Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 144
Frank C. Pellett
Papers, 1897-2000, undated

Descriptive summary

creator: Pellett, Frank C. (Frank Chapman) (1879-1951)
title: Papers
dates: 1897-2000, undated
collection number:

MS 144

repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Frank C. Pellett Papers, MS 144, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Frank Chapman Pellett was born on a farm near Atlantic, Iowa. He attended rural schools until a health condition forced him to leave school. In 1902 he moved to Salem, Missouri, where he operated a fruit farm and read law in the office of the Hon. A. D. Gustin. Pellett was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1905 and practiced law in Salem for two years, though he later left his legal practice to devote himself to nature and wildlife. He was appointed Iowa state apiary inspector in 1912. In 1915 Pellett became associated with the American Bee Journal and remained so until his death. He wrote thirteen books on beekeeping, honey plants, horticulture, and other nature subjects. Frank Chapman Pellett has been characterized as a classical naturalist; his accomplishments and honors were many. In 1912 he was appointed Iowa's first state apiarist. In 1947, he received the National Skelly Award for superior achievement in agriculture. He was an honorary vice president of the Apis Club of England, an honorary member of the Bee Kingdom League of Egypt, and a fellow in the Iowa State Horticultural Society, of which he was president for two years. Pellett was also a member of the American Association of Economic Entomologists.


Collection description

Collection contains biographical information; materials documenting his business affairs; correspondence with apiarists, naturalists, and horticulturists; manuscripts and publications; and photographs of plants and animals. Correspondents include A. Z. Abushady; William Beebe; A. C. Bent; George Bennett, R. K. Bliss; Charles Harvey Brown; Gladstone Hume Cale; R. C. Cratty; Charles F. Curtiss; G. W. Clarke; George S. Dermuth; C. P. Dadant; Sam Edgecome; C. E. Ehinger; Henry Field; H. Malcolm Fraser; Edgar R. Harlan; I. Hopkins; F. N. Howes; Harold D. Hughes; L. A. Kenoyer; Herman Knapp; William Kyburz; John H. Lovell; Thomas H. McBride; G. B. McDonald; John N. Martin; Arthur C. Miller; J. H. Paarmann; F. B. Paddock; Louis H. Pammel; O. Wallace Park; Raymond A. Pearson; James M. Pierce; R. H. Porter; Carl C. Proper; Frank Robinson; A. I., E. R., and H. H. Root; Benjamin F. Shambaugh; Bohumil Shimek; F. W. L. Sladen; Jay Smith; T. C. Stephens; William Trelease; Richard Trump; T. V. Van Hyning; Henry C. Wallace; and Lloyd R. Watson. Photographs are organized into several sections, including amphibians, animals, birds, crustaceans, insects, plants, and reptiles. A small section of miscellaneous photographs depicts buildings, people, and scenic views.


Container list


Finding aid for MS 144, Frank C. Pellett papers (pdf file)


Finding aid for MS 144A, Frank C. Pellett photographs (pdf file)