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Iowa State University. Department of Horticulture records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/16

Scope and Content

This collection consists of materials related to the Department of Horticulture. Records include news clippings, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, publications, subject files, biographical files, administrative records, record books, a scrapbook, and faculty and staff papers.


  • 1883-2013

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Preparations for studies in horticulture at Iowa State began in 1870 with the hiring of Captain James Mathews as Professor of Pomology. During these early years, Mathews established and expanded the campus vineyards and orchards. By 1871 a Course in Horticulture and Pomology was established at the school and classes in fruit culture were first taught to the junior class that year. Students enrolled in this course not only received classroom lectures, but also received practical training through work in the college garden, vineyard, small-fruit garden, nursery, and orchard. The horticulture program was initially organized as part of the Department of Botany and Horticulture, but in 1874 Professor Henry McAfee was given charge of a newly established Department of Horticulture and Forestry.

In 1877, J. L. Budd was hired as Professor of Horticulture and Forestry. Budd came to develop one of the largest fruit breeding programs in the county and brought cultivars from around the world, notably apples from Russia, to Iowa. The department was approved for graduate study in 1913. The name was officially shortened to the Department of Horticulture in 1947. The department is administratively organized under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


15.24 Linear Feet (in 10 half-document boxes, 27 document boxes, 1 map case folder, 1 flat box, 10 card file boxes, 8 large card file boxes, 1 medium photo box, and 1 small photo box)

Items in related collections

RS 9/16/13. Joseph Lancaster Budd papers, 1878-1940 RS 9/16/16. Arthur Thomas Erwin papers, 1836-1973, undated RS 9/16/22. Charles V. Hall papers, 1900-2006, undated RS 9/16/53. Jules Cool Cunningham papers, 1900-1973 RS 9/16/54. Thomas J. Maney papers, 1916-2011, undated RS 9/16/55. Griffith J. Buck papers, 1934-2010 RS 9/2/17. John P. Mahlstede papers, 1955-1992

Processing Information

Released on 2018-07-23.

RS 9/16. Iowa State University. Department of Horticulture records, 1883-2013
March 26, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672