As a student of entomology, Ronald Madge spent his summers working for Canada’s Department of Agriculture on insect surveys in southern Canada, Alaska, and the Canadian high arctic. After completing his doctoral dissertation on the classification of the coleopteran genus Lebia at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr George E. Ball, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Natural History Museum in London, Dr Madge was employed from 1965 to his retirement in 1992 at the insect identification and taxonomic research division of the Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, part of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau (now CAB International). Dr Madge reports that his work in several “wonderful libraries” in London, particularly in the extensive library at London’s Natural History Museum, made a lasting impression and inspired him to help his alma mater strengthen its holdings of entomology’s classical works. His generosity has allowed Bruce Peel Special Collections to build one of the great collections of historic entomology, a collection that is notable for books of both scientific significance and great aesthetic beauty.
Hundreds of books from the Madge Collection are digitized and available for viewing in Gale's Nineteenth Century Collections Online database. To access the database from the library's home page (library.ualberta.ca), select "Databases A-Z" and type "Nineteenth Century Collections Online (via Gale)" to access digital images of books, pamphlets, and broadsides (posters). When the database is opened, click on "Science, Technology, and Medicine: 1780-1925, Part II" and then select the "Entomology" option to view and search all 537 books in the digitized collection.
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