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College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 27

Scope and Contents

The College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Records (1879-2011; 18.1 cubic feet) includes an impressive collection of correspondence, field notebooks, photographs, reports, slides, and other materials.

Dates

  • 1879-2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/02/2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Purdue University

Historical Information

It is believed that the Department of Agronomy began around 1907, but curricula in agronomic subjects and crop experiments date as early as 1882, when Professor William O. Latta conducted experiments on corn, wheat, and oats. Today, the Agronomy Department regards Latta as Purdue’s “first agronomist.” Actual Agronomy courses first appeared in the 1905-1906 Purdue course catalog, and in 1908, Alfred T. Wiancko was appointed the first official head of the as the School of Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy. The department awarded its first masters of science degree in 1913 and its first PhD twenty-one years later. Agronomy awarded 1,375 graduate degrees by the end of 2005. Agronomy became a department within Purdue’s Agricultural Experiment Station in 1908.

Note written by John Michael Foster

Extent

18.10 Cubic Feet

3 c.f. boxes, 29 mss. boxes, 3 slide boxes, 2 lantern slide boxes, 5 photograph boxes, 2 flat boxes other_unmapped

Abstract

Correspondence, field notebooks, photo albums, photographs, reports, slides, soil notebooks, and other materials documenting the history, administration, and activities of the College of Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy.

Arrangement Note

The Records are organized into a single series with items arranged chronologically by type of material.

Physical Access Requirements

Field notebooks, summary books, and lantern slides are fragile and should be handled with care.

Custodial History

Darrel G. Schulze, Department of Agronomy, to ASC, February 20, 2007; Kelly Delp, Department of Agronomy, to ASC, July 1, 2008 and November 9, 2009; William F. Trent to ASC, April 14, 2011; College of Agriculture to ASC.

Source of Acquisition

Darrel G. Schulze, Department of Agronomy; Kelly Delp, Department of Agronomy; William F. Trent; College of Agriculture

Method of Acquisition

Records transfer, Purdue University

Related Materials

https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Pages/department_history.aspx

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.04 to UA 27 as of November 18, 2015.
Title
College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, records
Author
John Michael Foster
Date
04/05/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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