Milton S. McDowell papers, 1890-1942

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Collection Overview

Title:
Milton S. McDowell papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1890-1942
Creator:
McDowell, Milton S. (Milton Speer)
Abstract:
Penn State agricultural chemist Milton S. McDowell became the first director of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension Service in 1914, serving until 1941
Abstract:
The papers of professor of agricultural extension Milton S. McDowell include correspondence, articles, notes, 120 glass plate negatives, and reports
Collection Number:
613
Size:
1.1 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Milton Speer McDowell was born on a farm at Milroy, Pennsylvania,13 January 1872. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1892 and a masters degree in 1897. McDowell worked in industry as a chemist for a time before accepting an appointment to the Penn State Agricultural Experiment Station to do research in 1900. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1909 and named the first county agricultural agent in 1912. He became professor of Agricultural Extension in 1913 and the first director of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension Service in 1914. By 1924 he had organized all but one of the 67 counties for extension work. He became identified with the Farmers Institutes which flourished prior to the inception of the Agriculture Extension Service. McDowell emphasized local participation in Cooperative Extension planning and programming, and he also helped to develop 4-H clubs and establish the Pennsylvania Farm Products Show. McDowell retired with emeritus status in 1941 and died at West Palm Beach, Florida, 31 December 1958.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Milton S. McDowell Papers (613), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • McDowell, Milton S. (Milton Speer)

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