Marlowe Driggs Thorne (1918-2011) was professor of Agronomy (1963-83), head of the Department of Agronomy (1963-70), and professor emeritus (1984-2011) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was known for his research contributions to soil management and irrigation as well as for his leadership on international agriculture programs.
The Marlow Driggs Thorne Papers contain Professor Thorne's autobiographical accounts, including long excerpts from his memoir "Life and Times of Marlowe Driggs Thorne" and letters he wrote about his work at the Institute of Agricultural and Animal Sciences in Rampur, Nepal (1982-84) for the UIUC Department of Agronomy newsletter (Squanto Speaks). Also included is Merle Carter Thorne's diary, titled "To India," which covers the period of Thorne's USAID deployment to India as advisor for research administration (1970-71) and chief of party (1971-72) at G. B. Pant Agricultural University in Pant Nagar, India. Papers also include Professor Thorne's slides (1943-87), which document his work in the United States, e.g., Hawaii, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, as well as abroad, e.g., Sierra Leone, India, Malawi, Niger, and Brazil. Slides primarily relate to his work in soil management and document agricultural techniques, farming equipment and technology, crops, livestock, and natural and agricultural landscapes. Also included are local architecture and people as well as cultural practices such as animal slaughter, parades, and dedication ceremonies.
Series Arrangement: Series 1, Autobiographical Accounts and Slides (1943-93), contains three boxes. Box 1 includes Professor Thorne's autobiographical accounts (1970-93). Boxes 2-3 contain Professor Thorne's slides (1943-87) and are arranged chronologically.