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Dale O. Hull papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/7/56

Scope and Content

This collection (1917-1999) contains biographical information, correspondence, publications, and research files. Many of Hull's publications on farm machinery, safety, and structures are included. The bulk of the collection contains Hull's research and reference files, which includes information on structures and processing, farm safety, and power equipment and machinery. These files contain an assortment of materials including correspondence, manufacturer's product literature, agricultural extension publications, and reports.


  • 1917-1999


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Dale Otis Hull was born February 26, 1912, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1939) and M.S. (1940) in agricultural engineering from Iowa State College (University).

At Iowa State, Hull was a Graduate Assistant (1939-1940) at the Iowa State Agricultural Experiment Station. He was then hired as an automotive engineer (1940-1944) and a lubrication engineer (1944-1945) for the Standard Oil Company in Mason City, Iowa. Hull returned to Iowa State as an Assistant Professor (1945 -1954) in the Agricultural Engineering Department. He was promoted to Associate Professor (1954-1957) and Professor (1957-1977). He was named Professor Emeritus in 1978.

Hull's research interests include farm power and machinery and the related safety issues. He was an active member in the Society of Automotive Engineers Tractor Test Code Committee, Iowa Farm Safety Council, and the Federal Regional Energy Office.

Numerous professional groups honored Hull for his professional achievements. He was recognized by Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Epsilon Sigma Phi, and received Epsilon Sigma Phi Certificates of Merit and the National Silo Association Z. W. Craine Award (1969). Hull served as the Chairman of the Mid Central Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. He was also a long-time member of the National Literature Committee of the National 4-H Tractor Program.

Hull died July 1, 2003.


19.9 Linear Feet (15 records center cartons and 1 document box)


This collection is organized into four series:

Series 1, Biographical Information and Publications, 1930-1999

Series 2, Reference Files: Structures and Processing, 1917-1978

Series 3, Reference Files: Safety, 1917-1977

Series 4, Reference Files: Power and Machinery, 1917-1980

Physical Location

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

Items in related collections

RS 9/7. Iowa State University. Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering records, 1905-2013

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/7/56. Dale O. Hull papers, 1917-1999
July 1, 2020
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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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