Joseph C. Blair Papers, 1905-1954
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Brief Description:

Papers of Joseph C. Blair (1871-1960), professor of horticulture (1900-38) and dean of the College of Agriculture (1938-39), including landscape architect's drawings for Blair's residence at 601 Michigan in Urbana and a proposed Florida Avenue residence, Camp Seymour at Decatur-State YMCA (1926), Crystal Lake Park (1905-13) and swimming pool (1927), University Heights addition (1907-15, 1922-17), Lincoln Statue (1927), Urbana-Lincoln Hotel, Carle Park-Victory Park (1923) and Carle Sanitarium; Dean's Office correspondence for June, 1938; publications news releases and letters referred to Dean Blair by Extension Editor F. J. Keilholz relating to land use, agricultural policies, marketing and conservation (1939) and a reprint relating to the American Pomological Society (1933).

The series includes twenty photographs of agricultural college scenes, landscaping photographs on campus and in Urbana-Champaign, photographs of the construction and interior of the Horticulture Field Lab, and 63 reels of 16mm. motion picture film photographed by Prof. Blair including films of greenhouses, tomatoes and flowers; farm and field scenes showing corn and oats, farm machinery; the growing, processing and packing of apples and other fruits; trees in town and countryside; campus scenes including the 1940 commencement, and Urbana public and park areas.

Held at:
University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 8/12/20
Created by: Blair, Joseph Cullen (1871-1940)
Volume: 2.7 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/29/1965; 7/27/1967; 2/29/2000; 8/31/2012
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Arrangement: Chronological
Subject Index
Camp Seymour
Campus Scenes
Carle Park
Crystal Lake Park
Faculty Papers
Landscape Architecture
Motion Pictures
Urbana, Illinois
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]