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Cecil Willis Creel Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0005
This collection 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

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 (4 boxes)

Abstract

This collection 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.

Biographical Note

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. During this time, Creel also served as consultant on Boulder Dam legislation and was a member of the land appraisal board (1929, 1931); was a member of the Emergency Relief and Construction Committee (1932); the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare (1933); was State Director of the Agricultural Adjustment Program (1933); State Relief Administrator (1934); State Civil Works Administrator (1934); State Director of Rural Rehabilitation (1934); and State Director of Drought Relief (1934). In 1935, Creel was directed by the University 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 until elected President of the Association for 1938/39.

Cecil Willis Creel, (1889-1968), was a 1911 graduate of the University of Nevada. 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. In 1932, he was appointed a member and Secretary of the State Emergency Relief and Construction Committee. In 1933, Creel was appointed a member and Executive Secretary of the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare, and later State Relief Administrator in which he served until 1934. Also in 1933, he was appointed State Director for the selection of men for the Civilian Conservation Corps. At this same time, he was made State Director of the Agricultural Adjustment Program. And in November 1933, he was appointed State Civil Works Administrator and was in charge of the Civil Works Program until its termination in 1934. He served as State Director of Rural Rehabilitation from April 1934 to May 1935, when the program was transferred from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration to the Resettlement Administration. He was also State Director of Drought Relief in 1934.

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.

Arrangement

Arranged in three series:

Series 1. Nevada Issues

Series 2. Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

Series 3. Miscellaneous

Related Materials

82-01: Lorenzo D. Creel Papers

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to Photo Archives as UNRA-P3653.
Title
A Guide to the Records of Cecil W. Creel
Status
under_revision
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

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

Contact:
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