A picture of the Biology Library lion from Georges Cuvier's "The Animal Kingdom" (Le Règne Animal)




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Biosciences Librarian:

Kelli Trei
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Stephen Alfred Forbes

The collections of the Biology Library and the Natural History Survey Library have their origins in the Library of the State Laboratory of Natural History which was developed by Professor Stephen A. Forbes. This library of 1,207 volumes and 3,856 periodicals and pamphlets was transferred from Normal, IL when Professor Forbes was made head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Illinois in 1884. Forbes is "generally credited with laying the foundations for applied ecology, and in particular, for integrated pest management. " (IlliniWeek, April 26, 1990, p. 6). In the obituary that appeared in the Journal of Economic Entomology v. 23: 472-473, 1930, Forbes was credited with "one of the most remarkable careers known in the history of American Entomology. " The Stephen A. Forbes Papers are held in the University of Illinois Archives, 19 Library.