In the early days of Iowa, not pioneer days, or building home days, but after homes had been assured, educational interests began to develop. As early as 1872 our higher institutions of learning, the Iowa State University at Iowa City and the Iowa State College at Ames, had but small facilities and the men teaching different branches, to a degree, confined their work to a specialty. There were no professors teaching natural philosophy, or natural history, which included all animal and vegetable life, as in so many of the old time colleges. In about 1880 or earlier, both the University and the State College had well organized chemical departments and also organized departments of Zoology and Botany. When these departments had become sufficiently developed to feel an individuality and a distinctive field of their own, the professors in these departments began to feel the advantages which would accrue from a co-ordination of these activities. There were always points of contact which could be better understood by coming together for consultation.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1924 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Fairchild, D. S.
"The Iowa Academy of Science (Paper presented at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science),"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 31(1), 69-77.
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