Frank J. Radovsky Papers, 1957-2008  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Radovsky, Frank J.
Frank J. Radovsky Papers
1957-2008 (inclusive)
1975-2005 (bulk)
3.4 cubic feet, including 9 photographs, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
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.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Additional Reference Guides

Preliminary container list available online.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Frank J. Radovsky Papers consist of materials generated and assembled by Entomologist Frank Radovksy 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 famliy 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 NoteReturn to Top

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.

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Acquisition Information

The papers were donated to the University Archives by Radovksy's daughter in 2011.

Processing Note

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Related Materials

The Special Collections & Archives Research Center collections include Entomology Department Records (RG 027) and Photographs (P 055) as well as the papers of numerous entomologists: Norman H. Anderson, Ralph Berry, Louis G. Gentner, Merton Lane, John D. Lattin, Charles H. Martin, James McIver, Hugh E. Morrison, Paul W. Oman, Paul Ritcher, Robert G. Rosenstiel, and Herman A. Scullen.

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Subject Terms

  • Acarology.
  • Entomology--Research.
  • Entomology--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Macronyssidae--Classification.
  • Mites.

Corporate Names

  • Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.
  • North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences.
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Entomology.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Krantz, G. W. (Gerald William), 1928- (creator)