Collection - Julius T. Willard papers

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Julius T. Willard papers


  • 1847–1947 (Creation)


16.00 Linear Feet

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1862 Apr 09  Born at Wabaunsee, KS
1883            Received B.S., Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC)
1883-1887    Assistant Chemistry, KSAC
1884            Married Lydia P.  Gardiner of Wakarusa, KS
1886            Received M.S., KSAC 1887-1888    Graduate Student, John Hopkins University
1888-1897    Assistant Chemist, Kansas Experiment Station
1890-1896    Assistant Professor of Chemistry, KSAC
1897-          Chemist, Kansas Experiment Station
1897-1901    Professor of Applied Chemistry, KSAC
1900-1906    Director, Kansas Experiment Station
1901-1909    Professor of Chemistry, KSAC
1907-1918    Vice-Director, Kansas Experiment Station
1908            Received Sc.D., KSAC
1909-1930  Dean of the Division of General Science, KSAC
1910-          Chemist, Engineering Experiment Station, KSAC
1914            Acting President, KSAC, May-Sep
1918            Acting President, KSAC, Jan-Mar
1918-1935    Vice-President, KSAC
1936-1950    College Historian
1940            Published  History of the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science
1950 Jul 26  Died at Manhattan, Kansas

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The Julius T. Willard papers include records related to his tenure at Kansas State University, personal records, the Students' Army Training Corps, financial documents, statistics related to the university, literary works, and various reports and printed materials.
The correspondence series, dating 1894-1926, includes letters from the chief of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Riley County Treasurer, Kansas Attorney, General Aretas Allen Gotard, professors at other universities, and many others. Correspondence also includes letters from the Agriculutral Experiment Stations throughout Kansas, the United States, and Cuba as well as correspondence related to Reports of the Agricultural Experiment Stations. Subjects in the correspondence series relate to Willard’s travels abroad, personal purchases, character references, normal schools, articles by Willard submitted to Farm Life, subscriptions to various publications, chemistry coursework, etc. Correspondence relates both to Willard’s work at Kansas State College as well as personal matters.  [ADD MORE INFO: people, subjects, etc.]
The subject file series includes both K-State and personal files. The K-State subject files are extensive, including academic calendars, applications for employment, correspondence about the selection of the official K-State college color, and information about various campus departments. The subject files also include information about various campus organizations as well as biographical information about various faculty members, including Nellie Kedzie Jones and Mary Van Zile. Personal subject files contain financial documents pertaining to the Tacoma Company and the Portland Cement Company, as well as various organizations with which Willard was a member.
Materials in the estate series include correspondence related to the Willard farm and estate, expenditures, and receipts.
The literary works series contains history of Kansas State College (KSC) in newspapers, history of KSC in letters, drafts of works, and autobiographical reminiscences. The history of KSC in newspapers includes copies of articles printed in newspapers connected to K-State. The history of KSC in letters contains letters and newspaper correspondence pertaining to acts by the Board of Regents from 1897 to 1899. Additionally, there is a chapter omitted from Willard’s 1940 book, <emph render='italic'>History of Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science</emph>, titled “Discussion of the Controversy of the Seventies" [1870s]. The literary works series includes drafts of his 1940 book and Willard’s autobiographical reminiscences.
The military file series includes business files related to the Students' Army Training Corps and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps as well as materials connected to training camp at Fort Sheridan. A bulk of the materials dates from 1918 and 1919.
The financial documents series of Willard’s papers contains receipts, vouchers, and other materials related to K-State expenses including laboratory charges.
The statistics series contains materials related to grade distribution, attendance, and enrollment.
The report series includes reports for American Universities and Colleges, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Education, the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, as well as other reports such as the cost of attending K-State.
The final series in the Willard papers includes a variety of printed materials including invitations, programs, a speech class syllabus, articles, and quotations.
Also included in the Willard papers are card files. The card files include lecture notes, names and positions of numerous faculty and students, and notes on various pieces of history related to K-State.

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The collection is arranged into 9 series. Broad series include: Correspondence,  Subject Files: K-State and Personal, Estate Records, Literary Works, Speeches, Military Files, Financial Documents, Statistics, Reports, Printed Materials, Card Files. Subject files are arranged alphabetically.

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No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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The collection's accession number is listed as 165. Later the accession number was changed to U1987.35 and the accruals accession number is 2016-17.034.

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Acqusition Source: Julius T. Willard
Acqusition Method: Donation. Accession date was before 1983, but not known.
Acqusition Date: 19830101

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Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Julius T. Willard papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Finding Aid Author: Natalie Smith
Processing Info: Graduate research assistant Edward Nagurny revised the finding aid in April 2015 when moving content to archival collection management system. Student assistant Natalie Smith rehoused and updated the container list in 2017.

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