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Clay C. Barnett papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0024

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other papers relating mainly to the National Plowing Match and Field Day (1946-1950), pasture improvement and conservation projects, and corn and soybean test yields.

Other materials relate to Bennett's career with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS): a curriculum for a SCS Regional Training Center; SCS district work plans; resources conservation programs; field diaries through the 1940's and publications on soil conservation. The collection also includes correspondence with Herb Plambeck (RS 21/7/42), farm director of WHO Radio in Des Moines.

A sound color film of the 1946 National Plowing Match and Field Day is cataloged in the University Film Collection.


  • 1937-1961, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

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Clay C. Barnett was born on a farm in Davis County, Iowa, in 1895. He was a farm manager until 1935, when he entered the Soil Erosion Service (later the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service) in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as an agronomist. He also worked as an agronomist for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Barnett served in the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) for twenty-four years as district conservationist in Des Moines, Iowa, and as work unit conservationist in Davis County, Iowa. He was also state director of the Izaak Walton League; a member of the board of Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative; chair of the Davis County Soil Conservation District; chair of the Wheat Allotments Committee in Wapello County (1933-1934); and temporary chair of the Corn-Hog Allotment Committee (1933). He promoted the first National Soil Conservation Field Day in 1946 and conducted the event for the Des Moines Register.


4.71 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 1 half-document box, 2 oversized boxes)

Items in related collections

RS 21/7/42. Herbert Plambeck papers, 1920-2001, undated

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0024. Clay C. Barnett papers, 1937-1961, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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