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Brigham Young University. Department of Agronomy and Horticulture

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1968 - 2003

Administrative History

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture (1968-2003) was a department under the College of Biology and Agriculture at Brigham Young University.

In 1968 the College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences combined the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Horticulture into the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. In 2003 it became a part of the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences. Department chairmen included: Rudger H. Walker (1968-1972), Laren R. Robison (1972-1984), Rodney D. Horrocks (1984-1990), Richard E. Terry (1990-1999), Von D. Jolley (1999-2003).

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offered students the option of majoring in either Agronomy or Horticulture. The purpose for the Agronomy major was to provide a framework of fundamental principles of soil science, field crop production, and their interrelationships. The Horticulture major offered four options: fruit and vegetable production; floriculture and greenhouse management; ornamental horticulture and nursery management; and turf and part management.

The department was administered by a department chairman, under the direction of the college dean. The department was associated with a number of colleges during its existence, including the College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences (1968-1983) and the College of Biology and Agriculture (1983-2003).

Citation:
Brigham Young University organizational history project website, viewed Jul. 26, 2011 (Department of Agronomy and Horticulture; established 1968; College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences combined the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Horticulture into the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture; became a part of the Department of Plant and Animal Sciences, 2003; Department chairmen included: Rudger H. Walker (1968-1972), Laren R. Robison (1972-1984), Rodney D. Horrocks (1984-1990), Richard E. Terry (1990-1999), Von D. Jolley (1999-2003); offered students the option of majoring in either Agronomy or Horticulture; purpose for the Agronomy major was to provide a framework of fundamental principles of soil science, field crop production, and their interrelationships. The Horticulture major offered four options: fruit and vegetable production; floriculture and greenhouse management; ornamental horticulture and nursery management; and turf and part management; administered by chairman, under college dean; associated with College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences (1968-1983) and the College of Biology and Agriculture (1983-2003))

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

College of Biology and Agriculture records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 702
Scope and Contents

Contains records, minutes, publications, and other material from the College of Biology and Agriculture, the Benson Institute, and the departments of the College. Materials date from between 1917 and 1986, with the bulk from 1950 to 1975.

Dates: 1917-1986; Majority of material found within 1950-1975

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture chair correspondence, 1985-1989

 Series
Identifier: UA 961 Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence written by R. D. Horrocks when he was the chair of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

Dates: 1985-1989

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture chair records, 1945-1974

 Series
Identifier: UA 960 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains class notes, research files, publications produced by Laws, and student prepared research projects.

Dates: 1945-1974

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture chair records, 1957-1980

 Series
Identifier: UA 960 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains information on the operation of the University farm in Spanish Fork, Utah; research on nitrogen-fixation in sagebrush; material on the Desert Biome project, various projects for Iran and a project for the Tennessee Valley Authority; as well as miscellaneous research files and data.

Dates: 1957-1980

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture departmental history project records, 1971-1984

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 7-9
Identifier: UA 962 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains a copy of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture's 100 year history, notes on material to include in the history, and a brief article about the early roots of the department called "They who Plowed."

Dates: 1971-1984

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Indian history and project records

 Collection
Identifier: UA 962
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings relating to the work of Dr. Raymond B. Farnsworth with American Indians, as well as research proposals to various grant agencies.

Dates: approximately 1971-1984

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Indian history project records, 1971-1984

 Series — Box: 1, Folder: 1-6
Identifier: UA 962 Series 1
Scope and Contents

The Indian History Project records contain correspondence, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings relating to the work of Raymond B. Farnsworth with American Indians.

Dates: 1971-1984

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture other project records, 1971-1984

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 962 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains information on agricultural projects undertaken in South America, Libya and with the Utah Idaho Sugar Company. Also included are proposals for research projects to various grant agencies.

Dates: 1971-1984

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 960
Scope and Contents

Contains class notes, research files, publications, student projects, and other materials produced by department administrators. Includes information on the Desert Biome Project, sagebrush, and projects in Iran and Tennessee. Materials date from between 1945 and 1980.

Dates: 1945-1980

Department of Agronomy and Horticulture slides, approximately 1980

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5580 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains slides from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture documenting the agricultural programs at Brigham Young University. Dated approximately 1980.

Dates: approximately 1980