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Frank C. Vasek papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank C. Vasek papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1954-1999, undated
    Collection Number: UA 365
    Creator: Vasek, Frank C.
    Extent: 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The Frank C. Vasek papers contain articles, reports, correspondence, photographs, and other material from Vasek's tenure as life sciences professor at the University of California, Riverside. The bulk of the collection consists of information on plants from California and other areas.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research, with the exception of select files that are restricted.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Frank C. Vasek papers (UA 365). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing History

    Processed by Andrea Hoff, University Archivist, in August 2019.

    Biographical Note

    Frank C. Vasek was a professor in the department of Botany at the University of California, Riverside.
    He received a B.S. from Ohio University in 1950. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. in 1955 and began teaching at UC, Riverside in 1954. He served as Chair of the department of Biology from 1970-1974. He also played a key role in establishing the Botanic Gardens at UCR, acting as the first director from 1962-1967.
    Vasek is known for his research about ancient creosote rings. In the late 1970s, he discovered what is possibly the oldest creosote bush ring in the Mojave Desert, which he named 'King Clone.' It was thought to be the oldest living plant in the world at an estimated 11,700 years old.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The Frank C. Vasek papers contain articles, reports, correspondence, photographs, and other material from Vasek's tenure as life sciences professor at the University of California, Riverside. The bulk of the collection consists of information on plants from California and other areas.

    Collection Arrangement

    The Frank C. Vasek papers are arranged into four series as follows:
    • Series 1. Publications, 1956-1996, undated
    • Series 2. Correspondence, 1954-1989
    • Series 3. Creosotes and King Clone materials, 1981-1988, undated
    • Series 4. Other professional activities, 1964-1999, undated

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Desert plants
    Life sciences
    Universities and colleges -- Faculty

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Articles
    Correspondence
    Photographs
    Reports