Letterbooks, 1899-1919
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Brief Description: Letterpress copybooks containing letters written by Cyril G. Hopkins, Arch D. Shamel, Perry G. Holden, Louis H. Smith, Fred R. Crane, Edward M. East, James H. Pettit, Jerome E. Readhimer, Ora S. Fisher, Ernest Van Alstine, Frederick C. Bauer, Albert L. Whitney, Harry C. Gilkerson and other departmental and Experimental Station staff members answering inquiries from farmers, officers of farm organizations, federal and state agricultural officials, equipment suppliers, employers, agricultural publications, college professors of agriculture, state government officials and students concerning farm machinery, experiment stations, soil fertility, soil analysis, Experiment Station Bulletins, budgets, staff, plant diseases, supplies, travel, fertilizers, corn, alfalfa, wheat, peas, clover, potatoes, meetings, crop rotation, irrigation and students.
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] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 8/6/3
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Crop Sciences
Volume: 10.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 3/27/1969
More information is available at https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/uasfa/0806003.pdf
Arrangement: Chronological
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
Farm Machinery
Soil Fertility
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]