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Harry H. Knight papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 13/25/56

Scope and Content

The collection (1924-1976, undated) contains subject files, photographs, negatives, correspondence, gladiolus notes, business ledgers, and order books. The majority of the collection reflects Knight's avid interest in gladioli including materials regarding numerous organizations such as the North American Gladiolus Federation, Iowa Gladiolus Society, Ames Gladiolus Society, Illinois Gladiolus Society, Empire State Gladiolus Society, Canadian Gladiolus Society, and the Gladiolus Growers Council. The collection also contains correspondence, ledgers, and notebooks regarding Knight's ownership of Riverside Gardens in Ames.

Dates

  • 1924-1976, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

Harry Hazelton Knight was born in Koshkonong, Missouri, on May 13, 1889. He attended Southwest Missouri State Teachers' College for two years and continued his education at Cornell University where he earned his B.S. (1914) and his Ph.D. (1920).



Knight was first employed by the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station as an Investigator (1916-1917) in entomology. Knight served in the United States Army (1917-1919) as a member of the Aerial Photo Section of the Air Service. After he was discharged from the military, Knight was named Assistant Professor (1919) of Entomology at the University of Minnesota and was promoted to Associate Professor (1920-1924). Knight joined the faculty at Iowa State College (University) as an Associate Professor (1924-1934) of Entomology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology. He was later promoted to Professor (1934-1976).



Knight was a respected member of the faculty and a well-known figure in the field of entomology. He authored 182 scientific publications, many of them dealing with the systematics of plant bugs. He served as President (1948) of the Entomological Society of America and was later made an honorary member (1967). He received a Faculty Citation (1956) from the Iowa State Alumni Association.



Knight was a noted gladiolus grower and expended a great deal of effort in this venture. He belonged to numerous gladiolus organizations including the Iowa Gladiolus Society, the Iowa State Horticultural Society, and the North American Gladiolus Council. He also owned and operated his own gladiolus nursery called Riverside Gardens in Ames, Iowa. He received the Gold Medal award (1956) from the Gladiolus Council of America for developing the White Knight Gladiolus.



Knight married Jessie Mae Kite and they had two sons: Harold and Roland. Harry Knight died September 6, 1976.

Extent

11.34 Linear Feet (26 document boxes, 2 half-document boxes)

Abstract

Harry H. Knight (1889-1976) was born in Koshkonong, Missouri, on May 13, 1889. He received his B.S. (1914) and his Ph.D. (1920) from Cornell University. Knight served in the United States Army (1917-1919) as a member of the Aerial Photo Section of the Air Service. He was named Associate Professor (1924-1934) of Entomology in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Iowa State College (University) and promoted to Professor (1934-1971). Knight was noted for breeding and growing gladioli and owned and operated a nursery called Riverside Gardens in Ames from which he grew and sold gladiolus bulbs. This collection contains subject files, photographs, negatives, correspondence, gladiolus notes, business ledgers, and order books. The majority of the collection reflects Knight's avid interest in gladioli, his associations with state and national gladiolus societies, and his ownership of Riverside Gardens.

Arrangement

This collection is loosely organized by genre into correspondence, personal files, performance records, information on organizations, Riverside Gardens, and his interest in gladiolus societies.

Items in related collections

RS 13/25. Iowa State University. Department of Zoology and Genetics records, 1879-2008

Related collection materials

Much of the materials related to Knight's research efforts in entomology were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Finding aid found here: https://siarchives.si.edu/collections/siris_arc_289766

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 13/25/56. Harry H. Knight papers, 1924-1976, undated
Date
January 23, 2019
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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