Departmental Subject File, 1924-2011
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Brief Description: Departmental Subject File including correspondence, memoranda, committee and research reports, published bulletins, charts, agricultural periodicals, programs and lists relating to corn; soybeans; wheat; grass; hemp; alfalfa; oats; clover; bromegrass; fertilizers; soil; conservation; soil testing, analysis and surveys; cooperative research projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture; North Central Regional Cooperative Research projects; advisory committees of the Illinois Crop Improvement Associating and the use of the products and agricultural supply and processing companies; outlines for summer short courses on soil testing and fertility; surveys and questionnaires from students and staff. Includes correspondence of professors William L. Burlison, Benjamin Koehler, John C. Hackleman, George H. Dungan and other department and extension staff members with deans, farm advisors, extension service men in other states, representatives of agriculture, crop and soil improvement associations and commercial manufacturers and producers. The greater part of correspondence is subsequent to 1938.
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University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
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Record Series Number: 8/6/2
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Crop Sciences
Volume: 86.6 cubic feet
Acquired: 9/15/64; 4/20/76; 8/18/82
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Arrangement: Alphabetically by subject or correspondent in two sequences
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 Extension
Agriculture, United States Department of
Illinois Crop Improvement Association
North Central Regional Agricultural Research
Soil Conservation
Soil Testing
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]