Guide to the Robert Elroy McDole Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Robert Elroy McDole, 1930-
Title: Papers
Dates: 1966-1990 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet
Collection Number: MG338
Summary: Chronological file of talks, papers, press releases, photographs showing soil conservation methods, a soil survey of the University of Idaho and related photographs, and bark study and soil testing reprints collected by a University of Idaho soil scientist.
Repository: University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2351
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 208-885-0845
Languages: English  
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Robert Elroy McDole was born in Eugene, Oregon on October 7, 1930. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State College in 1952, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Idaho in 1968 and 1969 respectively. Before beginning his graduate study in 1965, he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a soil scientist. He began his University of Idaho career in 1969 doing soil science research at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. In 1977, he moved to Moscow where he worked as an extension soils specialist, studying soil fertility, soil erosion, and land-use questions across the state.

He has served on many committees concerned with various aspects of soil management as well as being active in a variety of university governance committees. He was a member of the Idaho Soil Scientists Association, Idaho Soil Improvement Committee, Northwest Plant Food Association, Soil Conservation Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Western Society of Soil Science, Sigma Xi, and was a certified Professional Soil Scientist. He has a long list of technical publications and has earned a variety of awards, including Idaho Future Farmers of America Honorary State Farmer, a commendation from the Soil Conservation Society of America, and listing in Who's Who in the West. He retired to Fort Townsend, Washington in the fall of 1990.

Content Description

The papers of Robert E. McDole span the years 1966 to 1990. Included are chronological files of papers given by McDole to professional groups, copies of publications, press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence related to presentations. Also included are photographs of soil conservation methods, a soil survey of the University of Idaho which includes not only the publication, but also slides and photographs, and loess survey notebooks from 1966-1968. Two items, folders concerning the use of bark in soil and a collection of reprints on soil testing predate McDole's arrival at the university and may have been originally maintained by Roger Harder and G. Orien Baker.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The material was kept in its received order, and original folder headings were retained.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers of Robert McDole were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Professor McDole between September 1990 and January 1991.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1/1 Papers and talks , 1970-1971
4 items
1/2 Papers and talks , 1972
11 items
1/3 Papers, Abstracts , 1973
14 items
1/4 Papers, Abstracts , 1974
11 items
1/5-6 Papers, Abstracts , 1975
18 items
1/7 Papers, Abstracts , 1976
15 items
1/8 Papers, Abstracts , 1977
45 items
1/9 Papers, Abstracts , 1978
37 items
1/10 Potato Schools , 1978
7 items
1/11 Phosphate fertilizer trials, NWPFA , 1978
13 items
1/12 Potato nutrient survey, NWPFA , 1978
9 items
1/13 Soilborne inoculum & cropping inter. phytopath , 1978
3 items
1/14 Papers, Abstracts , 1979
20 items
1/15 Papers and talks , 1980
33 items
1/16 Papers and talks , 1981-1982
54 items
1/17 Papers, presentations, etc. , 1983
38 items
1/18 Papers, presentations , 1984-1985
79 items
1/19 Papers, etc. , 1986-1990
80 items
1/20 Soils subject matter committee meetings , 1978-1980
6 items
1/21 Soil surveys of Warm Springs Indian Reservation by Robert McDole , 1954-1959
3 items
1/22 Soil survey of the University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station and Campus, Moscow, Idaho, by Robert McDole and P.N. Peterson , 1979-1989
66 items
1/23-24 Photographs: Cultivation and soil conservation , 1970-1983
82 items
1/25-26 Loess study notebooks , 1966-1968
2 items
2/27 Bark study: Sawdust and its use , 1945-1959
14 items
2/28 Bark information - Boise Cascade Corp. , 1958-1960
22 items
2/29 Bark-base fertilizer , 1959-1969
11 items
2/30 Potlatch Forests, Inc. , 1959
2 items
2/31 Reference - Bark and sawdust , 1951-1960
18 items
2/32 Bark soil conditioner , 1958
16 items
2/33 Mulch (sawdust) , 1953-1964
5 items
2/34 Soil testing reprints , 1929-1947
1 item


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

      • Corporate Names :
      • University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Records and correspondence
      • Subject Terms :
      • Soil scientists -- Idaho
      • Soil surveys -- Idaho -- Moscow
      • Other Creators :
      • McDole, Robert E.--Archives.

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