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James H. Hilton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 2/10

Scope and Content

This collection (1938-1982, undated) contains biographical information, addresses and speeches, Board of Regents' materials, correspondence, minutes, printed materials, and a membership plaque. The records document the programmatic relationship of Iowa State with the other Regents' Universities, student activities such as military participation, and agricultural research and other projects undertaken by the various colleges within the university. Also included is information regarding Iowa State's participation in national academic organizations, such as the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities.

Dates

  • 1909-1982, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

James H. Hilton grew up on a farm near Hickory, N.C. He attended North Carolina State College one year, completed his B.S. in animal husbandry at Iowa State in 1923, and his M.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1937. He was awarded the D.Sc. degree by Purdue University in 1945.



He was county agent for Greene County, Iowa, from 1923 to 1926, then joined the Purdue staff. He was put in charge of dairy production teaching and research at Purdue in 1939, and the following year became assistant chief of the dairy husbandry department. In 1945, he returned to North Carolina State as head of animal husbandry. Three years later he was named Dean of Agriculture, where he served until becoming President of Iowa State University (1953-1965).



During his administration, Iowa State experienced the greatest growth in its history. Enrollment soared from 7,800 to more than 12,400. The "book value" of the physical plant increased from $38 million to $471 million. Course offerings and public service programs were greatly broadened. In 1959, a year after its centennial, the institution received official recognition of its status as Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Upon his retirement from the presidency, Hilton was named Iowa State's first director of development. He was also named President Emeritus.



Hilton married Lois Baker and they had three children, Eleanor, Helen, and James G. After her death in 1969, Hilton married Helen LeBaron, retired Dean of the College of Home Economics.

Extent

26.75 Linear Feet (20 records center cartons, 1 map case folder, 1 artifact box)

Abstract

James H. Hilton grew up on a farm near Hickory, N.C. He attended North Carolina State College one year, completed his B.S. in animal husbandry at Iowa State in 1923, and his M.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1937. He was awarded the D.Sc. degree by Purdue University in 1945. In 1945, he returned to North Carolina State as head of animal husbandry. Three years later he was named dean of agriculture, where he served until becoming Iowa State University’s president (1953-1965). This collection contains biographical information, addresses and speeches, Board of Regents' materials, correspondence, minutes, and other printed materials. The records document the programmatic relationship of Iowa State with the other Regents' Universities, student activities such as military participation, and agricultural research and other projects undertaken by the various colleges within the university. Also included is information regarding Iowa State's participation in national academic organizations, such as the Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series:

Series 1, Biographical Information, (1953-1982, undated) (chronological)

Series 2, Addresses, (1953-1965) (chronological)

Series 3, Correspondence, (1953-1982) (alphabetical)

Series 4, Campus Affairs, (1909-1972, undated) (alphabetical)

Series 5, External Affairs, (1953-1967, undated) (alphabetical)

Items in related collections

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

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 2/10. James H. Hilton papers, 1909-1982, undated
Date
January 22, 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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