #236-242 Mangold Awards
18. Photographs, #243-254
     #243-254 MB203 Field Trip - Waste H20 and City Hall June 1965
19. Photographs, #255-270
     #255-270 Media Kitchen Fire 1985
20. Photographs, #271-277
     #271-277 MEHA 1951-1959
21. Photographs, #278-288
     #278-288 MEHA 1960-1969
22. Photographs, #289-294
     #289-294 MEHA 1970-1975
23. Photographs, #295-296
     #295-296 MEHA, No Date
24. Photographs, #297
     #297 Microbiologists I have known and/or worked with
25. Photographs, #298-308
     #298-308 Microbiology 1940s
26. Photographs, #309-326
     #309-326 Microbiology 1940s
27. Photographs, #327-335
     #327-335 Microbiology 1950s
28. Photographs, #336-345
     #336-345 Microbiology 1950s
29. Photographs, #346-361
     #346-361 Microbiology 1960s
30. Photographs, #362-377
     #362-377 Microbiology 1960s
31. Photographs, #378-392
     #378-392 Microbiology 1960s
32. Photographs, #393-408
     #393-408 Microbiology 1970s
33. Photographs, #409-424
     #406-424 Microbiology 1970s
34. Photographs, #425-440
     #425-440 Microbiology 1970s
35. Photographs, #441-456
     #441-456 Microbiology 1970s
36. Photographs, #457-466
     #457-466 Microbiology 1970s
37. Photographs, #467-478
     #467-478 Microbiology 1970s
38. Photographs, #479-490
     #479-490 Microbiology 1980s
39. Photographs, #491-501
     #491-501 Microbiology 1980s
40. Photographs, #502-513
     #502-513 Microbiology 1990s
41. Photographs, #514-525
     #514-525 Microbiology 1990s
42. Photographs, #526-537
     #526-537 Microbiology 1990s
43. Photographs, #538-551
     #538-551 Microbiology, No Date
44. Photographs, #552-563
     #552-563 Microbiology, No Date
Box 14
1. Photographs, #564-571
    #564-571 Microbiology Staff
2. Photographs, #572-573
    #572-573 NAS Certificate Award
3. Photographs, #574-578
    #574-578 NEHA circa 1971-1977
4. Photographs, #579-589
    #579-589 NEHA 1985
5. Photographs, #590-593
    #590-593 NEHA 1987
6. Photographs, #594-598
    #594-598 NEHA 1989
7. Photographs, #599-607
    #599-607 NEHA 1998
8. Photographs, #608-619
    #608-619 Nursing
9. Photographs, #620-621
    #620-621 Past President Awards
10. Photographs, #622-623
     #622-623 Phi Sigma
11. Photographs, #624-642
     #624-642 Previous Students
12. Photographs, #643-647
     #643-647 Test for Detergents
13. Photographs, #648
     #648 Sanitarian's Training Conference 1963
14. Photographs, #649-670
     #649-670 Staff Biographical Files
15. Photographs, #671-680
     #671-680 Staff Biographical Files
16. Photographs, #681-704
     #681-704 Staff Biographical Files
17. Photographs, #705-728
     #705-728 Staff Biographical Files
18. Photographs, #729-736
     #729-736 Staff Biographical Files
19. Photographs, #737
     #737 Summer Institute
20. Photographs, #738-740
     #738-740 Summer Institute 1962
21. Photographs, #741-777
     #741-777 Summer Institute
22. Photographs, #778-779
     #778-779 Summer Institute
23. Photographs, #780-791
     #780-791 Summer Institute, No Date
24. Photographs, #792-797
     #792-797 Walter F. Snyder Award
25. Photographs, #798-819
     #798-819 WGW Scholarship 1980s
26. Photographs, #820-851
     #820-851 WGW Scholarship 1990s
27. 35 mm Transparencies, #852-866
     #852-866 Billings Meat Packing Plant
28. 35 mm Transparencies, #867-898
     #867-898 Bozeman's New Sewage Plant
29. 35 mm Transparencies, #899-966
     #899-966 Carpet Air Sampling
30. 35 mm Transparencies, #967-1030
     #967-1030 CCTV Teaching
31. 35 mm Transparencies, #1031-1038
     #1031-1038 Elk, Yellowstone 1962
32. 35 mm Transparencies, #1039-1130
     #1039-1130 Food Sanitation
33. 35 mm Transparencies, #1131-1214
     #1131-1214 Hawaii
34. 35 mm Transparencies, #1215-1240
     #1215-1240 Laundry
35. 35 mm Transparencies, #1241-1278
     #1241-1278 Microbiology
36. 35 mm Transparencies, #1279-1282
     #1279-1282 Women's Day at MSC 1
Box 15
• ESC-484 L Career in Bacteriology; Micro-2281 3pm 304 16mm Film reel

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Series 7: Audio Recordings

Original reel to reel and audio cassettes created or collected by Walter. Recordings pertain to symposium and award lectures, as well as personnel interviews.

Box 15(cont.)
• Audio Reel 1. Sanitation Conf. Oct. 17. Symposium: John Good-National Park Service; Frank Blackmer-U.S. Forest Service; Robert McNeil-Bureau of Outdoor Rec. Oct 18: Recreational Health Programs in different areas; Harvey-Idaho State Dept. Health; Dubé-Regina Rural Health Region; Cooper-University of California; Problems Associated Open New Recreational Areas; Ed Diagle-Solid and Liquid Waste Disposed
• Audio Reel 4. Oct 19 Wed (cont.) 1: Travel-Montana's Instant Industry, Josephine Brooker; The Microbiology of Hospital Carpets, Angie Stober-(somebody kick the play), Pat Cleveland. Track 2: Medical Care Facilities, Howard Farely; Problem Solving Session; Youth Camp-Don Pizzini; Camp Grounds-John Lozeau; Travel Trailer-Robert Higgins; Discussion
• Audiocassette. Carski Award Lecture: Reflections on Mentoring Undergraduate Students ASM-6/May 19-23 1996/New Orleans, LA. 96th General Meeting American Society for Microbiology
• Micro-audiocassette. Stevens; McIvor

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Series 8: Ephemera and Realia, 1921-1977

Ephemera includes sanitation broadsides/posters, collector's coins, 35 mm transparency view, microscope replica, badge, and plaques.

Box 15(cont.)
• Broadsides/Posters
• American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, 1977 Collector's Coin
• ASM Pin
• Handheld 35mm Transparency Viewer
• National Hansen's Disease Center, Carville, Louisiana, 1921 Collector's Coin
• Leuwenhoek Microscope Replica
• Montana State University Department of Microbiology Certificate of Appreciation
• William G. Walter badge
• William G. Walter Nameplate
Oversize: Infirmary Register
Oversize: Phi Sigma Biological Society Ledger

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Updated: 2013 January 15