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Quincy Claude Ayres papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 23/1/11

Scope and Content

The collection (1914-1963, undated) contains biographical information, correspondence, a paper presented at the National Drainage Conference, transcripts of radio addresses broadcast over WOI radio, and writings related to soil and water conservation using agricultural engineering. In addition, the papers include photographs of steam shovels, trenching machinery, and grading machinery. There are also photographs of the Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps soil conservation projects.


  • 1914-1963, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Quincy C. Ayres (1891-1963) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. Ayres was a graduate of the Sewanee Military Academy (1908). He received a B. S. (1912) and a B. E. (1912) from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; and a professional degree of Civil Engineer (1920) from the University of Mississippi.

Ayres was employed in private practice as a drainage and flood control engineer (1912-1915), was a drainage engineer for the United States Department of Agriculture (1916-1919), and spent one year as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi (1919-1920). He was employed by Iowa State College (University) as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering (1921-1944) and as a Professor of Agricultural Engineering (1945-1962). Ayres also served as an engineering counselor (1929-1934) and as a part-time patent manager (1935-1937) for Iowa State. In addition, he become the full-time patent manager (1938-1962) for the Iowa State University Research Foundation and served as an assistant (1945-1953) to Iowa State President Charles Friley.

During World War I Ayres was a Lieutenant (1917-1919) in the United States Army Engineers and during World War II was a Commander (1941-1945) in the United States Navy Reserve Civil Engineers.

Ayres was the recipient of the Iowa Engineering Society Marston Medal (1944) and received a Faculty Citation from the Iowa State University Alumni Association (1962).

Ayres died May 1, 1963 in Ames, Iowa.


1.21 Linear Feet (1 half-document box and 1 photograph box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 23/1/11. Quincy Claude Ayres papers, 1914-1963, undated
April 2, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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