Charles Dadant Papers, 1861-1937

Summary Information

Title: Charles Dadant Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1937

  • Dadant, Charles, 1817-1902
Call Number: Mss 590

Quantity: 1.8 c.f. (5 archives boxes)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Charles Dadant, a Frenchman who immigrated to Hamilton, Illinois, in 1863 and established the bee supply firm Charles Dadant & Son in 1874. Dadant, in hundreds of articles in European and American bee journals, advocated the large movable-frame hive. It is by his name that this kind of hive, preferred by European beekeepers, is known on the continent. He also solved the problem of the safe transatlantic shipment of Italian golden bees. The papers consist of correspondence between Dadant and Edouard Bertrand, editor of Revue Internationale d'Apiculture; letters by Dadant's son Camille Pierre to Bertrand; letters to Charles Dadant & Son from many European and American bee men, among them L. L. Langstroth; and some letters to Frank C. Pellett, H. J. O. Walker, and H. F. Wilson. The collection provides information on beekeeping experiments, controversies, practices, and developments in the United States and Europe, and comments on political philosophy and world events.

Language: English, French, Italian, German

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