Perry G. Holden Memoir, 1944 | University of Illinois Archives
Series Number: 8/6/820
Acquired: September 1963
Volume: 0.1 cubic feet
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Description: Illustrated personal memoir by Perry G. Holden (1865-1959), assistant professor of soil physics and professor of agronomy (1896-1900), including reproductions of letters, photographs, magazine articles, documents, reminiscences, charts and manuscripts relating to Holden's family and career. As a "corn evangelist", "corn disciple" and "apostle of vitalized educations", he advocated corn selection and germination testing, sugar best culture and agricultural education. From Michigan State, Holden worked closely with Eugene Davenport in lobbying for an $150,000 agricultural building and an appropriation for the College of Agriculture. In a reminiscence he recounts his strategy in mobilizing the Farmers Institute and agricultural leaders in a struggle with President Andrew S. Draper. Holden helped increase agricultural enrollment by securing Farmers Institute scholarships and thwarting the president's plan for an agricultural high school. An able organizer, promoter and partisan, Holden left Illinois to promote sugar beet culture, assist the Funk Brothers Seed Co., develop the Extension Department at Iowa State through "Corn Gospel Trains" and serve as director of International Harvester's Agricultural Extension Department. The memoir contains a copy of Holden's 72-page booklet, "Young Folks, Do Something, Be Somebody."