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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture
Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture records
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Ms. Coll. 92
103 boxes
The collection is divided into three major series: I. 18th and 19th century records, II. 20th century records, and III. John M. Okie papers. The first comprises correspondence, administrative records, and ephemera; the second, correspondence, committee records, financial records, proceedings, memorabilia, and collected agricultural material; the third consists of the papers of Okie, who served as assistant secretary of the Society from 1922 to 1928: he was responsible for the publication of Memoirs VI, a history of the P.S.P.A.
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The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was established in 1785, when John Beale Bordley proposed to members of the American Philosophical Society that they form an American agricultural society in the British pattern. On the first of March the Society held its charter meeting with twenty-three members present. Charter members include prominent judges and lawyers (John Beale Bordley, Richard Peters, James Wilson, and Edward Shippen), military leaders (General John Cadwalader, Colonel George Morgan, Colonel John Nixon), doctors (Benjamin Rush, John Jones, George Logan, Adam Kuhn), and politicians (Samuel Powel, George Clymer, Henry Hill, Philemon Dickinson, Samuel Vaughn, Lambert Cadwalader, Tench Francis, Charles Thompson). Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine became members later in that year.

In its early years the Agricultural Society met on the first Monday of each month, when six or eight prominent men would come together to discuss agriculture and rural affairs. These men hoped to encourage new developments in agricultural practice through experimentation and scientific research. In the patriotic spirit of the time, early members were concerned that America not fall behind England's rapid agricultural advances. Central to their concerns were crop rotation, soil fertility, and animal husbandry. Prizes or premiums were offered for agricultural accomplishments in order to stimulate experimentation. Papers published by the Society (among them the ground breaking "Address to American Farmers," and George Morgan's  "Plan for a Farm Yard" ) had broad circulation and were widely influential in American farming practice.

One of the most concrete accomplishments of the early Society was the construction of a permanent bridge over the Schuylkill river, the first of its kind in America, and the longest covered bridge in the world. The Society drew up the plans for the bridge and raised the $300,000 necessary to fund the project. Completed in 1804, the Schuylkill bridge facilitated the transport of farm produce from Chester and Lancaster Counties into the Philadelphia Market.

Though a few truly gifted scientific minds (such as Morgan and Bordley) did make considerable advances in theories of agriculture, the group never realized its goal of offering leadership to the common farmer. Throughout its early years the Society was riven by political conflict between Federalists and Anti-Federalist, and several times members left the Society to start rival groups. In the period between 1793 and 1805 meetings were held only periodically, and the activities of the Society were for the most part abandoned.

In 1805, after the death of President Samuel Powel and of Vice President and founder John Beale Bordley, the Society was reorganized under the leadership of Richard Peters. Once again, a handful of wealthy patrons of agriculture gathered monthly to discuss agricultural methods. The practice of offering awards and premiums was revived. The first Agricultural exhibition was held in 1822, featuring cattle, farm products, and machinery. In this, the most fruitful period of its history, the Philadelphia Society tested, identified, and analyzed seeds and plant specimens. They also served as a distribution center to make foreign seeds available to American farmers for experimentation. The Society researched methods of animal husbandry and soil fertilization, investigated outbreaks of plant and animal disease, and encouraged the development of labor-saving machinery. During this period five volumes of Memoirs were published (in 1808, 1811, 1814, 1818, and 1826), each containing significant agricultural articles of the time. From 1816 to 1829 the Society published an almanac to propagate scientific developments in agriculture among working American farmers.

After the death of Richard Peters in 1828, John Hare Powel was elected president, followed by Nicholas Biddle from 1831 to 1844 and James Mease from 1844 to 1846. Throughout this period the Society continued to offer premiums for plant breeding and farm management. From 1838 to 1856 they sponsored annual exhibitions. These exhibitions featured livestock, displays of agricultural implements, and a plowing match. In 1847 members established the Farmer's Club as an auxiliary to the Society. This group initially met at the farms of different members to inspect the farm and then to discuss agricultural issues of current interest. Later the Club functioned primarily as a social gathering.

This early period was the most intensely active and the most fruitful of the Society's history. The Society's members from this time were among the most influential thinkers in experimental agriculture. The scope of their vision of agricultural progress as well as their insistence on rigorous experimentation and scientific method laid the groundwork for the rapid advance of American farming practice in the nineteenth century.

From the beginning the Agricultural Society believed one of its primary tasks to be the establishment of a network of agricultural organizations in the region and across the country. As S.W. Fletcher writes in his history of P.S.P.A.:

It was a comprehensive and far-seeing program for the advancement of Pennsylvania agriculture in several other ways, including the organization of county agricultural societies, the establishment of pattern farms, the endowment by the state of professorships in agriculture and its supporting sciences at colleges, elementary teaching of agriculture in the public schools, and specialized instruction in agriculture at institutions of college grade. (Fletcher, 73)

In 1855 this ambition was partially realized with the founding of the  "Farmer's High School," now Penn State University. The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine also owes its existence in part to the influence and support of the Philadelphia Society. James Mease, an officer of the Society, delivered the first series of lectures in Veterinary medicine as early as 1814, though it was not until 1883 that the Society's ambition to start a Veterinary school was formally fulfilled through the founding of the Veterinary School. Throughout this time the Society toyed with the idea of a model farm or  "Pattern Farm," which would serve as a working laboratory for agricultural experimentation. This project never came to fruition, but the principles behind it were realized with the establishment of agricultural experiment stations across the region in the late nineteenth century.

The Society also played a role in the organization of state and federal departments to oversee agriculture. In 1851, the establishment of the Pennsylvania State Agricultural Society represented the achievement of a long-term goal for the Society. At the same time, the role P.S.P.A. had played in collecting and distributing agricultural knowledge was made obsolete by the growth of this network of governmental and academic research institutions. County and regional organizations drew membership away from the Philadelphia Society, and more authoritative regional and federal associations sapped their influence on the national agricultural scene. The State Society encroached on the local functions of P.S.P.A. when it took over the task of sponsoring the annual agricultural exhibition (later the State Fair).

The onset of the Civil War also disrupted the Society's activities. One member recalls: "The bitter discussions over the incidents of the Civil War 1860-1866 caused the attendance at the meetings to fall off to nothing. Consequently there were no more meetings held during that period. & It is a curious fact that these horny fisted Farmers of the Agricultural Society were to such a large proportion, Southern sympathizers" (Letter from Burnet Landreth to George Curwen, May 12, 1926). Toward the end of the century meetings became irregular and eventually ceased altogether in 1885.

While its activities were sometimes erratic and its projects often never realized, during its most productive period the Society did vastly influence the development of agricultural education and research in the nineteenth century. The primary achievements of these early members were neither their activities nor their projects. Their legacy to American agriculture was instead the direction of their vision, toward scientific experimentation and research, formal agricultural education, and a strong role for government agencies in the advancement and supervision of agricultural progress.

In 1909 Leonard Pearson (Dean of the Veterinary School) discovered several cartons of books and papers belonging to the old Society in the basement of the Veterinary School. This discovery inspired the five members of the old Society who were still living to meet once again. Twenty years after the last meeting of the Old Society, the modern P.S.P.A. was born. Membership rapidly expanded, and the group soon adopted the By-Laws established in the 19th century.

From the time of its reinception, the modern Society (or junior Society as one member termed it) was preoccupied with its early history and self-consciously worked to mimic the activities of the older group. Many of the junior members were descended from charter members, and an effort was made to enroll members with such legacy. Their concern and care for the early Society's library and artwork reflect this veneration as well.

By the 1920s and 30s, however, the junior Society began to redefine their role in regional agriculture to better suit the twentieth century. The Society showed an active awareness of agricultural issues of the time. In 1920 a special committee was formed to investigate Bovine Tuberculosis. This committee recommended that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania reimburse farmers whose cattle had been destroyed because of Tuberculosis. In the late 1920s the Society sponsored agricultural prizes for Potatoes and Hickory Nuts in order to encourage progress in plant breeding and fertilization. In 1932 the Society revived the custom of honoring achievement in agriculture with annual awards. In the early 1940s the practice of invited guest speakers to lecture on topics of agricultural interest was resumed.

In honor of the Society's 150th anniversary in 1935, Rodney H. True, of the Library and Archives Committee, presented a paper on the early history of the Society. This paper was printed as a pamphlet, entitled, "A Sketch of the History of P.S.P.A." This historical sketch revived interest in the history of the Society, and inspired John Okie to propose a wider scale reprinting of the work in 1936. This project gradually evolved  "due to a desire to offer something more, a greater value." The Society undertook to produce a larger volume, including the  Sketch, but also complete with illustrations, reproductions of original letters, and transcriptions of manuscript material. This expanded history would be the sequel to the earlier volumes of Memoirs published by the Society in the nineteenth century.  "It is proposed to add considerably to the original pamphlet, making of it a bound book such as might be designated Memoirs VI" (from an undated [1937?] memorandum by J. M. Okie). The writing, publication, and sale of Memoirs VI became the focus of John Okie's efforts and the center of much of the Society's business for the next several years. After publication of this volume in 1939, Okie collected reviews and letters responding to Memoirs, and bound them together as the two volume Comments on Memoirs VI. At the time of his death in 1947, Okie was gathering material for a proposed seventh volume of  Memoirs.

The Society began to build up a collection of agricultural books in the early nineteenth century. Under the direction of Dr. James Mease, foreign and American agricultural books and pamphlets were collected. Other works were contributed by correspondents. In 1825 a catalog of the library was assembled and published. In 1888, around the time that the Society began to dissolve, P.S.P.A.'s library of more than 500 volumes was deposited with the University of Pennsylvania and housed in the Furness library (now known as the Fisher Fine Arts Library). At the same time a fund was established for the purchase of additional books to expand the collection over the years.

At the time of the revival of the Society the collections were removed to the basement of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, where the Society then held their meetings. In 1922, 121 volumes were purchased in England on the recommendation of Rodney H. True. These books were housed in the Main Library, as opposed to the Veterinary School library, where there were an additional 610 volumes (Hoopes, Librarian's Report, 1926).

In 1935, several months after the 150th anniversary celebration, John Okie discovered the manuscript material of the early Society. He removed the material to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where he had it conserved according to contemporary practices. Despite the Historical Society's wish to keep the manuscripts in their library, the collection was returned to the library of the Veterinary School in 1939.

In the mid-1950s the library was moved from the Veterinary School Library to the Rare Book Collection, where some cataloging and conservation work was done. Also under discussion was whether the library fund, administered by the University of Pennsylvania, would finance the history of the Society to be written by S.W. Fletcher. In the early 1960s the collection was moved to Van Pelt Library where further conservation and indexing was accomplished.

In the early 1980s, during the renovation of Horticulture Hall in Fairmount Park, three hundred 19th century agricultural books were found mildewing in boxes in the basement. After some confusion about the ownership of the library, P.S.P.A. paid the City of Philadelphia $1.00 for the collection, which was then distributed among interested agricultural organizations.

In the late 1970s, the University of Pennsylvania refused the addition of Amos Kirby and James Hornor's collections of Agricultural books to their holdings in the Rare Book Collection. The library then stated that it would accept only books printed before the 19th century (Letter from S. C. Loveland to S. Forde Hansell, July 17, 1980). Then President James Hornor, believing that the collection should be housed in a single library, offered the Society's book and library collection to the American Philosophical Society on permanent deposit in 1978 (letter of Whitfield J. Bell to James Hornor, October 5, 1978). This incited intense debate and some tension between the Society and the University of Pennsylvania and prompted a legal investigation into the ownership of the collection. The Society voted on a resolution to give the collection to the University of Pennsylvania in December of 1980. The difficult situation was finally resolved in a meeting between P.S.P.A. and the Penn Library. "The books now on deposit at the University Library will remain there in the care of the University as they have in the past. The University Library, from time to time, will accept additional historical and contemporary books, manuscripts, and papers which the Philadelphia Society deems important to add to the collection. It is thought that such additions will not exceed ten volumes annually" (letter from S.C. Loveland to Joan I. Gotwals, Dec. 15, 1980). In 1986 the Society raised funds and received a Pew grant for the restoration and conservation of their library and archives.

In the 1970s the Society briefly moved its headquarters to the historic Kidd-Fling House, which it shared with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The group remained active in local agricultural events and fairs, and in 1976 was involved in Philadelphia's celebration of the American Bicentennial. This included their participation in a documentary film project on the history of Pennsylvania agriculture. In 1985 P.S.P.A. celebrated its two-hundredth anniversary by organizing a forum of speakers on the topic of international issues of food and hunger. This event marked a considerable change in the scope of the Society's activities, with the shift of its focus to the international community, and the combination of scientific research and social policy. The success of this event brought the spotlight back on the Society within the Philadelphia community, and revitalized the interest of the membership in hosting conferences and publishing scientific papers.

While P.S.P.A. members of the second half of the century are still not farmers, they are less often patrons of agriculture, or farm hobbyists. Rather they are the journalists, politicians and businessmen shaping American food industry. They might work for the U.S.D.A., for Agricultural and Veterinary schools, or in Agribusiness, such as Campbell Soup, or Dupont. The younger generation of members have global interests that tie together farming, world politics, and economics.

Scope and Contents

These letters date primarily from the early nineteenth century, and include correspondence with foreign and American agricultural societies, as well as letters among significant social and political figures. Major correspondents who wrote representing the Society include Nicholas Biddle, John Beale Bordley, Richard Peters, James Gowen, James Mease, Algernon S. Roberts, Robert Vaux, and Richard Wistar. American agricultural societies include the Agricultural Society of Bucks County, the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, the Berkshire (Mass.) Agricultural Society, the North Carolina Agricultural Society, and the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture. Foreign organizations include Accademia economico-agraria dei georgofili of Italy, the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle of France, the English Board of Agriculture, and the Royal Agricultural Society of Jamaica. Political correspondents include U.S. Presidents George Washington, John Quincy Adams, and James Madison. Many of these correspondents are Quakers. The one woman correspondent was Hannah Barnard, a notable Pennsylvania farmer.

Communication with the Society consists of queries by farmers, recommendations for farming practice, and data collected during practical farming experiments. Topics of concern to nineteenth century farmers include the Hessian fly, crop rotation, fertilizer, and the benefits of planting clover. Letters of particular interest include one in which Henry Wynkoop recommends fertilizing with "Plaistre of Paris" (Wynkoop, 1787.) In 1787 Elias Boudinot wrote to communicate  "some Experiments I have made on the Culture of the very useful Grain, Indian Corn." George Logan wrote to recommend that hard spirits be banned from the farm. Instead he praises Small Malt Beer, for which he includes a recipe (George Logan, 1787). All of the letters in this series have been cataloged on RLIN and are listed individual in the index following the container list. Photostat and typescript copies of some material may be found in the John Okie Papers with added historical notes.

In 1793, John Beale Bordley copied correspondence with the Society into a bound folio entitled "Communications." These letters date from 1785 to 1789 and include letters not on record elsewhere. In 1805, after Bordley's death, George Clymer reported that he had received from John Bordley's executor  "the book to record the correspondence of the Society & which [was] found among Mr. Bordley's papers" (Society's Minutes, I, 155).

Bound volumes of minutes date from 1785 to 1846. Additional loose papers date from as late as 1864. During the second half of the nineteenth century these minutes relate to such topics as sorghum cane, the distribution of seeds by the National Government, the establishment of the new Veterinary School, plans for cattle shows and exhibitions, et cetera. Minutes of various committees date primarily from the early nineteenth century and include such committees as Cattle, Crops, and Agricultural Implements. Minutes often contain transcriptions of communications presented before the Society. A bound volume entitled "Pattern Farm" refers to the Society's ongoing project of establishing model farms for the purpose of experimentation and research. This book is mostly blank and contains only a few pages of notes. The  "Pattern Farm" project was never realized.

The general correspondence of P.S.P.A. reflects the changing concerns of the Society from its early years to the present day. The twentieth century letters represent the correspondence of the Society with members, with guest speakers and honorees, and with academic, scientific, and research institutions concerning topics relating to agriculture. Most correspondence was handled by the secretaries of the Society. The earliest Secretary was R. Francis Wood, who carried on almost no correspondence other than administrative during his term from 1909 to 1915. The same is true for his successor, John E. Lloyd, who served from 1915 to 1920.

The bulk of this material dates from the 1930s and early 1940s, when the Society expanded its vision of the role it would play in national agricultural concerns. The establishment of various committees (to advise state legislature or to participate in agricultural events, for example) gave the Society exposure to many individuals and institutions involved in agriculture nationwide. The reestablishment of the practice of having monthly speakers and awarding medals annually prompted additional correspondence. The Society's 150th anniversary celebration sparked interest in the history of agriculture and in other agricultural organizations across the country. George Curwen (Secretary from 1918 to 1939) and John Okie (Assistant Secretary from 1923 to 1939) both carried on extensive correspondence during this period. Letters John Okie wrote in his official capacity often led to the establishment of more personal correspondence, some of which continued well after he resigned his position in the Society. For this reason, correspondence sustained by John M. Okie alone has been moved to Series III, the John M. Okie Papers.

The correspondence of L. Wayne Arny, who served as Secretary from 1939 to 1956 or 7 does not seem to have survived. R. Henry Morris III was Secretary from 1958 to 1961, and Mark Allam briefly served from 1961 to 1962. In 1962 William White was elected and served until 1983. Ralph E. Bartholomew is the most recent known Secretary; he was still in office in 1986.

Letters concerning the Hickory Nut Contest in the late 1920s include correspondence with J. F. Jones, and J. Russell Smith. In the 1930s the Society established a Committe to investigate illness in dairy cattle. Several of the correspondents at this period were cattle breeders or veterinarians involved with research on Bang's Disease ( Brucella Abortus ) and Bovine Tuberculosis. Among these were T. E. Munce, E. S. Deubler, E. T. Gill, Miller Freeman Barnes, J. H. McNeil, and John R. Mohler.

Other correspondents include Agricultural and Historical Associations. Among these are the Agricultural History Society, the Maryland Agricultural Society, the Massachussets Society for Promoting Agriculture, the New York State Agricultural Society, the Royal Agricultural Society of England, and the New Jersey State Agricultural Society (see also Phillip Alampi). The Society also corresponded with the South Carolina Society for Promoting Agriculture (see also William Hayne Mills) and attended their 150th anniversary celebration. The Society was often in contact with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society concerning joint activities, the loan or retrieval of books, and the establishment of their shared office space in the Kidd-Fling House.

The Society had many contacts in the field of agricultural education, and was particularly involved with Penn State College (later Penn State University), which it had helped establish. Correspondence with other academic institutions include the Philadelphia High School of Agriculture and Horticulture, the Universities of Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, Rutgers, the Hampton Institute, and North Carolina State College School of Agriculture. Individuals involved in agricultural education include Raymond A. Pearson, president of the University of Maryland, R.D. Hetzel, the President of Penn State, E.K. Hibsham, R.L. Watts and E.L. Nixon also of Penn State, C.C. Palmer, and C.A. McCue of the University of Delaware, William Hayne Mills of Clemson College, and Charles Shreiner of the Church Farm School.

In the media, P.S.P.A. corrseponded with the Pennsylvania Farmer, with Wheeler McMillen of the Farm Journal, and most recently with John Hoskyns-Abrahall, the director of film project on the history of Pennsylvania agriculture. Among research institutions and associations are the International Congress of Soil Science, the National Farm Chemurgic Council, the National Research Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Soil Conservation Society of America, and the U.S.D.A. Correspondence with Pew Charitable Trust (also Glenmede) relates to a grant to fund the conservation of the Society's library and papers.

Other significant correspondents include Effingham B. Morris, U.S. Senator George Wharton Pepper, President Dwight Eisenhower, Morris T. Phillips, Abram Bunn Ross, Carl R. Woodward, and Jacob G. Lipman. For an index of significant correspondents, refer to Appendix B.

Administrative correspondence includes letters between executive officers of the Society, including the Secretary and sometimes committee chairs. These letters are organized chronologically and provide an overview of the Society's projects and concerns from its revival in 1909 to present day. These letters cover such topics as the Sesqui-centennial Fair (1925), the Hickory Nut Contest (1926), the First International Congress of Soil Science (1927), the 150th Anniversary Banquet (1935), the Agricultural History film project (1974), the move to the Kidd-Fling House (1984), the Bicentennial Forum (1985), and the application for a Pew grant (1986). Other letters relate to planning meetings and events, deciding on speakers and honorees, or discussing issues of rules and membership.

Letters written by officers of the Society before they were elected (and therefore before they had administrative responsibilities) are filed with General Correspondence. Administrative Correspondence among members of subcommittes (Membership, Library and Archives, etc.) are filed with the records of the particular committee. Treasurer's correspondence is filed with the Financial Records. Refer to Appendix C for a list of the officers of P.S.P.A. and the dates of their terms.

Circulars were sent to the membership once or twice a month to give notice of meetings, schedules of outings and events, and general Society news. When new members were elected, short biographies were published in these newletters. Background information on speakers as well as the topics of their speeches was also distributed. These circulars are a good source of information and dates for activities and events.

In 1928 the By-Laws of the Society state that resident membership is limited to one hundred (this was later adjusted to 115). New members must first be proposed, and then this proposal must be seconded by at least two other members. Biographical information and the letters of recommendation are reviewed by the Committee on Membership at their meeting. Members judged appropriate by the committee are then presented for election at the next luncheon meeting. In addition to resident members there were also Honorary Members and Life Members. Over the years, a catagory of Inactive members was also created. By 1983 the Committee on Membership had been renamed the "Admissions Committee."

Though the Society has always been to some degree a group of gentlemen farmers, shifting trends in membership give us an idea of the changing face of the Society, reflecting its goals and interests. When the Society was first revived in 1909, membership was primarily doctors, academics, and those interested in Colonial Philadelphia. In a 1934 letter, Edward Hoopes expressed his concern about membership: "while county agents are mighty fine fellows and have excellent agricultural knowledge, they are not just the types from whom we want to draw our membership. We, as a society, are not agriculturalists, but rather patrons and benefactors of agriculturalists. We want a businessman who is interested in agriculture because he owns a farm as a hobby, not his farm manager who may have a much greater knowledge of farming than the owner" (in a letter to George Curwen, November 30, 1934). By the late twentieth century, the membership is primarily those involved in research, agricultural agencies, or agribusiness.

Typically, member files might contain one or more of the following: proposals for membership (filed under the name of the proposed member); c.v. or resume; admissions committee worksheet (including biographical data); notification and acceptance of election; questions about billing; change of address; nominations to committees; letters of resignation; obituaries and condolence letters; related clippings. For a list of members names found in these files, refer to Appendix D. (N.B. This is not a comprehensive list of members. Additionally, individuals listed in this file may never have actually become members.)

In addition to member files, this series also contains correspondence between members of the committee, member lists, directories, and membership ledgers.

The expansion of the Society's library, as well as the preservation of existing volumes, has been a central concern of the Society since the 19th century. After the revival of the Society in the early twentieth century, responsibility for the collection was shared between elected officers of the Society and librarians at the University of Pennsylvania where the collection was housed. Charles Seltzer and Edward Hoopes were the first twentieth century curators of the library. Edward Hoopes continued as Librarian until 1937 when he was succeeded by Louis A. Klein. Rodney True of the Morris Arboretum and John Okie were also involved in the purchase of books and periodicals for the Society's library. There seems to have been no librarian after Louis A. Klein's death in the early 1950s. More active in the 1960s was the "Archivists Committee," for which Amos Kirby served as chairman. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Samuel Loveland served as the Chairman of the  "Library, Art, and Property Committee."

Letters relate to the purchase of new volumes, the conservation of manuscripts, insurance on the library and portraits, the housing of the collection, and some discussion of the publication of the Sketch and  Memoirs VI. Correspondence includes letters among members, with book sellers, and with librarians at the University of Pennsylvania. During this period, the Librarians of the Society were advised in their purchase and storage of books by the University of Pennsylvania Librarians at both the Main Library (Asa Don Dickinson, and later C. Seymour Thompson) and at the Veterinary School (V. G. Kimball). At the end of this subseries are lists of library aquisitions, agreements with the University of Pennsylvania, a catalog of the Horticultural Hall library, and legal documents regarding the  loan of these books. (N.B. Some of the book transactions made by John Okie in an unofficial capacity may relate to the Society's library; this information may be found in the John M. Okie Papers.)

In addition to the executive officers of the Society, other permanent committees include: the Activities Committee, in charge of organizing outings and events; the Board of Managers; the Executive Committee; the Nominating Committee, in charge of the election of officers. Temporary committees were periodically appointed to decide on matters of special concern. Special Committees represented in this series are (alphabetically) the Bicentennial Committee, the Committee on Agricultural Policy, the Committee on Bovine Tuberculosis, and the Committee on the Congress of Soil Science. This series contains notes and minutes from the meetings of these committees, as well as lists of committee appointments.

During the early years of the twentieth century, the Secretary of the Society was also responsible for keeping financial records. By the early 1920s, however, a separate position was created for the Treasurer. Edward Hoopes served as the first Treasurer from 1920 to 1937. Robert Ligget followed him from 1937 to 1942, when Jay V. Hare took office. Sometime between 1942 and 1947 Edward Woolman was elected and served for several years. By 1956 Edward W. Coslett, Jr. had taken office and served until 1968, when he was succeeded by Paul Hand, who served at least until 1986.

Among the duties of the Treasurer were billing members, recording disbursments, paying bills, and filing yearly financial reports. The treasurer's correspondence records the financial component of the Society's many projects and events, including the awarding of cash prizes, and publication of Memoirs VI and Sketch of the History of P.S.P.A. Also included in the Treasurer's correspondence are records of fundraising efforts for the Hayward Memorial, furnishing of the Kidd-Fling House, the Bicentennial Forum, and the library conservation project.

Early in the twentieth century, proceedings of monthly luncheon meetings were taken down in minute books. These bound volumes apparently contain a complete record of meetings from 1905 to 1982. Later volumes are interleaved with invitations, programs, and photographs. In addition this series contains other loose leaves of minutes, dating up to 1985. Attendance lists were taken for billing purposes. Such special meetings as the 150th Anniversary banquet the Bicentennial Forum and the Vox Populi Meeting required extra planning. Material related to these meetings includes notes, invitations, publicity, and guest lists. Also included are miscellaneous guest lists and calendars.

The Society regularly invited guest speakers to lecture on topics of interest. Speeches were also given by officers at special events and by award recipients. An examination of the speech topics over the years reveals trends in American agriculture. Several speakers in the late 20s and early 30s addressed the topic of blueberry and cranberry culture. Illness in cattle was also a popular topic at this time. By the 1950s the primary topic was soil conservation. Later addresses concern the scientific developments in agricultural research and the business aspects of farming. A chronological (but not complete) list of speakers with the titles of their speeches may be found in the appendices.

Early speeches (1911-1935) have been transcribed along with introductions and question and answer sessions. In later years copies of speeches were sometimes provided by the speakers themselves. Material related to speeches includes biographies of the speakers, notes, and figures. Letters to and from speakers regarding the logistics of their speeches are filed with general correspondence. Though there were apparently speeches given between 1940 and 1959, the collection contains no material related to the speakers or their speeches during this period. Unidentified speeches are filed with Collected Agricultural Material, though they may in fact have been delivered to the Society at some point.

In 1932 the Society revived the practice of awarding medals annually to recognize achievement in the field of agriculture. Related material includes biographical material on the honoree, invitations, programs, photos, citations, guest lists, and menus. (N.B. Speeches delivered at award banquets are filed with Speeches.) Also included is correspondence with engravers regarding medals and certificates. In 1914 the Society instituted a prize for potato growing and in 1934 the Society honored the achievement of Harry Hayward by establishing a memorial in his honor. The Society also offered scholarships for students pursuing the study of agriculture.

Over the years the Society undertook several long-term projects outside of their usual activities. Some material relating to these projects has survived, including grant proposals for the library conservation project, the film proposals for "Two hundred years of Pennsylvania Agriculture," the Kidd-Fling agreement, and the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center Farm Proposal.

Other activities of the Society included outings and visits to local farms and businesses, including Hershey, Walker-Gordon Dairy, and a trip to visit homes on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This series comprises material relating to a few of these outings, including schedules, maps, brochures, and itineraries.

This series contains articles and clippings related to P.S.P.A., including S.W. Fletcher's extended work "Early American Agriculture." Also included are a tin sign reading  "Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture," several medals, and photographs from the 1930s, as well as from a more recent banquet.

Officers of the Society often collected copies of articles, speeches, brochures, and pamphlets related to their research interests. Among these papers are promotional materials relating to agricultural industries, U.S.D.A. reports, the minutes of the Pennsylvania Rural Progress Association Country Life Conference in 1912, and a collection of papers relating to wax coatings on vegetables, which seem to have been gathered by R. Henry Morris III in his professional capacity with the U.S.D.A.

John M. Okie (retired from the real estate department of Girard Trust) became a member of P.S.P.A. in 1916, and served as the Assistant Secretary of the Society from 1922 to 1938. He was awarded the Society's medal in 1935, at the 150th anniversary of P.S.P.A. He was very active in the affairs of the society, and initiated projects to restore the gravestones of Elizabeth and John Beale Bordley, to donate a plaque commemorating University of Delaware Professor Harry Haward, and to publish Memoirs VI. It was John Okie who made the discovery of the original letters and papers of the Society's early members in 1935. Okie took on the task of rehousing, transcribing, and cataloging these manuscripts, eventually producing bound volumes of typescript copies of these papers, to be found at the end of Series III. Okie was also responsible for  "silking" a volume of early minutes, and for the housing of early papers in bound volumes. In February of 1938 John Okie resigned from his formal positions in the administration of the Society, feeling slighted that his labor with the manuscripts had not been rewarded with a Life Membership in the Society (he had been offered an Honorary Membership instead). Despite continuing tensions between him and the officers of the Society, John Okie continued to devote his time and labor to researching the history of P.S.P.A. During this time he compiled fifteen bound volumes of material related to his research, including transcripts of research letters, excerpts from the Society's papers, photographs, memoranda, and research notes. Several of these are general volumes, others relate to specific figures from the history of the Society, including John Beale Bordley, John and George Morgan, George Logan, James Mease, George Clymer, Colonel Pickering, Elias Boudinot, Nicholas and Craig Biddle, and Richard Peters. Another volume is a collection of research material on the connection between Craig Biddle and the Farmer's Club of Pennsylvania.

Through his research for Memoirs VI, Okie corresponded with several prominent figures in the field of agricultural history, including Carl R. Woodward of Rutgers and W.H. Mills of Clemson University. Mr. Okie contacted many libraries, Historical Associations, and Agricultural Societies. Among these, the most substantial correspondence was with the Pennsylvania State College Library, the Illinois State Historical Library, the Massachussets Society for Promoting Agriculture, and the McCormick Historical Association. In his search for biographical material on the Society's early members he contacted the descendents of such figures as Craig and Nicholas Biddle, Captain John Morgan, and John Beale Bordley. This historical correspondence is certainly the most interesting portion of the John Okie Papers, and deserves attention from scholars wishing to pursue the history of the society.

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Publication Information

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Gift of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Memoirs
  • Memorabilia
  • Minutes (Records)
Personal Name(s)
  • Okie, John M.
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Experimentation
  • Agriculture--Pennsylvania --Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

I.  Records, 18th and 19th century.

A.  Correspondence.


Letters to and from P.S.P.A. Correspondence located in boxes 1-15 have been digitized and can be viewed here in Penn's Franklin Catalog. These records can also be viewed here in Penn in Hand.

1.  General Correspondence.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically.

Box Folder


1 1-71


2 72-124

Morgan - Preston.

3 125-166

Price - Wharton.

4 167-225

Wilder - Young.

5 226-241


6 242

2.  Anonymous Correspondence.


Arranged alphabetically by title or subject, and then chronologically.

Box Folder

Beehive, undated.

6 243

Bibliotheque Britannique Agriculture, 1802.

6 244

Crop Rotation, 1792-1796, undated.

6 245-246

Flax Sample List, 1821.

6 247

Flax Spinning, 1829.

6 248

French Ray Grass, undated.

6 249

Garten Stricklen, undated.

6 250

Peas, 1787.

6 251

Seeds from Holland, 1792.

6 252

Soil preparation for Wheat, 1785.

6 253

Veterinary Medicine, dissection of a colt, 1822.

6 254

Wheat from Tuscany, Italy, 1820.

6 255

Wheat Fly, undated.

6 256

Wine making, 1792.

6 257

3.  Oversize Letters.


Filed alphabetically by correspondent.

Box Folder

Abbot - Dey.

7 258-301

Earl - Livingston.

8 302-339

Michigan - Webb.

9 340-355


 "John Beale Bordley's Folio," Transcripts of correspondence with the Society, with index, 1785-1789.


B.  Administrative Records.

1.  Minutes.

Description & Arrangement

Meeting Minutes, with bound volumes arranged chronologically, followed by loose papers, also chronological; Committee Minutes, alphabetical by committee, and then chronologically.

Minutes located in boxes 1-15 have been digitized and can be viewed here in Penn's Franklin Catalog. These records can also be viewed here in Penn in Hand.

A.  Meeting Minutes, bound volumes.

Box Folder






General note





Meeting minutes, loose papers, 1785-1864, undated.

16 356-365

B.  Committee Minutes.


Arranged alphabetically by committee. See also Oversize, Box 26.

Box Folder

Committee of Arrangements for Agricultural Exhibition, 1822-1852.

17 366-371

Committee on Agricultural Implements (also bound volume in box 18), 1845-1849.

17 372

Committee on Peter A. Brown's Inventions, 1849.

17 373

Committee on Butter and Poultry, 1845.

17 375-377

Committee on Cattle, 1845-1849.

17 375-377

Committee on Crops, 1844-1849, 1829.

17 378-382

Committee on Flax Machine, 1822.

17 383

Committee on Horses, 1845-1849.

17 384

Committee on Hunting and Destroying Birds, 1844.

17 385

Committee on John Scott Legacy, 1829-1839.

17 386

Committee on Leasing a Farm, 1786.

17 387

Committee on Moving, 1812.

17 388

Committee on Pennsylvania Act for Promoting Agriculture, 1820-1821.

17 389

Committee on Plows and Plowing, 1845-1849.

17 390

Committee on Premiums, 1790-1850.

17 391-393

Committee on Reaping and Mowing, undated.

17 394

Committee on Salary, 1848.

17 395

Committee on Seeds, undated.

17 396

Committee on Sheep and Swine, 1845-1847.

17 397

Committee on Trespass by Gunners, 1841.

17 398

Committee on Working Oxen, 1849.

17 399

Committee on Agricultural Implements.


2.  Acts and Resolutions.

Box Folder

Resolutions, 1805-1823.

19 400-402

Act of Incorporation, undated.

19 403

Seventy-Fifth Anniversary, circa 1860.

19 404

Memorial to U.S. Congress, 1852.

19 405

Elections, 1822-1844.

19 406

Communications and Publications, 1802, 1825.

19 407

3.  Library Records.


See also Oversize, Box 26

Box Folder

Library Acquisitions, 1806-1855.

19 408-411

Library Resolutions and Report, 1845.

19 412

Manuscript Collection, 1899.

19 413

Bound volume.


4.  Financial Records.

Box Folder

Bills and Receipts, 1805-1892.

21 414-423

Bills for Printing, copying, engraving, 1805-1852.

21 424-431

Receipts for Memoirs, 1808, 1823.

21 432

Treasurer's reports, 1809-1853.

21 433-437



5.  Pattern Farm, 1818.


Notes regarding Pattern Farm project. See also Oversize, Box 26.


C.  Ephemera.


Medals, issues of the United States Gazette, and miscellaneous printed matter.

Box Folder



Printed Material.


D.  Oversize.


Records filed alphabetically by title or subject, followed by miscellaneous oversize material, also alphabetical.

1.  Records.

Box Folder

Committee on Early History of the Society, 1829.

26 438-439

Committees, miscellaneous, 1829, 1844.

26 440

Curator's reports, 1819, 1823.

26 441-442

Election Report, 1821.

26 443

Laws, undated.

26 444

Library, 1816, 1818, 1829, 1843, undated.

26 445-447

List of Superior Furniture on Sale at 391 High Street, 1811.

26 438

Pattern Farm Proposal, 1818.

26 448


26 449

2.  Miscellaneous.

Box Folder

B--- A---.

26 450

Cooking Stove (coal-burning), undated.

26 451

Farmyard, Plan of, 1790.

26 452

Horses, illness of, 1820.

26 453

Thorn Hedges in England, 1789.

26 454

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II.  Records, 20th century.

A.  Correspondence.

1.  General Correspondence.

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence between representatives of the Society and outside individuals or organizations. These representatives are primarily officers of the Society, but may also be chairmen of committees, or members who are particularly involved in planning events or projects. Letters are filed alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically. While this series does contain letters from members, correspondence relating specifically to issues of membership are filed in Subseries B, in the Member files. An index of significant correspondents of the 20th century may be found in Appendix B.

Box Folder

Acme - Butz.

27 455-538

C. J. - Deubler.

28 539-616

Dick - Future.

29 617-682

Gardeners - Irving.

30 683-759

Jardine - Mayo.

31 760-850

Mechling - Pearson.

32 851-920

Pendelton - Pyle.

33 921-973

Quaker - Studholme.

34 974-1058

Taylor - Zinsser.

35 1059-1149

Misc., envelopes, reply cards.

35 1150-1152

2.  Administrative Correspondence.

Description & Arrangement

General correspondence relating to the administration of the Society, primarily between officers, but also occasionally with the chairman of a committee, or a member particularly involved in the organization of an event. Arranged chronologically. For a list of officers of the Society, refer to Appendix C.

Box Folder


36 1153-1166


37 1167-1189


38 1190-1226

1962-1988, undated.

39 1227-1262

3.  Circulars to Members.

Description & Arrangement

Notices of meetings and news, sent once or twice a month to membership. (Not complete). Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder


40 1263-1292

1968-1997, undated.

41 1293-1314

B.  Committee Records.

1.  Membership Committee.

Description & Arrangement

Letters to and from the membership committee. Papers relating to membership issues, filed alphabetically under the name of the member concerned. Also included in these boxes are lists of members, waiting lists, member certificates, and ledgers. See Appendix D for a list of members.

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1911-1983, undated.

42 1315-1343

Abbott - Ewing.

43 1344-1366

Fallon - Loveland.

44 1367-1391

McAllister - Russell.

45 1392-1415

Schaub - Zook.

46 1416-1439

Directories, 1991-1995.

47 1440-1467

Member lists.

48 1468-1485

Waiting Lists.

48 1486-1487

Inactive Membership.

48 1488-1490

Membership certificates.

48 1491-1496



2.  Library and Archives Committee.

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence of Librarian, Curators, History Committee and other interested parties pertaining to the maintenance of the Society's library, manuscript collection, and artwork. Correspondence organized chronologically, followed by miscellaneous papers and legal document relating to the library.

Box Folder


50 1497-1526

Acquisitions and Booklists.

50 1527-1528

Contracts with University of Pennsylvania.

50 1529-1530

Horticultural Hall Library.

50 1531-1532


50 1533

3.  Other Permanent Committees.

Description & Arrangement

Meeting notes, minutes, and records of permanent committees; filed alphabetically by committee title and then chronologically, followed by lists of committee appointments.

Box Folder

Activities Committee.

51 1534-1560

Board of Managers.

51 1561-1563

Executive Committee.

51 1564

Nomination Committee.

51 1565

Lists of Committee Appointments.

51 1566

4.  Special Committees.

Descripiton & Arrangement

Records and reports of specially appointed committees; organized alphabetically be committee name, and then chronologically.

Box Folder

Committee on Agricultural Policy.

52 1567

Bicentennial Committee.

52 1568-1575

Committee on Bovine Tuberculosis.

52 1576

Committee on the Congress of Soil Science.

52 1577

C.  Financial Records.

Description & Arrangement

Treasurer's correspondence, organized chronologically. Treasurer's reports, also chronological. Bank records, bills and receipts also chronological, followed by check books and account books.

Box Folder

Treasurer's Correspondence, 1925-1986.

53 1578-1614

Treasurer's Reports, 1925-1991.

54 1615-1649

Bank Records.

55 1650-1679


55 1680-1689

Bills and Receipts.

56 1690-1700


56 1701


57 1702-1703

Account books, 1923-1991.

57-58 1704-1714

D.  Proceedings.

1.  Meeting Records.

Description & Arrangement

Meeting minutes, bound volumes of minutes, organized chronologically, followed by loose minutes, also chronological. Finally, attendence lists and records of Special Meeting, filed chronologically.

Box Folder

Minutes, bound volumes, 1905-1924.


Minutes, bound volumes, 1925-1931.


Minutes, bound volumes, 1932-1935.


Minutes, bound volumes, 1936-1942.


Minutes, bound volumes, 1942-1964.


Minutes, bound volumes, 1965-1982.


Minutes, loose papers, 1909-1985, undated.

65 1715-1737

Acts and Resolutions.

66 1738-1747


67 1748-1761

150th Anniversary, 1935.

67 1748-1761

Meeting to hear John Shive, 1938.

67 1765

Founder's Day, 1985.

67 1766

Bicentennial Forum, 1985.

67 1767

Forum, 1986.

67 1768

Forum, 1987.

67 1769

Vox Populi.

67 1770


67 1771-1773

2.  Speakers.

Description & Arrangement

Early transcripts of meetings, including speeches, are filed chronologically. Material relating to speeches given after 1935 are filed alphabetically by the name of the speaker, and then chronologically.

Box Folder

Transcriptions of meetings including speeches, 1913-1935.

68 1774-1795

Speeches after 1935.

69 1796-1835

3.  Awards.

Description & Arrangement

Material relating to annual awards, filed chronologically. Also material on Prizes, Harry Hayward Memorial, and Agricultural Scholarships.

Box Folder

Annual awards, 1932-1971.

70 1836-1858

Annual awards, 1972-1982, 1992.

71 1859-1867

Misc. Material re: annual awards.

71 1868-1870

Prize for Potatoes, 1871.

71 1871

Hickory Nut Contest, 1927.

71 1872

400 Bushell Club, 1934.

71 1873

Harry Haward Memorial.

71 1874-1879

Agricultural Scholarship.

71 1880-1881

4.  Projects and Outings.

Description & Arrangement

Material relating to projects undertaken by the Society, filed alphabetically under the project title, followed by material on outings made by the Society, organized chronologically.

Box Folder

Film Proposal, 1974.

72 1882

Schuylkill Valley Nature Center.

72 1883

Kid-Fling House.

72 1884

Grant Proposal.

72 1885-1891

5.  Outings.

Box Folder

Star Rose Gardens, 1932.

72 1892

Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1934.

72 1893

Pa. State College, 1935.

72 1894

Rutgers, 1940.

72 1895

New Bolton, 1961.

72 1896

Future Farmers, 1963.

72 1897

Walker-Gordeon Lab, 1968.

72 1898

Hershey Estates, 1969.

72 1899

Longwood Gardens, 1981.

72 1900

Misc. Outings.

72 1901

E.  Memorabilia.

Description & Arrangement

Photographs, promotional material, and clippings relating to P.S.P.A. (filed chronologically), medals, certificates, and miscellaneous ephemera.

Box Folder

P.S.P.A. Publications (and publications re: P.S.P.A.).

72 1902-1905

Promotional Material.

72 1906

Clippings re: P.S.P.A.

72 1907-1908

See also Oversize Box 103.


See also Oversize Box 103.


F.  Collected Agricultural Material.

Description & Arrangement

Addresses, papers, and articles relating to agriculture, organized alphabetically by author or title. Miscellaneous agricultural material, filed alphabetically by subject, and clippings, filed chronologically.

Box Folder

Addresses, Papers, Articles.

75 1910-1950

Agricultrual - Norman.

76 1951-1986

Old - Soil.

77 1987-2010

Talbot - Water.

78 2011-2019


78 2020-2021

Miscellaneous Illustrations.

78 2022

Miscellaneous Promotional Material.

78 2023

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III.  John M. Okie papers.

Series Description

This series comprises the papers of John M. Okie, who served as assistant secretary of the Society from 1922 to 1938 and was the driving force behind the publication of Memoirs VI. While most of these papers concern P.S.P.A., some of John Okie's personal papers are also included.

A.  Correspondence.

Description & Arrangement

Letters written to and from John M. Okie; drafts of memoranda written by John Okie; miscellaneous personal correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Letters to and from John Okie, as well as drafts of letters, are interfiled chronologically. Memoranda and unidentified correspondents fall at the end of this section. (N.B. letters and papers resulting from John Okie's role as Assistant Secretary [i.e. general Society business] can be found in Series II, in the General Correspondence, or in the Administrative and Committee correspondence, between the years of 1922 and 1938.)

Box Folder

A. C. - Essex.

79 2024-2109

Fabius - Jones.

80 2110-2181

Kain - Murphy.

81 2182-2250

National - Symmachus.

82 2251-2323

Thomas - Zirkle.

83 2324-2377


83 2378


83 2379

B.  Historical Research Material.

Description & Arrangement

Notes, transcripts, and illustrations collected by John Okie regarding the early history of P.S.P.A. Biographical files on early members (with reproductions of portraits), arranged alphabetically by the last name of the member. Notes and transcripts taken from the Society's Papers are arranged by title, and then chronologically; Collected transcriptions and notes taken from books, newspapers, or historical records are arranged alphabetically by title. At the end of this section fall lists of documents and publications avaiable from various sources, and miscellaneous notes and fragments.

1.  Biographical Material and Portraits of Early Members.

Box Folder

Barroll - Michener.

84 2390-2431

Morgan - Wilson.

85 2432-2459

2.  Collected Research Material.

Box Folder

Agricultural - Mount.

86 2460-2500

Pendelton - United.

87 2501-2515

Miscellaneous Research Notes.

87 2516-2523


87 2524-2538

3.  Bound transcripts of research material.


Volumes of memoranda, correspondence, extracts from the Society's papers, and research notes relating to P.S.P.A.

Box Folder

Adlum - Cutler.

88 2539-2586

Darlington - Morris.

89 2587-2641

Neville - Young, anon.

60 2642-2697

Miscellaneous Records.

91 2698-2725

4.  Volumes of Typescript Copies, with Historical notes, Compiled by John Okie.

Box Folder

Papers, volumes 1 and 2.


Papers, volumes 3 and 4.




Col. George Morgan and Dr. John Morgan.


George Logan and James Mease.


George Clymer and Col. Pickering.


Elias Boudinot et al.


Richard Peters.


Nicholas Biddle and Craig Biddle.


John Beale Bordley.


Farmer's Club.


C.  Memoirs VI.

Description & Arrangement

Correspondence, notes and drafts, compiled comments and reviews, illustrations, galleys relating to the publication of Memoirs VI. Included in correspondence are letters promoting the book, and regarding orders, sales, or billing, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. At the end of this series are drafts of form letters and memoranda. Drafts and excerpts of Memoirs are arranged by subject, along with illustrations and duplicates of photos used in the publication. Excerpts and typescript copies of reviews and commentary on the volume are filed with  Comments on Memoirs VI, a two volume compilation of responses to the work. Galleys of the work, and negatives of photographs used for  Memoirs fall at the end of this section.

Box Folder

Planning and drafts.

98-99 2726-2791

Comments and Reception, Notes and Drafts.

100 2792-2797

Comments and Reception of Memoirs VI. (2 vol.).


Negatives for illustrations.




D.  Oversize.

Box Folder

Miscellaneous Oversize Material.


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IV.  Appendices.

Appendix B
Significant Correspondents of the 20th Century
  1. Agricultural History Society
  2. Agricultural Society of South Carolina
  3. Alampi, Phillip.
  4. American Guernsey Cattle Club
  5. Ayrshire Breeder's Assoc.
  6. Bache, Franklin
  7. Baker, T. A.
  8. Ballard, Ernesta Drinker
  9. Barnes, M. F. (Miller Freeman)
  10. Bartlett, J. Kemp
  11. Bayard, E. S.
  12. Blair, A. W.
  13. Breck, William R.
  14. Bucher, F. S.
  15. Bull, Leland Hudson
  16. Burlew, John S.
  17. Burpee, David
  18. Burpee, W. Atlee III
  19. Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer), 1909-
  20. Campbell, Milton
  21. Campell, Walter J.
  22. Carothers, G. R.
  23. Cathey, Henry Marcellus, 1928-
  24. Chambers, Franklin S.
  25. Chaney, Arthur U.
  26. Chemurgic Council
  27. Christian, Portia
  28. Clawson, Marion, 1905-
  29. Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
  30. Comfort, Henry W.
  31. Corn Industries Research Foundation
  32. Cox, H. R. (Herbert Randolph)
  33. Crompton, Robert Donald
  34. Crowell, Samuel B.
  35. Delaware State Board of Agriculture
  36. Deming, W. C.
  37. Deubler, E. S. (Ezra Strickland)
  38. Dick, G. A. (George Alexander)
  39. E. I. Du Pont and Nemours Co.
  40. Edgerton, J. Russell
  41. Edmunds, Henry
  42. Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David) 1890-1969.
  43. Farm Journal
  44. Farm Museum
  45. Fletcher, S. W. (Stevenson W.)
  46. Ford Motor Company
  47. Foster, Frank Brisbin
  48. Franklin Institute (Philadlephia, PA)
  49. French, J. Hansell
  50. Gill, Ephraim Tomlinson, b. 1861
  51. Gill, John
  52. Glenmede Trust
  53. Grundy, Joseph R. (Joseph Ridgway), 1863-1961
  54. Haley, D.E.
  55. Hallowell, Charles K.
  56. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute
  57. Harper, William Warner
  58. Hart, Charles
  59. Haskell, H. G. (Henry G.)
  60. Hershey Estates
  61. Hetzel, R. D.
  62. Hibsham, E. K.
  63. Hoskyns-Abrahall, John
  64. Houston, Samuel F.
  65. International Conference of Soil Science
  66. Irving, George W.
  67. Jeffers, Henry W., Jr.
  68. Johnson, D. Gale
  69. Johnstone-Wallace, D. B.
  70. Jones, J. F.
  71. Kleberg, Robert J., Jr.
  72. Lipman, J. G. (Jacob Goodale), 1874-1939
  73. Lippincott, J. Bertram (Joshua Bertram), 1857-1940
  74. Lloyd, William M.
  75. Lorimer, Graeme
  76. Lynn, William C.
  77. McIlvaine, Herbert
  78. McMillen, Wheeler, 1893-
  79. McNeil, J. H.
  80. Marshall, Donnell
  81. Maryland Agricultural Society
  82. Mechling, Benjamin S.
  83. Mechling, Edward A.
  84. Mohler, John R. (John Robbins), b. 1875
  85. Moon, Henry T.
  86. Moore, Henry W.
  87. Morris, Effingham Buckley, 1856-1937
  88. Mount Hermon School
  89. Munce, T. E.
  90. National Farm Chemurgic Council
  91. National Research Council
  92. New Jersey Farm Bureau
  93. New Jersey State Agricultural Society
  94. New York State Agricultural Society
  95. Nixon, E. L.
  96. Palmer, C. C.
  97. Pearson, Raymond A. (Raymond Allen), 1873-1939
  98. Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture
  99. Pennsylvania Farmer
  100. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  101. Pennsylavania State Farm Products Commission
  102. Pennsylvania State University
  103. Pepper, George Wharton, 1867-1961
  104. Peters, Richard, Jr.
  105. Pew Charitable Trust
  106. Pew, William H.
  107. Philadelphia High School of Agriculture and Horticulture
  108. Phillips, M. T. (Morris T.)
  109. Prentice, E. Parmalee (Ezra Parmalee), 1863-1955
  110. Preston, C. F.
  111. Reber, Norman F.
  112. Ross, A. B. (Abram Bunn), b. 1866
  113. Royal Agricultural Society of England
  114. Rutgers University Extension Service
  115. Shreiner, Charles W.
  116. Smith, J. Russell (Joseph Russell), 1874-1966
  117. Smith, Lawrence M. C. (Lawrence Meredith Clemson) 1902-1975
  118. Soil Conservation Society of America
  119. True, Rodney H. (Rodney Howard), 1866-1940
  120. United States Dept. of Agriculture
  121. University of Delaware
  122. Waltz, R. G.
  123. Watts, R. L.
  124. White, Elizabeth C.
  125. Woodward, Carl Raymond
  126. Worrilow, G. M.
  127. Younkin, Stuart G.
Appendix C
Officers of P.S.P.A.
  1. Allam, Mark: Secretary, 1961-1962; President, 1962-1966
  2. Arny, L. Wayne: Secretary, 1939-1957
  3. Auchincloss, Richard S.: Vice-President, 1962-1972; President, 1972-1976
  4. Auchincloss, Richard S., Jr.: Asst. Sec., 1983-1984
  5. Barlow, Malcolm, Vice-President, 1992-1993
  6. Bartholomew, Ralph E.: Secretary, 1983
  7. Biddle, Nicholas: President, 1958; Vice President, 1960-1963
  8. Biddle, Robert: Vice President, 1929-1930; President, 1930-1932
  9. Bishop, John VI: Vice President, 1960-1968
  10. Collins, Daniel W.: Vice President, 1967-1968
  11. Collins, Lester: President, 1932-?
  12. Comfort, Henry W.: C & A, 1922-1929; President, 1929-1930
  13. Coslett, Edward W. Jr.: Treaurer, 1961-1968
  14. Curwen, George F.: Asst. Secretary, 1918-1920; Secretary 1920-1923; 1927-1939
  15. DeCou, Samuel: President, 1966-1967
  16. Dolan, Thomas: Vice President, 1986-
  17. Eastwick, Joseph L.: Vice President, 1963-1967
  18. Feldstein, Joshua: Asst. Sec. 1992-1993
  19. Fell, D. Newlin: President: 1909-1911; Vice President 1911-1913
  20. Fetterman, J. Gordon: President 1957
  21. Fleming, Edward J.: Vice President, 1978-1983
  22. Francis. Robert E.: Asst. Secretary, 1984-1989; President, 1991
  23. Hand, Paul: Treasurer, 1968-
  24. Hansell, Standish Ford: Vice President, 1978, President, 1980-1983
  25. Hare, Jay V.: Treasurer, 1942-?
  26. Harrison, C. C.: Vice President, 1915-1920
  27. Hoopes, Edward: Librarian, 1916-?; Treasurer, 1920-1937
  28. Hoopes, Herman: Membership, 1913-1920; Vice President, 1920-1922
  29. Hornor, James C.: Vice President, 1970-1976, President, 1978-?
  30. Howell, Lardener: Asst. Secretary, 1920-1923
  31. Gill, E. T.: Vice President, 1911-1923; President, 1922-1929
  32. Ginley, Thomas H: Vice President, 1986-1989; President, 1989-1990
  33. Jeffers, Henry W. III: Vice President, 1968-1973
  34. Kates, Clarence Sears: Membership, 1912-1916
  35. Kirby, Amos: Asst. Sec., 1962-1980
  36. Klein, Louis A.: Curator, 1912-?
  37. Ligget, Robert E.: Treasurer, 1930-1942
  38. Lippincott, Bertram: Asst. Secretary, 1960-1961
  39. Lippincott, J. Bertram: President, 1911-1916; Vice President, 1922-1928
  40. Lloyd, John E.: Secretary, 1915-1920; President, 1920-1922
  41. Loveland, Samuel C. Jr.: Vice President, 1978-1984
  42. McCreery, Samuel: Vice President, 1958?-1962
  43. McMillan, Wheeler: President, 1960-1962; Vice President, 1962-1963
  44. Magill, Edward W.: Membership, 1912-1916
  45. Marshall, Clarence J.: Curator, 1911-1929; Vice President, 1929-?
  46. Marshall, Donnell: President, 1947-?
  47. Michener, Walter W.: Vice-President, 1992-1993
  48. Mirick, Henry: Vice-President, 1979-1983; President, 1983-1984
  49. Montgomery, Archibald R.: C & A, 1911-1916
  50. Morris, Lawrence J.: Vice President, 1930-1940
  51. Morris, R. Henry III: Secretary, 1958-1961
  52. Murphy, William Beverly: President, 1985-1986
  53. Palmer, Lane: Vice President, 1988
  54. Partain, Lloyd: Vice President, 1961-1962
  55. Phillips, Frederick M.: President, 1968-1972
  56. Okie, John M.: Asst. Secretary, 1922-1939
  57. Reeve, Eldrow: Vice President, 1991; President, 1992-1993
  58. Seltzer, Charles M.: Librarian, 1911-1916
  59. Sharp, Joseph W. Jr.: Vice President, 1942-1947
  60. Staake, Wm. H.: Curator, 1911-1912
  61. True, Rodney H.: Curator, 1929-1940
  62. van Ingen, William D.: Vice President, 1991-1993
  63. Wallace, Frank R. Jr.: Vice President, 1976
  64. Waybright, Richard C.: Vice President, 1984, 1992
  65. Wetherill, Samuel P.: Vice President, 1961-1963; President, 1959-1960
  66. White, William H.: Asst. Sec., 1961-1962; Secretary, 1962-1983
  67. Wister, John C.: Vice President, 1958
  68. Williams, Carroll R.: C & A, 1911-1922; President, 1925-1928
  69. Wood, Emlen: Asst. Secretary, 1911-1918
  70. Wood, R. Francis: Secretary and Treasurer, 1909-1915, President, 1916-1920
  71. Woolman, Edward: Treasurer, 1947-?
  72. Younkin, Stuart: President, 1988-1989
  73. Zook, W. H. Dunwoody: Vice President, 1968; President, 1976-1977
Appendix D
Member Files (* files contain biographical information on the member)
Abbot, Edward*

Abbot, George (nomination withdrawn)

Alampi, Phillip*

Alexander, J. Deaver*

Allen, Henry B.

Allinson, E. Page

Altemus, Edward L. *

Anderson, Robert O. *

Andrews, Dale E.

Andrews, James

App, Frank

Ashbridge, George

Ashton, William H.

Auchincloss, Richard S.

Auchincloss, Richard S. Jr.*

Bache, Franklin

Bailey, Richard A.*

Barclay, David M.

Barlow, Malcom B.

Bartlett, J. Kemp

Barton, Lewis W.*

Bartram, Lewis

Bartholomew, Ralph E.*

Bates, Joseph Sumner

Bayard, Edward Stanton*

Beale, Horace A., Jr.

Beatty, Edward F.*

Bell, C. Herbert

Bent, Quincy

Berger, Arthur W.*

Biddle, Charles J.

Biddle, James*

Biddle, Nicholas (officer)

Biddle, Robert* (officer)

Bishop, John

Bishop, John V., V (officer)

Bishop, Thomas L.*

Bjarnason, Bjarni*

Boehm, Edward Marshall*

Bole, John C.

Branson, Thomas F.

Breck, William R.

Brooks, Robert C.*

Brown, Alexander

Brown, Arthur R., Jr.

Brown, Francis Shunk

Budd, Clifford Edman*

Budd, Theodore H.

Burget, Dean E., Jr.*

Burlew, John S.

Burpee, David*

Butler, Allen*

Butler, Thomas Richard*

Cadwalader, John*

Campbell, Alfred M., Jr.*

Campbell, Alfred M. III*

Campbell, L. Graham

Campbell, P.

Campbell, William Martin

Carson, James Tyson*

Castle, James M.

Childers, Norman Franklin*

Clark, Thomas Williams*

Clothier, William J.

Coale, James S.

Cochrane, James A., Jr.*

Coles, Henry B.

Collins, Alfred M.

Collins, Daniel Wills*

Collins, Lester (officer)

Corbit, Daniel

Corson, Bolton L.

Corson, Walter H.

Crossan, Donald Franklin

Crowell, Samuel B., Jr.

Cummin, Graham F.*

Cunnion, Donald O.*

Davis, Clark W.*

Davis, J. W.

Dawes, Edmund K.*

Dayton, S. Grey

Dearnley, Charles E.

De Cou, Charles Howard*

De Cou, Samuel C.*

Deshon, Ralph*

Deubler, Earnest C.

Deubler, Ezra Strickland

Develin, James A., Jr.

Dever, Robert M.

Dick, George A.

Dickson, William J.

Diemand, John A.

Dietrich, Richard*

Diffenbeck, Emily

Diffenbeck, George G.*

Dixon, Fitz Eugene, Jr.*

Dohan, Joseph M.

Dolan, Thomas IV*

Donoghue, Daniel C.

Dorrance, Arthur C.

Dorrance, John T.

Doughten, W. W.

Drake, Lawrence

Drayton, Henry E.

Driscoll, Lee*

Du Pont, Francis I.

Eastwick, Joseph L.

Eberlein, Harold Donaldson

Edgerton, J. Russell

Ely, Thomas C.

Evans, Donald E.

Evans, S. W., Jr.

Ewing, Joseph Neff

Fallon, Ed*

Feldstein, Joshua

Fernley, Robert C.

Fetterman, J. Gordon

Fisher James Logan

Fleming, Edward J.*

Fleming, Edward J., Jr.*

Fogg, David Allen*

Foltz, Edwin J.

Foster, Frank B.

Francis, Robert E.

Frazier, William West III

French, J. Hansell*

Freudenthal, David M.*

Fuguet, Stephen

Garrison, William E.*

Gauntt, Edwin A.*

Gemmill, Kenneth W.*

Gibson, Henry C.*

Gill, Ephraim Tomlinson

Gill, John

Gillespie, S. G.

Ginley, Thomas H., Jr.*

Gordon, Wallace E.*

Gordon, William R.*

Gould, Erl C. B.*

Green, Ward Chichester

Grosse, Aristid V.*

Grundy, Joseph R.

Gubb, Larry E.*

Gwinn, David M.*

Haffert, William A., Jr.*

Haines, Albertson

Haines, William

Haines, William C., Jr.

Hale, William J.

Hall, Henry

Hallowell, Charles K.

Hallowell, Joseph W., Sr.*

Hallowell, Penrose*

Hancock, Joseph Griscom*

Hancock, F. Woodson*

Hancock, Howard B.

Hand, Paul E.*

Hannum, John B.*

Hanscom, Richard S.*

Hansell, Stadish Forde*

Hare, J. V.

Harper, William Warner

Harrison, Alfred C.

Harrison, Charles C.

Hart, Charles

Harvey, Thomas B.*

Haskell, Harry G.

Haughton, Richard

Hausser, Bruce E.*

Hayward, Harry

Henry, J. Norman

Hibsham, E. K.

Hill, John III*

Hoffman, Benjamin R.

Hollenbeck, William M., Jr.*

Honan, James E.*

Hoopes, Wilmer W.

Hopkinson, James P.*

Horner, James C.*

Horner, William C.

Howell, Lardner

Hunt, Wells E.

Hunter, Barton C.*

Hutchinson, Isaac H.

Hutchinson, Richard Bell*

Jardine, William M.

Jeffers, Henry William*

Jeffers, Henry William, Jr.

Jeffers, Henry William III

Jenkins, A. Sidney*

Jensen, Charles J.*

Johnson, Russell H., Jr.

Jones, David*

Jones, Lester*

Jones, Russell B.*

Keen, Francis D.*

Keen, Frank A.

Keller, Joseph S.

Kennedy, John M. III*

Kirby, Amos*

Kleberg, Robert J., Jr.*

Klein, Louis A.

Klein, William M.*

Koltes, John A.*

Kramer, John F.

Kurland, Lawrence

Lamb, James G.

Landreth, Burnet

Latta, John Y.*

Lea, Robert C.

Leary, Fairfax

Lee, David L.

Lees, Carlton B.*

Lewis, Andrew L.

Lewis, Andrew L., Jr.*

Ligget, Robert C.

Lipman, Edward V.*

Lippincott, J. B.

Liva, Henri J.*

Lloyd, William McClure, Jr.

Lorimer, Graeme

Loveland, Brian H.*

Loveland, Samuel C., Jr.*

McAllister, Donald G.*

McCloud, Cameron, Jr.

McConnell, Howard

McCreery, Samuel

MacDowell, William Dunlap*

McFadden, George H.

McIlvain, J. Gibson

McIlvain, Walter B.

McIlvaine, Donald

McIlvaine, Herbert R.

McInnes, Walter S.

McMillen, Robert D.*

McMillen, Wheeler*

Malone, E. B.

Marshall, C. J.

Marshall, Donnell

Martin, Carl N.*

Martin, Charles E., III*

Martin, Oliver

Martin, William H.*

Martin, Sydney E.*

Mather, Charles E. II

Mather, Gilbert

Mather, Victor C.

Mechling, B. F., Jr.

Mechling, William Harrison

Meigs, Henry Houston

Meinel, W. J.

Meinfelder, Edmund L.*

Merrill, Leland G., Jr.*

Meyer, Malcolm*

Mills, William Hayne*

Milne, David J.

Mirick, Henry D.*

Mohler, John Robins*

Montgomery, Archibald R.

Montgomery, R. Alexander*

Montgomery, Robert A.

Montgomery, Robert L.

Montgomery, William W., Jr.

Moon, Henry T.

Moore, Henry W.

Morris, Effingham*

Morris, Lawrence J.

Morris, Robert

Morris, Samuel W.*

Morris, William P.

Morse, R. C.

Most, Harry R.*

Mower, D. Roger, Jr.

Murphy, William Beverly*

Myrin, H. A. W.

Niedermayer, George H.*

Northrop, Vernon D.

Okie, John M.

Okie, William R.

O’Neil, William Paul

Palmer, Lane M.*

Parry, Albert M.*

Partain, Lloyd*

Patrick, Ruth

Paul, Arthur Folsom

Paxson, Henry Douglas

Pearson, Raymond Allen

Peck, Frederick W. G.*

Peters, Richard, Jr.*

Pickering, Timothy (rejected for membership)

Piszek, Edward

Phillips, Frederick M.*

Phillips, Frederick M., Jr.

Phillips, Walter M.

Plansoen, Louis M.

Platt, John O.

Plummer, John R.

Porter, William W.

Prock, Harry A.*

Pusey, Fred Taylor

Pyle, Robert

Raab, Frank E.*

Ramsay, W. Howard

Rauch, R. Stewart, Jr.*

Raymayley, Francis A.*

Read, William B.

Rebmann, G. Ruhland, Jr.*

Reeve, Eldrow

Reeve, Reginald C.

Reeve, W. F.

Reeve, Francis B. III

Reeves, S. French

Rhoads, C. Brewster

Rhoades, E. Clinton

Richards, John H., Jr.*

Ridgway, Caleb S., Jr.

Ridgway, Jacob E.

Rivinus, Francis Markoe*

Robb, David Buzby*

Robb, William K.*

Roberts, Kenneth S.*

Roberts, Owen J.

Robertson, James B.*

Rodebaugh, Everett G.*

Roosevelt, Nicholas G.

Rosato, Donald J.

Rosengarten, George D.

Ross, Abram Bunn

Russell, Norman F. S., Jr.*

Schaub, James Carter*

Scheetz, J. Paul*

Scheetz, William Cramp, Jr.*

Scott, Robert D.

Scull, William C.

Seabrook, B. Lawrence, Jr.*

Seabrook, John M.

Sharp, Joseph W., Jr.

Shearer, Leon A.

Shell, E. Wayne*

Shepheard, Peter

Sheridan, Phil*

Shoemaker, S. M.

Shreiner, Charles W.*

Simmons, Thomas F.

Sinkler, Wharton

Smedley, Samuel L.

Smedley, Samuel L., Jr.

Smedley, Walter

Smith, Edgar A.

Smith, Lawrence M. C.

Smith, Norman J.*

Smith, Wikoff

Stanford, E. A.

Starr, Robert J.*

Steele, George

Stevenson, James H., III*

Stoddart, Harry T.

Stokes, Charles P.

Stokes, J. Bispham

Stokes, J. Stogdell

Stokes, William S., Jr.

Stonorov, Oskar G.*

Stout, R. Gwynne

Streeter, Carroll P.*

Stroud, William B. Dixon*

Stubbs, Evan L.

Taylor, Lawrence N.

Taylor, Roland L.

Thayer, John B.

Thompson, Alvan C.

Thomson, Frank Graham

Toll, John D.

Trelogan, Harry C.*

Trout, Thaddeus*

True, Rodney H.

Tunis, T. R.

Twaddell, Edward W.

Tyson, Chester J., Jr.*

Van Alen, William L.*

Vanderslice, Franklin Fisher*

Van Mater, Daniel D.*

Van Ness, Marjorie S.

Van Shaick, David L.*

Vaughan, Henry N.*

Vaux, Norris W.

Wallace, Frank R.

Wallace, Frank R., Jr.*

Ward, E. Smedley, Jr.

Waybright, Richard C.*

Wayne, William, Jr.

Webster, George E.*

Weeks, S. Merrill

Wentz, Clarkson*

Wetherill, Elkins*

Wetherill, Proctor*

Wetherill, Samuel P.

White, Ferdinand Roebling*

White, William H.*

Whittaker, Robert L.*

Widener, George D.

Wiechec, Frank

Wilcox, Harry O.*

William, John S. II

Willis, Charles O.

Wilson, C. Colket, Jr.

Wilson, C. Colket, III

Wilson, David

Wilson, Winfield S.

Winsor, Curtin*

Winter, Fred Shipman*

Winters, A. Burnett*

Wister, John C.

Wolcott, R. W.

Wolf, Alfred L.

Wood, Edward S.

Wood, Emlen

Wood, George

Wood, Grahame*

Wood, Harelston R. (never became a member)

Wood, Richard D., Sr.*

Woodward, ---

Woolman, Edward

Woolman, H. N.

Worrilow, George Melville*

Wurts, John Wister*

Yerkes, William, Jr.

Younkin, Stuart G.

Zimmerman, L. Wilbur*

Zook, W. H. Dunwoody

Zook, W. H. Dunwoody, Jr.*

Appendix E
11/11 Thomas F. Hunt, "Making the Country Life Movement Effective"
01/13 W. J. Spillman
02/13 Clyde L. King

J. C. Marquis, "The Farmer's Answer to the City's Call"

J. I. Buchanan, "The Banker and Agricultural Credit"

Robert S. Wright, "The Railroad and the Farmer"

Charles Caldwell, Remarks
01/19 Nicholas Schmitz, Dry Farming
12/21 C. H. Hadley, "Fruit Culture"

Thomas J. Headlee
01/22 George M. Marshall, "How can the business of farming be stabilized?"

David Wilbur Horn, "Helping out the Farmer"
04/22 A. Peterson

Frederick C. Peters, Insects

E. A. Hartley

J. Clyde Marquis
06/22 Fred Rasmussen

George M. Rommel
12/22 Charles F. Noll
01/23 Howard Jenkins, Dairy Show

Lardner Howell, Church Farm School

R. H. True, P.S.P.A. Library
02/23 F. P. Willits

George H. Nash
12/23 John W. Harshberger, Upland Pastures in Norway and Switzerland
01/25 R. H. True, History of P.S.P.A.

Charles F. Jenkins, Remarks

Charles W. Holman, Farm Cooperatives

Dr. Stubbs, Chicken Disease

F. P. Willits, Remarks
12/26 Charles S. Beckwith, "The Story of the Cranberry"

Sidney B. Hutton, Blueberries
10/26 Robert Chodat, "Alpine Botanical Garden in Switzerland"
12/26 Sidney B. Hutton, Blueberry Culture

Charles S. Beckwith, Cranberry growing in N.J.
12/27 William J. Campbell, Country Life
01/28 Raymond A. Pearson
03/19 William H. Pew, "Beef production and Marketing in the East"
03/32 E. L. Nixon
01/33 M. F. Barnes, "Bang's Disease"

Richard A. Kearn, "Undulent Fever"

R. H. True, "Short History of the Society"
12/33 Robert Brown, "Detouring Arabia"
01/34 C. P. Wilber, Forestry

Edward M. Wooton, Surveying
04/34 Elizabeth Coleman White, "The Development of Blueberry Culture"

Arthur U. Chaney, Cranberries
11/34 Edward S. Bayard, "Agriculture in 1934"
11/35 Wilfred H. Osgood, "Ethiopians and their Stronghold"
03/36 Reginald D. Forbes, "Investigating a Neglected Crop"

Conway Zirkle, "The First Hybrids"
10/36 D. E. Haley, "Industrial Utilization of Agricultural Crops"
12/36 F. F. Linginger, "Consumer Cooperative Movement here and Abroad"
02/37 L. Wayne Arny, "Raising plants in a Bottle"
10/37 Carl B. Fritsche, "An Alliance between Industry and Agriculture"
02/38 John W. Shive, Growing Plants in Artificial Media
12/38 Louis Klein, "Bovine Mastitis"

D. Marshall, "Color in Milk"
01/39 D. B. Johnstone Wallace, "Pasture Imrpovement and Management"
03/39 Kenneth V. Thimann, "Growth Hormones in Plants"
04/24 William H. Martin, "Conditions and Prosepcts of Fruit Industry in the East"
03/40 Franklin D. Jones, "Vitamins and Hormones in Plants"
03/40 Carl R. Woodward, "Meet Dr. Franklin"
05/40 Dr. Johnstone-Wallace, "War and Agriculture"
04/41 William J. Hale
02/49 Dr. Kelser
12/49 R. B. Donaldson, "Looking Ahead in Marketing Pa. Fruits and Vegetables"
02/50 R. B. Farnham, "Community Planting in N.J."
10/50 Charles K. Hallowell
11/50 Benjamin H. Welty
03/51 Samuel P. Wetherill, Soil Preservation
01/52 T. Walter Reed, Inseticides and Fungicides
02/52 Robert B. Donaldson, "The Pennsylvania Apple Industry"
04/52 Nicholas Biddle, Control of Rabid Foxes
07/52 James H. Eakin, Soil Management
01/53 L. Wayne Arny, Soil Fertility
03/53 William A. Haffert, Jr., Role of Television in Farm Education
04/53 James F. Keim, "Opportunities for International Understanding"
11/53 Nicholas Biddle, Wildlife on the Farm
01/54 L. Wayne Arny, Trace Elements in Economic Plant Production
01/54 Jackson B. Hester, "Economy in Cash Crop Rotation"
12/54 L. Wayne Arny, "Problems of the Farmers of Tomorrow"
01/55 Charles K. Hallowell, Vegetable Varieties
02/55 I. E. Parkin, "New Methods of Milk Transporation"
06/55 Charles K. Hallowell, Turf Management
01/56 James E. Allen, Flood Control
03/56 Fred Robertson, Federal Farm Program
03/56 William L. Henning, "The Agricultural Situation Today"
10/56 Harry O. Wilcox
11/56 William Campbell, Independence National Historical Park
12/56 Bertram L. Lutton, Wissahicken Farm School
02/57 Belford L. Seabrook, New Vegetable Varieties (changed to urban farm areas?)
03/57 James Dutt, Vegetable Varieties and Cultural Methods
04/57 William I. Myers, "Farm Programs and Food Prices"
05/57 Samuel P. Wetherill, Soil Management and Technology
11/57 James K. Rathmell, Jr.
01/58 Samuel P. Wetherill, "Field Hardy Mycorrhizal Inoculants"
02/58 John C. Wister, "Revolutionary Changes in Horticulture"
03/58 William H. Martin, Science and Agriculture
11/58 Robert F. Raffauf, "Science in Africa"
04/59 George W. Irving
04/59 Byron T. Shaw, "Tomorrow's Agriculture: The Research Perspective"
11/59 Wheeler McMillen, Address, notes and figures
04/60 Wheeler McMillen, "Farm and City: an Honest Look"
06/60 Henry W. Jeffers, Jr., "Ox under the Master's Eye"
09/60 Vernon D. Northrop
11/60 Robert D. McMillen
02/61 Phillip Alampi, "Challenge and Change Facing N.J. Agriculture Today"
03/61 Claude W. Gifford, "The Reds Grounded Missile"
05/61 Carl R. Woodward, "Benjamin Franklin's Agricultural Interest"
08/61 Francis A. Hughes, Atlas Industries
11/61 Russell Jacob Seibert, "Longwood Gardens and its Place in Modern Horticulture"
12/61 Stuart G. Younkin, "Research Activities of Campbell Soup Co."
01/62 Richard S. Darsie, "What U.S. Land Grant Colleges can do for Latin America"
02/62 Lyall F. Taylor, "New Developments in Chemical Weed Control"
03/62 Lloyd Partain, "Food is a Bargain"
04/62 James H. Eakin, "How to Make the Best Buy in Fertilizers"
04/62 W. T. Spanton, "Vocational Agriculture"
05/62 Frank Kral, "Life Behind the Iron Curtain"
10/62 George M. Worrilow, "The Modern College of Agriculture: Servant of Change"
03/63 William E. Kenny, N.J. Agricultural Delegation to Eastern Europe
10/63 Leland H. Bull, "How Green are our Valleys?"
12/63 Russell E. Larson
12/63 William G. Latourette, "The Farm Labor Dilemma: the harsh realities"
01/64 William B. Murphy, "Some New Dimensions for Agriculture"
03/64 Earnesta D. Ballard
12/64 Herman Purdy, "Beef Cattle" (speech cancelled)
01/65 Roy L. Flannery, "Automation of Soil Testing"
03/65 Lawrence B. Sheppard
05/65 Worrilow, George M., "Land, Food, and People"
05/65 Earl L. Butz, "Modern Agriculture, a Story of Progress and Power"
11/65 Herman Purdy
12/65 Samuel S. Baxter, "Water supply situation of the Delaware River Basin"
01/65 Paul J. Wuest?
02/66 Jack McCormick
03/66 Leland G. Merrill, Jr.
11/66 C. R. Studholme, "Predator Control"
02/67 Virgil E. Crowley, "Linear Programming: Farm Management's New Tool"
03/67 F. Morris Phillips, "Ocean Farming"
04/67 Carl R. Woodward, "Franklin as an Agriculturalist"
12/67 Edwin C. Dryden, "New Wealth from Agriculture"
03/68 Edwin Gauntt, "Agriculture in India"

Harry Wilcox, "Turf Farming in Pa."
11/68 Coles Roberts, "Blossoms to Bite"
12/68 Michael A. Farrell
02/69 Francis A. Ramaley, "Farm Life in the Antipodes"
03/69 Charles Mills, "Hogs and Corn"
04/69 Amos Kirby, "Changing Conditions in Agriculture"
10/69 Henry R. Fortmann
11/69 Fred Peck
02/70 Paul Dobin, "N.J. Farm Leaders Visit the Middle East in '64"
04/70 W. Atlee Burpee, "What's new in flower and vegetable breeding"
05/70 Philip Alampi, Remarks
03/71 R. A. Mulford, "More Power to You"
11/71 Mark E. Singley
12/71 Nicholas Biddle, History of PSPA
02/72 William M. Cranstoun
10/72 Owen Schmidt, "Landscaping"
02/73 Bruce A. Dorbian, "The Urban Conservation Ethnic"
04/73 Robert C. Fringer, Gypsy Moths
01/74 Thomas Dolan, "The Abatement of Environmental Waste"
03/74 Phillip Alampi
04/74 David Gwinn
02/65 Lane Palmer, "The Myth and Math of Our Food Supply"
04/75 Aristid Victor Grosse, "Desert Agriculture"
10/75 Jay Anderson, "Direct Marketing- Where is it going?"
02/76 Henry D. Mirick, "A Three-Story Suburban Garden"
03/76 Edward L. Kozicky, "Pride and Land"
07/76 Christopher Bird
11/76 Mabel J. Cohen
03/77 Hope Scott, "An Ayrshire Herd from 1909-1977"
04/77 H. G. Cawood
11/77 PA Livestock Assoc.
12/77 Wesley Lamar Harris
02/78 Mark Kooker for Wm. McDaniel, "Background of the U.S. Agricultural Movement"
05/78 Lane Palmer, "Success and Failure in 50 yrs. of Federal Farm Prgms"
03/80 Richard C. Waybright
07/80 Howard Kellogg, "Walking the Appalacian Trail"
11/80 Norman A. Berg, "The Adequacy of U.S. Agricultural Land"
03/82 Clifton A. Baile, "Modern Swine Practice"
undated (Listed alphbetically by speaker) Arny, L. Wayne, "American Agriculture-Where is it going from here?"

Arny, L. Wayne, "Hydroponics"

East, Russell G., "Soybean Exhibit Car"

Hayward, Harry, Animal Husbandry

Lippincott, Horace Mather, "Bolton Farm"

Williams, D.G. with A. L. Hacker, "The Engineer Looks at Agriculture"
Appendix F
Award Recepients
1932 Ernest Leland Nixon
1933 Miller Freeman Barnes
1934 Elizabeth White and Arthur Chaney
1935 John Robins Mohler, E. S. Bayard, J. G. Lipman, Lloyd Steinmetz Bucher, C. J. Marshall, Henry William Jeffers, E. T. Gill, Abram Bunn Ross, E. S. Deubler, George F. Curwen, John M. Okie, Lester Collins, Harry Hayward
1936 Rodney Howard True
1938 Leonard Pearson Memorial
1945 Lester Collins
1949 Henry W. Jeffers
1950 David Burpee
1950 Selman A. Waksman
1952 Firman E. Bear
1953 County Agricultural Agents in Extension
1953 Milton S. Eisenhower
1954 S. W. Fletcher
1955 Ezra Taft Benson
1956 William L. Henning
1957 William Irving Myers
1958 William H. Martin
1959 Byron T. Shaw
1960 Wheeler McMillen, Vernon D. Northrop, R. Henry Morris III
1961 Charles B. Shuman
1962 William T. Spanton
1963 Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.
1964 George M. Worrilow
1965 John James Williams
1966 Carroll Perry Streeter
1967 Percy Albert Wells
1968 Leland Hudson Bull
1969 Earl L. Butz
1970 Phillip Alampi
1971 Mark Whittier Allam
1972 Edmund Howard Fallon
1973 Amos Kirby
1974 Marion Clawson
1975 Ruth Patrick
1976 Norman F. Reber
1977 John Wieland Oswald
1978 Lane M. Palmer
1979 Gordon M. Cairns
1980 Lloyd E. Partain
1981 Norman J. Smith
1983 Maurice K. Goddard
1992 William Beverly Murphy, Richard C. Waybright, Stuart G. Younkin

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