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Frank J. Radovsky Papers, 1957-2008

By Finding aid prepared by Karl McCreary and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Frank J. Radovsky Papers, 1957-2008

Predominant Dates: 1975-2005

ID: MSS Radovsky

Primary Creator: Radovsky, Frank J.

Extent: 3.4 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Frank J. Radovsky Papers document Radovsky's research on parasitic mites (acaraology). Radovsky taught medical entomology as a visiting professor at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1986-1987 and returned to OSU in 1994 as a Courtesy Professor in Entomology, a position he held until his death in 2010.

Scope and Content Notes

The Frank J. Radovsky Papers consist of materials generated and assembled by Entomologist Frank Radovsky and document his acarology research on parasitic mites. The Papers include article reprints, correspondence, curriculum vitae, drawings, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, reference materials, and speeches. Radovsky's specialization was the study of parasitic mites in the family Macronyssidae and most of these materials reflect his research for articles and the book Revision of Genera of the Parasitic Mite Family Macronyssidae. Materials illustrating this research include article reprints, notes, index cards with reference citations, drawings, illustrations of mite anatomy, and published literature from other acarology researchers collected by Radovsky. The correspondence reflects Radovsky's interaction with other acarologists, his work for the Bishop Museum and the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, publication of research, collaboration with fellow OSU Entomologist Gerald Krantz, and peer review of journal articles for publication. The photographs consist of 9 prints of an unidentified conference, probably in the mid-1970s.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Frank J. Radovsky taught medical entomology at Oregon State University (OSU) in 1986-1987 and returned to OSU in 1994 in retirement as a Courtesy Professor of Entomology, a position he held until his death in 2010.

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Frank Jay Radovsky's fascination with nature led him to study zoology at the University of Colorado, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1951. After serving in the Korean War, Radovsky pursued graduate studies in parasitology at the University of California. After earning his doctorate in 1964, Radovsky continued his work at the Hooper Foundation for Medical Research until 1969, when he accepted a position as Chair of the Entomology Department at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. He held several other positions, including Acting Director and Distinguished Chair of Zoology, before leaving the Bishop Museum in 1986. In 1987, Radovsky became Director of Research and Collections at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Radovsky's primary research interest was the systematics and behavior of macronyssids. He also served as editor of several entomological journals.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 9 photographs; 4 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The papers were donated to the University Archives by Radovsky's daughter in 2011.

Related Materials: The Special Collections & Archives Research Center collections include the Entomology Department Records (RG 027), Entomology Department Photograph Collection (P 055), and the papers of numerous entomologists including the Norman H. Anderson Papers (MSS AndersonN), Ralph Berry Papers (MSS Berry), Louis G. Gentner Papers (MSS Gentner), Merton Lane Papers (MSS Lane), John D. Lattin Papers (MSS Lattin), Charles H. Martin Papers (MSS MartinC), James McIver Papers (MSS McIver), Hugh E. Morrison Papers (MSS Morrison), Paul W. Oman Papers (MSS Oman), Paul Ritchter Papers (MSS Ritchter), Robert G. Rosenstiel Papers (MSS Rosenstiel), and the Herman A. Scullen Papers (MSS Scullen).

Preferred Citation: Frank J. Radovsky Papers (MSS Radovsky), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Other URL: Preliminary container list available online.


Radovsky, Frank J.

People, Places, and Topics

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Entomology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
History of Science
Natural Resources
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
Oregon State University. Department of Entomology
Radovsky, Frank J.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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