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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1934

TIE MICIWANDAILY

PACE THREE,

T~UI~SAV, SET~M~ER~---------- ---UE

University Is
Recipient Of
Botany Books
Nearly 2300 Specialized
Volumes Presented By
A Detroit Firm
A gift of nearly 2,300 volumes, com-
prising the entire botanical library
of Parke, Davis and Company, De-
troit, to the University was announced
today by Dr. William W. Bishop, li-
brarian of the University and head
of the library science department.

Guest Speaker

These books, many very rare and ir-
replaceable, sum up the result of years
of research and collecting in all parts
of the globe, Dr. Bishop said. Of the
collection, 25, he added, are the only
copies in the United States. Although
there is a certain amount of duplica-
tion between the books already in the
stacks, and those in the Parke, Davis
and Company library, the duplication
is not on a. large scale; While certain
of the books were, by their rarity and
value placed beyond attainment by
the University library under ordinary
circumstances, according to Dr.
Bishop.
Particular mention was made by
Dr. Bishop of one set, composed of
over 40 volumes on the flora of
Brazil. These are copiously illus-
trated by full page color prints, and
are of inestimable value to scholars,
he said. They take rank with the 500
odd volumes described as being ex-
ceedingly rare and costly. Of those
books duplicating ones already in the
possession of the University, a por-.
tion will be turned over to the Mu-.
seum for assistance in the work at
the Herbrarium. The remainder of
this group will go to the Natural
Science Library.
This addition to the University's
botanical material makes its position
entirely satisfactory with regard to
research work, the field being amply
covered for purposes of nearly any
form of research, Dr. Bishop ex-
plained and up to this time, he went
on to say, a decided need has been
felt for the type of material' con-
tained in the generous gift of the
Parke, Davis Company.
One field alone, according to Dr.
Bishop, remains somewhat inade-
quately covered. It is that of the
earlier botanical research, by which is
meant, work prior to the opening of
the nineteenth century. Although val-
uable largely for purposes of his-
torical detail, additions of this sort
are still needed to make the Univer-
.sity's botanical library entirely com-
plete in every respect, Dr. Bishop said.
Several weeks' work will be neces-
sary before completion of the classi-
fication of the gift, and its incorpora-
tion into the stacks and files of the
libraries. Because of its large size,
considerable difficulty is being en-
countered in the placing of the col-
lection because of limited space in the
library, Dr.' Bishop stated.
One of the most important observa-
tions to be gathered from this gift,
Dr. Bishop said, is in its reflection of
the changinof the science of med-
icine and pharmacy. Prior to the
twentieth century, Parke, Davis and
Company, produced a large share of
its drugs from plants, roots, and tree
barks of various sorts. To almost every
country on the globe, they sent ex-
peditions to ferret out the secrets of
the herb doctors and medicine men
of the natives. No lead to a possible
discovery of an aid to therapeutics
was neglected by them, or by any
other firm of manufacturing chem-
ists. Practically all drugs were formed
from plant preparations.
But with the opening of the twen-
tieth century, medical science, and
hence the accompanying business of
pharmacy was revolutionized by the
great discoveries of the various types
of sera. This changed the aspect of
pharmacy, Dr. Bishop explained, and
made the working library of the com-
pany obsolete, the study of zoology
havng replaced that of botany, and
feeling that their collection should
be utilized in a manner worthy of its
excellence, tiey presented it to the
University.

SM11Teet Class
hI Broadecastiiig

Will Be One Of

Several

Outstanding S p e a k e r s
To Address Students
Names of experienced radio broad-
casters, who will meet with the class
in broadcasting technique, were an-
nounced by Prof. Waldo Abbot, di-
rector of broadcasting yesterday.
One of the featured speakers will be
Lowell Thomas who will visit Ann
Arbor Dec. 13 on the Oratorical lec-
ture series. He will address the class,
and will broadcast his lecture from
the University studio over a national
chain.
Other speakers who will meet with
the class on Thursday mornings are
Arthur McPhillips, engineer of WJR;
John Eccles, program director of
WJR; Mrs. Olive Sharman, chief con-
tinuity writer of WJR; Lewis Allen
Weisse, asst. general manager of
WJR; Stanley Boynton, in charge of
sales promotion WJR; Norman White,
studio manager of WJR; Benny Kyte,
musical director of WJR; Charles
Penman, in charge of dramatics
WJR; Duncan Moore, director of
public relations WJR; Ty Tyson of
WWJ; and Leo Fitzpatrick, vice-pres-
ident and general manager of WJR.
The course in broadcasting tech-
nique is now offered in Detroit as a
University extension course. The class
there has had two meetings, and a
total of 75 students are enrolled.
Students in the class will be as-
signed to prepare commercial pro-
grams advertising campus activities
of strictly a University character. Re-
quests for such advertisements should
be addressed to Prof. Waldo Abbot
at Morris Hall.
School Of Education
Offers New Course
A new course, A10, education in the
United States, is being offered this
year by the School of Education to
serve as an introductory course to all
undergraduate work in education. The
course will give a general survey of
the purposes, history, organization,
administration, financing, and out-
ccmes of education in the United
States.
Although designed primarily for
School of Education students, the
course was described by Dean Ed-
monson as one "of great value to
students not planning to teach, inas-
much as each one will sometime in-
evitably be concerned with school
problems as a citizen, taxpayer, par-
ent, or school-board member."
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