Guide to the Edward J. Wickson Papers, 1868-1923

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Guide to the Edward J. Wickson Papers, 1868-1923

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1035

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Edward J. Wickson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1868-1923
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1035
Creator: Wickson, Edward J. (Edward James), 1848-1923
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 1 carton Linear feet: 1.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence; manuscripts and reprints of his writings; reviews of his books; material re Luther Burbank; clippings; and obituaries.
Languages Represented: English

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Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward J. Wickson Papers, BANC MSS C-B 1035, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

Edward James Wickson, professor of agriculture of the University of California, was born in Rochester, New York on August 3, 1848. He attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1872. He was for a while on the editorial staff of the Utica Morning Herald, made a special study of the cheese industry, and was elected secretary of the New York Dairymen's Association in 1871. He also served as president of the Utica Dairymen's Board of Trade. In 1875 he became connected with the Pacific Rural Press. His association with the University of California began as a lecturer in practical agriculture in 1879; he became an associate professor in 1891. He later assumed responsibility for the University Extension courses in agriculture, and became Dean of the College of Agriculture and head of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1905, becoming emeritus in 1915. Professor Wickson organized the first dairy association in California in 1876 and was active in the California State Horticultural Society. He was the author of numerous articles in professional journals and newspapers, and of several volumes relating to fruits and vegetables and garden flowers. He died July 16, 1923.

Scope and Content

The collection, transferred from University Archives to the Manuscripts Division in 1966, includes correspondence; MSS and reprints of his writings, mainly on agricultural subjects; clippings; reviews of Wickson's work; papers relating to Luther Burbank; and class notes and other materials relating to his student days at Hamilton College.
A key to arrangement and partial list of correspondents follow.

Key to Arrangement

box Box

Letters written by Wickson, 1905-1923

Scope and Content Note

Copies and drafts, arranged chronologically.
 

Letters written to Wickson.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically, by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key. Unlisted letters are in a separate folder, also arranged alphabetically.
box Carton

Wickson's writings - MSS, reprints and clippings

 

Address at Memorial Services in Honor of Dr. E. W. Hilgard, 1916

 

Agricultural Development of the Pacific Coast

 

Agricultural Education in California

 

California Climate as Affecting Crop Production

 

California Fruits and How to Grow Them

 

California's Wealth is Farmer's Opportunity

 

Climatic Conditions Ideal for Fruit Culture

 

Cost of Planting and Care of Trees and Vines to Bearing Age

 

The Development of California Fruit Industries

 

An Elementary Agriculture of California

 

Eugene Woldemar Hilgard, a Biographical Sketch

 

Flax as a Change-Crop with Cereals

 

Flax Seed in California

 

Floral Progress

 

Foundations of Agricultural Credit in Europe

 

History and Outlook of the California Fruit Industries

 

Horticulture at the Experiment Station

 

How California Advanced from Desolation to Triumph

 

The Improvement of Citrus Fruit Varieties

 

Improvement of University Grounds

 

Industrial Use of the Imagination

 

Intensive Farming in California

 

Lessons for Populous Agricultural Countries of Modern Times

 

Luther Burbank, the Man, His Methods and His Achievements

 

Nurserymen's Service to Suburban Life in California

 

The Opportunity in Agriculture

 

The Orange in Northern California

 

Preparation of Garden Soil

 

Rural California

 

The University at Large in the State

 

Utility of Beauty in Home and Town

 

What U.C. Has Done for Horticulture

 

What We Owe the Horticultural Pioneers of California

 

The Whistling Girl

 

Writing for Rural Folks

 

Poems

 

Miscellaneous fragments and untitled pieces

 

Reviews of Wickson's California Flower Gardens, California Fruits and How to Grow Them, California Vegetables in Field and Garden

 

Scrapbook, containing mainly clippings of reviews of Wickson's books.

 

Plates used in Pacific Rural Press

 

Plates used in second edition of Wickson's California Garden Flowers

 

Papers relating to the Conference on Marketing and Farm Credits, 1914.

Scope and Content Note

Including commission as delegate, Mar. 25, 1914, signed by Hiram W. Johnson, and list of delegates.
 

Material relating to Luther Burbank.

Scope and Content Note

Includes promotional material for Oscar E. Binner Co., Burbank's publisher; A Brief Review of the Great Earthquake of Apr. 18th, 1906 by Burbank (typescript); typescript of an introduction by David Starr Jordan; Wickson's editorial note; clippings.
 

Material relating to Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.

Scope and Content Note

Includes notebook containing class notes, 1868, for course in Greek, which includes, also, a register of letters written to and received from the class of `69, kept by Wickson as class secretary; copies of the Hamilton Literary Monthly for 1868 and 1869 (Wickson was one of the Monthly's editors); record of class of 1869; and miscellaneous items.
 

Clippings and obituaries for Wickson

 

Miscellaneous clippings

 

Miscellaneous notes, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Adams, Edward Francis, 1839-1929

 

Letter, Jan. 15, 1907

 

Bailey, Liberty Hyde, 1858-

 

51 letters, 1899-1922

Additional Note

Mainly concerning Wickson's Rural California. Also included, a reprint of Bailey's article, What a College Farm Is For
 

Bellows, John A.

 

4 letters, 1921

Additional Note

Re his Agricultural Cyclopedia for Young People, including sample pages from it.
 

Benchley, Leonidas B.

 

Letter, May 12, 1900

 

Bentley, Charles Harvey, 1869-1922

 

Letter, June 13, 1919

 

Binner, Oscar E.

 

31 letters, 1911

Additional Note

Re publication of Luther Burbank's work. Enclosure to letter, Oct. 12, 1911: copy of letter by Vernon L. Kellogg; enclosure to letter, Dec. 20, 1911: copy of letter by José D. Husbands.
See also material in carton
 

Brackett, Gustavus Benson, 1827-1915

see U.S. Department of Agriculture. Division of Pomology.

See also Horsburgh, James

 

Briggs, Arthur R.

see California. State Board of Trade

 

Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926

 

Letter, Oct. 19, 1911

See also material in carton.

 

California. Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside.

 

Letter, Mar. 28, 1918, by H. J. Webber.

 

California. Governor

 

Letter, Mar. 25, 1914.

Additional Note

Written for the Governor by his executive secretary, Martin C. Madsen.
 

California. State Board of Trade

 

2 letters, 1903-1906, by J. A. Filcher and Arthur R. Briggs.

 

California. State Commission of Horticulture

 

2 letters, 1907-1917, by John Isaac and George H. Hecke.

 

California Fruit Canners Association

 

2 letters, 1909

 

Chipman, Norton Parker, 1838-1924

 

4 letters, 1905-1908

 

Clements, George P., 1867-

see Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce

 

Earle, Parker

 

Letter, Feb. 7, 1916

 

Filcher, Joseph Adams

see California. State Board of Trade

 

Gould, Harris Perley, 1871-

see U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry

 

Hearst, Phoebe (Apperson), 1842-1919

 

Letter, Mar. 17, 1915

 

Hecke, George H., 1870-

see California. State Commission of Horticulture

 

Horsburgh, James

 

2 letters, 1903-1905

Additional Note

Enclosure to 1903 letter; copy of letter from G. B. Brackett.
 

Huntington, Tuley Francis, 1870-1938

 

Letter, Jan. 1901

 

Isaac, John

see California. State Commission of Horticulture

 

Kellogg, Vernon Lyman, 1867-1937

see Binner, Oscar E.

 

Kruckberg, Henry W.

 

Letter, May 16, 1908

 

Leib, Samuel Franklin, 1848-1924

 

Letter, July 31, 1907

 

Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1921, by George P. Clements.

 

Macmillan Company

 

3 letters, 1922

 

Madsen, Martin C.

see California. Governor

 

Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

see U.S. Office of Experiment Stations

 

Merritt, Ralph Palmer, 1883-

 

Letter, Oct. 11, 1919

 

More, Warren D.

 

Letter, Aug. 31, 1905

 

North, Simon Newton Dexter, 1849-1924

 

Letter, Aug. 10, 1918

 

Ray, Edward Chittenden, 1849-

 

Letter, June 3, 1917.

Additional Note

Included is annotated reprint of his article Periscopic Reflections from California
 

Reed, Charles Wesley, 1867-

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1898

 

Reed, John Henry

 

Letter, May 30, 1905

 

Stabler, H. P.

 

Letter, Dec. 21, 1921

 

Twight, Edmund Henry, 1873-

 

Letter, June 2, 1921

 

U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry

 

2 letters, 1910, by H. P. Gould

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Division of Pomology

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1900, by G. B. Brackett

 

U.S. Office of Experiment Stations

 

Letter, May 26, 1905, by Elwood Mead

 

Webber, Herbert John, 1865-1946

see California. Citrus Experiment Station

 

Whitson, John

 

Letter, Oct. 10, 1911

 

Woodward, Edward F., 1852-

 

Letter, May 11, 1900