Although agricultural research commenced at the State Agricultural College of Colorado (an early name of Colorado State University) shortly after the college opened its doors to students in 1879, the experiment station was not officially created until the passage of the Hatch Act eight years later. This digital collection consists of 100 letters dated 1896 to 1912 and drawn from the records of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Letters to the director of the experiment station reflect the interest of farmers, researchers, librarians, business owners, and members of the general public in the work of experiment station researchers.

Homesteaders and early Colorado farmers quite naturally looked to the agricultural college for information about state land, soils, irrigation, natural flora and fauna, and types of crops that might grow well in the various regions of the state. Manufacturers of agricultural equipment and supplies wrote to promote their products, and researchers from other colleges in the United States and abroad sought published research from their peers in Colorado.

Many of the letters to the director included requests for research bulletins published by the experiment station. Exchanging copies of bulletins served as a primary method for disseminating research results among the nation’s land-grant schools in the late nineteenth century, and experiment station correspondence at Colorado State includes bulletin requests from a librarian at the school that would become Stanford University, as well as from Tuskegee Experiment Station director George Washington Carver and other significant researchers of the time period.

The digitization of this selection of letters was supported in part by an award from the Colorado State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

Photographs of the Experiment Station are located in the University Historic Photograph Collection.

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  • Letter from L. G. Carpenter to B. A. McAllister 

    Creator(s):Carpenter, L. G., author; McAllister, B. A., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter thanking McAllister for advice on investigation of loco and asking for more information about losses. Carpenter asks for trip transportation for J. E. Payne and offers McAllister Payne's Bulletin 59.
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    Creator(s):Carpenter, L. G., author; Lester, S. L., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Reply advising that J. H. Buttorff of Fort Collins has a patented gate for raising and lowering lateral gates that is cheaper than the Powell gate
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    Creator(s):Gillette, C. P., author; Rockwell, W. L., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter to Texas explaining Colorado irrigation laws and how decisions are made concerning water rights. He advises that construction of reservoirs is an extremely hazardous financial venture.
  • Letter from C. P. Gillette to A. F. Woods 

    Creator(s):Gillette, C. P., author; Woods, A. F., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter to Director of Minnesota University Farm program explaining what land is in the Colorado program and how it is used. He also explains the structure of Colorado's farm related departments.
  • Letter from W. G. M. Stone to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):Stone, W. G. M., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter from Colorado State Forestry Association praising Mills work and encouraging that he tour and write a book to promote the forests.
  • Letter from B. E. Fernow to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):Fernow, B. E., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
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  • Letter from Enos A. Mills to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):Mills, Enos A., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter reporting Mills' activities.
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    Creator(s):Wohanka and Company, author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter requesting the results of sugar beet seed tests from their Austrian seeds.
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    Creator(s):Dyke, Charles Bartlett, author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter from Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii asking for circulars and reports for their library and reference for their Agricultural Department.
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    Creator(s):Empson Packing Company, author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter requesting resending of various bulletins on irrigation.
  • Letter from F. W. Montgomery, Great Plains Water Company, to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):Montgomery, F. W., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter arranging to attend a water commissioners and canal superintendents meeting in Denver and reporting on the lack of water in areas of the state.
  • Letter from State Board of Agriculture to President Theodore Roosevelt 

    Creator(s):State Board of Agriculture, author
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter stressing the importance of the sugar beet industry in Colorado and its benefit to the United States. They urge him to ask Congress to refrain from any action that might jeopardize this developing industry.
  • Letter from M. O. Coggins and Company to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):M.O. Coggins and Company, author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Reply to inquiry by distributing agents of Rocky Ford Colorado cantaloupes.
  • Kamehameha schools 

    Creator(s):Kamehameha Schools, publisher
    Booklet about Kamehameha Schools.
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    Creator(s):McAllister, B. A., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Reply to Carpenters information about crops at Cheyenne Wells and discussing its findings.
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    Creator(s):Carpenter, L. G., author; McAllister, B. A., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter describing the findings at Cheyenne Wells substation regarding grazing and grasses.
  • Letter from E. E. Reed to Alton Ellis 

    Creator(s):Reed, E. E., author; Ellis, Alton, recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter requesting bulletins and ag. info. for normal school students in Mo.
  • Letter from George W. Carver to L. G. Carpenter 

    Creator(s):Carver, George W., author; Carpenter, L. G., recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter requesting Bulletin 56, "The Birds of Colorado."
  • Letter from Hubert Myrick to Alton Ellis 

    Creator(s):Myrick, Hubert, author; Ellis, Alton, recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
    Letter from editor asking for support of proposition to abolish the government seed shop, substitute a plant introduction bureau in the Dept. of Ag. and establish international effort to lift prices of Am. corn. The campaign ...
  • Letter from F. C. Goudy to Alton Ellis 

    Creator(s):Goudy, F. C., author; Ellis, Alton, recipient
    Format:letters (correspondence)
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