Agronomy and Soils Department Records 1940-1973
Archives 61

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Agronomy and Soils Department Records
ID
Archives 61
Date [inclusive]
1940-1973
General Physical Description note
approximate 8425 items  9.5 linear feet  10 containers
Abstract
Includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes and proceedings of professional meetings, reports, newsletters, student and faculty information and research information, financial statements, vouchers, and reports on program progress.

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Department History:

Agriculture has always been part of the college's curriculum; in the earliest days, all of its disciplines were taught in one department (the Department Of Agriculture). By 1918 these agricultural disciplines including farm crops, soils, etc., had expanded enough to warrant the formation of separate departments. The Department of Farm Crops and Soils were consolidated into a Department Of Agronomy in February 1928. This name was changed in November 1969 to Department of Agronomy and Soils. The present department offers a number of degrees, including B.S. in Agronomy, B.S. in Soils, M.S. in Agronomy, M.S. in Soils, and Doctor of Philosophy.

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Arrangement note

The records of the Department of Agronomy and Soils are arranged in three series: Subject File, 1940-1972; Tennessee Valley Authority Files, 1951-1972; and Correspondence Files, 1965-1971. Series one file contains records dating from 1940 through 1972, however, the bulk of the material deals with the period after 1963. This first series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The file consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes and proceedings of professional meetings, reports, newsletters, student and faculty information and research information. Major headings in the subject file include such topics as: Agronomy & Men (publication of the Agronomy Club), Extension Administration, annual reports of county Extension Agents, Outlying Testing Program of the Washington experimental stations, Pacific Northwest Fertilizer Conference, Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association, Pacific Northwest Plant Food Association, teaching and course content in the department, Washington State Crop Improvement Association, USDA correspondence, and wheat research.

Series two, Tennessee Valley Authority files, date from 1951 to 1972 and consist of correspondence, financial statements, vouchers, and reports on program progress. Through an agreement with Washington State University, the TVA sold fertilizer to Washington state farmers. These records document this agreement, the shipment of the fertilizer, and the farmers who participated in the program. The file has been arranged chronologically to be consistent with its original order.

Series three, the correspondence file, contains items dating from 1965 to 1971; these records have been arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically within each year. The file consists of correspondence to and from various agencies, including county extension agents, professional organizations, private industry, governmental departments, and individuals.

Principal correspondents are: B. Rodney Bertramson (former department chairman and Director of Resident Instruction), Harry A. Cosgriffe, Irving Dow (Extension Specialist), James C. Engibous (chairman of the department), C.B. Harston, A.G. Law (professor Of Agronomy), L.L. Madsen (Dean, College of Agriculture), C. Dawson Moodie (professor of Agronomy), Kenneth Morrison (Extension Specialist), J.S. Robins (Director of Research, College of Agriculture), Leland Streit, and R.M. Turner.

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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 Department of Agronomy and Soils were transferred to the University Archives, Washington State University in June 1976 and March 1979 (UA 78- 16) according to the approved records schedules.

Processing Information note

The records were processed by Michael Sampson from December 1980 to March 1981.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Department of Farm Crops and Soils.
  • State College of Washington. Dept. of Agronomy.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority--Archives
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agronomy and Soils--Archives
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agronomy and Soils--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural extension work--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Soils--Analysis--Washington (State)--Research
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 1 Subject File 1940-1972 

Scope and Contents note

Series one file contains records dating from 1940 through 1972, however, the bulk of the material deals with the period after 1963. This first series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The file consists of correspondence, memoranda, minutes and proceedings of professional meetings, reports, newsletters, student and faculty information and research information. Major headings in the subject file include such topics as: Agronomy & Men (publication of the Agronomy Club), Extension Administration, annual reports of county Extension Agents, Outlying Testing Program of the Washington experimental stations, Pacific Northwest Fertilizer Conference, Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association, Pacific Northwest Plant Food Association, teaching and course content in the department, Washington State Crop Improvement Association, USDA correspondence, and wheat research.

Box Folder

Affirmative Action Plan 1972   1.0 item

1 1

Agricultural Chemicals 1969-1972   16.0 items

1 2-4

Agricultural Commodity Commissions Meeting 1966   7.0 items

1 5

Agricultural Economics 1970   4.0 items

1 6

Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service 1969   2.0 items

1 7

Agriculture, College of 1965-1966, 1970   28.0 items

1 8-10

Agronomy Advisory Board 1957, 1961, 1963-1965   35.0 items

1 11

Agronomy Base-Setting Meeting 1972   1.0 item

1 12

Agronomy Club 1966-1967   13.0 items

1 13-14

Agronomy & Men 1965-1966, 1968-1970   101.0 items

1 15-18

Alpha Zeta 1965   1.0 item

1 19

Alumni Rosters (and miscellaneous material) 1968-1970   14.0 items

1 20

American Society of Agronomy 1963   49.0 items

1 21

American Society of Agronomy Correspondence 1971-1972   6.0 items

1 22

Assistantships and Fellowships (requests) 1963-1964   7.0 items

1 23

Barley 1964, 1968, 1972   7.0 items

1 24-25

Blain, John--Ford Motor Farm Efficiency Award 1966   10.0 items

1 26

Bureau of Reclamation Meeting 17 March 1965   32.0 items

1 27

Careers in Agronomy 1964-1966   65.0 items

1 28-30

Castor Bean Production Potential 1965   1.0 item

1 31

Certified Seed Growers 1963, 1964, 1969   3.0 items

1 32

Columbia Plateau Conservation Council 1965   46.0 items

1 33

Columbia Plateau Resources Council 1965   30.0 items

1 34

Computing Center 1969-1972   8.0 items

1 35-36

Controlled Environment Facilities 1966-1971   6.0 items

1 37

County Agent's Letters, Re: Annual Reports 1964-1967   154.0 items

1 38-41

Course Outlines for Agronomy and soils 1968-1970   37.0 items

1 42-43

Crop Judging Team 1940, 1951-1972   248.0 items

1 44-71

Dry Pea and Lentil commission 1966, 1972   36.0 items

2 72-73

Dryland Research Review conference Feb. 15-16, 1966   14.0 items

2 74

Dryland Research--Lind Experiment Station 1965, 1967   21.0 items

2 75-76

Educational Policies Committee 1969   3.0 items

2 77

Enrollment Statistics 1970-1972   8.0 items

2 78

Environmental Science 1970-1971   7.0 items

2 79

EROS 1969   22.0 items

2 80

Extension Administration 1964-1970   188.0 items

2 81-87

Extension--Agronomy Research Program 1964   10.0 items

2 88

Extension--50th Anniversary conference 1964   5.0 items

2 89

Extension--Agronomy Personnel Annual Reports 1964   9.0 items

2 90

Extension--Annual Reports for Specialists 1964-1965   11.0 items

2 91

Extension Correspondence 1964-1968   505.0 items

2 92-96

Extension Correspondence 1969-1972   78.0 items

3 97-99

Extension Director's Memos 1965   5.0 items

3 100

Extension Agronomists Meeting 1964, 1966   23.0 items

3 101-102

Extension--Meetings & Minutes 1967-1972   45.0 items

3 103

Extension--Annual Plans of Work   46.0 items

3 104-107

Extension Publications 1966-1967   22.0 items

3 108

Extension Range Management Program 1964   10.0 items

3 109

Extension Research Report 1971   1.0 item

3 110

Extension Service Review December 4-8, 1972   14.0 items

3 111

Extension Training Sessions 1964-1966   19.0 items

3 112-113

Fertilizer--Aqua Humus 1963   43.0 items

3 114

Fertilizer Conference, Pacific Northwest Regional 1964-1966   163.0 items

3 115-117

Fertilizer Conference (1966), Rough Drafts of the Papers   30.0 items

3 118

Fertilizer Conference Proceedings 1968-1970   4.0 items

3 119

Fertilizer and Herbicides Needs--Agronomy Farm 1964-1965   21.0 items

3 120

Fertilizer Institute 1971   3.0 items

3 121

Fertilizer--Various Angles 1964-1965   11.0 items

3 122-123

Field Day 1964-1970   211.0 items

3 124-131

Field Day, Spillman Farm 1971   48.0 items

4 132

Field Days 1971   5.0 items

4 133

Forage Testing 1963, 1964, 1966   6.0 items

4 134-136

Foreign Correspondence and Visitors 1962-1969   76.0 items

4 137-140

Forest & Tree Fertilization 1965-1969   9.0 items

4 141

Genetics Program 1970, 1972   13.0 items

4 142-143

Goodyear SCS Awards 1964-1965   16.0 items

4 144

Grass Seed Production Meeting (Pendleton) 1971   7.0 items

4 145

Greenbug Threat to Wheat 1971   1.0 item

4 146

Herbicide Damage Research 1962-1963, 1968   10.0 items

4 147

Honors Program 1964-1972   14.0 items

4 148-150

International Executive Services 1968   1.0 item

4 151

International Programs 1968, 1970   3.0 items

4 152

Iowa State University Agricultural Travel Course 1965   34.0 items

4 153

Irrigation Experiment Station (Prosser) 1964- 1966, 1968   14.0 items

4 154-156

Jobs Available 1966 1968 1969   8.0 items

4 157-159

Job Placement 1964, 1969, 1971   17.0 items

4 160-162

Job Statistics an Graduates 1972   1.0 item

4 163

Junior Community College 1968-1971   60.0 items

4 164-167

Lewis County Grassland Council 1964   16.0 items

4 168

Library 1970-1972   10.0 items

4 169-170

Lime Conference-- November 16-17, 1965   21.0 items

4 171

Maquire Replacement for WSU Seed Laboratory 1966   9.0 items

4 172

Manuscript Reviews from other Departments 1967, 1971, 1972   24.0 items

4 173-175

Marketing Clinic: proposal and committee meetings 1966   33.0 items

4 176

Meetings and Conferences 1971-1972   10.0 items

4 177-178

National Wheat Institute 1970   8.0 items

4 179

News Bureau 1972   3.0 items

4 180

Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Unit 1965, 1968   2.0 items

4 181-182

Open House--College Of Agriculture 1966-1969   16.0 items

4 183

Osterli, Victor--Columbia Plateau Resources Council 1966   29.0 items

4 184

Outlying Testing--Central Washington 1963-1965, 1967   48.0 items

4 185-188

Outlying Testing--NoWestern Washington 1965-1967   51.0 items

4 189-191

Outlying Testing--Prosser 1969   5.0 items

4 192

Outlying Testing--Tree Fruit Research 1969   1.0 item

4 193

Outlying Testing--Washington State 1968   4.0 items

4 194

Outlying Testing--Western Washington 1964, 1965, 1967   23.0 items

4 195-197

Pacific Northwest Crop Improvement Association 1964-1966   69.0 items

4 198-202

Pacific Northwest Crop improvement Association 1967-1972   39.0 items

5 203-208

Pacific Northwest Plant Food Association 1964-1969   43.0 items

5 209-214

Pakistan 1964-1969   45.0 items

5 215-220

Patent Committee 1972   3.0 items

5 221

Pesticides 1968-1972   30.0 items

5 222

Plant Pathology, Department, of 1972   3.0 items

5 223

Potash Institute 1971   4.0 items

5 224

Potato Commission 1972   1.0 item

5 225

Projects in Agronomy & Soils--current status 1970   2.0 items

5 226

Prospective Graduate Students 1972   3.0 items

5 227

Prospective Undergraduate Students 1971   2.0 items

5 228

Publications 1965   5.0 items

5 229

Publication Plans of the Agronomy 4 Soils Faculty 1966   31.0 items

5 230

Recreation (Academic Preparation) 1968   1.0 item

5 231

Recreation (Academic Preparation). 1968   1.0 item

5 231

Resident Instructional Staff 1970   9.0 items

5 232

Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships 1969-1971   30.0 items

5 233

Safety 1969   9.0 items

5 234

Scholarships 1964-1965, 1972-1973   51.0 items

5 235-236

Science Development Proposal 1965   3.0 items

5 237

Search for Director Committee 1972-1973   15.0 items

5 238

Seed House 1972   3.0 items

5 239

Seed Lab (Seed Prices) 1972   3.0 items

5 240

Seed School, Idaho-Washington 1966   14.0 items

5 241

Short Courses 1964-1969   87.0 items

5 242-247

Space 1960-1965   55.0 items

5 248

Soil Chemistry Notes--correspondence 1957-1967   31.0 items

5 249

Soil Conservation Service--SCD's (Newsletters) 1964-1965   23.0 items

5 250

Soil Conservation Society of America 1963-1971   15.0 items

5 251

Soil Conservation Society of America--inland Empire 1964-1970   29.0 items

5 252

Soil Fertility Workers Conference--Central Washington 1964-1965   30.0 items

5 253-254

Soil Fertility Workers Conference- -Western Washington 1964-1964   10.0 items

5 255

Soil Improvement Committee 1964-1967   217.0 items

6 256-263

Soils Research Program 1968   21.0 items

6 264

Soils Seminar, University of Idaho & WSU 1963-1964   12.0 items

6 265

Soil Science Society of America 1965, 1968, 1969   9.0 items

6 266-268

Soil Survey--Seattle Conference 1964   33.0 items

6 269

Staff Memoranda 1965-1972   120.0 items

6 270-274

Stastics--Washington State Crop Reports 1965-1969   45.0 items

6 275-277

Student Evaluations 1967, 1969-1970   9.0 items

6 278-279

Study Council, President's 1968-1969   15.0 items

6 280

Sulphur Institute 1971, 1972   17.0 items

6 281-282

Symposia--Mutations, Barley, International Wheat Conference 1969   41.0 items

6 283

Teaching 1957-1959, 1968-1972   113.0 items

6 283-292

Training Sessions (Calendar) 1964   3.0 items

6 293

Tree Fruit Council 1969-1971   10.0 items

6 294-295

Tree Fruit Research Center (Wenatchee) 1968   2.0 items

6 296

Turf 1965-1971   26.0 items

6 297

Turf Association (Northwest Turfgrass Association) 1964-1972   14.0 items

6 298

Turf--Goss (Western Washington Research and Extension Center) 1960-1966, 1972   38.0 items

6 299-300

Turfgrass Research--Puyallup Extension Station 1972   10.0 items

6 301

USDA Correspondence 1965-1972   65.0 items

6 302-304

Varieties, Release of New 1966   2.0 items

6 305

Visitation--Dr. Hagsand (Sweden) 1965   6.0 items

7 306

Visitations--VIP 1968-1970   23.0 items

7 307-309

Visitors 1971-1972   25.0 items

7 310-311

Washington Association Of Soil and Water Conservation Districts 1965   16.0 items

7 312

Washington Association of Wheat Growers 1964-1971   36.0 items

7 313-314

Washington Mint Growers Association 1970   2.0 items

7 315

Washington State Crop Improvement Association 1965-1972   103.0 items

7 316-322

Washington State Soil Improvement committee 1967-1969   54.0 items

7 323-325

Washington Wheat Commission 1972   2.0 items

7 326

Water Holding Capacity of Irrigated Soils in the Columbia Basin--project proposals and other correspondence 1963-1965   42.0 items

7 327

Water Research Center 1971-1972   24.0 items

7 328-329

Weeds 1965   6.0 items

7 330

Western Farmers Association 1964-1965   2.0 items

7 331

Western Society of Crop Science 1965-1971   87.0 items

7 332-336

Western Society of Soil Science 1968, 1971   14.0 items

7 337-338

Western Washington Research and Extension Unit, Puyallup 1965, 1968   3.0 items

7 339-340

Western Wheat Improvement Committee 1971   2.0 items

7 341

Wheat Congress 1965   15.0 items

7 342

Wheat Council (WSU) 1971   13.0 items

7 343

Wheat--Miscellaneous 1965   11.0 items

7 344

Wheat Plotland Exemptions (WSU experimental plots) 1964-1965   13.0 items

7 345

Wheat Quality 1964-1965   23.0 items

7 346

Wheat Research Workers (Tri-State) Meeting 1965   21.0 items

7 347

Wheat Variety Commercial Milling Tests 1965   26.0 items

7 348

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 2 Tennessee Valley Authority Files 1951-1972 

Scope and Contents note

Series two, Tennessee Valley Authority files, date from 1951 to 1972 and consist of correspondence, financial statements, vouchers, and reports on program progress. Through an agreement with Washington State University, the TVA sold fertilizer to Washington state farmers. These records document this agreement, the shipment of the fertilizer, and the farmers who participated in the program. The file has been arranged chronologically to be consistent with its original order.

Box Folder

WSU Contract 1951   17.0 items

8 349

Tests, Sales and Research Programs 1953-1955   60.0 items

8 350-351

Correspondence July 1-December 1955   47.0 items

8 352

Finances 1955-1956   10.0 items

8 353

Correspondence 1956   191.0 items

8 354-355

Finances 1956-1957   37.0 items

8 356

Correspondence 1957   167.0 items

8 357-358

l-b-2 Programs 1957-1958   8.0 items

8 359

Correspondence 1958   149.0 items

8 360-361

Vouchers 1958   48.0 items

8 362

Finances 1958-1959   40.0 items

8 363

Correspondence 1959   127.0 items

8 364-365

Finances 1959-1960   33.0 items

8 366

Annual Report 1959-1960   1.0 item

8 367

Morrison's TVA File (fertilizer pamphlet, requisition form) 1960   7.0 items

8 368

Correspondence 1960   104.0 items

8 369-370

Cooperators (back to 1945) Report, 1961   20.0 items

8 371

Correspondence 1961   92.0 items

8 372-373

Correspondence January-June, 1962   52.0 items

8 374

Washington Counties: 

Box Folder

Cowlitz 1956-1959   30.0 items

8 375-377

Grays Harbor n.d., 1959   17.0 items

8 378-382

King 1959   6.0 items

8 383

Kitsap 1961   4.0 items

8 384

Lewis 1959   15.0 items

8 385

Pacific 1958-1961   60.0 items

8 386-393

Skagit n.d., 1958-1959   15.0 items

8 394-397

Snohomish 1959   22.0 items

8 398-400

Thurston 1959-1961   10.0 items

8 401-402

Wahkiakum 1959   6.0 items

8 403
Box Folder

Test Demonstration 1968-1971   14.0 items

8 404

Correspondence 1972   6.0 items

8 405

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 3 Correspondence Files 1965-1971 

Scope and Contents note

Series three, the correspondence file, contains items dating from 1965 to 1971; these records have been arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically within each year. The file consists of correspondence to and from various agencies, including county extension agents, professional organizations, private industry, governmental departments, and individuals.

1965: 

Box Folder

A-B   45.0 items

9 406-408

Buchanan, M.T.   14.0 items

9 409

C-F   30.0 items

9 410-413

Fischer, G.W. (Dean, College of Agriculture)   10.0 items

9 414

French, C.C. (president)   3.0 items

9 415

G-L   55.0 items

9 416-420

Ma-Mb   19.0 items

9 421

Madsen, L.L. (Dean, College of Agriculture)   12.0 items

9 422

Mc-Mz   21.0 items

9 423-424

N-R   42.0 items

9 425-428

Rasmussen, L.W.   4.0 items

9 429

S-Z   60.0 items

9 430-435

1966: 

Box Folder

A-B   39.0 items

9 436-437

Buchannan, M.T.   13.0 items

9 438

C-F   32.0 items

9 439-442

Fischer, G.W.   4.0 items

9 443

French, C.C.   2.0 items

9 444

G-M   142.0 items

9 445-451

Madsen, L.L.   20.0 items

9 452

Mc-Z   120.0 items

9 453-462

1967: 

Box Folder

A-B   42.0 items

9 463-464

Buchanan, M.T.   13.0 items

9 465

C-F   47.0 items

9 466-469

Fischer, G.W.   4.0 items

9 470

G-M   112.0 items

9 471-477

Madsen, L.L. (Dean, College of Agriculture)   20.0 items

9 478

Mc-R   42.0 items

9 479-483

Robins, J.S. (Director of Research, College of Agriculture)   17.0 items

9 484

S   35.0 items

9 485

Singleton, H.P.   1.0 item

9 486

T-Z   32.0 items

9 487-490

1968: 

Box Folder

A-J   51.0 items

10 491-499

K-Z   59.0 items

10 500-506

1969: 

Box Folder

A-N   28.0 items

10 507

O-Z   31.0 items

10 508

1970: 

Box Folder

A-N   66.0 items

10 509

Robins, J.S.   13.0 items

10 510

O-Z   61.0 items

10 511

1971: 

Box Folder

A-L   48.0 items

10 512

M-Z   39.0 items

10 513

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