Adolph Hecht Papers, 1945-1975

Overview of the Collection

Hecht, Adolph
Adolph Hecht Papers
1945-1975 (inclusive)
2 containers., (1 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 604
Professional correspondence concerning botanical topics and professional societies of botanists. Significant correspondents include Ralph E. Cleland.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Adolph Hecht was born on 25 July 1914, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Calumet High School, receiving his diploma in 1932. Hecht earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in botany from the University of Chicago in 1936 and 1937. His master's thesis was on the meiotic irregularities of a sterile Rudbeckia. Hecht completed his Ph.D. in botany at Indiana University, where he studied with the plant geneticist Ralph E. Cleland. He received his degree in 1942. For his doctoral dissertation, Hecht conducted a cytogenetic survey of Oenothera, subgenus Rudbeckia.

In 1947, after serving as an aviation physiologist in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Hecht came to Pullman, where be came an assistant professor of botany at Washington State College. He replaced Hannah Aase, a long-time botanist at the college. Hecht became chair of the WSC Department of Botany in 1955 and retired from Washington State University in 1979 as a full professor. He has published widely in the field of plant genetics.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains professional and personal papers of Adolph Hecht. Much of it is correspondence of a general nature. Two folders contain letters between Hecht and Ralph E. Cleland, professor of botany at Indiana University and Hecht's mentor; others contain correspondence and other items concerning meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division. Also included are papers regarding other professional associations, and papers concerning committee work at WSU.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 604, Adolph Hecht Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The Washington State University Libraries acquired this collection from Adolph Hecht on 19 August 1979. It was accessioned as MS 79-42.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1945-54
1 2 Correspondence 1955-66
1 3 Correspondence 1967-71
1 4 Correspondence 1972
1 5 Correspondence 1973
1 6 Correspondence 1974-75
1 7 Correspondence with Ralph Erskine Cleland 1945-60
1 8 Correspondence with Ralph Erskine Cleland 1961-71
1 9 Correspondence with Friends and WSC Alums 1972-73
2 10 Commission on Undergraduate Education in Biological Sciences, WSU. Correspondence 1963-71
2 11 National Science Foundation, Botanical Society of America, Fourth Summer Institute, WSU, Pullman, Correspondence 1961
2 12 NSF Summer Institute, Pullman, Photographic negative 1961
2 13 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Pacific Division. Meeting, WSC, Pullman 1954
2 14 AAAS, Pacific Division, Meeting, WSU, Pullman, Program--Pollen and Pollen Physiology 1969
2 15 AAAS, Pacific Division, Meeting, Correspondence 1969
2 16 AAAS, Pacific Division, Meeting, Photographs 1969
2 17 Electron Microscope Center, WSU 1971
2 18 Grade Summaries, Zoology Courses, WSC-WSU 1942-61
2 19 Innovative Instructional Projects, WSU 1973-74
2 20 Organization for Tropical Studies
2 21 Petition to the Board of Regents, WSU, for the establishment of a Program in Basic Medical Education 1975
2 22 Radiation Protection Program, WSU 1961

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Cleland, Ralph Erskine
  • Hecht, Adolph, 1914- --Archives (creator)

Corporate Names

  • Washington State University--Faculty -- Archives


  • Botanists--Washington (State)--Correspondence