Charles Allen Black papers
Scope and Content
This collection (1942-2002, undated) contains photographs of students, colleagues, and research projects. The papers also include correspondence with colleagues, researchers and publishers. In addition, there are notes from courses, lectures and research. The collection also contains of biographical information and news clippings.
- 1941-2002, undated
- Black, C. A. (Charles Allen) (Person)
Language of Materials
Open for research.
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Charles A. Black was born on January 22, 1916 in Lone Tree, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1937) from Colorado State University in chemistry and soil science, and his M.S. (1938) and his Ph.D. (1942) from Iowa State College (University) in soil fertility.
He joined the staff of Iowa State College (University) as an Instructor (1939-1943) in agronomy, and was promoted to Assistant Professor (1944-1946), Associate Professor (1946-1949), and Professor (1949-1980). The University honored Dr. Black by naming him the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture (1967). Dr. Black retired from Iowa State in 1979. However, he continued to teach as an Adjunct Professor until 1985.
He was a member of several professional organizations and honor societies such as Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, American Society of Agronomy (President, 1971), Soil Science Society of America (President, 1962), and the International Society of Soil Science. In 1975, he was named an honorary member of the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Black was the first president and founding member of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). He was also a member of the Agricultural Research Institute, National Academy of Science, the National Research Council, and a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.
Among the numerous awards granted to Dr. Black are the Soil Science Award (1957) and the Agronomic Service Award (1986) from the American Society of Agronomy, and the Bouyoucos Soil Science Distinguished Career Award (1981) and the Soil Science Distinguished Award (1992) from the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Black was also honored by Iowa State with the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. In addition, CAST presented him with the first Charles A. Black Award for Exemplary Contributions to Public Understanding of Food and Agricultural Science and Technology (1986), which CAST named in his honor.
Dr. Black’s research focused on soil phosphorus. He published many papers and edited two books relating to agronomy, Agronomy in a Changing World; and, Research Needs for the Seventies (1971) and Methods of Soil Analysis (1965).
Charles Black died on July 6, 2002.
3.0 Linear Feet (3 record cartons)
The collection is organized in its original order.
Released on 2018-11-01.
- Agriculture - Soil science Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Black, C. A. (Charles Allen)
- Clippings (information artifacts) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Correspondence Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Iowa State College--Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Iowa State University. Department of Agronomy
- Iowa State University. Department of Agronomy--Faculty Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lectures Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Photographs Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Publications (documents) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Research (documents) Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Soil scientists--Iowa Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- RS 9/9/62. Charles Allen Black papers, 1941-2002, undated
- February 26, 2019
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