Oxford Tobacco Research Station Records circa 1909-1984

Summary
Contents
Names/subjects
Using these materials
Creator
Oxford Tobacco Research Station (Oxford, N.C.)
Size
8 linear feet (16 archival boxes)
Call number
MC 00492

The collection contains sixteen boxes of textual documents and photographs from roughly 1909 to 1984 that pertain to the Oxford Tobacco Research Station, which is just outside Oxford, North Carolina. The bulk of the collection consists of annual research reports from these years (unbound 1909-1947; bound 1948-1965). The annual reports detail the research conducted in the areas of agronomy, botany, entomology, engineering, and pathology. In addition to these reports, the collection also includes correspondence from the 1930s and 1940s, manuscripts and news releases from 1920 to 1984, and research files from 1911 to 1961.

The Oxford Tobacco Research Station is located one mile west of Oxford, North Carolina, the county seat of Granville County. It was established in 1912 as a joint program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA). Over the course of a century of research on tobacco, the Station gained an international reputation as a leading center of tobacco science under the direction of project leaders in Agronomy, Botany, Entomology, Engineering and Pathology. Notable research accomplishments include fertility investigations concerning tobacco plant nutrition, development of the first tobacco varieties with resistance to Granville Wilt and black shank diseases, and the invention of tobacco bulk curing barns.

Biographical/historical note

The Oxford Tobacco Research Station is located one mile west of Oxford, North Carolina, the county seat of Granville County. It was established in 1912 as a joint program by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA). Over the course of a century of research on tobacco, the Station gained an international reputation as a leading center of tobacco science under the direction of project leaders in Agronomy, Botany, Entomology, Engineering and Pathology. Notable research accomplishments include fertility investigations concerning tobacco plant nutrition, development of the first tobacco varieties with resistance to Granville Wilt and black shank diseases, and the invention of tobacco bulk curing barns.

Scope/content

The collection contains sixteen boxes of textual documents and photographs from roughly 1909 to 1984 that pertain to the Oxford Tobacco Research Station, which is just outside Oxford, North Carolina. The bulk of the collection consists of annual research reports from these years (unbound 1909-1947; bound 1948-1965). The annual reports detail the research conducted in the areas of agronomy, botany, entomology, engineering, and pathology. In addition to these reports, the collection includes correspondence from the 1930s and 1940s, manuscripts and news releases from 1920 to 1984, and research files from 1911 to 1961.

Correspondence is primarily between station staff, government officials, professional researchers, and tobacco farmers. Most is from the 1930s, but some letters date to the early 1940s.

Manuscripts and news releases include drafts of research publications, copies of newspaper articles about the station's activities, and pamphlets to be distributed to North Carolina farmers. E.G. Moss, an agronomist and early superintendent of the station, wrote many of these materials. Most date from 1920 to the 1950s, but some news articles were published as late as 1984.

Research files include data from tests and experiments conducted at the station, as well as information on field days and other events that the station held for the public. Relevant correspondence is occasionally included with the files. The bulk of the files date to the 1930s and 1940s, but the full range of the series is from 1911 to 1961.

These materials show station staff's commitment to providing North Carolina tobacco farmers with information on tobacco diseases and with advice on best agricultural practices. Materials also show staff's partnerships with official and academic communities to disseminate research conclusions.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series:

  • 1. Annual Reports, 1909-1965
  • 2. Correspondence, 1930-1943
  • 3. Manuscripts and News Releases, 1920-1984
  • 4. Research Files, 1911-1961
Within each series, materials are generally arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by subject.

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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oxford Tobacco Research Station Records, MC 00492, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of Paul Peterson, 2013 (Accession 2013.0234)

Processing information

Processed by: Gwynn Thayer, September 2013; machine-readable finding aid created by: Gwynn Thayer, September 2013; updated by: Rose Buchanan, October 2014

The collection is organized into four principal series:

Annual Reports 1909-1965

This series contains the bulk of the collection: annual research reports from 1909 to 1965 (unbound 1909-1947; bound 1948-1965). The annual reports detail research conducted in the areas of agronomy, botany, entomology, engineering, and pathology. Unbound reports are less formal in structure than later, bound reports, and they often appear to have been enclosed in correspondence between station agents and superintendents. This correspondence, where extant, is maintained with the reports. There are no reports for 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1947, 1958, and 1960.

This series is first arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically by subject if more than one report exists for a given year.

Annual Reports 1909
Box 1, Folder 1
Annual Reports 1914
Box 1, Folder 2
Annual Reports 1915
Box 1, Folder 3
Annual Reports 1916
Box 1, Folder 4
Annual Reports 1917
Box 1, Folder 5
Annual Reports 1918
Box 1, Folder 6
Annual Reports 1919
Box 1, Folder 7
Annual Reports 1920
Box 1, Folder 8
Annual Reports 1921
Box 1, Folder 9
Annual Reports 1922
Box 1, Folder 10
Annual Reports 1923
Box 1, Folder 11
Annual Reports - Agricultural Leaflets 1923
Box 1, Folder 12
Annual Reports 1924
Box 1, Folder 13
Annual Reports 1925
Box 1, Folder 14
Annual Reports 1926
Box 1, Folder 15
Annual Reports 1927
Box 1, Folder 16
Annual Reports 1928
Box 2, Folder 1
Annual Reports 1929
Box 2, Folder 2
Annual Reports 1930
Box 2, Folder 3
Annual Reports - Disease 1930
Box 2, Folder 4
Annual Reports - Mosaic 1930
Box 2, Folder 5
Annual Reports 1931
Box 2, Folder 6
Annual Reports - Black Fire 1931
Box 2, Folder 7
Annual Reports - Black Root Rot 1931
Box 2, Folder 8
Annual Reports - Crop Rotations 1931
Box 2, Folder 9
Annual Reports - Granville Wilt 1931
Box 2, Folder 10
Annual Reports - Mosaic 1931
Box 2, Folder 11
Annual Reports - "Sore Shank" 1931
Box 2, Folder 12
Annual Reports 1932
Box 2, Folder 13
Annual Reports - Fertilizer Tests 1932
Box 2, Folder 14
Annual Reports - Mosaic 1932
Box 2, Folder 15
Annual Reports 1933
Box 2, Folder 16
Annual Reports - Blue Mold 1933
Box 2, Folder 17
Annual Reports - Mosaic 1933
Box 2, Folder 18
Annual Reports 1934
Box 2, Folder 19
Annual Reports - Blue Mold 1934
Box 2, Folder 20
Annual Reports - Root Knot 1934
Box 2, Folder 21
Annual Reports 1935
Box 2, Folder 22
Annual Reports - Blue Mold, Granville Wilt, Mosaic, Black Fire 1935
Box 2, Folder 23
Annual Reports - Tobacco Diseases 1935
Box 2, Folder 24
Annual Reports 1936
Box 2, Folder 25
Annual Reports - Root Knot 1936
Box 2, Folder 26
Annual Reports 1937
Box 3, Folder 1
Annual Reports - Black Shank, Black Root Rot 1937
Box 3, Folder 2
Annual Reports - Blue Mold 1937
Box 3, Folder 3
Annual Reports - Root Knot, Southern Root Rot, Mosaic 1937
Box 3, Folder 4
Annual Reports 1938
Box 3, Folder 5
Annual Reports - Blue Mold 1938
Box 3, Folder 6
Annual Reports - Root Knot 1938
Box 3, Folder 7
Annual Reports 1939
Box 3, Folder 8
Annual Reports - Black Root Rot, Black Shank 1939
Box 3, Folder 9
Annual Reports - Blue Mold 1939
Box 3, Folder 10
Annual Reports - Tobacco Projects 1939
Box 3, Folder 11
Annual Reports - Mosaic 1930s
Box 3, Folder 12
Annual Reports 1940
Box 3, Folder 13
Annual Reports - Black Shank 1940
Box 3, Folder 14
Annual Reports - Data 1940
Box 3, Folder 15
Annual Reports - Disease Investigations 1940
Box 3, Folder 16
Annual Reports - Wilt Counts 1940
Box 3, Folder 17
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1941
Box 3, Folder 18
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1941
Box 4, Folder 1
Annual Reports - Black Shank 1941
Box 4, Folder 2
Annual Reports - Blue Mold, Root Knot, Mosaic, Southern Root & Stem Rot, Fusarium Wilt 1941
Box 4, Folder 3
Annual Reports - Disease 1941
Box 4, Folder 4
Annual Reports - Wilt Counts 1941
Box 4, Folder 5
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1942
Box 4, Folder 6
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1942
Box 4, Folder 7
Annual Reports - Black Shank 1942
Box 4, Folder 8
Annual Reports - Blue Mold, Root Knot, Mosaic, Fusarium Wilt, Southern Stem & Root Rot 1942
Box 4, Folder 9
Annual Reports - Disease 1942
Box 4, Folder 10
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1943
Box 4, Folder 11
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1943
Box 4, Folder 12
Annual Reports - Data 1943
Box 4, Folder 13
Annual Reports - Disease 1943
Box 5, Folder 1
Annual Reports - Granville Wilt 1943-1944
Box 5, Folder 2
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1944
Box 5, Folder 3
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1944
Box 5, Folder 4
Annual Reports - The Year Summary 1934-1944
Box 5, Folder 5
Annual Reports 1945
Box 5, Folder 6
Annual Reports - Disease 1945
Box 5, Folder 7
Annual Reports - Fertilizer 1945
Box 5, Folder 8
Annual Reports - Oxford 26 1945
Box 5, Folder 9
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1946
Box 5, Folder 10
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1946
Box 5, Folder 11
Annual Reports - Burley Tobacco 1946
Box 6, Folder 1
Annual Reports - Disease 1946
Box 6, Folder 2
Annual Reports 1948
Box 6, Folder 3
Annual Reports 1949
Box 6, Folder 4
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1950
Box 6, Folder 5
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1950
Box 6, Folder 6
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1951
Box 6, Folder 7
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1951
Box 6, Folder 8
Annual Reports 1952
Box 6, Folder 9
Annual Reports 1953
Box 7, Folder 1
Annual Reports 1952-1953
Box 7, Folder 2
Annual Reports (1 of 4) 1954
Box 7, Folder 3
Annual Reports (2 of 4) 1954
Box 7, Folder 4
Annual Reports (3 of 4) 1954
Box 7, Folder 5
Annual Reports (4 of 4) 1954
Box 7, Folder 6
Annual Reports - Biennial Report 1952-1954
Box 7, Folder 7
Annual Reports (1 of 3) 1955
Box 8, Folder 1
Annual Reports (2 of 3) 1955
Box 8, Folder 2
Annual Reports (3 of 3) 1955
Box 8, Folder 3
Annual Reports (1 of 3) 1956
Box 8, Folder 4
Annual Reports (2 of 3) 1956
Box 8, Folder 5
Annual Reports (3 of 3) 1956
Box 8, Folder 6
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1957
Box 9, Folder 1
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1957
Box 9, Folder 2
Annual Reports 1959
Box 9, Folder 3
Annual Reports 1961
Box 9, Folder 4
Annual Reports 1962
Box 9, Folder 5
Annual Reports 1963
Box 9, Folder 6
Annual Reports (1 of 2) 1964
Box 10, Folder 1
Annual Reports (2 of 2) 1964
Box 10, Folder 2
Annual Reports 1965
Box 10, Folder 3
Correspondence 1930-1943

Correspondence is primarily between station staff, government officials, professional researchers, and tobacco farmers. Most is from the 1930s, but some letters date to the early 1940s. These materials show station staff's commitment to providing North Carolina tobacco farmers with information on tobacco diseases and with advice on best agricultural practices. Materials also show staff's partnerships with official and academic communities to disseminate research conclusions.

This series is arranged chronologically by decade, and then alphabetically by the surname or affiliated company of the sending correspondent.

Correspondence - A 1930s
Box 10, Folder 4
Correspondence - B (1 of 2) 1930s
Box 10, Folder 5
Correspondence - B (2 of 2) 1930s
Box 10, Folder 6
Correspondence - C (1 of 4) 1930s
Box 10, Folder 7
Correspondence - C (2 of 4) 1930s
Box 10, Folder 8
Correspondence - C (3 of 4) 1930s
Box 10, Folder 9
Correspondence - C (4 of 4) 1930s
Box 11, Folder 1
Correspondence - Clayton, E.E. 1930s
Box 11, Folder 2
Correspondence - D 1930s
Box 11, Folder 3
Correspondence - E 1930s
Box 11, Folder 4
Correspondence - F 1930s
Box 11, Folder 5
Correspondence - G (1 of 3) 1930s
Box 11, Folder 6
Correspondence - G (2 of 3) 1930s
Box 11, Folder 7
Correspondence - G (3 of 3) 1930s
Box 11, Folder 8
Correspondence - H 1930s
Box 11, Folder 9
Correspondence - K 1930s
Box 11, Folder 10
Correspondence - L 1930s
Box 12, Folder 1
Correspondence - M (1 of 2) 1930s
Box 12, Folder 2
Correspondence - M (2 of 2) 1930s
Box 12, Folder 3
Correspondence - N 1930s
Box 12, Folder 4
Correspondence - O 1930s
Box 12, Folder 5
Correspondence - P (1 of 2) 1930s
Box 12, Folder 6
Correspondence - P (2 of 2) 1930s
Box 12, Folder 7
Correspondence - R 1930s
Box 12, Folder 8
Correspondence - S 1930s
Box 12, Folder 9
Correspondence - T 1930s
Box 12, Folder 10
Correspondence - V 1930s
Box 12, Folder 11
Correspondence - W (1 of 2) 1930s
Box 13, Folder 1
Correspondence - W (2 of 2) 1930s
Box 13, Folder 2
Correspondence - Miscellaneous 1930s
Box 13, Folder 3
Correspondence 1940s
Box 13, Folder 4
Research Files 1911-1961

Research files include data from tests and experiments conducted at the station, as well as information on field days and other events that the station held for the public. Relevant correspondence is occasionally included with the files. The bulk of the files date to the 1930s and 1940s, but the full range of the series is from 1911 to 1961.

Materials are first arranged chronologically and then alphabetically by subject.

Tobacco Varieties 1911-1950
Box 14, Folder 4
Report of the Division of Agronomy of the N.C. Extension Service 1922-1923
Box 14, Folder 5
Tobacco Demonstration Work 1926-1933
Box 14, Folder 6
Tobacco Fertilizers (Urea, Cal-Nitro) 1920s-1930s
Box 14, Folder 7
Agricultural Program for Granville Co. 1930
Box 14, Folder 8
CWA Projects 1933-1934
Box 14, Folder 9
The Culture of Flue-Cured Tobacco in N.C. (Moss & Bullock) 1938
Box 14, Folder 10
Articles for Newspapers 1930s
Box 14, Folder 11
Blue Mold (1 of 3) 1930s
Box 14, Folder 12
Blue Mold (2 of 3) 1930s
Box 15, Folder 1
Blue Mold (3 of 3) 1930s
Box 15, Folder 2
Data 1930s
Box 15, Folder 3
Fertilizer Tests 1930s
Box 15, Folder 4
Field Days 1930s
Box 15, Folder 5
Governors, N.C. 1930s
Box 15, Folder 6
Rotation Equipment 1930s
Box 15, Folder 7
Tobacco Research Meetings 1930s
Box 15, Folder 8
Field Days 1930s-1940s
Box 15, Folder 9
Report on Station Work and Rental Agreement 1930s-1940s
Box 15, Folder 10
Reports, Projects, Plans (College) 1945-1947
Box 15, Folder 11
Reports on Station Work and Rental Agreements 1945-1947
Box 15, Folder 12
Tasks 1953-1958
Box 15, Folder 13
Tobacco Research (publication) 1957
Box 16, Folder 1
Tobacco Work 1958
Box 16, Folder 2
Plant Pathology Review 1959
Box 16, Folder 3
Tobacco Literature (1 of 2) 1960s
Box 16, Folder 4
Tobacco Literature (2 of 2) 1960s
Box 16, Folder 5
Plant Pathology Review 1961
Box 16, Folder 6
Clayton, E.E. undated
Box 16, Folder 7
Lunn, W.M. undated
Box 16, Folder 8
Report of Federal Activities at the Tobacco Station, Oxford, N.C. undated
Box 16, Folder 9
Summary of Progress of Oxford Tobacco Research Station undated
Box 16, Folder 10
Manuscripts and News Releases 1920-1984

Manuscripts and news releases include drafts of research publications, copies of newspaper articles about the station's activities, and pamphlets to be distributed to North Carolina farmers. E.G. Moss, an agronomist and early superintendent of the station, wrote many of these materials. Most date from 1920 to the 1950s, but some news articles were published as late as 1984. Research publications were often intended for The Progressive Farmer, an agricultural magazine founded in 1886 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. News articles and announcements were often intended for the Raleigh News and Observer.

Materials written or overseen by Moss are grouped together and broadly arranged chronologically. Other materials, largely copies of publications, are grouped together and broadly arranged chronologically.

E. G. Moss (1 of 2) 1920-1925
Box 13, Folder 5
E.G. Moss (2 of 2) 1920-1925
Box 13, Folder 6
E.G. Moss (1 of 2) 1926-1930s
Box 13, Folder 7
E.G. Moss (2 of 2) 1926-1930s
Box 13, Folder 8
E.G. Moss (1 of 2) 1940s-1950s
Box 13, Folder 9
E.G. Moss (2 of 2) 1940s-1950s
Box 14, Folder 1
E.G. Moss undated
Box 14, Folder 2
Copies 1920s-1984
Box 14, Folder 3

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oxford Tobacco Research Station Records, MC 00492, 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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.