Cooperative Extension Service Agronomy Specialist (Morrison) Records 1955-1969
Archives 30

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Cooperative Extension Service Agronomy Specialist (Morrison) Records
ID
Archives 30
Date [inclusive]
1955-1969
General Physical Description note
approximate 3200 items  4 linear feet  4 containers
Abstract
Consists mainly of the correspondence of Kenneth Morrison, relating to communication with other County Extension agents, as well as home gardeners and farmers.

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Organizational Sketch:

The origin of the Co-operative Extension Service can be traced to a 1913 act by the Washington State Legislature which created the Bureau of Farm Development and provided for agricultural experts to assist farmers. The federal Smith-Lever Act of 1914 lent financial support to the state's program and placed the director of Extension Services directly under the auspices of the land grant college.

In 1917 President E.O. Holland appointed the first agronomy extension specialist whose duties were to act as disseminator of agricultural research data to the county agents and the public. In 1950 the present incumbent, Kenneth J. Morrison, came to Washington State University to fill the position of agronomy extension specialist. Born in 1921, Morrison received his BA in 1948 from Kansas State University, and his MA and PhD from Purdue in 1950 and 1967 respectively.

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Arrangement note

The records of the Agronomy Specialist consist almost entirely of the correspondence of Kenneth J. Morrison. Although there are only two series, the first (general correspondence) contains the bulk of the material. Of the two subseries within series one, the first is organized alphabetically by correspondent for each year 1961 through 1969. The second subseries is a subject file of correspondence and memoranda arranged alphabetically by topic which spans the years 1955 through 1969. The second series, consisting of correspondence between Morrison and county agents throughout Washington State, is arranged by county within annual groupings from 1961 through 1968. Correspondents, while including media and industry representatives, county agents, and agricultural specialists, consist principally of home gardeners and farmers concerned with plant identification and extension publications.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Washington State University Extension Agronomy Specialist were placed in the Washington State University Libraries by Kenneth J. Morrison in June 1978 (UA 78-17).

Processing Information note

The collection was processed in March 1979 by Pat Graham Pidcock.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Extension Service.
  • Washington State University. Cooperative Extension Service. Agronomy Specialist--Archives
  • Washington State University. Cooperative Extension Service. Agronomy Specialist--Records and correspondence
  • Washington State University. Extension Service.

Personal Name(s)

  • Morrison, Kenneth J.--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural extension work--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 General Correspondence 

Box Folder

A-Z 1962   365.0 items

1 1-23

A-Z 1963   225.0 items

1 24-46

A-Z 1964   230.0 items

1 47-70

A-Z 1965-1966   480.0 items

2 71-92

A-Z 1967-1968   530.0 items

2 93-116

A-Z 1969   255.0 items

3 117-138

Bertramson, B.R. 1965-1967   25.0 items

3 139

Correspondence 1967-1969   10.0 items

3 140

Cosgriffe, H.A. 1964-1966   12.0 items

3 141

Cytogenetics 1955   1.0 item

3 142

Duplicates 1963-1964   55.0 items

3 143-144

Fertilizer Conference 1963   1.0 item

3 145

Genetics 1958-1963   15.0 items

3 146

Herbicide Advisory Council 1963   2.0 items

3 147

Isotopes 1959-1960   3.0 items

3 148

Land File 1963-1964   5.0 items

3 149

Memoranda 1962-1963   15.0 items

3 150-151

Memoranda to Agents 1965-1969   80.0 items

3 152-155

Outlying Testing- Central Washington 1963   5.0 items

3 156

Outlying Testing- Western Washington 1963   10.0 items

3 157

Plant Materials Center 1963   2.0 items

3 158

Seed House 1963   5.0 items

3 159

Storage Space 1963   5.0 items

3 160

Scholarships 1963   25.0 items

3 161

Soil Improvement Committee 1963   25.0 items

3 162-163

Tri-State Wheat Researchers Conference 1963   1.0 item

3 164

Washington State Crop Improvement Association 1963   5.0 items

3 165

Wheat Plotland Exemptions 1962-1963   15.0 items

3 166

Wheat Quality 1963   10.0 items

3 167

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 2 County Agent Correspondence (by county) 

Box Folder

 1962   185.0 items

3 168-201

 1963   160.0 items

4 202-239

 1964   175.0 items

4 236-266

 1965-1966   215.0 items

4 267-297

 1967-1968   235.0 items

4 298-323

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