Scope and Content
Smith, Leslie M. (Leslie Malcolm), 1903-
Title: Leslie M. Smith Papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1951
5.6 linear feet
Abstract: Leslie Malcolm Smith (1903-1976) served as Entomologist and Professor of Entomology at
the University of California, Davis. Smith's research centered on the study of the Oriental Fruit Moth as well
as the control of pests of prunes, pears, strawberries, walnuts, grapes, and berries. His papers contain
correspondence to researchers and growers regarding the control of crop pests.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many
are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-289
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Leslie Malcolm Smith was born October 4, 1903 and graduated in 1922 from Oakland Technical High School. He
received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
From 1927 to 1942 Dr. Smith was stationed at the Deciduous Fruit Field Station of the University of California
at San Jose, where he became known for his work on the biology and control of pests of prunes, pears,
strawberries, walnuts, grapes, and berries.
After moving to Davis, Dr. Smith's interests shifted and he assumed the responsibility for a biological and
ecological study of a quarantined pest, the Oriental Fruit Moth, first discovered in California in 1942. He also
initiated studies on the control of the devastating infestations of mites on grapes.
Smith passed away in Carmel, California on February 10, 1976.
Lange, W. Harry, Bacon, Oscar G., Grigarick, Albert A., and Summers, Francis M. "Leslie Malcolm Smith."
In Memoriam. [Berkeley, Calif. : Academic Senate], 1977.
Scope and Content
The 5.6 linear feet of the Leslie Malcolm Smith Papers spans the years 1941-1951. The majority of the papers
contain correspondence to researchers and growers regarding the control of crop pests. Also included are several
subject files including a bibliography of Smith's works and newsletters by Davis Entomology staff about the work
they were conducting in 1943.
Arrangement of the Collection
The papers are arranged in 2 series: 1. Correspondence and 2. Subject Files.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public
Smith, Leslie M. (Leslie Malcolm), 1903---Archives.
University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives
Collection is open for research.
Student employee Ewa Omanska processed this collection under the direction of Collections Manager Sara
Gunasekara. Student employee Linda Trach assisted with encoding of the finding aid.
[Identification of item], Leslie M. Smith Papers, D-289, Department of Special Collections, General Library,
University of California, Davis.
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