Scope and Content
Summers, Francis Marion, 1906-
Title: Francis Marion Summers Correspondence
Date (inclusive): 1945-1951
1.2 linear feet
Abstract: Francis Marion Summers (1906-1994) served as Professor of Entomology at the
University of California, Davis from 1947-1973. His research centered on the Oriental Fruit Moth and insect
pests of almond and stone fruits. His correspondence, which spans the years 1945-1951, contains letters with
chemical companies, farmers, and researchers regarding agricultural pests and their control.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-482
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Francis Marion Summers was born in Fredericktown, Missouri on June 8, 1906. He graduated from high school in
Calexico, California, and attended Junior College in El Centro. He received his A.B. in zoology from
University of California, Berkeley and his M.A. in 1932 and Ph.D. in 1935 in biology from Columbia
University. His Ph.D. dissertation was on cytology of ciliate protozoa.
He taught biology courses, including human anatomy, at Bard College, Columbia University; Cornell University
Medical College; and CCNY between 1934 and 1943.
In 1943, he came to California to work for the California State Department of Agriculture as an
entomologist. He joined the University of California in 1944 and was stationed at Dinuba, where he began his
research on the Oriental Fruit Moth. In 1947, he was transferred to the Davis campus where he spent the
remainder of his career studying insect pests of almond and stone fruits.
At the University of California, Davis, Frank taught undergraduate courses in insect morphology and
acarology, the study of mites. Summers passed away on July 15, 1994 in Woodland, California.
Scope and Content
The 1.2 linear feet of the Francis Marion Summers Correspondence spans the years 1945-1951. The
correspondence contains letters with chemical companies, farmers, and researchers regarding agricultural
pests and their control.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in four series: 1. Outgoing, 2. Incoming, 3. Third Party, 4. Indices.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Summers, Francis Marion, 1906---Archives.
University of California, Davis--Faculty--Archives
Collection is open for research.
Student employee Linda Trach processed this collection under the supervision of Collections Manager Sara
[Identification of item], Francis Marion Summers Correspondence, D-482, Department of Special Collections,
General Library, University of California, Davis.
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