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Willis King Collection

Identifier: MSS 83-05

Scope and Contents

Willis King (1908- ) was born May 24, 1908, in Fayette County, OH. He attended Wilmington College (Ohio), and received his B.S. in Education in 1929; an M.A. in Biology from Haverford College (PA), in 1930; and a Ph. D. in Zoology from the University of Cincinnati, in 1939. King was the first wildlife technician for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from 1934-1940, and conducted original field studies in the Park.

As well as initiating the Park's fisheries program, King was North Carolina's first fisheries biologist (1940-1944). He later became the Acting Director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (1947-1948) and the Chief of Fish Management in Tennessee (1949-1950). In 1951, King joined the U.S. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and served as Assistant Regional Director for both sport and commercial fisheries from 1956-1957. In 1957, King administered the newly created Division of Fishery Services, and developed numerous cooperative programs with national parks and other federal areas throughout the United States. King was the Assistant Director for Cooperative Services from 1970-1973, and in 1971 was awarded the U.S. Department of Interior's Distinguished Service Award. In 1973, King retired to Hendersonville, NC.

The collection is divided into three broad categories: articles dealing with fishing and fisheries, divided by subject and by state (Box 1); articles with references to fishing and fisheries, alphabetized by the author’s last name (Box 2); and articles dealing with herpetological information, alphabetized by author's last name (Box 3).


  • 1964 - 1981


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Fair to Poor.

  • Fisheries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Fishing Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Herpetology Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States