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


+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 (Unpublished 19-page history; Nelson has a copy)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
+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)

+Veterinary Science

Bernard Easterday has written an account of the beginning of the School of Veterinary Medicine. (Nelson does not have a copy)

+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
  • Forestry and Wildlife Ecology
  • International Agriculture
  • Land Tenure Center
  • Nutritional Science