Perry G. Holden Memoir, 1944
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Brief Description: Illustrated personal memoir by Perry G. Holden (1865-1959), assistant professor of soil physics and professor of agronomy (1896-1900), including reproductions of letters, photographs, magazine articles, documents, reminiscences, charts and manuscripts relating to Holden's family and career.  As a "corn evangelist", "corn disciple" and "apostle of vitalized educations", he advocated corn selection and germination testing, sugar best culture and agricultural education.  From Michigan State, Holden worked closely with Eugene Davenport in lobbying for an $150,000 agricultural building and an appropriation for the College of Agriculture.  In a reminiscence he recounts his strategy in mobilizing the Farmers Institute and agricultural leaders in a struggle with President Andrew S. Draper.  Holden helped increase agricultural enrollment by securing Farmers Institute scholarships and thwarting the president's plan for an agricultural high school.  An able organizer, promoter and partisan, Holden left Illinois to promote sugar beet culture, assist the Funk Brothers Seed Co., develop the Extension Department at Iowa State through "Corn Gospel Trains" and serve as director of International Harvester's Agricultural Extension Department.  The memoir contains a copy of Holden's 72-page booklet, "Young Folks, Do Something, Be Somebody."
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Record Series Number: 8/6/820
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Crop Sciences
Volume: 0.4 cubic feet
Acquired: September 1963
Arrangement: Chronologically with family history at beginning and end
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Crop Sciences :

The Agronomy Department was established in 1899 as a division of the College of Agriculture.1 The department is concerned with the utilizing of fertile soils to their fullest advantage, and with bettering the social and economic position of the owner and tiller of the soil.2

On May 11, 1995, the Board of Trustees approved the renaming and reorganization of the College. It was renamed the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and several changes were made in the organization of departments and divisions.3 The Department of Agronomy, except for soil scientists, was combined with the Department of Plant Pathology to create the Department of Crop Sciences.4 The Department's areas of study are plant breeding and genetics, biotechnology and genetic engineering, crop evaluation, crop protection, plant pathology, design of field experiments, weeds and their control, and production and pathology of cereals, corn, soybeans, and forage crops.5 Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available through graduate study and course work.6

1. Richard G. Moores, Fields of Rich Toil, (Urbana: 1970), p. 235. n. 33 and p. 222. Board of Trustees Transactions, 20th Report, August 16, 1899, p. 140. See also Through the Years with the Department of Agronomy, Special Publication No. 1, University of Illinois College of Agriculture, May, 1960, p. 6.

2. Through the Years with the Department with the Department of Agronomy, p. 7.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 68th Report, May 11, 1995, p. 277-8.

4. University of Illinois, Faculty and Student Senate, Urbana-Champaign Senate, meeting minutes, March 27, 1995, EP 94.33, p. 35.

5. Programs of Study 2001-2003, p. 46.

6. Ibid., p. 221.

Subject Index
Agricultural Education
Funk Brothers Seed Company
Illinois Farmers Institute
International Harvester
Iowa State University
Michigan State University
Sugar Beets
Languages of Materials
English [eng]