Engineering and Technology

 

AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY PRODUCT LITERATURE COLLECTION, ca. 1930s and 1940s.

Extent: 1.05 linear feet.

Number: MS-232.

Description: Collection of product literature for agricultural machinery and farm implements. Both instructional and advertising publications are included. Few of the items are dated, but most appear to be from the 1930s and 1940s. Files are arranged in general categories, then alphabetically by the name of the product.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. Records, 1909-1983.

Extent: 2.5 linear feet.

Number: MS-440.

Description: Founded in 1907, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers is a professional society of agricultural engineers in industry and public service. The society develops engineering standards used in agriculture and sponsors national technical meetings and continuing education for agricultural engineers. Collection includes membership directories, a constitution and bylaws, correspondence, publications, and annual meeting programs and minutes.

Status: Container listed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. ARKANSAS SECTION. Records, 1969-1979.

Extent: 0.63 linear foot.

Number: MS-115.

Description: Regional section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Files contain minutes, programs, and directories.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. KANSAS SECTION. Records, 1970-1979.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: MS-114.

Description: Regional section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Files include agendas, materials on annual meetings, reports, and publications.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. MID-CONTINENT REGION. Records, 1949-1982.

Extent: 2.94 linear feet.

Number: MS-134.

Description: Regional section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Collection includes annual meeting programs; correspondence; committee assignments; lists of officers and committees; memos; minutes of business meetings; materials on annual meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee; newsletters; program committee materials; treasurer's reports; student committee reports; and materials about the national ASAE.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. QUAD CITY SECTION. Records, 1949-2014, undated.

Extent: 4.32 linear foot.

Number: MS-698.

Description: The Quad City Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers was established in 1949 in Moline, Illinois. The organization's original goals were to increase the agricultural productivity of farmers and to mechanize and ease the lives of farm workers. The Quad City Section supports the profession of agricultural and biological engineering by sponsoring conferences, recognizing outstanding professional achievements, and promoting the profession to college and high school students. This collection contains administrative records, reports, photographs, committee correspondence, committee files related to education and publicity, and historical narratives regarding the section's founding.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 

 


 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS. TENNESSEE SECTION. Records, 1941-1979.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: MS-116.

Description: Regional section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Files contain annual meetings, correspondence, financial reports, and newsletters.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

BERESFORD, HOBART (1896-1984). Papers, n.d., 1927-1977.

Extent: 4.81 linear feet.

Number: RS 09/07/13.

Description: Agricultural engineer. Hobart Beresford received a B.S. in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University in 1924 and a professional degree in the same field from Iowa State in 1941. He taught at the University of Idaho from 1924-1927 and from 1929-1946; in 1927-1928, he was an agricultural engineer with the Idaho Power Company. In 1936 he worked with the U.S. Government on rural housing projects. Beresford was department head of the Agricultural Engineering Department at Iowa State from 1946-1962. Beresford's research was in the area of rural electrification and the handling and storage of agricultural products. Collection includes biographical information, correspondence, photographs, slides, and scrapbooks, including one large scrapbook with posters and photographs of tractors and other agricultural machinery.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

CHANDLER, GEORGE W. (1831-1918). Papers, 1850-1906.

Extent: 2.92 linear feet.

Number: MS-095.

Description: Master potter and inventor. George W. Chandler, who became a Master Mason in 1855, married Elizabeth Jane Moore in 1856. He ran a pottery works in Moingona, Iowa, with Sylvester H. Deering from 1875-1877. Together they invented a fencepost holder in 1877; Chandler invented a ceramic heel and patented an improved railroad tie. Chandler also worked as a potter in other Midwestern states, including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, as well as in Des Moines, Iowa. Collection includes correspondence with relatives and associates, business letters, and letters from a brother in the Union Army in the Civil War. Also included are advertisements, financial records, patents, photographs, and printed materials.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

DAVIDSON, JAY BROWNLEE (1880-1957). Papers, 1907-1964.

Extent: 15.5 linear feet.

Number: RS 09/07/11.

Description: Agricultural engineer. Jay Brownlee Davidson was head of the agricultural engineering departments of the University of California (1915-1919) and Iowa State University (1905-1915, 1919-1946). One of the organizers and first president (1907) of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, he served as a consultant on agricultural mechanization on missions to the Soviet Union (1929-1930) and to China (1947-1949). Collection includes correspondence, articles, papers, lectures and addresses, bibliography, biographical information, citations and letters of tribute, photographs, and printed materials on agricultural machinery. It contains a pictorial record of Davidson's trips to the Soviet Union (1929-1930); Europe, including the International Congress of Rural Engineering (1935); and China (1947-1949). The collection also includes correspondence from 1912-1917 relating to dynamometers. Correspondents include T. R. Agg, Robert Earle Buchanan, Charles E. Friley, Ernest W. Lindstrom, the Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, J. I. Case Company, Caterpillar Tractor Company, the Committee on Transport Wheel Study (1937-1941), and John Deere.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

THE EKLUND FARM SUPPLY COMPANY RECORDS, 1944-1950.

Extent: 9.87 linear feet.

Number: MS-177.

Description: Boone company owned and operated by Carl Elmer Eklund that sold tractors, farm implements, livestock equipment, and provided repair service until 1949. Collection includes advertisements, correspondence with vendors, invoices, sales receipts, and tax forms.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

HEYING, HILARIUS L. (1914- ) AND JOSEPHINE MARIE. Papers, 1970-1989.

Extent: 0.42 linear foot.

Number: MS-250.

Description: Developers of an agricultural waste system. Hilarius L. Heying, a farmer and businessman based in West Union, Iowa, also served as an Iowa state senator from 1964-1968 and 1972-1976. Josephine Marie Heying, his wife since 1937, has been employed at Heying Chick and Supply (1945-1970); as secretary to her husband (1964-1968, 1972-1976); as owner of Heying Enterprises, Inc. (1970- ); and as President of Heying Firms, Inc. (1980- ). In response to the oil crisis of 1974, the Heyings became interested in producing their own energy and making their farm self-sufficient. With the help of a $50,000 matching grant from the Iowa State Energy Policy Council, the Heyings installed an agricultural waste handling system. The system used poultry waste to produce methane which was used to power a generator. Collection contains biographical information, correspondence, notes, photographs, reports, grant proposals, newspaper clippings, and plans. Much of the collection deals with the development of the agricultural waste handling system by the Heyings. Included is a 1974 speech by Heying supporting legislation promoting research on the use of methane gas from manure; newspaper clippings and photographs of the Heyings' system; and a series of reports and studies on the use of poultry wastes. There are also plans and schedules for the system and the grant proposal submitted to Sunny Time Foods, Inc., by the Heyings.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

IOWA FARM SAFETY COUNCIL, Records, 1983-2007.

Extent: 0.42 linear feet.

Number: MS-319.

Description: Camera-ready copy of Iowa Farm Safety in the 20th Century: A History of Contributions by Rural Safety Volunteers, edited by Herb Plambeck. Published by the Iowa Farm Safety Council to commemorate their 40th anniversary.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

JOHNSON, HOWARD P. (1923- ). Papers, 1972-1988.

Extent: 0.84 linear foot.

Number: RS 09/07/15.

Description: Agricultural engineer. A native of Odebolt, Iowa, Howard P. Johnson received a B.S (1949) and an M.S. (1950) from Iowa State University. He earned a second master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1954. In 1959, he received a Ph.D. in agriculture and civil engineering from Iowa State. Johnson joined Iowa State as an instructor in 1949 and was made a full professor in 1962. He served as head of the Agricultural Engineering Department from 1980 to 1988 and was named a distinguished professor in 1986. Johnson's publications include Hydraulic Characteristics of Single Tile Lines (1959) and Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds (1982). Collection contains biographical information, correspondence, departmental memoranda, notes and evaluation materials, notes on departmental productivity, and development activity reports, cabinet notes, and salary information from similar departments of other universities.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

MASSEY FERGUSON COLLECTION. 1953-2004, n.d. 

Extent: 17.85 linear feet. 

Number: MS-672. 

Description: Farm equipment manufacturer.  The collection contains information produced by the Massey Ferguson company, primarily product information about farm implements, tractors, combines, and industrial machinery.  The collection also includes annual reports, magazines, and company information related to Massey Ferguson and AGCO Corporation (which purchased Massey Ferguson in 1995), as well as a modest amount of information related to Massey Ferguson clubs and collectors and information on other farm machinery companies' products.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

MIDWEST PLAN SERVICE. RECORDS, 1929-1997.

Extent:16.42 linear feet.

Number: RS 9/7/4.

Description: A cooperative activity of thirteen state universities (Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Alaska) originally a regional group of engineers. Headquartered at Iowa State University.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

ROBERTSON, MILTON SAGE (1892-1987). Films, 1933-1988, undated.

Extent: 0.21 linear feet.

Number: MS-325.

Description: Inventor and businessman. Milton S. Robertson was the inventor of a rotary brush atomiser for crop spraying in 1930, and he organized the Independent Crop Dusting Company of San Francisco, California, in the early 1930s. His business was centered in the farm and fruit lands around San Francisco, Modesto, Fresno, and Brentwood, California. Robertson was inducted into the National Agricultural Aviation Museum Hall of Fame in 1983 and was later presented the National Agricultural Aviation Association's Agrinaut award. Collection includes ten 8mm films made by Robertson in the 1930s to show farmers the advantages of aerial crop dusting and to teach pilots the techniques of the business. It also includes five photocopied articles (1933, 1984, 1987) regarding Robertson's pioneering work in crop dusting and his invention of the crop spraying device.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

STEAM TRACTION ENGINES. Collected Materials, 1903-1988.

Extent: 3.9 linear feet.

Number: MS-442.

Description: Collection of steam traction engine memorabilia, including catalogs, magazines, postcards, photographs, publications and related ephemera, assembled by Howard A. Healey, a resident of Muscatine, Iowa.

Status: Container listed.

Finding Aid: Available in Special Collections.

 


 

THOMAS AND THOMAS. Records, 1914.

Extent: 0.21 linear foot.

Number: MS-099.

Description: Law firm formed by two brothers, Arthur and B. F. Thomas, in 1909 in Traer, Iowa. In 1914 the Cizek Brothers Manufacturing Company employed Thomas and Thomas to sell an invention developed by the company, a grain unloading device used with a portable elevator adapted to convey grain to a crib or storage facility. Collection contains correspondence, sketches, and papers relating to the invention.

Status: Processed.

Finding Aid: Online.

 


 

WARDLE, NORVAL J. (1909-1989). Papers, 1919-1985.

Extent: 40 linear feet.

Number: RS 09/07/51.

Description: Agricultural engineer and safety expert. Norval J. Wardle received a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Idaho in 1937, an M.S. from Idaho in 1946, and a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University in 1949. He taught agricultural engineering at Iowa State from 1945 to 1970. In 1947, J. B. Davidson, longtime head of the Agricultural Engineering Department, convinced Iowa State to establish a new position of agricultural safety engineer. Wardle accepted the position, which involved acting as executive secretary of the University Safety Council, studying the safety problems of the agricultural population of Iowa, and researching every method possible to improve safety in the state. Wardle retired from Iowa State in 1970, continuing in the field of agricultural safety as a private consultant in Logan, Utah. He was the author of Operating Farm Tractors and Machinery (1969). Collection consists of case files dealing with farm implement safety and accidents, documenting Wardle's role in consulting or executing legal depositions in these cases. It includes accident investigative reports, correspondence, manuals, handbooks, and photographs. Most cases are from 1965 and earlier; they deal largely with individuals and major farm-related corporations.

Status: Container listed.

Finding Aid: Online (pdf file).