Everett Franklin Phillips (1878-1951) was a renowned American apiculturist, scholar, and innovator in the beekeeping field.
Phillips’ interest in honey bees began during his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. As part of his studies, he spent the summers of 1903 and 1904 in Medina, Ohio, with the A. I. Root family, befriending E. R. Root. While there, he completed the first of what would become more than 600 written works on bees. This particular article appeared in the September 1903 edition of Gleanings in Bee Culture.
After graduation, he served as the Expert in Charge of Apiculture within the Bureau of Entomology of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There, he spearheaded efforts to bring the U.S. beekeeping industry in line with modern scientific standards. Not only did this work help beekeeping practitioners and scholars, it also contributed directly to the 400% increase in U.S. commercial honey production incurred during the first World War.
In 1924, Phillips joined the faculty of Cornell University as professor of apiculture, and remained there until his retirement in 1946. He worked with long-time friend and major U.S. apiculturist E. R. Root to establish a world-class beekeeping library at Cornell. An endowment fund started by the New York State Beekeepers’ Association, supplemented with proceeds from the Dyce Honey Patent—an innovation in the production of creamed honey patented by Elton J. Dyce, also of Cornell—made possible the purchase of new library acquisitions over the years. The E. F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection, housed at the A. R. Mann Library at Cornell University, is today one of the largest beekeeping libraries in the world, containing some of the oldest existing beekeeping treatises, complete collections of writings by famed apiculturists such as L. L. Langstroth and Moses Quinby, and an ever-growing number of new publications. Phillips and his wife Mary Geisler Phillips, continued to work at expanding the beekeeping library at Cornell until his death in 1951.
- The Habits of the Honeybee pp. 23. Medina, OH: A. I. Root (1905).
- Morris-Knower, James P.. "Beeman of Ithaca: E. Franklin Phillips & the Phillips’ Beekeeping Collection at Cornell’s Albert R. Mann Library." Bee Culture Nov (2000): 23-25.
- Caron, Dewey M.. "Dr. E. F. Phillips." EAS Meeting. University of Delaware, Aug 2002
- The Hive and the Honeybee Online archive of items in the Phillips Beekeeping Collection
- A Buzz About Bees Exhibit on the Phillips Beekeeping Collection, Cornell University
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