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William H. Stacy papers

 Collection
Identifier: RS 16/3/57

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The collection (1911-1975, undated) contains biographical files, correspondence, writings, reports, committee files, newsletters, scripts for radio talks, speeches, slide presentations, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, subject files, and artifacts. It documents Stacy's engagement with his community, work with Cooperative Extension Service, service in professional organizations, and overseas work in Germany and Korea. His work with the Extension Service covers major areas such as adult education, senior citizens, community development, rural organization, county planning, rural sociology, religious life in rural churches, and youth. His professional service included work with the following organizations: Adult Education Association, American Country Life Association, Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP), Crusade for Freedom, Iowa Adult Education Association, Iowa Council for Community Improvement, Iowa Christian Rural Fellowship, Iowa Council of Churches, Iowa Inter-Church Council, and the United Nations Association. A few files in the collection contain materials in German and Korean.

Dates

  • 1911-1975, undated

Language of Materials

English, German

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

William H. Stacy was born on June 30, 1894, on a farm near Stacyville, Iowa. He received a B.S. (1917) in agronomy from Iowa State College (University), an M.S. (1922) in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (1935) in adult education from Columbia University.



Stacy joined Iowa State College (University) Cooperative Extension staff in 1917 as an Assistant Emergency Demonstration Agent during World War I and served as Assistant County Agent Leader beginning in 1919. In 1922, he was appointed Extension Sociologist, a position he held until his retirement in 1959. In this position, he worked with local organizations and churches on rural life and community development programs. In 1952, he served as Adult Education Specialist for rural social problems on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored trip to Germany through the Education Exchange Program.



Stacy served actively in several professional organizations, including several state, regional, and national societies in adult education, sociology, and church organizations. He helped to form the Iowa Christian Rural Fellowship, the Iowa Association for Adult Education, and the Iowa Council for Community Improvement, serving on the Executive Committee of the latter from 1952-1954. In 1930, Stacy took a year's leave of absence from Extension to serve as Field Secretary for the American Country Life Association.

After his retirement in 1959, Stacy served for two years in Korea as a member of the Near East Foundation team of advisers for leadership training in rural community development. Also during retirement, he worked with the Ames chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, as well as at the state and national levels.



He was married to Florence Eva Brown, with whom he had two children, Ann (Stacy) Fruehling (b. 1934) and Robert (Bob) (b. 1935).

Extent

63.53 Linear Feet (44 records center cartons, 1 document box, 1 half-document box, 3 card file boxes, 2 oversized boxes, 3 small artifact boxes, 1 map case folder-map case items at Parks Special Collections)

Abstract

William H. Stacy (1894-1975) received a B.S. (1917) in agronomy from Iowa State College (University), an M.S. (1922) in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. (1935) in adult education from Columbia University. He was Extension Sociologist at Iowa State College (University) from 1922 until his retirement in 1959. He served as Adult Education Specialist on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored trip to Germany in 1952 and served for two years after his retirement in Korea as a member of the Near East Foundation team of advisers for leadership training in rural community development. He helped to form the Iowa Christian Rural Fellowship, the Iowa Association for Adult Education, and the Iowa Council for Community Improvement, and was active in several other professional organizations. The collection contains biographical files, correspondence, writings, reports, committee files, newsletters, scripts for radio talks, speeches, slide sets and related audio cassette tapes, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and subject files. It documents Stacy's engagement with his community, work with Cooperative Extension Service, service in professional organizations, and overseas work in Germany and Korea.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series:

Series 1, Biographical and personal files, 1922-1975, undated (alphabetical)

Series 2, Extension Service, 1911-1975, undated (alphabetical)

Series 3, Professional service, 1926-1975, undated (alphabetical)

Series 4, South Korea service, 1954-1975, undated (alphabetical)

Series 5, Slide sets, 1926-1975 (alphabetical)

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Related collection materials

Related materials in the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library include:

•Extension Service Records (RS 16/1/1)

•Extension Rural Sociology Section Records (RS 16/3/3/7)

•Ralph K. Bliss Papers (RS 16/3/13)

•Extension Annual Reports (RS 16/1/0/1)

•Missouri Valley Adult Education Association Records (MS 150)

•Department of Sociology Subject Files (RS 13/30/1)

•Published items by Stacy can be found by performing an author/creator search in the catalog for "William Homer Stacy 1894-1975."

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 16/3/57. William H. Stacy papers, 1911-1975, undated
Date
July 1, 2020
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

Contact:
403 Parks Library
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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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