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Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0004
This collection of records are primarily on the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, 1901-1923, created during the tenure of Samuel B. Doten, Experiment Director, 1913-1946. Included is correspondence with the U.S.D.A. Office of Experiment Stations; Cecil Creel, Director of Agricultural Extension; George Hardman, faculty member of the College of Agriculture; and Nevada Governor James Scrugham.

In addition, there are Doten's personal correspondence files with family and friends that describe local and national events and people. Included is correspondence with George Wharton James, western author, and information on the University's efforts in World War I (1914-1918).

Dates

  • 1901-1923

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

This collection of records are primarily on the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, 1901-1923, created during the tenure of Samuel B. Doten, Experiment Director, 1913-1946. Included is correspondence with the U.S.D.A. Office of Experiment Stations, Cecil Creel, Director of Agricultural Extension George Hardman, faculty member of the College of Agriculture, and Nevada Governor James Scrugham.

Historical note

The Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station began with the Hatch Act in 1887, which provided an annual appropriation of $15,000 to each state to establish a nation-wide system of experiment stations to conduct agricultural research. A Board of Control of each Station was to decide the problems to be investigated under this grant. A lack of funds for the new university in Nevada, though, removed the possibility of the Experiment station as an organization with it's own staff and facilities. Instead, the University president, Dr. LeRoy Brown, was appointed as the Director of the Experiment Station in 1888, it's staff were university personnel and the Board of Regents of the University also served as the Board of Control of the Experiment Station. This arrangement continued through the administration of Brown's successors, Stephen Jones and Joseph E. Stubbs. Not until 1912 did the Experiment Station become a distinct unit supported by it's own funds and staff.

In 1912, when the Office of Experiment Stations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture insisted the directorship be separated from the presidency, the Regents of the University as the Board of Control, appointed Gordon H. True as Director. One year later, in 1913, Federal agents caused the separation of federal funds for use by the university for teaching. Also in 1913, Samuel B. Doten was appointed Director, a position he was to hold for 33 years until he retired in 1946.

After Doten's retirement, Charles E. Fleming became director and remained in the position until his retirement in 1960. It was during his period as director that the station was merged with the College of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service. After 1960, the Experiment Station came under the leadership of Ray E. Ely, whose title was Associate Director. But it was several more years until effective consolidation of the teaching, extension, and experiment divisions was achieved. This was under the direction of the Dean of the College of Agriculture, John R. Bertrand, and the building of the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture which physically brought together the three operations.

Arrangement

Records are in order as received. The files were numbered and original numbering was retained; it is apparent that some files are missing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown.
Title
A Guide to the Records of the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 16, 2008
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
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