Guide to the Laurence A. Stoddart Papers,
1924-1968

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stoddart, Laurence Alexander, 1909-1968
Title: Laurence A. Stoddart Papers
Dates: 1924-1968 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 17 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_MSS 51
Summary: This collection contains the correspondence, course notes, and reports from Laurence A. Stoddart's range management course and the Experiment Station.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Laurence A. Stoddart served as Department Head of the Range Management Department at Utah State University from its inception in 1935 until his untimely death on July 17, 1968. Writing in the September 1968 issue of the Journal of Range Management, the editors confirmed Stoddart’s “brilliant record as both scientist and teacher, being at the same time a true intellectual and a perfectionist. Students from all parts of the world came to learn from him. That there are today so many eminent range scientists and range men who received their training from Stoddart, is an outstanding tribute to his ability.”

Stoddart was widely celebrated as a researcher and writer, publishing hundreds of scholarly articles, and co-authoring the manual, Technical Writing, an indispensable guide for writers of scientific literature. Along with longtime colleague Arthur D. Smith, Stoddart published Range Management in 1943. The third edition of Range Management was published posthumously for Stoddart in 1975, making it the most widely used text in the field, and granting Stoddart and Smith an enduring legacy for their professional commitment.

Stoddart was active both locally and nationally in professional societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Society of Range Management, the Society of American Foresters, and the American Society of Animal Science.

Born at Trinidad, Colorado, in 1909, Stoddart received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University. Subsequently, he studied under the storied J.E. Weaver at the University of Nebraska, where he earned his doctorate in 1934. From here, he accepted the challenge to initiate a Range Management program at Utah State.

Content Description

Much of the collection is made up of typed copies of various items made by Mr. Stoddart and others for his records. Range research and reports on different aspects of range science are included in the papers.

The correspondence covers letters of school officials government agencies, students, and other range management specialists on a variety of subjects. The subject file contains notes for his range management courses, the ASRM, the National Research Council, and the Taylor Grazing Act. The Experiment Station collection includes raw data and reports from various research projects, e.g. range reseeding, poisonous plants, and rabbit brush eradication.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Laurence A. Stoddart Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Laurance A. Stoddart Papers USU_MSS 51, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_MSS 51, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is divided into three sections: Correspondence (Boxes 1-4), Subject Files (Boxes 5-11), and Experiment Station (Boxes 12-17).

Correspondence: Boxes 1-4

This collection contains copies of letters/memos between Dr. Stoddart and school officials, government agencies, students, private citizens, and other range management specialists. The topics of discussion range from job recommendations, and scientific reviews to department policies and the future of range management.

Subject files: Boxes 5-11

A major portion of the subject file contains Dr. Stoddart's notes for his range management courses. Other folders deal with information on the American Society of Range Management, the civil Service register, the National Research Council, and the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934.

Experiment Station: Boxes 12-17

The Experiment Station collection includes raw data and reports from various research projects, e.g. rabbit brush eradication, poisonous plants, range reseeding, and plant/soil relationships.

Processing Note :  

Processed in November of 2001

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information unknown.

Related Materials :  

L.A. Stoddart book collection (BOOK COLL 9)

Heyboer, Maarten (1959-) Grass-counters, stock-feeders, and the dual orientation of applied science : the history of range science, 1895-1960 (BOOK COLL 25 NO. 468)


Detailed Description of the Collection

I:  Correspondence, 1962-1968
4 boxes, 25 folders
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Correspondence A-E"A" 1962-1968
1 2 "B" 1962-1968
1 3 "C" 1962-1968
1 4 "D" 1962-1968
1 5 "D" 1962-1968
1 6 "E" 1962-1968
2 1 Correspondence F-J"F" 1962-1968
2 2 "G" 1962-1968
2 3 "H" 1962-1968
2 4 "I" 1962-1968
2 5 "J" 1962-1968
3 1 Correspondence K-R"K" 1962-1968
3 2 "L" 1962-1968
3 3 "M" 1962-1968
3 4 "N" 1962-1968
3 5 "O" 1962-1968
3 6 "P" 1962-1968
3 7 "Q" 1962-1968
3 8 "R" 1962-1968
4 1 "Correspondence S-Z"S" 1962-1968
4 2 "T" 1962-1968
4 3 "U" 1962-1968
4 4 "V" 1962-1968
4 5 "W" 1962-1968
4 6 "X" 1962-1968
4 7 "Y" 1962-1968
4 8 "Z" 1962-1968

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II:  Subject Files, 1924-1969
7 boxes, 46 folders
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Accreditation Range Science - Foreign ProgramAccreditation-Range Science 1964-1967
5 2 Advisory Committee-Livestock 1956-1961
5 3 American Society of Range Management 1950-1953
5 4 Appraisal and Real Estate 1961
5 5 Civil Service 1959-1964
5 6 Controversy Consultation 1958-1960
5 7 Extension Work 1960
5 8 Field Trip: BLM, FS. Stockmen 1963
5 9 Forage Plants undated
5 10 Foreign Program 1967-1969
6 1 Graduate Council - North Dakota Agriculture College Correspondence CourseGraduate Council 1959
6 2 Grant Money 1960
6 3 Grassland Conference 1964-1965
6 4 Herbarium Cases 1948-1949
6 5 Institution 1936-1958
6 6 International Biological Program 1968
6 7 International Education Act 1966
6 8 Maps 1924-1934
6 9 Memoranda undated
6 10 National Research Council 1950-1962
6 11 North Dakota Ag. College Correspondence Course undated
7 1 Palatability Materials - Published PapersPalatability Materials 1925-1939
7 2 Public Land Law Review 1967
7 3 Public Land-History 1930
7 4 Published Papers 1950-1967
8 1 Range Management - RS 193 SeminarRange Management-Misc. 1939-1946
8 2 Range Management Society-Old Correspondence 1946-1959
8 3 RS 164-Notes and Misc. 1969
8 4 RS 164-Technical Problems 1957-1968
8 5 RS 193-Seminar 1961
9 1 RS 204 Land Use Seminar - Research MethodsRS 204 Land Use Seminar 1947-1961
9 2 Range Use Committee-Annual Meeting 1965-1966
9 3 Range Use Coordinating Committee-Annual Meeting 1967-1968
9 4 Research Manual 1955-1958
9 5 Research Methods 1961
10 1 Rubber - USDA Post War PlanningRubber 1942
10 2 SCS Range Condition 1961-1962
10 3 Statistics 1951-1963
10 4 Summer Camp 1938-1952
10 5 Taylor Grazing Act 1934-1939
10 6 USDA Post-War Planning 1943-1944
11 1 Wasatch Front - Weather MapsWasatch Front 1943
11 2 Water 1964
11 3 Watershed 1938-1942
11 4 Weather Data 1931-1941
11 5 Weather Maps undated

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III:  Experiment Station, 1934-1966
6 boxes, 54 folders
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
12 1 Agricultural Resources - Collection Study (Analysis of Data)Agricultural Resources 1936
12 2 Capacity Survey Summary 1934-1937
12 3 Cedar City Research 1947-1964
12 4 Cedar City Research 1947-1952
12 5 Cheatgrass Seeding 1947-1964
12 6 Collection Study (Analysis of Data) 1940
13 1 Fertilizer Experiments - Nursery PlantingsFertilizer Experiments 1942
13 2 Fish and Game Seeing Project 1943-1948
13 3 Grazing Reconnaissance 1937
13 4 Halogeton 1949-1956
13 5 Herbage Removal 1950-1954
13 6 Instructions for Grazing Allotment Analysis 1947-1954
13 7 Lamb Trucking 1952
13 8 Land Use Problems 1936
13 9 Livestock Market Prices 1943
13 10 Nursery Plantings 1945
14 1 Plant-Soil Relationships - Project 162 Synphoricarpos PaperPlant-Soil Reltaionships 1953-1962
14 2 Poisonous Proposals 1949
14 3 Project Proposals 1949-1957
14 4 Project 61-Range Reseeding With Native Forage Plants 1934-1935
14 5 Project 132-Supplements for Wintering Sheep 1931-1933
14 6 Project 162-Phosphorus Content of Summer Range Forage 1934-1938
14 7 Project 162-General Plant Analysis 1934-1937
14 8 Project 162-Plant Collecting Methods 1939
14 9 Project 162-Plant Collection Lists 1934-1936
14 10 Project 162-Survey and Capacity (Summary Sheets) 1935-1946
14 11 Project 162-Symphoricarpos Paper undated
15 1 Project 185 (Agropylan Clipping 24 Plot Experiment) - Project 423 (Atomic Energy)Project 185 (Agropylan Clipping 24 Plot Experiment) 1936-1940
15 2 Project 185 (Misc.) 1939-1943
15 3 Project 185 (Nursery Crop Studies) 1939-1944
15 4 Project 185 (Reports on Range Reseeding) 1936-1944
15 5 Project 185 (Seeds/Nursery Tests) 1936-1941
15 6 Project 185 (Smith Seedings) 1931-1943
15 7 Project 185 (Wheat Clippings) 1936-1945
15 8 Project 292 (Seeding-General) 1944-1950
15 9 Project 360 (Benmore Pastures) 1940-1956
15 10 Project 423 (Atomic Energy) 1953-1958
16 1 Rabbitbrush Eradication - Strawberry ValleyRabbitbrush Eradication 1946
16 2 Range Management Educational Council 1964-1966
16 3 Range Survey-Utah County 1942
16 4 Range Taxation 1942
16 5 Regional Research 1953-1959
16 6 Reports-General 1939-1945
16 7 Reports-Reseeding 1946-1947
16 8 Sagebrush Studies 1942-1945
16 9 Seed Germination 1940
16 10 Sheep Management Bulletin 1956
16 11 Soil Survey 1944
16 12 Soil Survey-Hodge Pasture undated
16 13 Strawberry Valley 1937
17 1 Swift Grant - Wheatgrass PlotsSwift Grant 1946-1954
17 2 Tintic Valley Reseeding 1949-1959
17 3 W-11 State Reports 1956-1958
17 4 Wheatgrass Plots 1939-1941

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Stoddart, Laurence Alexander, 1909-1968
    • Corporate Names :
    • American Society of Range Management
    • United States--Bureau of Land Management
    • United States--Taylor Grazing Act
    • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station--History
    • Utah State University--Faculty--Archives
    • Subject Terms :
    • Grasses--Research--Utah
    • Range management--Research--Utah
    • Rangelands--Revegetation--Research--Utah
    • Rubber rabbit brush--Control--Research--Utah--Strawberry River Valley
    • Sheep industry--Research--Utah

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