Histories of Centers and Departments

The following is a collection of CALS departmental and center histories written by faculty and staff of the university. Click the name of each department and center to see links to these documents. This is not a comprehensive list. If you are aware of a written history of a CALS department or center that is not represented here, please email history@cals.wisc.edu.

+Agricultural Bacteriology / Bacteriology

Bacteriology University of Wisconsin-Madison Celebrating 100 years (a three-page timeline of department, published for the 2014 Raper Symposium)

+Agricultural Chemistry / Biochemistry

One Hundred Years of Agricultural Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wisconsin, D.L. Nelson and B. C. Soltvedt, eds., Science Tech Publishers, Madison, 1989


+Agricultural Journalism / Life Sciences Communication

The First 75 Years: Agricultural Journalism Department at UW-Madison, by Richard Powers in 1983

+Experimental Breeding / Genetics
  • Chronology of the Laboratory of Genetics, History of the Departments of Genetics, (CALS and Medical School); Nelson has a copy. Good photos, brief research descriptions)
  • Early Genetics at Wisconsin Arthur Chapman, Oliver Nelson, Ray Owen, and James Crow. A Contribution to the Centennial Celebration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. (Unpublished 19-page history; Nelson has a copy)
+Home Economics / Human Ecology
  • Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, (a digital collection of photographs and ephemera illustrating aspects of the past 100 years at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison).
  • The Challenge of Constantly Changing Times: From Home Economics to Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 1903-2003, Rima D. Apple 2003
+Meat Science and Muscle Biology
+Poultry Husbandry

UW Poultry 1909-1996, by Milt Sunde (an 80-page typescript with many photos and departmental CVs. Nelson has a copy)

+Soil Science

Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: A History of the Department 1889-1989, M.T. Beatty 1991

+Veterinary Science

Bernard Easterday has written an account of the beginning of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

+General Histories of CALS and UW
+Biographies of CALS Faculty and Friends
+Missing Departmental Histories
  • Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
  • Continuing and Vocational Education (CAVE)
  • Dairy Forage Research Center
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Resources Center
  • EnvironmentalToxicology Center
  • Food Microbiology and Toxicology
  • Food Science
  • Forest and Wildlife Ecology
  • International Agriculture
  • Land Tenure Center
  • Nutritional Sciences