A Guide to the George Myron Shear Papers, 1927-1986 Shear, George Myron Papers Ms1988-006

A Guide to the George Myron Shear Papers, 1927-1986

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1988-006


Special Collections, Virginia Tech

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2018 (CC0).

Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
George Myron Shear Papers, 1927-1986
Physical Characteristics
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
Shear, George Myron
Papers--including correspondence and published writings-- of Virginia Tech plant pathologist and physiologist George Myron Shear. Includes correspondence with the laboratory of Thomas A. Edison.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the George Myron Shear Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: George Myron Shear Papers, Ms1988-006, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The George Myron Shear Papers were acquired by Special Collections prior to 1989.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the George Myron Shear Papers commenced and was completed in December, 2018.

Biographical / Historical

George Myron Shear, son of Cornelius and Avis Morrison Sherwood Shear, was born in Maryland on April 25, 1905. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland in 1927. The 1930 census shows George Shear living in the Arlington, Virginia home of his parents. He is described as 24, single, and unemployed.

Later that year, Shear married Olalla Elaine Glasgow (1906-1983), who, like him, had obtained a master's degree in botany at the University of Illinois in 1928. The Shears would have four children.

Also around 1930, Shear started work at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station as a plant physiologist. In 1949, he became a professor of plant physiology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He was a pioneer in developing no-tillage farming techniques during the 1960s and was a noted expert on the cultivation of watercress.

George Myron Shear retired from Virginia Tech in 1970. He died in 1990 and was buried in Blacksburg's Westview Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of George Myron Shear, a plant pathologist and physiologist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1930 to 1970. Among the correspondence are several 1927 letters from the laboratory of Thomas A. Edison regarding a project in which Shear was to collect for the lab various botanical samples of plants containing a milkly latex. Included among these are photocopies of two letters from Thomas A. Edison. (The project arose from Edison's attempt develop a cost-effective domestic production of rubber.) The remainder of the correspondence relates largely to requests from various individuals for copies of Shear's articles and for assistance with various projects. Other letters relate to nominees for the No-Tillage Pioneer of the Year Award. Also included is a collection of Shear's writings, consisting mostly of printed materials relating to his work with no-tillage farming. Except where otherwise noted, all articles in the collection were either authored or co-authored by Shear. The publications are followed by a bibliography of Shear's reports and articles. A booklet about no-till farming, published by Allis-Chalmers and incorporating research data from Virginia Tech, completes the collection.

Index Terms

Contents List

Box-Folder 1
Correspondence with the Thomas Edison laboratory, 1927
Box-Folder 1
General correspondence, 1927-1986
Box-Folder 1
Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station publications, 1933-1947
Box-Folder 1
Virginia Polytechnic Institute Extension Division publications, 1947-1969
[2 folders]
Box-Folder 1
Virginia Polytechnic Institute publications, 1968-1973
Box-Folder 1
U. S. Dept. of Agriculture publications, 1940-1968
Box-Folder 1
Journal and magazine reprints and extracts, 1934-1975, n.d.
[2 folders]
Box-Folder 1
Typescript drafts, [1964-1985, n.d.]
Box-Folder 1
George Myron Shear bibliography, n.d.
Box-Folder 1
"No Nonsense Guide to No-til Farming" (Allis-Chalmers), [1969?]

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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