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Record Group: 3 C
Record Sub-Group: 33
Records Title: UMC; College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Department of Agronomy; Administrative Records
Dates: 1896-1989, 2019
Volume: 39 cubic feet, 48.75 linear feet, 1 MFR
Scope and Content Note
This Sub-Group contains records of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources' Department of Agronomy. Included in this Sub-Group are correspondence files, memoranda, departmental reports, county extension agent reports, research reports, published articles, ledger books, order forms, maps, meeting minutes, seed processing schedules, approved grower lists, and records of equipment and supply purchases. Also included in this Sub-Group are speeches by departmental staff, "Corn Show" entry books, employment applications, informational pamphlets, field research notebooks, letters of recommendation, lecture notes, grant proposals, research project reports, photographs, photographic slides, scrapbooks, faculty activity reports, personnel files, service evaluations, and newspaper clippings.
Series 1 - C:3/19/4
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources' Agronomy Department (1896-1920). Included in this series are field research notebooks listing crop yields, planting order, seed varieties planted, financial data, and plant breeding details. Also included in the Series are photographs (of planting experiments), graphs of results, maps of test fields and experimental farms, as well as copies of "Daily Announcers" for Farmers Week, (1920), and an Extension poster depicting seed corn variety selections for 1916.
(2 c.f., 137, 5; 1 OSF, B23, MC)
Note to Researcher: For Farmers Week Announcers for 1918, see Record Group 3 C, Sub-Group 30, Series 9.
Series 2 - C:3/19/2 (A87-83)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources' Agronomy Department, pertaining to the Missouri Corn-Growers Association (1914-1928) and the Missouri Seed-Improvement Association (1946-1950). Included in the Series are correspondence, memoranda, bills of lading, advertisements, research reports, telegrams, copies of published articles, seed tags, record books, order forms, lists of acquisitions, maps, work schedules, meeting minutes, field notebooks, membership lists, lists of approved growers, association rules, seed sales reports, seed processing and cleaning data, and County Extension Agent reports. Also included in this series are speeches given by Agronomy Department staff, copies of Missouri Boys' Corn Growing Contest informational pamphlets and entrance forms (1914), microfilm copies of "Corn Show Entry Books" (1914-1928), judging results, and award winner lists. Additionally included in this Series are records relating to cooperative programs with the United States Department of Agriculture, procedures for seed judging at the Missouri State Fair, federal farm programs active during World War I, military service and the military draft (impact on the Association and farming in Missouri), "Pure Seed" campaigns, seed laws of Missouri and other states, plant diseases, personnel changes with in the Agronomy Department and the College of Agriculture, audits of the Associations' financial records, Association publicity efforts, and participation in international seed shows.
(7 c.f., 137, 3-4; 1 MFR, 703, MFC)
Note to Researcher: Series 2 contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.
Series 3 - C:3/19/3
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1916-1918). The bulk of the records are working files kept by World War I era Extension Assistant Professor of Farm Crops and Assistant Emergency Demonstration Leader, J. C. Hackleman. Included in the Series are correspondence files, applications, reports, telegrams, pamphlets, meeting minutes, information requests, Missouri Corn Growers Association annual reports, and crop production contest entries, rules, prizes, and winners. Also included in this Series are materials relating to WWI wheat, rye, and corn production campaigns, selling of war bonds, loss of farm labor due to the war, speeches by Hackleman, work of county extension agents, price fixing, meetings of the Councils of Defense, pure seed laws, judging of local crop shows, and articles written by Hackleman.
(2 c.f., 137, 4)
Series 4 - C:3/19/1
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1920-1955). Included in this Series is departmental correspondence pertaining to general administrative concerns as well as to the department's partial administration of the Federal Seed Act (1939), Missouri's Uniform Seed Law (1919), and the Missouri Seed Law (1951). Some of the correspondence in this Series also relates to requests for College of Agriculture bulletins and circulars, American Society of Agronomy technical committee reports, declining markets for some field crops, proposals for creation of standardized courses in field crops, loss of department faculty and staff through death and retirement, position searches, employing student workers in greenhouses and on experimental farms, student course projects, lobbying for federal and state appropriations for agricultural research, reports on new crop hybrids, farm machinery demonstrations, supervision of experimental farms, letters of recommendation for former students, proposals for revision of the system used to award student grades, and effective use of manure and chemical fertilizers
(9 c.f., 137, 1-2)
Note to Researcher: Series 4 contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.
Series 5 - C:3/19/7 (A77-8)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1915). Included in this Series are 5 letters of recommendation from faculty of the Agronomy Department in support of F. L. Duley. Mr. Duley was applying for a position at the State College of Washington in Pullman. These letters were authored by Professors M. F. Miller, C. A. LeClair, J. C. Hackleman, P. F. Trowbridge.
(1 Env., 137, 5)
Series 6 - C:3/19/8 (A84-82; A19-40)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1950-1980, 2019). The records in this Series are from the papers of Professor M. G. Neuffer. Included in this Series are volumes 1 through 4 of A Symposium on Biological Control Systems (1950), volume 5 of Research Projections for the Department of Genetics, University of Missouri (1970), and 2 grant proposals entitled, "Genetic and Embryo Culture Studies of Defective Maize Kernel Mutants," and "Studies of Developmentally Defective Maize Kernel Mutants." A memorial service program and a copy of an obituary for Professor Neuffer from the Missourian are also included in Series 6.
(1/3 c.f., 137, 5)
Series 7 - C:3/19/10 (A87-20)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1953-1985). Included in this series are annual reports of weed science research reports prepared by the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station at Columbia, Missouri (in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture). These reports offer details of research projects, experimental data, treatment comparisons, photographs, and copies of articles and speeches relating to weed science research projects. Many of these reports are written, in part, by UMC Agronomy Professor, O. Hale Flecthall. Among the publications represented in this Series are North Central Weed Control Conference News Letter and Science and Technology Guides.
(9 and 1/2 c.f., 015177, 015178, 015179, 015347, 015348, 015349, 015744, 015745, 015746, 015747)
Series 8 - C:3/19/11 (A85-84; A86-132)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department's Soil and Water Conservation Stations at Bethany, McCredie, and Elsberry, Missouri (1930-1973). Included in this Series are correspondence, maps, photographs, research projects proposals, and research project results. Principal researchers at the Station were UMC Agronomy Professors, D. D. Smith, C. M. Woodruff, A. W. Zingg, and V. C. Jamison. Main areas of research at the Station pertained to sub-soiling, deep fertilization, inter-flow, watershed flooding, drainage, terracing, erosion, irrigation, and soil porosity.
(6 and 1/2 c.f.: 4 c.f., 017223, 017225, 038686, 038687; 2 c.f., B3A, B2, 1; Shoebox, 704, 1, 2; 1/3 c.f., B3A, B7, 2; 1 OSF, B3A, B4, 5)
Note to Researcher: For more information on the research mentioned in Series 8, see Series 1 of this Sub Group, as well as Record Group 3 C, Sub-Group 29, Series 4.
Note to Archivist: A number of the nitrate negatives in this Series have been discarded due to film-base deterioration. A digital preservation copy was made prior to discarding the original.
Series 9 - C:3/19/12 (A87-115; A98-75)
This Series contains classroom materials used by UMC Professor of Agronomy Earl M. Kroth to teach Agronomy 308, Soil Conservation (1977-1988). Included in this Series are copies of 2 publications of the United States Agency for International Development: An Assessment of the Agricultural Potential of Central Tunisia (1978) and Agricultural Development in Central Tunisia (1978). Also included in this Series are photographic slides of MU Agricultural Experiment Stations and Farms, as well as University Extension events such as 4-H awards ceremonies. The Series contains a large number of 35mm photographic slides showing his experimental work at various locations, the Weslako, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station (1952); Cornell University (1947-1948); Ft. Collins, Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (1969); North Missouri Agricultural Research Center (1970s); Southwest Missouri Agricultural Center (1968-1982); and various other research locations in Missouri and in other states; as well as slides taken at professional meetings in 1967 and 1975.
(2/3 c.f., UMLD1)
Note to Researcher: Professor Earl Kroth was most well known for his research into planting field crops in sod with a variety of grass varieties. This research proceeded under Kroth's supervision from the late 1960s through the 1980s.
Series 10 - C:3/19/13 (A94-76)
This Series contains records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1947-1953). Included in this Series is a scrapbook kept by student members of the department-sponsored Agronomy Club. The scrapbook contains a copy of the club constitution, lists of members and officers, and photographs of club sponsors and officers, club field trips, floats in the Farmers Fair parade, field crops, and Field Day lunches and festivities.
(1 Pkg., B3A, B5, 3)
Note to Researcher: For information on the National Agricultural Honor Society, Alpha Zeta, see Record Group 3 C, Sub-Group 48.
Series 11 - C:3/19/15 (A94-64; A95-100)
This Series holds administrative records of the UMC College of Agriculture's Agronomy Department (1925-1989). Included in this Series are Department of Agronomy faculty personnel files. These files contain photographs, vita, correspondence, newspaper clippings, faculty activity reports, service evaluations, and publication lists. Also included in this Series is a cover page from volume 1, number 1 of the Missouri Agricultural College Farmer (March, 1904), and photographs of early College of Agriculture Deans, the Second Annual Conference on Conservation, Nutrition and Human Health, and the "Agricultural Express" train car (with College of Agriculture Deans F. B. Mumford and M. F. Miller as well as several faculty members standing beside the car).
(1 c.f., 069672)
Note to Researcher: Series 11 contains some records which are confidential and restricted. See the restrictions note at the end of this finding aid.
Restrictions Note: The Archives of the University of Missouri-Columbia is required by law and Board of Curator's policy to restrict access to some files and information. Student records are held as confidential under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and by University policy. Faculty promotion and tenure records and Academic Personnel files are restricted for 75 years, or the lifetime of the individual. All grievance, disciplinary, and medical records are treated as confidential files. Consultations with legal counsel, both in-house and external, are protected by the attorney/client privilege and will not be released.
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