Cecil Willis Creel Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0005

Scope and Contents

The Cecil Willis Creel Records covers 1921-1951, but primarily documents 1931-1939, and is arranged in two series. The first series deals with Nevada, and includes correspondence and reports concerning reclamation, the Civil Works Administration, and Rural Rehabilitation. Included is a Land Classification Map of southern Nevada and site drawings of the Delmue Reservoir and Hamlight Canyon Reservoir sites. Series 2 is correspondence and reports concerning Creel's involvement with the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities.

Dates

  • 1921-1951
  • Majority of material found within 1931-1939

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical Note

Cecil Willis Creel, (1889-1968), was a 1911 graduate of the University of Nevada, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1921, he became director of Agricultural Extension for the University. During the years he was head of Agricultural Extension, Creel performed other public services. In 1929, he acted as consultant to the State Engineer and the Nevada Senators in the pending Boulder Dam Legislation. In 1931, by appointment of the Secretary of Interior, he served as a member and Secretary of the Board which appraised farm lands and town property in Nevada and Arizona flooded by Boulder Dam. Between 1932 and 1935, he held other positions on a number of state relief organizations, including the Emergency Relief and Construction Committee, the Board of Charities and Public Welfare, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the Agricultural Adjustment Program. His positions also included State Relief Administrator, State Civil Works Administrator, State Director of Rural Rehabilitation, and state Director of Drought Relief.

In May 1935, Creel was detailed by the University of Nevada to assist the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. in connection with pending federal legislation. He served in a similar capacity each year until 1937, when he was elected President of the Association for 1938-1939. The objective of the Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities was to institute such programs and activities to improve the fields of resident teaching, research, and extension relevant to Federal and State laws as the proper functions of land-grant colleges and universities.

In 1942, Creel resigned from the University to make an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate, but returned to the position of Director of the Agricultural Extension Division in 1943, which he held until his retirement in 1952. He was named Dean of the College of Agriculture in 1945, while still heading the Extension Division, and held this position through 1949. Cecil W. Creel died in Reno, March 15, 1968.

Extent

2.8 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Cecil Willis Creel became director of Agricultural Extension for the University in 1921, and except for 1942, in an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, he continued to hold this position until his retirement in 1952. He was named Dean of the College of Agriculture in 1945, and held this position through 1949. The collection covers 1921-1951, but primarily documents 1931-1939. Contents include Nevada-related correspondence and reports concerning reclamation, the Civil Works Administration, Rural Rehabilitation, and correspondence and reports regarding Creel's involvement with the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Nevada Issues; 2) Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities; 3) Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from an unknown source.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department:

Lorenzo D. Creel Papers, 82-01

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to the University Archives photo archive as collection number UNRA-P3653.
Title
Guide to the Cecil W. Creel Records
Status
Completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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