University of Wyoming. Agricultural Experiment Station records, 1890-1972  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Wyoming. Agricultural Experiment Station
Title
University of Wyoming. Agricultural Experiment Station records
Dates
1890-1972 (inclusive)
Website capture 2019-ongoing (inclusive)
Quantity
25.50 cubic ft. (55 boxes) + website material
Collection Number
548001
Summary
The Agricultural Experiment Station, administered by the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, performed studies in agricultural work including plants, soils, and animal breeding. The collection also includes archived websites affiliated with the station.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 307-766-3756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The College of Agriculture was established on the Laramie, Wyoming, campus in 1891. Experiment farms, located in Laramie, Lander, Saratoga, Sheridan, Sundance, and Wheatland, were created at the same time. During the early years of the university, agricultural activity occurred mainly at the experiment farms with few students enrolled in a classroom-based program. Even after enrollments in the college program rose, the experiment stations remained critically important. From 1892 to 1903 the president of the university took the position of director of the experiment stations. From 1907 to 1983 the director was also dean of the College of Agriculture.

State farms (previously separate from the experiment farms) were brought under university control in 1923. During the 1940s the University of Wyoming experiment stations took the lead in forming the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association. Later the College of Agriculture was the administrative home of the Wyoming Seed Certification Service, which grew out of the Crop Improvement Association.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains letterpress copybooks, correspondence, notes, project reports, and meeting minutes of the experiment station council. Incoming correspondence includes letters from various suppliers, government agencies and the general public. The outgoing correspondence for directors B.C. Buffum, Dice McLaren, G.E. Morton, J.D. Towar, and Harry Knight is specific to the satellite experiment stations in Lander, Sheridan, Sundance and Wheatland, Wyoming. The collection also includes observational weather recordings taken in Laramie, Wyoming, from 1891-1970. Recordings are charted in daily, weekly, and monthly increments with yearly comparisons and accompanying notes, charts, and graphs. There are also records relating to the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association and seed certification. In addition there are reports and other materials from western regional councils cooperating with the United States Department of Agriculture. This collection also includes archived websites affiliated with the station.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by the University of Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station at the date of processing.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Chrissy Langille in January 1997. Additional material was incorporated and the finding aid updated by D. Claudia Thompson in June 2011 and June 2020. A website link was added by Rachel Gattermeyer in May 2020.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Incoming Letters:
Box Folder
1 3-5
1891
1 6-14
1891-1895
47 1-2
1895-1897
47 3-4
1898-1900
50
1898-1900
Folder
1 15
1900-1901
2 1-2
1900-1901
50-51
1900-1901
Folder
2 3-8
1902
2 9-12
1902-1903
3 1-2
1902-1903
3 3-11
1903-1904
4 1-12
1904-1906
5 1-13
1906-1907
6 1-12
1907-1910
6 13-14
1921-1922
6 15
Miscellaneous - Department of Agriculture
1892-1905
6 16-27
Miscellaneous - Hebard, Grace Raymond
1900-1905
Miscellaneous - Experiment Station
Box Folder
7 1
Director
1890-1891
51
Director
1917-1936
Folder
7 2
Lander
1891-1897
7 3
Sheridan
1891-1897
7 4
Sundance
1891-1901
7 5
Wheatland
1890-1897
Letterpress Copybooks:
Box Folder
8 1
1891 (Dice McLaren)
8 2-3
1891-1897 (B.C. Buffum)
9 1-2
1893-1897 (B.C. Buffum)
10 1-3
1897-1900 (B.C. Buffum)
11 1-2
1900-1902 (Luther Foster)
11 3
1901-1909 (J.D. Towar)
12 1-3
1902-1904 (B.C. Buffum)
13 1
1904-1905 (B.C. Buffum)
13 2
1905-1906 (B.C. Buffum and G.E. Morton)
13 3
1906 (B.C. Buffum)
14 1
1906-1907 (B.C. Buffum and G.E. Morton)
14 2
1907 (J.D Towar and Herbert Vowell)
14 3
1907-1908 (Harry Knight)
15 1-3
1907-1909 (J.D. Towar)
16 1
1908-1909 (Harry Knight)
16 2-3
1909 (J.D. Towar)
17 1
1909 (J.D. Towar)
17 2-3
1909-1910

Series II. Administrative RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
51
Committee on Experiment Station Organization and Policy (Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities)
1940-1944
51
Committee on Research and School and Community Service (University of Wyoming)
1947
51
Crop Rotation and Cultivation Records - Worland and Washakie
1923, 1925
52
Crop Rotations and Cultivation Records - Worland
1926-1927
Folder
1 1
Director's Notebook
1903-1905
1 2
Experiment Station Council Minutes
1891-1909
52
Great Plains Agricultural Council Reports, etc.
1953-1960
52
Great Plains Committee Report
1936
52
Great Plains Region - Bureau of Agricultural Economics
1943
52
Interbureau Committee on Post-War Programs Reports (USDA)
1944
52
Miscellaneous (Torrington station; Sheridan station; airmail rates)
1947
52
Monthly Reports
1892-1895
52
Northern and Southern Great Plains Council (agenda, report)
1943
52
Northern Great Plains Advisory Council Reports
1939-1946
53
Northern Great Plains Agricultural Advisory Council Reports
1942-1946
53
Northern Great Plains Region (conference papers, memos, etc.)
1944
53
Outline of Work
1891-1895
53
Personnel Lists
1945, 1948
Folder
18 1
Progress Reports
1942-1948
53
Progress Reports
1948-1949
53
Progress Reports - Range and Grass Research
1948
53
Project Reports - Poultry
1932, 1949
53
Project Reports - Vegetable Poisons of the Range
1910-1919, 1926-1935
Publications:
Box
53
Bulletins - Oklahoma, Texas, U.S. West
1924-1937
54
Bulletins - Wyoming (bound volume, numbers 76-98)
1908-1913
54
By Wyoming Experiment Station Personnel
1939-1972
54
Correspondence regarding publications - Domestic
1931, 1947
54
Correspondence regarding publications - Foreign
1946-1948
Box
55
Purchase Orders
1929-1936
Folder
18 2-4
"Ranchman's Reminder"
1904-1911
54
Reports to United States Department of Agriculture
1931-1937, 1941-1943
54
Reports - Various
1939, undated
54
"Research in the War Emergency" (memo from director)
circa 1942
54
Research Papers - Poisonous Range Plants
circa 1950s
54
Rules and Regulations
1921-1925
54
Sterret Farm (Wheatland, Wyoming)
1924

Series III. Weather Bureau RecordsReturn to Top

This series contains observational weather recordings taken in Laramie, Wyoming, from 1891-1970. Recordings are charted in daily, weekly, and monthly increments. Weather bureau observations are bound records of daily observations, weekly and monthly for a year's time. Meteorological records compare yearly observations by month. Monthly records are daily recordings of a specific month in a specific year. Monthly summary (later called the climatological summary) contain daily readings in a month by month format for a specific year. Weekly climatological observations are daily readings summarized on a weekly basis. Some notes, charts, and graphs are included in this series of materials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Daily Observations
Box Folder
19 1-2
1912-1913
20 1-2
1915-1916
21 1
1917
21 2
1919
22 1-2
1920-1921
23 1-2
1922-1923
24 1-2
1924-1925
25 1-2
1926-1927
26 1-2
1928-1929
27 1-2
1930-1931
28 1-2
1932-1933
29 1-2
1934-1935
30 1-2
1936-1937
31 1-2
1938-1939
32 1-2
1940-1941
33 1-2
1942-1943
34 1-2
1944-1945
35 1-2
1946-1947
36 1-2
1948-1949
37 1
1950
Box Folder
38 1
Letterpress Copybook
1894-1904
38 2-6
Meteorological Record
1891-1965
Monthly Records
Box Folder
39 1-6
1894-1899
40 1-5
1900-1904
41 1-6
1905-1910
42 1
1911
42 2
1914
42 3
1918
Box Folder
43 1-3
Monthly Summaries
1892-1929
44 1-2
Monthly Summaries
1930-1945
44 3
Summary of Climatological Record
1946-1949
45 1-3
Summary of Climatological Record
1950-1970
46 1-3
Surface Weather Observations
1951
46 4
Solar Radiation
undated
46 5
Weather Data
1950-1965

Series IV. Wyoming Crop Improvement AssociationReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
48
Annual Meetings
1943, undated
48
Committees, Directors, and Officers
1943, undated
48
Correspondence (Boyd, George)
1942
48
Correspondence (Riedl, William)
1942-1943
48
Correspondence (Boyd, George)
1944-1946
48
Correspondence (Chisholm, F.A.)
1946-1947
48
Elections
1944-1946
48
Financial
1942
48
Handbook
1950
48
Manual
1941
49
Manual
1945
49
Membership
1942-1947
49
News Letters
1943-1949
49
Seed Certification (General)
1942-1946
49
Seed Certification - Beans
1942-1945
49
Seed Certification - Grass
1944
49
Seed Certification - Potato
1934-1945
49
Seed Certification - Potato - Rules and Regulations
1938-1942
49
Seed Certification - Small Grain
1944-1946
49
Seed Certification - Wheat
1947
49
Seed Cleaning Authorization
1942

Series V. WebsiteReturn to Top

This series includes digital access to archived websites associated with the Agriculture Experiment Station.

Container(s) Description Dates
Digital 2019-ongoing

Additional Container ListsReturn to Top

The American Heritage Center is in the process of converting its older container lists to a more accessible format. This link is to an older version of a container list.

Container(s) Description

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Agricultural experiment stations -- Wyoming
  • Agriculture -- Research -- Wyoming
  • Crop science -- Wyoming
  • Livestock -- Research -- Wyoming
  • Meteorology -- Observations -- Wyoming
  • Meteorology -- Research -- Wyoming

Corporate Names

  • University of Wyoming. College of Agriculture

Geographical Names

  • Lander (Wyo.)
  • Laramie (Wyo.)
  • Sheridan (Wyo.)
  • Wheatland (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1890-1918
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1919-1945
  • Wyoming -- History -- 1946-1999
  • Wyoming -- History -- 2000-

Form or Genre Terms

  • Letterpress copybooks

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Buffum, B.C. (Burt C.), 1868-1944
    • Knight, Harvey.
    • McLaren, Dice (John Dice), 1860-1943
    • Morton, G.E. (George Edwin), 1879-1939
    • Towar, J.D. (James DeLoss), 1863-
    Corporate Names
    • University of Wyoming. Agricultural Experiment Station Council.