Ralph L. Watts papers, 1887-1950

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Collection Overview

Title:
Ralph L. Watts papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1887-1950
Creator:
Watts, Ralph L. (Ralph Levi)
Abstract:
Ralph L. Watts joined the Penn State faculty in the School of Agriculture in 1908. He was named dean of the School of Agriculture and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1912.
Abstract:
The Ralph L. Watts papers document his activities, speeches, and correspondence. Items include diaries, one scrapbook of his 25th wedding anniversary, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and speaking engagement notes and outlines.
Collection Number:
714
Size:
1 Cubic feet
Location:
Some materials stored off-site. Allow three days advance notice to use the materials. 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

Ralph Levi Watts was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania on 5 June 1869. He began work as a horticulturist at the Tennessee Experiment Station in 1890, and worked with the State Department of Agriculture as a lecturer at Farmer's Institutes from 1899 to 1908. He joined the faculty of his alma mater, Penn State, in 1908 as professor of horticulture and in 1912 was appointed the Dean of the School of Agriculture and Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station. He served on the Board of Directors of the Penn State Christian Association and was a member of the American Board of Trustees for Lingnan University in Canton, China. He also served on the Penn State-in-China committee, and was the author of numerous books and scholarly articles. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of agriculture by Syracuse University in 1916 and an honorary doctorate of science by Rhode Island State College in 1931. He retired as dean emeritus of the School of Agriculture in 1939. Dr. Watts died on 2 July 1949 at the age of 80

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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], Ralph L. Watts papers, PSUA 714, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographic

Personal Name(s)

  • Watts, Ralph L. (Ralph Levi)

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