The Wasmann Club Collector (Volumes 1, 2, from 1937-1938) and The Wasmann Collector (Volumes 3-7, from 1938-1949) precede the transition to The Wasmann Journal of Biology (Volumes 8-51, 1950-1996). The first volume is a typed copy repared by students as a Biology club. Unfortunately, the content of Vol. 1 No. 2 is lost. Volume 2 is bound and stapled with a separate covering. The editor continues to be a Biology student while Professor Edward L. Kessel of the biology department is the co-moderator. Professor Kessel would become the Managing Editor of the Wasmann Collector in 1939 and then the editor of the Wasmann Journal of Biology in 1950 continuing until the early 1970s.
Eric Wassman, S.J. (1857-1931), for whom this publication is named, was an Austrian Jesuit who became an accomplished entomologist. A biography of Father Wasmann by Charles. J. Wideman, S.J. is in two parts in the Collector, Volume 5, nos.1 and 2.
Though no record exists of the fact or reason, there was no publication of the 1946 Collector. The inference is that post-WWII activities and budgets were responsible. However, it is to the credit of Professor Kessel and his editorial board that publication continued through the Great Depression and WWII.
Until the late 1960s the predominant publications of the Wasmann Journal of Biology were the systematics and natural history of invertebrates, mainly insects, vertebrates and plants. Classic floras and faunas of California regions that are benchmarks for those monitoring the ecological landscape of California are in the Wasmann Journal.