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.
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.
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.
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 2001Acquisition 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)
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