A Guide to the Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, 1903-1947 Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, Records of the RG 25/1

A Guide to the Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, 1903-1947

A Collection in
Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Number RG 25/1


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2020 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Caroline Harvey, Student Worker, Laurel Rozema, Archivist, and Special Collections and University Archives Staff

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
RG 25/1
Title
Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, 1903-1947
Physical Characteristics
84.84 Cubic Feet; 117 boxes
Creator
Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
Creator
Drinkard, Alfred Washington, Jr.
Physical Access
Please note: This collection is located in off-site storage and may require 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for more information.
Language
English
Abstract
The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) was established in 1886 by an act of the Virginia General Assembly and funded by the federal Hatch Act of 1887 for the purpose of providing practical and useful information on agricultural and scientific subjects. The collection includes 114 surveys books for ten counties in Virginia from 1931 through 1940, as well as files dated 1903-1947 of weather reports, annual reports of investigations of the field laboratories, and a large amount of documentation of various research projects related to crops, orchards, animals, and more. There is also the correspondence of A. W. Drinkard, Jr., director of VAES, with state entomologist and plant pathologist W. J. Schoene, professors at VPI, agricultural organizations, and others.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, RG 25/1, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

Series I of the Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station was transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in 1955. Series II was transferred in February 1982 and December 1984.

Appraisal

Duplicate copies of the Quarterly Bulletin of the Virginia State Crop Pest Commission were weeded from the collection.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of Series II was completed in May 1985. The processing, arrangement, and description of Series I was commenced and completed in November 2019. Additional description was completed when converting the paper inventory of Series II to an electronic finding aid in January 2020.


Administrative History

The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station (VAES) was established in 1886 by an act of the Virginia General Assembly and funded by the federal Hatch Act of 1887 for the purpose of providing practical and useful information on agricultural and scientific subjects. Originally, it was organized into three departments: agriculture, botany and entomology, and chemistry. VAES was responsible for several agricultural research stations and laboratories throughout Virginia. On July 1, 1966, the research activities of the Agricultural Experiment Station, as well as the Engineering Experiment Station, were combined under a University-wide Research Division. In 1978, the VAES moved from the Research Division to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Scope and Content

This collection contains primarily farm surveys and reports, which comprise Series I. Survey books. Subjects covered include cattle, crop rotations, insecticides, orchards, etc. There are also statistical surveys on farm operations and productions in ten Virginia counties: Albemarle (1935, 2 vols.); Appomatox (1935-36, 4 vols.); Floyd (1937, 2 vols.); Grayson (1930-31, 8 vols.); Halifax (1939, 7 vols.); Henry (1940, 7 vols.); Nansemond (1932, 17 vols.); Norfolk (1931-32, 7 vols.); Pittsylvania (1933-36, 42 vols.); and Russell (1935, 9 vols.). Also included are 9 volumes of poultry surveys for several Virginia counties (1931-32) and a Truck survey done in 1938.

The second series comprises files dated 1903-1947. Materials include weather reports, annual reports of investigations of the field laboratories, and a large amount of documentation of various research projects related to crops, orchards, animals, and more at different Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) across the state. Some of these records are from the earliest established ARECs at Chatham and Appomattox. The series also includes the correspondence of A. W. Drinkard, Jr., director of VAES from 1916 through 1946, with state entomologist and plant pathologist W. J. Schoene, professors and administrators at VPI, agricultural organizations, and others.

Arrangement

The Records of the Virgnina Agricultural Experiment Station are organized by type of material:

Series I. Survey books, 1931-1940, which are organized by county and survey type:
Subseries I. Albemarle County, 1935
Subseries II. Appomattox County, 1935-1936
Subseries III. Floyd County, 1937
Subseries IV. Grayson County, 1937
Subseries V. Halifax County, 1939
Subseries VI. Henry County Land Utilization Study, 1940
Subseries VII. Nansemond County, 1932
Subseries VIII. Norfolk Dairy Survey, 1931-1932
Subseries IX. Pittsylvania County, 1933
Subseries X. Russell County, 1935
Subseries XI. Truck Survey, 1938
Subseries XII. Poultry Survey, 1931-1932
Series II. Files, 1903-1947, which are organized in loose chronological and subject order. Correspondence files are subdivided alphabetically.


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Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Records of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).

Contents List

Series I. Survey books, 1931-1940
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Series II. Files, 1903-1947
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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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