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Agricultural Collections - Extension

 

BERESFORD, REX (1885-?). Papers, 1926-1972.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: RS 09/11/56.

Description: Animal scientist active in extension. Rex Beresford was born in Vinton, Iowa, in 1885. He received a B.S. in animal husbandry from Iowa State University in 1911 and became active in raising registered beef shorthorns, as had three generations of Beresfords before him. In 1912, Beresford began work in advertising and publicity as a representative for the Avery Farm Machinery Company. From 1912 to 1916, he was a field representative for the Iowa Beef Producers Association, organizing the first baby beef clubs and the first baby beef show at the Iowa State Fair. Beresford was active in the Iowa extension service for 39 years, becoming an associate professor of animal husbandry in 1916 and a professor in 1921. In 1948 he also became a professor of livestock marketing. Collection includes biographical information, articles written by Beresford, speeches, photographs, and an interview with him taped on July 5, 1972. The articles and interview deal primarily with his activities in the Iowa beef industry.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

BLISS, RALPH KENNETH (1880-1972). Papers, 1904-1971.

Extent: 16.8 linear feet.

Number: RS 16/03/13.

Description: Director of extension at Iowa State University. Ralph Kenneth Bliss received a B.A. in animal husbandry from Iowa State University in 1905. After operating the family farm and serving on the faculties of Iowa State and the University of Nebraska, he became director of extension at Iowa State, a position he held from 1914-1946. Bliss served as secretary of the War Emergency Food Committee (1917), treasurer of the American Country Life Association, and chair of the state advisory committee of the Soil Conservation Service. He was on the Iowa Corn-Hog Commission as part of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1933-1935) and was a member of the state U.S. Department of Agriculture War Board (1941-1946). During World Wars I and II, Bliss promoted the sale of bonds and served on the state U.S. Savings Bond Committee. Bliss retired in 1946 but continued as director emeritus of extension. He also delivered numerous addresses on WOI Radio. Collection includes correspondence, transcripts of radio addresses, manuscripts, photographs, bound volumes, and clippings. The correspondence concerns extension, U.S. Savings and War Bonds, 4-H, War Food Production, and the American Country Life Association. Extension materials include reports and correspondence with Perry G. Holden (1908-1912). There are also annual reports on extension work in crops, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy, nutrition, and clothing (1919-1923); the reports include photographs depicting extension work across Iowa.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

GRAFF, EDGAR F. (1894-1982). Papers, 1917-1982.

Extent: 8.22 linear feet.

Number: RS 16/03/52.

Description: Extension agent. Edgar Fisher Graff attended Iowa State University (B.S., 1917 and M.S., 1936) and except for 1934-1936, he worked his entire career from 1917 to 1960 for the Iowa extension service. Graff served as the 1917 class president and began work as an extension agent in Johnson County, Iowa, the same year. In 1920 he joined the district agricultural extension service. Graff was appointed to the position of supervisor in 1940. Collection includes biographical information and year-by-year reflections on Graff's work for the extension service from 1917 to 1960, which he wrote in 1964. There are also materials on the training of extension personnel; soil conservation; the Iowa State University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity; agriculture and food production during World War II and the conversion to a post-war economy; and cooperative extension during World War II.

Status: 0.42 linear foot processed, 7.8 linear feet container listed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

GUNDERSON, HAROLD (1913-1971). Papers, n.d., 1971.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: RS 09/12/55.

Description: Extension entomologist. Harold Gunderson received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Montana State University in 1934 and 1935. He received a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University in 1939 and was appointed an extension entomologist at Iowa State soon thereafter. In this position, he dealt with pest control and with the chemical control of crop insects. Collection consists of biographical information and fourteen 8mm films on professional subjects.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Unavailable.

 


 

HOLDEN, PERRY G. (1865-1959). Papers, 1892-1967.

Extent: 0.84 linear foot.

Number: RS 16/03/11.

Description: First director of extension (1906-1912) at Iowa State University. Perry Greeley Holden was born in Dodge City, Minnesota, on October 13, 1865. He received an M.S. from Michigan State University in 1895 and went to the University of Illinois as the first professor of agronomy in the United States. From 1901 to 1902 he was manager of Funk Brothers Seed Company, helping establish its reputation as a purveyor of hybrid seed. In 1902, Holden came to Iowa State as vice dean of agriculture. He became the first director of Iowa extension in 1906, eight years before the Smith-Lever Act created a national extension program. Holden established demonstration farms throughout Iowa, and in 1904 he instituted "corn gospel trains" to promote the importance of seed corn selectivity in the state. He ran in the Republican primary for governor of Iowa in 1912, but was defeated and became agricultural extension director for International Harvester in Michigan. There he worked with farmers to diversify and engage in scientific agriculture. He was especially concerned with the suffering caused by the boll weevil in the South. Holden retired in 1932; most of his papers were donated to Michigan State University before his death in 1959. The Iowa State collection includes letters, publications, unpublished materials, newspaper clippings on Holden, addresses given in his gubernatorial race, and numerous duplicate family albums compiled during his retirement. The letters, dating from 1907-1958, deal mainly with his career at Iowa State. Correspondents include Ralph Kenneth Bliss, A. B. Storms, and Charles F. Curtiss. His writings and the news clippings concern hybrid corn, extension, demonstration farms, corn gospel trains, and diversification. The family album includes personal family history, photographs, reminiscences of family members, poetry, copies of awards, certificates of marriage, and degrees. It also contains letters and articles about Holden written by friends, including Henry A. Wallace, W. H. Smith, E. J. Bodman, A. E. Winship, Milburn L. Wilson, E. T. Robbins, H. S. Mobley, Martin L. Mosher, A. H. Snyder, and the Honorable Bert Cooper. News clippings also relate to his colleagues, including Oscar Herman Benson and R. K. Bliss.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE. COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICES. Records, 1913-1968.

Extent: 244 linear feet (985 vols.).

Number: S537 I59 IO8A.

Description: Collection documents activities of county extension offices in Iowa. It includes annual narrative reports of county extension agents and county home demonstration agents; correspondence; publications (for example, the Home Furnishing Series); photographs; newspaper clippings; schedules of demonstration agents; 4-H Club programs; report forms and books; and annual programs and other items for township farm bureaus.

Status: 1913-1945: available on microfilm in the Parks Library Media Center; 1946-1968: bound voulumes on shelf, arranged chronologically.

 


 

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE. ENTOMOLOGY AND WILDLIFE. Records, 1918-1967 (bulk 1933-1967).

Extent: 3.5 linear feet (31 vols.)

Number: S537 I59 IO8B.

Description: Collection includes annual reports; correspondence; publications; surveys; photographs; maps; newspaper clippings; radio and television scripts; outlines for presentations; and programs from conferences, short courses, field days, and 4-H camps. Of special interest is documentation on control of chinch bugs in Iowa in the 1940s, as well as corn root worm, corn borers, flies, rats, and Dutch Elm disease. Harold Gunderson, extension entomologist during much of the period covered, wrote most of the annual reports and assembled the material. Reports for 1920-1921, 1924-1925, 1928-1929, 1931, and 1932 are lacking.

Status: On shelf, arranged chronologically.

 


 

KIRKPATRICK, KEMPER A. (1878-?). Papers, 1913-1914, 1947.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: RS 16/03/58.

Description: Extension agent. Kemper A. Kirkpatrick received a B.S. from Iowa State University in 1909 and served as the first county extension agent for Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1913-1914. He later served as an extension agent in Hennepin County, Minnesota, where he promoted rural health. Collection contains a scrapbook, clippings, and a manuscript about his life and work. The scrapbook contains clippings on early extension work in Muscatine County, including agricultural columns written by Kirkpatrick published in the Muscatine Journal. The manuscript is an autobiographical sketch written in 1947.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

MOSHER, MARTIN L. (1882-1980). Papers, 1899-1979.

Extent: 14.28 linear feet.

Number: RS 16/03/55.

Description: Extension agent. Martin Luther Mosher is credited as being the first county extension agent for the state of Iowa, appointed in 1912 and serving in Clinton County. Mosher received a B.A. and an honorary M.A. from Iowa State University in 1905 and 1915. He worked under Perry G. Holden at Iowa State and traveled on the Corn Train Special in 1905. Mosher served as a private consultant for corn production in Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1908 and 1909. In 1916, he received an extension position in Woodford County, Illinois, where he promoted the improvement of corn and conducted a three-year test (1919-1921) of local corn varieties. Mosher was an extension specialist in farm management for the University of Illinois from 1923-1950. Collection includes manuscripts, clippings, correspondence, diaries, transcripts of radio discussions, scrapbooks, photographs, photographic negatives, and slides. Materials relating to extension work document seed corn, especially the open-pollinated varieties Krug Corn and Reid's Yellow Dent, and Pfister Hybrid Seeds. Mosher's senior and graduate papers on corn production document seed corn as well. There are three medicine bottles of corn, including one from the Woodford County tests. Negatives and photographs depict Mosher's work in Iowa, Mexico, and Illinois; farmsteads of the 1950s across the United States; and Mosher's family. Correspondents include Perry Holden and Henry A. Wallace. The collection contains Mosher's personal diaries and account books, a diary of Elva Forman Mosher, and scrapbooks, one from Perry Holden to Mosher documenting Holden's career. The collection also contains unpublished material from Mosher's father, Lemuel Mosher, on natural history near West Liberty, Iowa (1900-1915).

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

NICHOLS, HAROLD MAXWELL. Papers, 1917-1974.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: RS 16/03/51.

Description: Extension agent. Harold M. Nichols attended Iowa State University, and after World War I he worked for the Iowa extension service in Allamakee, Hamilton, and Humboldt counties. In 1917 he was a member of the International Livestock Judging Team. Nichols served as president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He moved to Texas in 1947, where he continued his career in extension. Collection contains photographs, manuscripts, and correspondence. The Iowa extension material documents Nichols' work in Allamakee, Humboldt, and Hamilton counties. The manuscripts cover reminiscences of his work and photographs from the 1920s and 1930s. Other materials include photographs and reminiscences of Iowa State University and World War I and copies of The Iowa Agriculturist from 1915 and The Iowa Veterinarian from 1930 and 1932. The veterinary publications used photographs of hogs taken by Nichols.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

SHAMBAUGH, JESSIE FIELD (1881-1971). Papers, 1947-1990.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: RS 16/03/60.

Description: Teacher and pioneer in the 4-H movement. Celestia Josephine "Jessie" Field was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, on June 26, 1881. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1899 and attended Western Normal College in Shenandoah until the spring of 1901, when she accepted a teaching position at Goldenrod School in Page County, Iowa. As a teacher she developed a curriculum that related to the children's environment and future occupations, starting a Girls Home Club and Boys Corn Club, the forerunner of 4-H Clubs. The clubs met on alternating days, with the boys studying agriculture with a scientific emphasis and the girls studying gardening, cooking, sewing, and other homemaking arts. Jessie Field married Ira W. Shambaugh in 1917. She died in 1971 and is buried in Clarinda, Iowa. The collection consists mainly of information written about Jessie Field Shambaugh and her pioneering efforts to create the 4-H movement. There is a cassette tape of a slide presentation, "Jessie Field, Mother of 4-H," two additional cassette tapes of a speech and interview with Shambaugh, photographs of a watch given to her in 1911, and a scrapbook.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

STACY, WILLIAM HOMER (1894-1975). Papers, 1911-1975, undated.

Extent: 63.53 linear feet.

Number: RS 16/03/57.

Description: William H. Stacy (1894-1975) received a B.S. (1917) in agronomy from Iowa State College (University), an M.S. (1922) in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (1935) in adult education from Columbia University. He was Extension Sociologist at Iowa State College (University) from 1922 until his retirement in 1959. He served as Adult Education Specialist on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored trip to Germany in 1952 and served for two years after his retirement in Korea as a member of the Near East Foundation team of advisers for leadership training in rural community development. He helped to form the Iowa Christian Rural Fellowship, the Iowa Association for Adult Education, and the Iowa Council for Community Improvement, and was active in several other professional organizations. The collection contains biographical files, correspondence, writings, reports, committee files, newsletters, scripts for radio talks, speeches, slide sets and related audio cassette tapes, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and subject files. It documents Stacy's engagement with his community, work with Cooperative Extension Service, service in professional organizations, and overseas work in Germany and Korea.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

SYLWESTER, ERHARDT PAUL (1906-1975). Papers, 1936-1971.

Extent: 11.83 linear feet.

Number: RS 09/18/51.

Description: Extension botanist and plant pathologist. Erhardt Paul (E. P.) Sylwester received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1931 and 1945. Sylwester taught at St. Olaf College but spent most of his professional career at Iowa State. In 1935 Sylwester received an appointment with Iowa State extension, where he worked for thirty years as an extension botanist and plant pathologist. He specialized in weed control, promoting cultural methods. He served as head of the Iowa State Seed Lab from 1946-1952. Sylwester helped found the North Central Weed Control Conference, serving as its president in 1950, and was the national chair of the Association of Regional Weed Control Conferences in 1952-1953. Sylwester received numerous awards, including a distinguished faculty citation from Iowa State in 1969. Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, photographs, and sound recordings. Correspondence includes local, national, and international inquiries regarding weeds and plant diseases. Collection includes a draft of Louis H. Pammel's weed survey of Iowa, which Sylwester co-edited, and other manuscripts on weed control written by Sylwester. Pamphlets relate to wildlife, farm safety, and weed control. Clipping files concern barberry; 2, 4-D; bargain seeds; and clean seeds. Collection also includes sound recordings about weed control.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

TAFF, PAUL (1887-1982). Papers, 1904-1980.

Extent: 8.3 linear feet.

Number: RS 16/03/56.

Description: Extension assistant director and 4-H leader. Paul C. Taff received a B.S. in agriculture from Iowa State University in 1913, trained under Perry G. Holden, and became assistant director of the Iowa State extension service from 1917-1952. He was also a state 4-H Club leader from 1919-1952. The collection contains correspondence, extension photographs, booklets, pamphlets, and clippings. Many of the materials document the development of the local and national 4-H movements, the Iowa State extension service, and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. Collection contains extensive materials on the history of early boys' and girls' club meetings in Iowa, including research conducted by Taff and others on 4-H history. It includes information on Iowans Oscar Herman Benson, Jessie Field Shambaugh, and Cap Miller; and on W. B. Otwell of Illinois and A. B. Graham of Ohio. There is correspondence with Bill Otwell, W. B. Otwell's grandson, and materials documenting Illinois Boys Club beginnings. Records for the Jasper County, Iowa, 4-H group "Sunbonnet Sue's" (1963-1978) are included, as are manuals and organizational materials from other 4-H clubs. Of special note are materials documenting Taff's work with Harvest Home Picnics, the Youth Committee (1940-1950), and the "Pig Crop Special Education Train," which traveled the state of Iowa in the fall of 1929.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.