George L. Crookham Papers, 1927-2007

Overview of the Collection

Crookham, George L.
George L. Crookham Papers
1927-2007 (inclusive)
1930-1984 (bulk)
0.5 cubic foot, including 3 photographs, (1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MSS Crookham
The George L. Crookham Papers consists of materials assembled and created by Crookham documenting Crookham's student years at Oregon State College; the Crookham Company of Caldwell, Idaho; and Crookham's role as mayor of Caldwell, an Idaho state legislator, and first Chairman of the Idaho Water Resources Board. Crookham attended Oregon Agricultural College intermittently between 1927 and 1931.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 5417372075
Fax: 5417378674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George L. Crookham (1907-1999) studied botany and plant breeding at Oregon State College intermittently during the years 1927-1931. In 1929, he and a friend, Don Baldridge, purchased Crookham Seed Company in Caldwell, Idaho (now known as Crookham Company) from Crookham's father; his college studies were interspersed with business and crop responsibilities.

Founded in 1911, Crookham Company was the first company to produce hybrid sweet corn seed on a commercial scale in the 1930s.

In addition to his business activities, Crookham served as mayor of Caldwell, Idaho; an Idaho state legislator (1955-1961); and first Chairman of the Idaho Water Resources Board in 1968. Crookham was a candidate for Idaho governor in 1962 and was instrumental in the adoption of a sales tax in Idaho.

The George L. Crookham Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 by Crookham's daughter, Judith C. Krueger, as an award for a student in horticulture at Oregon State University with an interest in plant breeding.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The George L. Crookham Papers consist of class notes and student ephemera from Oregon Agricultural College; transcripts of testimony, speeches, and publications pertaining to water resources in Idaho; publications and documents pertaining to the Crookham Company; newspaper clippings documenting Crookham's business and political activities; several photographs; and materials pertaining to the George L. Crookham Memorial Scholarship at Oregon State University.

Crookham's class notes include a dairying laboratory; a farm crops course on crop efficiency; and a botany course (including plant speciments). The ephemera consists of a pennant, rook caps, and a belt buckle.

The photographs include portraits of Crookham, a 1958 snapshot of Crookham and his wife Bernice underneath the Trysting Tree, and photocopies from an album depicting Crookham's student years at Oregon State.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

George L. Crookham Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

The George L. Crookham, Jr., Papers at Albertson College of Idaho comprise the largest known private collection of documents from the administration of Crookham's uncle, Frank Steunenberg, fourth governor of the State of Idaho (1897-1901).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Agricultural education--Oregon.
  • Water resources development--Idaho.

Corporate Names

  • Idaho Water Resource Board.
  • Oregon State College--Students.

Geographical Names

  • Caldwell (Idaho)
  • Idaho--Politics and government.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints.

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Crookham Company. (creator)