Earl Henry Hostetler Papers 1915-1968

Creator
Hostetler, Earl Henry, 1890-1968
Size
4 linear feet (3 archival boxes, 1 oversized archival box and 1 photograph album)
Location

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Call number
MC 00032

This collection contains articles, speeches, and correspondence written by Earl Henry Hostetler. There is also information about Hostetler's numerous religious, civic and political activities, as well as biographical information on the Hostetler family and a collection of photographs.

An educator and researcher, Hostetler was Head of the Animal Husbandry Section of the Animal Industry Department at North Carolina State College from 1920-1953.

Biographical/historical note

Earl Henry Hostetler was born on December 12, 1890, in rural Illinois near the town of Arcola. He was raised on a farm in Texas, and attended Kansas State College, graduating in 1914. After graduation he went to work at North Carolina State College as an Assistant in Animal Husbandry on the College Experimental Farm. In 1917 Hostetler married Mildred Anderson. The couple had two children, Elizabeth and Charles. Hostetler served as a consultant to the Bureau of Animal Industry on several research projects, and in 1920 became the Supervisor of the Animal Husbandry Farm at the North Carolina State College. In 1928 Hostetler received the Masters of Science in Agriculture degree, and was appointed Professor, and Head of the North Carolina State College Animal Husbandry Section.

Professor Hostetler concentrated his energies on the development of a successful commercial livestock industry in the state of North Carolina. He encouraged the use of scientific stock farming methods, and used innovative field and classroom instruction techniques to inform his staff and students. Hostetler worked to create healthy relationships between the farming community, the academic world, and corporate marketers of agricultural products. Among his many achievements was the successful promotion of the use of cotton crop by-products as a nutritious and economical livestock feed supplement.

Professor Hostetler maintained an active involvement in civic affairs along with his duties as a university department head. He worked closely with the Raleigh Kiwanis Chapter, eventually becoming chapter president. He found time to work with the local Red Cross, the Community Chest, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. He maintained ties with his academic fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and during WWII served as the head of the Raleigh Civilian Defense Corp.

Hostetler retired from his postion with North Carolina State College in 1953. After retirement Professor Hostetler continued his active involvement in public affairs. For several years he worked in broadcasting as the Farm Director for WPTF Radio in Raleigh. In 1963 he ran for office, and was elected to the Raleigh City Council. He served as a City Councilman and had been selected to serve in the capacity of Mayor Pro Tem when he died in April of 1968. Throughout his life Earl Henry Hostetler was exemplary in his effort to model good citizenship. His was a life of service, with personal and professional endeavors focused always on creating a prosperous, safe, and balanced learning and living environment for the students of NC State, the citizens of Raleigh, and the people of North Carolina.

Scope/content

This collection documents Earl Henry Hostetler's career as a teacher, agricultural researcher, and civic leader. The Professional Series contains articles, correspondence, and speeches written by Professor Hostetler, as well as information on agricultural and business organizations. There is also material related to his work as an instructor and researcher at North Carolina State College, material from Professor Hostetler's experience as the Farm Director for WPTF Radio, and papers related to his work as a member of the Raleigh City Council.

The Personal Series contains biographical information, records on Hostetler's religious and civic and activities, with documentation of his involvement with the the First Baptist Church (1927-1962), Citizens Defense Corps (1940-1947), the Raleigh Civic Council (1941-1942), the Red Cross (1944), and numerous other public service organizations. Included are resolutions in memory of Professor Hostetler.

The Photographs Series consists of a small collection of photos depicting moments in Professor Hostetler's professional and personal life.

Physical description

3 archival boxes, 1 oversized archival box and 1 photograph album

Arrangement

This collection is divided into three series: Professional, Personal, and Photographs.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Earl Henry Hostetler Papers, MC 00032, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Donated by the family of Earl Henry Hostetler in 1969 (Accession nos. 1969-0013 and 1969-0014).

Processing information

Processed by Michael Watts, 2005 April

Encoded by Michael Watts, 2005 April, Updated by Cate Putirskis, 2008 March Updated by Aaron Cusick, 2009 November

The collection is organized into three principal series:

Professional Papers 1916-1968
Size: 1 linear foot

The Professional Series is divided into two subseries. The first subseries, Professional Writings, consists of newspaper and journal articles written by Professor Hostetler. Additionally, there is correspondence that was written and received by Professor Hostetler, along with transcripts and notes from speeches that he presented. The second subseries, Professional-General, consists of material related to Professor Hostetler's work as an instructor and researcher in the field of animal husbandry at North Carolina State University. There is also material from the time period that Professor Hostetler's worked as the Farm Director for WPTF Radio, Raleigh, North Carolina, and papers related to Professor Hostetler's service on the Raleigh City Council.

2 archival boxes

Professional Writings 1916-1956
Lists of Articles and Publications 1916-1948
Box 1, Folder 1
Articles- (typewritten) 1917-1933
Box 1, Folder 2
Articles - (typewritten) 1940- 1942
Box 1, Folder 3
Articles 1938-1944
Box 1, Folder 4
Correspondence 1925-1929
Box 1, Folder 5
Correspondence 1934-1939
Box 1, Folder 6
Correspondence 1940-1949
Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence 1955-1968
Box 1, Folder 8
Speeches 1936-1955
Box 1, Folder 9
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence 1938-1954
Box 1, Folder 10
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence - Mr. Ward's Portrait, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chicago Nov. 1950-Aug. 1951
Box 1, Folder 11
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence - Mr. Ward's Portrait, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chicago Oct. 1951- Dec. 1952
Box 1, Folder 12
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence - Mr. Ward's Portrait, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chicago Jan. 1953-Sept. 1954
Box 1, Folder 13
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence - Mr. Ward's Portrait, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chicago Oct. 1954- Dec. 1954
Box 1, Folder 14
National Cottonseed Products Association - Correspondence - Mr. Ward's Portrait, Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chicago Jan. 1955- Mar. 1956
Box 1, Folder 15
Professional Papers-General 1927-1968
Animal Husbandry 1927-1955
Box 2, Folder 1
WPTF Radio-Farm Director 1956-1960
Box 2, Folder 2
City Council - Correspondence - Election 1963
Box 2, Folder 3
City Council - Election-Newspaper Articles 1963
Box 2, Folder 4
City Council 1964
Box 2, Folder 5
City Council 1965
Box 2, Folder 6
City Council 1966
Box 2, Folder 7
City Council - Programs, Invitations, Political Advertising, Raleigh Police Annual Report 1967
Box 2, Folder 8
City Council - Speeches 1967
Box 2, Folder 9
City Council - Correspondence 1967
Box 2, Folder 10
City Council - Newspaper Articles 1967
Box 2, Folder 11
City Council 1968
Box 2, Folder 12
Personal Papers 1927-1968
Size: 2 linear feet

The Personal series contains biographical information on Professor Hostetler and his family, records on Hostetler's religious and civic activities, with documentation of his involvement with the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, the Raleigh Citizens Defense Corps, the Raleigh Civic Council, the Red Cross, Presidency of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club, and numerous other public service organizations and functions. The series also includes resolutions in memory of Professor Hostetler.

1 archival box and 1 oversized archival box

First Baptist Church 1927 -1962
Box 3, Folder 1
Hostetler Family 1928-1968
Box 3, Folder 2
Civic Participation 1928-1956
Box 3, Folder 3
American Society of Animal Sciences 1933-1964
Box 3, Folder 4
Journals, Programs, and Publications - (oversized) 1936-1953
Legal box 4, Folder 1
Kiwanis Club 1938-1966
Box 3, Folder 5
Citizen's Defense Corps 1940-1947
Box 3, Folder 6
Chamber of Commerce 1941
Box 3, Folder 7
Biographical 1941
Box 3, Folder 8
Civic Council 1941-1946
Box 3, Folder 9
Elizabeth Hostetler Ponton 1943
Box 3, Folder 10
Red Cross Leader 1944
Box 3, Folder 11
Erwin C. Hostetler - Brother 1943-1945
Box 3, Folder 12
Community Chest 1946-1947
Box 3, Folder 13
Sigma Alpha Epsilon 1947-1960
Box 3, Folder 14
Wake County Grand Jury 1948
Box 3, Folder 15
Kiwanis Certificates - (oversized) 1951
Legal box 4, Folder 2
Executive's Club 1959-1966
Box 3, Folder 16
Certificates and Citations 1959-1968
Box 3, Folder 17
Rescue Mission Newsletters 1966
Box 3, Folder 18
Correspondence - Senator Sam Ervin 1967
Box 3, Folder 19
Resolutions In Memory Of 1968
Box 3, Folder 20
Poems ect. - (no date)
Box 3, Folder 21
Certificate of Appreciation
Flat folder 1
Photographs 1917-1956
Size: 1 linear foot

Box 5 contains eight photographs ranging from 1917-1956. The series contains a photo of Professor Hostetler with his infant daughter Elizabeth. The remaining photographs depict the professor's involvement in a variety of civic and professional functions.

1 photograph album

Photographs 1917-1956
Flat box 5

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Earl Henry Hostetler Papers, MC 00032, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.