Wayne Gardner Papers

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UA 053.085

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Wayne Gardner Papers


  • 1952-1987 (Creation)


1.84 linear feet [1 record box, 2 document cases]
3167 slides
114 black-and-white photographs

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Biographical history

Wayne Scott Gardner - Born: January 11, 1920 Died: April 19, 2014

Gardner served three years in the Army Air Corps during World War II, including a tour of duty on Guadalcanal. He married Leona Oberly, in Clifton, Colorado. On the GI Bill he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in botany and plant pathology at Utah State Agricultural College, Logan.

He was employed as a civilian researcher by the U.S. Army in Utah and conducted environmental and crop research for U.S. Steel Corporation in Utah and Pennsylvania. He returned to school at age 43 under a Regents Fellowship at University of California-Davis, where he earned a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1967. His doctoral thesis project was a study of barley stripe mosaic virus, and he was honored for outstanding accomplishment in the field of electron microscopy at UC Davis.

He was hired as an associate professor at South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he focused on research and teaching using the electron microscope. Wayne also served a USAID mission to Botswana. In Brookings, Wayne was active in Toastmasters and the Pitchblenders Barbershop Chorus.

Gardner retired in 1985.

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This collection is composed mainly of slides and photographs related to Gardner's research on virus diseases of plants, with a focus on wheat streak mosaic virus and tobacco mosaic virus. Also included is material related to crop injuries related to the environment and air pollution. Other material included publications related to his research.

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Open. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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Gardner left the materials in the Plant sciences building at South Dakota State University. Marie Langham, Professor Emerita of Plant Pathology held on to the papers abd donated them to the Archives in 2022.

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Open Prairie publications

Bronze Wheat
Authors: D.G. Wells, J.J. Bonnemann, W.S. Gardner, G.W. Buchenau
Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 617, 1974

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