Boysie E. Day papers

Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Boysie E. Day papers
Date: circa 1988, undated
Collection Number: UA 056
Creator: Day, Boysie Eugene, 1917-1988
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains documents regarding Boysie E. Day, a former professor of Plant Physiology at UC Riverside. Items in the collection include a biography of Day, as well as an unpublished manuscript written by Day about a sailing expedition he took in the Pacific.
Languages: The collection is in English.


The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Boysie E. Day papers (UA 056). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry Lawton, 1995.

Processing History

Processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Boysie E. Day papers was completed by undergraduate students from the Univeristy of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Boysie Eugene Day was born on September 9, 1917, in Haile, Lousiana and was raised in Arizona. Day earned both his Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He was a military officer during World War II and was part of the navigation in the Philippines and New Guinea.
Aside from being a a military officer, scholar, and professor, he was also an agricultural scientist who made major contributions while working at the University of California, Riverside. Day developed non-tillage as a viable agricultural practice, and his research contributed to the understanding of the scientific bases for the use (and misuse) of chemical herbicides in the cultivation of plants.
Day held many positions in the academic and scientific community, such as Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Weed Pests, Chairman of the Department of Horticultural Science at Riverside (1968), Graduate Advisor in Plant Science, and Statewide Director of the University of California Agricultural Experiment Station (1971).
During his life, Day went on two year-long circumnavigations of the Pacific via the South Pacific, China, Japan, and Alaska. He also became member of the prestigious Explorers Club.
Boysie Day passed away on June 5, 1988 of leukemia in his home in Point Richmond, California.

Collection Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and other material regarding Boysie E. Day, former professor of Plant Physiology at UC Riverside. Items in the collection include a biography of Day as well as an unpublished manuscript by Day about a sailing expedition he took in the Pacific.

Collection Arrangement

Items in the collection are arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


College teachers
Pacific Ocean

Genres and Forms of Materials


Box 1, Folder 1

Biography circa 1988

Box 1, Folder 2

Unpublished manuscript on Pacific sailing expedition undated