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Guide to the Phytotron Records, 1958 - 1984

Abstract

Established in 1968 with funds from Duke and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Phytotron is a controlled environment research facility located on the Duke University campus housing plant growth chambers, controlled greenhouses, and associated instrumentation and laboratories. The Phytotron Records contain correspondence, memoranda, financial records, reports, grant proposals, blueprints, schematics, contracts, supplier catalogs, specification books, and other records of the planning, construction, and operation of the facility. Major subjects include the Duke University Dept. of Botany and Dept. of Biology, greenhouses, and global environmental change.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Phytotron records 1958 - 1984
Creator
Duke University. Dept. of Botany.
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet , 4,500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Phytotron Records contain correspondence, memoranda, financial records, reports, grant proposals, blueprints, schematics, contracts, supplier catalogs, specification books, and ot er records of the planning and construction of the facility, as well as the operation of the Phytotron. These materials include a 1962 feasibility study, meeting minutes, construction progress reports, descriptions of phytotrons in business and academic settings, architect's reports, a facilities review, and records of the opening and dedication (1968), the Phytotron Board, the Regional Phytotron Committee, and USDA workshops.

Administrative Information

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Index of Material for Archives
Box 1
Bibliography of reprints from research performed in the Phytotron
Box 1
Annual reports, 1968-1969, 1971-1978
Box 1
Board Meetings of the Southeastern Plant Environment Labs, 1969
Box 1
Proposal for 1975-1976
Box 1
SEPEL Brochure
Box 1
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Newsletter
Box 1
Utilities: Duke Unit of SEPEL, 1968-1974
Box 1
Breakdown of Operations for Duke Unit of SEPEL, 1968-1974
Box 1
Monies Collected on Space Charges for Duke Unit of SEPEL, 1968-1974
Box 1
The Amount and Cost of Space Used During September 1974
Box 1
Botany Departments in Southeast as of May 1975
Box 1
Foreign Grads and Post-doctoral Students Who Have Used Duke's Phytotron
Box 1
Chamber Waiting List, Sept. 4, 1974-Oct. 22, 1974
Box 1
SEPEL brochure (Duke and NC State Phytotron)
Box 1
Article: SEPEL: New Phytotrons for Environmental Research
Box 1
Article: Engineering Problems in the Design and Operation of Phytotrons
Box 1
Article: Controlled Environments for Plant-Life Research
Box 1
Letter: Henry Hellmers to Stephen C. Harward
Box 1
Formal History: SEPEL The Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratories of Duke University and North Carolina State University
Box 1
Report: Controlled-Climate Facilities, February 1959
Box 2
Controlled Environment-- Discussions and Committees, before 1962
Box 2
Phototron Proposal from Duke University and NC State University, 1963
Box 2
Proposal for SEPEL by Duke and NC State--effective 1 July 1967
Box 2
Proposal for SEPEL by Duke and NC State, 1 January 1973 - 31 December 1974
Box 2
Proposal for SEPEL by Duke, 1 January 1975 - 11 December 1975
Box 2
Biotrons Committee 1958-1959
Box 2
Site Visit
Box 2
Correspondence from Fred S. Dubin
Box 2
Phytotron, Sept. 1975
Box 3
R.J. Downs Correspondence, 1970-1973
Box 3
Phytotron User's Committee
Box 3
Phytotron Project Reviews
Box 3
Phytotron Regional User's Committee
Box 3
Phytotron Board
Box 3
Phytotron Advisory Committee, 1974
Box 3
Phytotron Advisory Committee, 1968-1970
Box 3
Phytotron Publicity
Box 3
Atlanta
Box 3
Correspondence with Sievers, 1975-1977
Box 3
Southeastern Plant Environmental Laboratories (SEPEL)
Box 4
Phytotron Concerning Duke's First Proposal, 1958-1960
Box 4
Phytotron -- Notes on 1st Duke Proposal
Box 4
Hellmers
Box 4
Schematic Stage Report to the Phytotron Board
Box 4
Notes for Phytotron Planning, 1962-1963 (Evans, Senn, Lang, et al)
Box 4
2nd Duke Phytotron Planning Notes
Box 4
Phytotron Correspondence, 1964-1965
Box 4
Phytotron Correspondence, through February 1964
Box 4
Robert D. Rodwell and Associates
Box 4
SEPEL: The Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratories of Duke University and North Carolina State University
Box 4
Phytotron Planning Proposal
Box 4
Phytotron History
Box 4
Proposed Phytotron
Box 4
Phytotron Costs (1st Duke Proposal), March 1959
Box 4
Engineers Memos, 1965
Box 4
Growth Chambers Misc.
Box 4
Environmental Growth Chambers
Box 4
Sherer-Gillett Installation
Box 4
Percival -- Assembly and Operation
Box 4
Greenhouse
Box 4
Greenhouses and Equipment
Box 4
Phytotron Expenditures
Box 4
Memoranda on Phytotron (to Williams, etc.), 1964
Box 4
Lighting
Box 4
Cornell Notes and Specifications
Box 4
Windsor Plant Growth Chambers
Box 4
Sugarcane Phytotron -- Brisbane
Box 4
Notes on Phytotrons
Box 4
Wisconsin
Box 4
Phytotron, 1961-1962
Box 4
Duke's 1st Proposal
Box 4
NASA 1962
Box 4
Bids
Box 4
Phytotron Proposal and Grant Letters (Revised Budget, 1965-1966)
Box 4
Phytotron Personnel, 1964
Box 4
Phytotron -- Agreement and Discussions, summer 1962
Box 4
Phytotron Materials and Equipment
Box 5
Contract with Architects
Box 5
Engineering Problems (Growth Chambers)
Box 5
Phytotrons Historical and Informative
Box 5
Information on other Phytotrons
Box 5
Earhart Lab Cal Tech
Box 5
Miscellaneous
Box 5
Lighting Information
Box 5
NC State Unit (Memos)
Box 5
Phytotron Costs Final Settlements
Box 5
Construction Data
Box 5
Opening of Phytotron
Box 5
Opening of Phytotron (2nd folder)
Box 5
Carter Williams
Box 5
Construction Notes
Box 5
Recorders from Cal Tech
Box 5
Phytotron Expenditures
Box 5
Construction Progress Reports 1966-1968
Box 5
Phytotron: Filing Code for Phytotron Correspondence
Box 5
NC State Unive sity Phytotron 1968-
Box 5
Phytotron Dedication
Box 5
Phytotron Construction, August 1966-1969
Box 5
Phytotron Construction, Jan. 1965-July 1966
Box 6
Duke University Heating and Air conditioning, 1965
Box 6
Phytotron Construction NC State Univ., Aug 1966-March 1967
Box 6
NC State University Phytotron Heating and Air-conditioning Contracts, 1965
Box 6
Phytotron Construction NC State University, July 1965-July 1966
Box 6
Schematic Stage Report to the Phytotron Board, October 15, 1964
Box 6
Phytotron Specifications, Spring 1965
Box 6
Schematic Stage Report to the Phytotron Board, November 1964
Box 6
Proposed Phytotron NC State University Raleigh, NC
Box 6
Specifications Heating and Air Conditioning Two-Unit Phytotron
Box 6
Specifications Two-Unit Phytotron (bound copy)
Box 6
Board Meetings, 1974-1978
Box 6
Phytotron Director 1981-1983
Box 6
Regional Phytotron Committee Correspondence
Box 6
Regional Phytotron Committee, 1976-1977
Box 6
Phytotron Director, 1979-1983
Box 6
Southern Regional Education Board
Box 6
Phytotron Staff and User Meetings, 1981-1983
Box 6
USDA Workshop, 1976
Box 6
Workshop, 1975 (postponed)
Box 6
Facilities Review, 1979
Box 6
Phytotron Research, 1970-1984
Box 6

Historical Note

The Phytotron is a controlled environment facility located on the Duke University campus. It houses 48 plant growth chambers and six controlled greenhouses -- a total of over 450 square meters of growth space -- and associated instrumentation and laboratories. Established in 1968 with funds from Duke and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Phytotron was designed by leading scientists in controlled environment (CE) research and technology.

Controlled environment facilities permit investigators to create experimental systems in which biotic and/or abiotic variables and factors are controlled by the investigator. The phytotron can reproduce different types of environments, ranging from the arctic to the desert to the tropics. Researchers are able to maintain precise control over environmental conditions (e.g., soil type, air temperature, light levels, carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, relative humidity, nutrients) and the organisms under study (e.g., mixtures of plant and animal species and their spatial arrangement). This provides the opportunity to gain increased understanding of the complex interactions between plants and their environment in studies of global change.

[This text adapted from the Phytotron website: http://www.biology.duke.edu/phytotron/]

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Dept. of Botany records. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Paul J. Kramer papers. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • Photographic files, Buildings: Phytotron. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phytotron Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Phytotron Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1980 and 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Sara Busija

Completed April 2004

Encoded by Jill Katte, May 2004

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