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A Guide to the Wilmon Newell Papers

Finding aid created by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

December 2008

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Newell, Wilmon, 1878-1943
Title: Wilmon Newell Papers
Dates: 1908-1935
Abstract: Entomologist Wilmon Newell's manuscripts of his publications and speeches, reprints of journal articles, notes and field notebooks, and clippings of published speeches made during his tenures at Louisiana and Texas experiment stations.
Extent: 1.3 Linear feet. 1 carton.
Identification: Ms Coll. 67
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Wilmon Newell was born March 4, 1878, in Hull, Iowa. He was educated in Iowa and received his B.S. and M.S. from Iowa State University in 1897 and 1899 respectively. He served briefly at experiment stations before being appointed State Entomologist of Georgia in 1903. In 1905, he was appointed Entomologist of the Louisiana Experiment Station and Entomologist and Secretary of the Louisiana Crop Pest Commission. It was at Louisiana that Newell made important contributions in the control of the Cotton Boll Weevil including the first use of powdered lead arsenate. In 1910, he returned to Texas as Professor of Entomology and Experiment Station Entomologist at Texas A and M College. In 1915, he became Florida's first Plant Commissioner in the newly created State Plant Board. Newell directed the successful campaign to eradicate citrus canker. He served as Commissioner until his death. In 1921, the Florida Board of Control selected Newell to head the University of Florida's College of Agriculture and its Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. In 1929, the USDA asked him to head its eradication campaign against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly in Florida. Newell's efforts in this campaign were also successful. In 1938, the post of Provost for Agriculture was created by the Board of Control and Newell held that title until his death on October 25, 1943.

Scope and Content

The Wilmon Newell Papers consist of manuscripts for some of his publications and speeches; several reprints of journal articles; an incomplete bibliography of his publications written prior to 1932; two "spiel" books containing notes and syllabi for speeches and clippings of published speeches made during his tenures as Entomologist at the Louisiana and Texas experiment stations; two field notebooks containing observations of pest control measures in cotton and rice crops in Louisiana; a record of cotton and corn growth at unidentified fields; and Newell's calendar diaries for 1922-1935. The latter do not contain a detailed record of his daily activities, but rather random notes related to issues and projects, newspaper clippings, and trip notes. Some diaries, particularly the later ones, contain few entries and little information. Also included are copies of his 1907 and 1909 Biennial Report to the Governor of Louisiana as Secretary of the Louisiana Crop Pest Commission.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wilmon Newell Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Box Folder
11 Speech: Branch Experiment Station, Lake Alfred. 1921-1922
11 Speech: Agricultural Education for Young Men. 1926
11 Speech: Forestry and Improved Pastures. 1929
11 Speech: Horticultural and other activities of the College of Agriculture of the University of Florida. 1930
11 Speech: Radio talk, Garden Club series. 1932
11 Speech: Address before the Federation of Garden Clubs. 1933
11 Speech: Some Remarks on Economic Entomology in the South. 1937
11 Speech: The Experiment Station and the Citrus Industry. 1938
11 Speech: Harcourt A. Morgan. 1940
11 Speech: Commercial Clubs and the Cooperative Marketing of Agricultural Products. Not dated
11 Speech: Up and Doing. Not dated
11 Speech: Agricultural Florida.
11 Speech: The College of Agriculture.
11 Speech: Untitled speech on cattle industry and the College of Agriculture.
11 Speech: Protecting Florida Plant Life Against Insect Pests and Diseases.
11 Speech: Comments on Entomology in the South During the Past Twenty-five Years.
11 Speech: The Modern Trend in Entomology. 1929
11 Speech: Affidavit re pest and disease hazards to citrus.
11 Speech: Serious aspects of the present quarantine situation.
12 Article reprints and a bibliography of Newell's writings prior to 1932.
1 Louisiana. State Crop Pest Commission. Biennial report to the governor. 1906-1907 and 1908-1909.
Box Volume
11 Spiel Book--Crop Pest Commission.
12 Spiel Book--Vol. II.
13 Records of growth, cotton and corn. 1908-1911
14 Cotton--Field Book. 1909
15 Rice--Field Book. 1909
16 Notes of a trip to Sandusky, Ohio.
17-20 Diaries (calendars). 1922-1935

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Agricultural experiment stations -- Louisiana
Agricultural experiment stations -- Texas
Boll weevil -- Louisiana
Louisiana Structural Pest Control Commission
University of Florida. Agricultural Experiment Station.

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