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Adonijah Strong Welch papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 2/1

Scope and Content

The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, written addresses, and publications. Also included is an account from 1849 documenting Welch’s trip to California with a group called the Fayette Rovers looking for wealth in the gold rush.

Dates

  • 1849-1988, 2017

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Adonijah Strong Welch was born April 12, 1821 in East Hampton, Connecticut. He received the B.A. (1846) and M.A. (1852) from the University of Michigan. Welch became the first principal (1852-1865) of the Michigan State Normal School (Eastern Michigan University). In 1865, he moved to Florida and became involved in the orange and lumber industries. Welch was serving as United States Senator from Florida (1868-1869) when he accepted the position of President (1869-1883) of the newly established Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University).



Welch was serving as President of Iowa State Agricultural College when he was asked by the United States Commissioner of Agriculture to investigate and report on the organization and management of agricultural schools in Europe. While in Europe, his opponents, unsatisfied with the college’s development, sought to remove him from office. This effort led to Welch’s resignation as president of Iowa State in 1883. Welch returned to Europe a second time to recover his health and on returning to Iowa State in 1884 accepted the chair of history of civilization and practical psychology. He continued to teach at Iowa State until his death in 1889.



Welch is credited for a number of successes during his tenure as president, though his most lasting legacy may be the design of Iowa State’s early campus. Welch helped develop Iowa State’s first courses in agriculture and mechanical arts and supported the right of women to receive a college education. He was often asked to address farmers’ gatherings, horticultural meetings, and breeders’ conventions. His wife, Mary Welch, established the first courses in the domestic sciences, which would later become the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.



Welch married Eunice P. Buckingham in 1859 and had three children with her before her death in 1867. He later married Mary Beaumont Dudley in 1868. They had two children. Welch died on March 13, 1889, in Pasadena, California.

Extent

1.05 Linear Feet (2 document boxes and 1 half-document box)

Abstract

Adonijah Welch was the President (1869-1883) of the newly established Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University). Welch is credited for a number of successes during his tenure as president, though his most lasting legacy may be the design of Iowa State’s early campus. Welch helped develop Iowa State’s first courses in agriculture and mechanical arts and supported the right of women to receive a college education. The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, written addresses, and publications. There is also an account from 1849 documenting Welch’s trip to California with a group called the Fayette Rovers looking for wealth in the gold rush.

Arrangement

The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Copies

Digital reproductions of a selection of materials from the Adonijah Strong Welch papers are available electronically. Please see the Electronic Resources section for a link.

Items in related collections

RS 2/0. Iowa State University. Office of the President records, 1959-2014

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 2/1. Adonijah Strong Welch papers, 1849-1988, 2017
Date
February 8, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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