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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 11 Collections and/or Records:

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, 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 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 Plant and Animal Sciences administrative records, 1989-2006

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5580 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, self-study reports, course syllabi, annual reports, faculty curriculum vitaes, and other administrative materials from the Departments of Animal Science, Agronomy and Horticulture, and Plant and Animal Sciences. Dated 1989 to 2006.

Dates: 1989-2006

Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1342
Scope and Contents

Contains the records of the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences. Records consist of correspondence, reports, budget outlines/plans, meeting minutes, information on employees, and student scholarship information. Dates range from 1956 to 2010.

Dates: 1956-2010

History of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, 1885-1974

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 867
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence; memoranda; visual images; news clippings; and lists of classes offered, student statistics, names and addresses of graduates, graduates who received fellowships, deceased graduates, faculty and staff. Includes a table of contents. Title page suggests that the history was originally compiled by Farnsworth between 1946 and 1958, then revised and updated in 1973-1974.

Dates: 1974

Raymond B. Farnsworth papers on Desert Biome, 1972-1975

 Sub-Series
Identifier: UA 960 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains articles, analysis, correspondence and data of various agronomy studies based about the desert biome.

Dates: 1972-1975