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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb AgResearch Records, 1910-2011

ID: RHC/RC/190

Extent: 196.0 Linear Feet


The collection is organized into 10 series: Historical Research and General Corporate Records, Sales and Production, Research, Publications, Subject Files, Subsidiaries, Charlie Gunn, Dave Wagley, Rubendall, and Audio-visuals.

The Historical Research and General Corporate Records series is divided into two subseries. The Historical Research subseries and General Corporate Records.

The Research series is divided into nine subseries: Corn, Cotton, Poultry, Sorghum, Wheat, Wintergraze, Soybeans, Swine, and Other.

The Subsidiaries consist of 4 subseries on different companies owned by DeKalb Genetics. The subseries include: Calgene, Heinhold a swine and commodities brokerage firm, DeKalb Energy a oil and natural gas company, and Trojan.

The ninth series is the Duane Rubendall series. This series consists of advertising and design related items divided into four subseries: International, General Company, Ads, and Audio-visuals.

The Audio-Visual series encompasses the different types of media used in the public relations field by DeKalb Genetics. The series consists of fifteen subseries: Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Negatives and Transparencies, Slides, Cassettes, Filmstrips, Records, Sound Recordings, Films, VHS, Betacam, Large/small VC-Umatic, CDs, Miscellaneous, and Artifacts.

Date Acquired: 07/00/1988. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Advertising -- Agriculture, Agriculture, Corn--Husking, Corn., DeKalb (Ill.), DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics, DeKalb AgResearch, DeKalb County Farm Bureau (De Kalb County, Ill.), DeKalb Soil Improvement Association, Energy, Golden, E. E., Grain, Gunn, Charles, Hybrid corn, Oil industries, Pfizer Genetics, Poultry Industry, Seed industry and trade

Forms of Material: Glass plate negative, Photographs

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, Chinese, German, Japanese, Thai, Portuguese, Swedish, French, Italian, Dutch;Flemish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains many of the records generated by the DeKalb Genetics Corporation.  The materials, dating from 1910-2011, provide information for a basic history of the company; for ascertaining the role played by the industry in the DeKalb area, the United States, and around the world; for the research in the company's areas of expertise; and for analyzing marketing techniques and approaches.  The collection is organized into 10 series:  Historical Research and General Corporate Records, Sales and Production, Research, Publications, Subject Files, Subsidiaries, Charlie Gunn, Dave Wagley, Rubendall, and Audio-visuals. While most of the collection is in English, there is material in various languages.

The Historical Research and General Corporate Records series (I) is divided into two subseries.  The Historical Research subseries consists of histories, historical research, and merger information from DeKalb Genetics subsidiaries.  The second subseries, General Corporate Records, contains annual reports, correspondence, personnel changes, and some financial information.  Also included in this subseries are flowcharts and information pertaining to company actions and government property purchased by DeKalb Genetics.

The second series, Sales and Production includes the information  used by the dealers in the selling of the DeKalb Genetics commodities as well as the production of seed to sell.  This includes such material as handbooks and manuals, price lists, catalogs, direct mailings sent to the farmers, ads, and ad campaigns.  Seed Sales Summary reports, production and yield estimates, variety summaries and a sales journal complete this series.

The Research series (III) is divided into nine subseries: Corn, Cotton, Poultry, Sorghum, Wheat, Wintergraze, Soybeans, Swine, and Other. Each subseries consists of the research accomplished by the research teams in such areas as diseases, breeding, and production. Included in the Other subseries are general information pertaining to agricultural research and multiple plant research.

The Publications series (IV) includes the magazines and newsletters published by DeKalb Genetics.

The Subject Files comprise the fifth series and includes speeches, publicity, movie scripts,  competitor companies' literature, the American Farmer campaign, scholarships and awards, Field Days, and information on the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Farm Policy, and the Sycamore Preserve Works.

The sixth series, Subsidiaries, consist of four subseries on different companies owned by DeKalb Genetics.  The subseries include: Calgene; Heinhold, a swine and commodities brokerage firm; DeKalb Energy, an oil and natural gas company; and Trojan.

Series seven, eight and nine consist of records from individuals that worked in DeKalb Genetics.  Series seven is Charlie Gunn who was an early corn breeding expert for the company.  This series contains early corn breeding information from 1924 to the 1940s.

The Dave Wagley is the eighth series in the collection.  This series consist of sales and stock reports, some from the 1980s, many from the 1990s.

The ninth series is the Duane Rubendall series.  This series consists of advertising and design related items divided into four subseries: International, General Company, Ads, and Audio-visuals. These subseries contain sketches, booklet and calendar designs, film, and sales tapes.  The series also contains awards presented to Rubendall and community related work including Kishwaukee Hospital Plaque designs.

The Audio-Visual series (X) encompasses the different types of media used in the public relations field by DeKalb Genetics.  The series consists of fifteen subseries:  Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives, Negatives and Transparencies, Slides, Cassettes, Filmstrips, Records, Sound Recordings, Films, VHS, Betacam, Large/small VC-Umatic, CDs, Miscellaneous, and Artifacts.  The photographs, glass plate negatives, and negatives and transparencies include such subjects as animals, machinery, research, facilities, and personnel. A searchable database exists for these photographs, but researchers must contact the Regional History Center to inquire about its use.  Some of the photographs have negatives which are located in the negative subseries under the same title listed on the envelopes.  The slides consist of dealer programs and presentations while the cassettes encompass interviews, commercials, and a history of DeKalb Genetics.  Some slide presentations contain related script and tape.  Slides are arranged by date of slide, not image, within a given presentation.  The filmstrips, records, reel-to reels, films, sound recordings, VHS, Betacam, Large/small VC-Umatics contains such subjects of interest as corn, sorghum, poultry, corn borers, training, and commercials.  Some of the films are categorized as film produced by or for DeKalb AgResearch; voice-over commercials; farmer testimonial commercials and miscellaneous films.  All films are in black and white except for the ones indicated in color in the collection inventory.  Of special interest in the film subseries is a film produced by Walt Disney entitled, "The Grain That Built a Hemisphere." Some of the filmstrips have accompanying records and are listed under the same title in the subseries.  Of special interest is a record with a description of the July 26, 1955 Russian visit to DeKalb Genetics.  The Compact Disk subseries includes presentations as well as photographs of hats, pens, and other items with the DeKalb Genetics flying ear corn logo.  Included in the miscellaneous subseries is 3.5 floppy disks, a unipak (filmstrip and reel-to-reel sound recording in the same case), and an unidentified wire recording.

The last subseries of audio-visuals contains artifacts.  Artifacts include bumper stickers, signs, bags, hat with flying ear corn logo, puzzles and other materials.  In addition, artifacts are divided further into two works of art, two containers of plant samples, a container of postcards, and books.

Located in drawers 31 and 32 are oversized items.  Drawer 31 contains blueprints from various office buildings and poultry facilities and promotional and advertising material connected to series two as well as posters related to conventions, planter plate information, and others.  Drawer 32 contains a sorghum bumper sticker and coverage maps, as well as artifacts such as a seed bag and other ads.

Collection Historical Note

In 1912, a group of DeKalb area farmers, bankers, and newspapermen, led by Henry H. Parke, founded the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association.  This Association was later known as the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.  Due to a lack of seed laws, Illinois farmers were supplied with inferior seed and the Association was started to help farmers lime their soils and to bring in vigorous alfalfa and clover seed in order to get more nutrients from their soil.  The members of the Soil Improvement Association were required to sign notes totaling as much as $30,000 a year for the purchase of good seed.  In June, 1917, Parke suggested that a separate organization to care for the seed business be formed.  This coalition was called the DeKalb County Agricultural Association.

William G. Eckhardt, a professor in the soils department at the University of Illinois, was hired by the Soil Improvement Association as the first county farm advisor.  Charles L. Gunn joined the co-op in 1917 as a seedsman working with Western Plowman, an open-pollinated seed corn.  He was attempting to eliminate the inconsistencies that were found in the corn.  Thomas H. Roberts, Sr. joined the operation in 1919 as assistant farm advisor and became the farm advisor on Eckhardt's resignation less than a year later.  Gunn and Roberts began to research hybrid corn.  Following a decade of research and testing, the Association's first hybrids were marketed.  A new technique in the marketing of this hybrid seed was used.  Area farmers served as dealers, personally visiting their neighbors to sell the seed unlike the seed store and grain elevators operators who that waited for their customers to visit them to make their purchase.

Not only was the Association in the forefront in hybridization and marketing techniques, they also moved ahead in the area of advertising.  The Association ran the first full-page hybrid corn ads, had the first hybrid corn with national coverage, and was the first to run a four-page full color hybrid corn insert (as early as 1938).

In 1936, the Association dropped the "County" from its name and started to supply farmers outside of the DeKalb County area.  With the expansion of sales areas, the Association began to diversify, adding oil drilling in 1937, raising chicks that would lead to DeKalb's "Profit Pullets" in 1944, developing the first sorghum hybrids in 1956, and working with cotton hybridization in 1960.

Because of the expansion of selling districts and of products offered, additional facilities had to be built to accommodate the growth.  Plants were built in Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, and Texas to meet these needs.

In 1938, the company developed into two organizations under one management:  DeKalb Hybrid Seed Company and DeKalb Agricultural Association, Inc.  The Hybrid Company was used for research only, while the Agricultural Association was responsible for the production and distribution of retail seed corn.

The name "DeKalb AgResearch, Inc." was adopted in 1968.  The goals of the company include better service to the customer through improved stock and specialized agricultural development and taking a leading role in agricultural technological expansion.

The change of name to  DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics, Inc. in 1982 was the result of a merger between DeKalb AgResearch and Pfizer, Inc.  This allowed DeKalb AgResearch to use part of the money that Pfizer had budgeted for research and also enabled them to enlarge their staple products with Pfizer's sorghum, soybean, and alfalfa products.

Bought by Monsanto in 1998, DeKalb Genetics continued to employ genetics and biotechnology in producing seed for farmers.  Despite being bought by Monsanto, DeKalb seed is still sold under the DEKALB winged ear corn logo.

Subject/Index Terms

Advertising -- Agriculture
DeKalb (Ill.)
DeKalb-Pfizer Genetics
DeKalb AgResearch
DeKalb County Farm Bureau (De Kalb County, Ill.)
DeKalb Soil Improvement Association
Golden, E. E.
Gunn, Charles
Hybrid corn
Oil industries
Pfizer Genetics
Poultry Industry
Seed industry and trade

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added in March 2001 by Monsanto through the DeKalb Alumni Group.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection. Twenty- four hours advanced notice is requested for the audio-visual material due to the need of special equipment.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Leo Olson

Acquisition Method: Leo Olson, Communications Director for DeKalb Genetics, donated the company's records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center throughout 1980 and continued to donate additions until July 1988.

Related Materials: Researchers interested in the research and development of corn genetics may also want to consult the Sherret S. Chase Papers (RC 346). For more information please see http://archon.lib.niu.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=2088.

Other Note: Twenty- four hours advanced notice is requested for the audio-visual material due to the need of special equipment.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Historical Research & General Corporate Records],
[Series II.: Sales & Production],
[Series III.: Research],
[Series IV.: Publications],
[Series V.: Subject Files],
[Series VI.: Subsidiaries],
[Series VII.: Charlie Gunn],
[Series VIII.: Dave Wagley],
[Series IX.: Rubendall],
[Series X.: Audiovisuals],

Series V.: Subject Files
Box 182
Folder 1: Hand Drawn Script - "9 out of 10", 1939
Folder 2: Slide Script - "Leaf Blight", 1942
Folder 3: Film Strip Syllabus - "Sexual Reproduction in Plants", 1945
Folder 4: Film Strip Syllabus - "Corn Color & Color Mixtures", 1946
Folder 5: Film Strip Script - "The Melting Pot for Corn", 1946
Folder 6: Film Strip Script - "Hunger Signs in Corn", 1946
Folder 7: Film Strip Syllabus - "Hidden Values in Hybrid Corn", 1946
Folder 8: Film Strip Script - "Inbreeding Corn", 1947
Folder 9: Movie Script - "Acres of Chix"- Correspondence, 1949
Folder 10: Movie Script - "Acres of Cages", 1949
Folder 11: Movie Script - "Under Summer Skies", 1949
Folder 12: "The Story of a Kernel of DeKalb Corn", 1950
Folder 13: Film Strip Script - "Sales Meeting", 1950
Folder 14: Film Strip Booklet - "The New Chicken", 1950
Folder 15: "Rebirth of the Good Earth", 1950
Folder 16: Tape Transcripts, no date
Folder 17: Speech Notes and Slide Scripts, 1954-1997
Folder 18: Sales Scripts, 1957
Folder 19: Film Strip Script - "Sorghum Culture" & Supplemental Booklets, 1958-1960
Folder 20: Film Strip Booklet - "The Corn Borer: Gangster of the Corn Fields", 1958
Folder 21: Movie Script - "Cotton", 1961
Folder 22: Movie Script - "Sorghum Midge", circa 1962
Folder 23: Film Strip Script & Booklet - "Behind the Sorghum Seed", 1963
Folder 24: Script: DeKalb- Past- Present- Future
Folder 25: Movie Script - "Sudax Movie", 1964
Folder 26: Film Strip Script - "Single Cross Corn", 1964
Folder 27: Slide Script - "Sudax Brand SX11", circa 1965
Folder 28: Movie Script - "Sales" for DeKalb Dealers, 1966, 1968
Folder 29: Movie Script - "Dealer Record", 1966
Box 183
Folder 1: Script for Five Point Profit Program for Corn, 1966
Folder 2: Script for Five Point Program for Corn & Sorghum, 1966
Folder 3: Slide Script - Dwarf Mosaic Corn, 1967
Folder 4: Movie Script - "Focus on Seed" for Corn/Soybean Clinic, 1968
Folder 5: Movie Script - Corn Stunt", 1968
Folder 6: Slide Script - "Opaque 2 Corn", 1969
Folder 7: Slide Script - "The DeKalb Wheat Story", 1969
Folder 8: Movie Script - "A Story of Sorghum", 1972
Folder 9: Film Strip Script - "50 Years of Hybrid Corn Breeding", 1974
Folder 10: Slide Script - "DeKalb Past-Present-Future", 1975
Folder 11: Presentation Script - "DeKalb's 6 Point Profit Program for Hybrid Wheat", 1976
Folder 12: Script: Chinch Bug Challenge, 28825
Folder 13: Slide Script - "From Research to Reality", 1979
Folder 14: Movie Script -More Than a Name, circa 1970-1980
Folder 15: Slide Script - "DeKalb - A Great Name in Agriculture", 1982
Folder 16: Slide Script - DeKalb: An Agricultural & Natural Resources Company", 1983
Folder 17: Film Strip Syllabus - "Raising Pullets,", no date
Folder 18: Film Strip Script - "XL", no date
Folder 19: Slide Script - "This is DeKalb" & "Asi Es DeKalb," [some in Spanish], no date
Folder 20: Movie Script- Winter Clinic on Wintergraze 9290 & 9090, no date
Folder 21: Movie Script - "Acres of Sorghum,", no date
Folder 22: Movie Script - "Acres of Science,", no date
Folder 23: Movie Script - "Acres of Gold,", no date
Folder 24: Movie Script - "Abundant Harvest,", circa 1971
Folder 25: Movie Script - "The Profit Pullet", no date
Folder 26: Slide Script - "It Has to be Good for the Farmer" general recruiting, no date
Folder 27: Script - "DeKalb Chix - Past, Present, Future,", no date
Folder 28: Script- "Everything Is Coming Up DeKalb,", no date
Folder 29: Partial Script to "Profits Pullet Story" Film, no date
Box 184
Folder 1: DeKalb County Farmer, 1914-1918
Folder 2-6: Newspaper Publicity (1 photo), 1937-1941
Folder 7: "Breeding Profit Into Corn" Press Release, invite to showing of new sorghum, 1940
Folder 8: Newspaper Articles on New Production Facility in Ohio, 1941, 1992
Folder 9-18: Newspaper Publicity, 1943-1944, 1946-1951, 1954-1955
Folder 19: Al Golden Files -Newspaper Article, DeKalb County Farm Stats, European Trade, Manuscript Information, 1955-2006
Folder 20-26: Newspaper Publicity (4 photos), 1956-1962
Folder 27: "Dixie Dairyman", & "How you Voted" Farm Journal, Illinois Prospective Planting for 1962, 1961-1962
Folder 28: Corn Articles, 1962
Folder 29-31: Articles, Newspaper Publicity, 1963-1965
Box 185
Folder 1: Newspaper Publicity, 1966
Folder 2: Articles & Pamphlets of E.E. Golden, 1966-2003
Folder 3-11: Newspaper Publicity (10 photos total), 1967-1974
Folder 12: Amoco: Farming 74, 1974
Folder 13: Magazine Publicity, 1975
Folder 14: Newspaper Publicity, 1975
Box 186
Folder 1: Magazine Publicity, 1976
Folder 2-7: Newspaper Publicity, 1976-1982
Folder 8: Press Releases - New Products, 1984-1999
Folder 9: Press Releases - Agronomy, 1984-1987
Folder 10: Press Releases - Marketing, 1984-1987
Folder 11: Press Releases - General, 1984-1987
Box 187
Folder 1: Press Releases - Operations/Production, 1984-1987
Folder 2: Press Releases - Research/Sales, 1984-1987
Folder 3: Press Releases - Yield Contest Winners, 1984-1987
Folder 4: Press Releases - Personnel, 1984-1987
Folder 5: Press Releases - Personnel, 1985-1986
Folder 6: Press Releases - Corporate News, 1985-1999
Folder 7: Detassler Publicity Recap, 1989
Folder 8: Biotech Publicity, 1990-1996
Box 188
Folder 1: Biotech Publicity, 1984, 1990-1994, no date
Folder 2: News Releases - DeKalb Poultry Sold, 1995
Folder 3: Press Coverage, 1996-1997
Folder 4: Press Releases - New Products, 1996-1998
Folder 5: Press Releases-General, 1997
Box 189
Folder 1: Press Releases- Corn, Soybeans, Sunflowers, 1997
Folder 2: Press Releases- Personnel, Corporation News, Agronomy, Research Alfalfa (1 photo), 1997
Folder 3: Press Releases- Miscellaneous, 1998
Box 190
Folder 1: Press Releases- Personnel, Corporation News, Agronomy, Research Alfalfa, Corn, Soybeans, Sunflowers, Grain Sorghum, Safety, 1998
Folder 2: SAPersepctive, 1998
Folder 3: Newspaper Paste-Ups - "This & That", 1998-1999
Folder 4: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Employee News, 1998-1999
Folder 5: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Yield Contest, 1998-1999
Folder 6-7: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Sales - Monsanto, 1998-1999
Folder 8: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Sale - Inforamtion Request, 1998-1999
Folder 9: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Merger Concerns, 1998-1999
Folder 10: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Pre-Sale, 1998-1999
Folder 11: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Short Announcements, 1998-1999
Folder 12: Internet New Clips, 1998-1999
Folder 13: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Monsanto AHP Merger, 1998-1999
Folder 14: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Monsanto-Cargill, 1998-1999
Box 191
Folder 1-3: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Corporate, 1998-1999
Folder 4: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Industry, 1998-1999
Folder 5: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Legal, 1998-1999
Folder 6: Newspaper Paste-Ups - "On the Move", 1998-1999
Folder 7-8: Newspaper Publicity, 1998-1999
Box 192
Folder 1: Newspaper Publicity, 1998-1999
Folder 2: "DeKalb Genetics: Hometown Company's Rise to World Class Corporation", in Farmland Seasons, 1998
Folder 3: Alice Feeders Supply - Hank Costilow, 1970
Folder 4: Charlie Gunn Interview, 1972
Folder 5: Nebraska News Articles, 1968, no date
Folder 6: Patents/Biotechnology Articles, 1990-2004
Folder 7: Articles, 1973, 1996-1997
Folder 8: Soybean & Sorghum Articles, 1995, no date
Folder 9: Swine Newspaper Articles, 1972-1992
Folder 10: Justus Dobesh Files - Newspaper Articles, 1958-1988
Folder 11: Farm Bureau Articles, 1957, 1966, 1973, 1976, 1998
Folder 12: DeKalb County Farmer - Gold Anniversary Edition, 1962
Folder 13: "The WLBK Reporter", 1962
Folder 14: Radio Station Inforamtional Pamphlets, Program Log, 1963
Folder 15-25: Press Day Packet (71 photos total), 1957, 1962-1964, 1966-1967, 1972-1976
Box 193
Folder 1: Communications Day Schedule, 1979-1981
Folder 2: 42nd Annual Communication Days Pamphlet, September 1981
Folder 3: Communication Days Inforamtion, 1983
Folder 4: Press Releases & Photos (7 photo), 1959, 1975, 1978, 1981
Folder 5: Publicity (13 photos), 1963
Folder 6: National Yield Masters Club Press Packet, 1977
Folder 7: Competitive Inforamtion, 1961-1963
Folder 8: Competitive File, 1962
Folder 9-11: Competitor Inforamtion - Pioneer Vs. DeKalb, 1970-1976,1980-1983
Box 193A
Folder 1: Competitor Inforamtion - Pioneer Vs. DeKalb, 1970-1976
Box 194
Folder 1-3: Competitor Inforamtion - Pioneer Vs. DeKalb, 1984-1993
Folder 4: Tsotsis files:Performance Inforamtion from Pioneer (with Plot Summary Reports for DeKalb), 1991
Folder 5: Pioneer Times - Competitor Newsletter- Mentions DeKalb, 1991
Folder 6: Tsotsis files: Notes & Correspondence Regarding Pioneer Seed Company, 1979
Folder 7: Competitor Companies' Literature, 1931, circa 1938, no date
Folder 8: Competitive Corn Literature, 1930-1946
Folder 9: Feed Analysis, 1962
Folder 10: Michigan Master Mix, 1961
Folder 11: Advertising Pamphlets, no date
Box 195
Folder 1: Joe Neylon Files - Correspondence Regarding New Equipment, 1982
Folder 2: Equipment, 1983
Folder 3: Combine Equipment, 1983
Folder 4: Blueprint - Haybaler from Texas A&M, 1954
Folder 5: Seed Replanting Application, no date
Folder 6: Alfalfa Stand Establishment Protection Program Grower Report, 1993
Folder 7: Customer Account Program, 1987
Folder 8: Dealer Credit Application, no date
Folder 9: Financing Chix, 1961
Folder 10: Extended Credit Program, 1980-1981
Folder 11: Early Cash Discount, 1981-1982
Folder 12: Customer Service Action Plans, 1994-1995
Folder 13: Customer Satisfaction Guarantee Booklet, 1996
Folder 14: Sunflower Customer Satisfaction Program, 1996
Folder 15: Customer Extended Terms Program, 1992
Folder 16: Customer Service Responsiveness Program, 1998
Folder 17: Customer Service Responsiveness Training for Premier Key & Dealers
Folder 18: Returned Goods, 1961
Folder 19: Home Turf Program - Program Description; Spending by Location Correspondence, 1990, 1993, 1995-1996
Box 196
Folder 1: Home Turf Program - Expenditures, Pettty Cash, Replacement Forms, Projects, Thank You Notes, Check Requests, Correspondence, 1995-1996
Folder 2: Home Turf Program - Location Report, Correspondence, 1997
Folder 3: Home Turf Program - Spending by Location, Description of Program Contacts, 1998-1999
Folder 4: Newspaper Paste-Ups - Home Turf, 1998-1999
Folder 5: Monsanto and DeKalb Ag Commitment to the DeKalb Community Publicity, 1982-1998
Folder 6-10: Planter Plate Inforamtion & Suggestions, 1940-1979
Folder 11: "Plateless Seed Sizes offer Precision and Value", Brochure, 1993
Folder 12: Planter Plate Information, 1994
Folder 13: Planter Plate Order Form, 1994
Folder 14: Planter Plate Suggestions Chart, 1996
Folder 15: Hybrid Sunflower Seed Size Samples, 1997
Folder 16: Planter Plate Inforamtion, no date
Folder 17: Delivery Program, 1963
Folder 18: Seed Delivery Program, 1967
Oversize Drawer 31
Folder 28: Planter Plate Information & Suggestion Posters (6), 1952, 1956, 1959, no date
Box 197
Folder 1-4: Seed Delivery Program, 1968-1971
Folder 5: Sales Promo Correspondence & Delivery Program, 1972
Folder 6: Sales Campaign, Correspondence, Delivery Program, 1973
Folder 7: Sales Promotion Correspondence/Seed Delivery Program, 1974
Folder 8: Joe Neylon Files - Delivery Program, 1987-1988
Folder 9: Seed Delivery Receipt Form, 1989
Box 198
Folder 1: Gro-Plan- Program Description, Ads, Newspaper Articles, 1970-1971
Folder 2: Gro Plan, 1973
Folder 3: Hired Truck Invoice, 1990
Folder 4: Company Truck Mileage Report Form, 1994
Folder 5: Fertilizer Consumption Since 1950, 1962
Folder 6: Records Retention Program, 2000
Folder 7: Membership Directory - Corn Items Collectors Association & Newsletter "The Bang Board", 1994
Folder 8: Requests for Memorabilia, Forms & Responses, 1998
Folder 9: Oral History Documentation, Release Forms, Interview Questions, 2004-2005
Folder 10: DeKalb Agricultural Museum- Feasibility Study, Part 1, 2005
Box 199
Folder 1: DeKalb Agricultural Museum- Feasibility Study, Part 2, 2005
Folder 2: Melton, Tom, 1963
Folder 3: Sorghum Field Sign Program - Correspondence, Orders, Shipping Tickets, 1960-1961
Folder 4: Field Signs, 1960
Folder 5: Neylon files: Field Sign Program, 1986-1987
Folder 6: Field Sign Report & Awards, 1989
Folder 7: Dealer Sign Order Form & Sign Erection Guidelines, 1992
Folder 8: Field Sign Report, 1993
Folder 9: Seed Corn Credit Certificate, 1994
Folder 10: Pfizer Telephone Directory, January 1982
Folder 11: Las Vegas Letterhead, 1990
Folder 12: Plane Schedule, 1962
Folder 13: Carr Speirs, 1961-1962
Folder 14: Federal Trade Commission, 1947-1956
Box 200
Folder 1: Federal Seed Act Regulations, 1960-1962
Folder 2: US Farm Policy - Wheel Chart to Calculate Expected Net Income Under Feed Grains Program, 1961
Folder 3: Congressional Action, 1962
Folder 4: Alleged Violations of Alabama Seed Law, 1963
Folder 5: Correspondence with Minnesota DOA Concerning Hybrid Corn Registration, 1998
Folder 6: Federal Seed Act Requirements, 1975-1976
Folder 7: Federal Labeling Laws, 1981
Folder 8: United States Department of Agriculture and DeKalb County Farm Bureau Booklets, 1962, 1975, 1980
Folder 9: Illinois Grain Dealers, American Seed Trade Association, 1962-1963
Folder 10: Speeches on World Hunger, 1977-1980
Folder 11: US Feed Grains Council - The 1st Quarter of a Century, 1960-1985, 1985
Folder 12: Articles on World Hunger, 1966-1967, 1971, 1974-1977, 1981-1982, no date
Folder 13: Booklets on World Hunger, 1962-1987
Folder 14: Realities & Prospects for World Food Production, 1984
Folder 15: Corn Field Days, 1961
Folder 16: State Fairs and Farm Shows, 1961
Folder 17-18: Shows & Fairs - Information, 1950-1979
Folder 19: Farm Progress Show, 1975
Folder 20: Field Day Brochure, 1977
Folder 21: Press Releases - Field Days, 1984-1987, 1987
Folder 22: Farm Progress Show Plot Sheets, 1994
Folder 23: Field Days Kit, no date
Folder 24: Poultry Farm Tour, no date
Folder 25: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to Congressman and Senators
Box 200A
Folder 1: Estimated World Population, 1976
Folder 2: National Grain Show, 1957
Folder 3: National Sorghum Show, 1959
Folder 4: Shows and Fairs, 1960, 1972
Box 201
Folder 1: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence Regarding Program Publicity, 1973
Folder 2: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence 1973 from Radio, TV, State Departments, Associations, 1973
Folder 3: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Promotional Statements, Articles& Letters, 1973
Folder 4: American Farmer Ad; Magazine Article, 1973
Folder 5: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Farm Industry News Mailing List Washington Reception/American Farmer Movie, 1974
Folder 6: American Farmer Program, 1973
Folder 7: American Farmer Program - General, 1973
Folder 8: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence from Congress, Senate, & Governors, 1973
Folder 9: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence & Corporations, 1973
Folder 10: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence from Companies
Folder 11: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Request for Mailing Lists, Returned Postcards with Comments/Feedback/Testimonials, 1973
Box 202
Folder 1: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Regarding Request for Materials, 1973
Folder 2: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to Crop Management Lists & Dealers, 1973
Folder 3: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to Daily & Weekly Newspapers, 1973
Folder 4: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to Newspaper Wire Services, 1973
Folder 5: Scherer file: Packet with Materials to Ag Relations Council, Deans, Colleges of Agriculture, State Vo-Ag Heads, NAMA, 1973
Folder 6: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to Farm Editors, 1973
Folder 7: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials sent to Radio Farm Directors, 1973
Folder 8: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Packet with Materials to District & Regional Managers, 1973
Folder 9: American Farmer Program - Packet Envelopes, 1973
Folder 10: American Farmer Program - Congressional Record, March 21-June 5, 1973
Folder 11: American Farmer Program - Articles with Program Advertising, 1973
Folder 12: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence from Brand Farms, Churches, Colleges & Universities, 1973
Folder 13: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - Correspondence from State of Commissions Forestry, Magazine & Publishing Companies, & Public Schools, 1973-1974
Folder 14: Scherer file: American Farmer Program - "Sign of the Times" Sign, 1976
Box 203
Folder 1: US Farm Policy Council - Correspondence, Program Information, Meeting Minutes & Notes, 1960-1962
Folder 2: USDA - Farm Income State Estimates, 1959-1974
Folder 3: "What the Public Says About Food, Farmers, and Agriculture"- Nationwide Survey, 1974
Folder 4: Reports on Seed Drying, Seed Production, Conservation, 1976-1977
Folder 5: "How Farmers Make Food - America's Best Buy", - A.O. Smith, 1985
Folder 6: United States Farm Policy - "Objectivity Would Help in Solving Farm Problems"
Box 203A
Folder 1: United States Farm Policy: "The Farmers Side of the Case," Saturday Evening Post, 1960
Folder 2: 4H Scholarship, Career Scholarship Ad Poster, 1975
Box 204
Folder 1-3: Educational Materials for Classes, 1942-1972
Folder 4: Vo-Ag School Test Plots; University of Illinois (U of I) Ag Ed Program Description, Miscellaneous Correspondence Survey, 1991-1993
Folder 5: Draft - "An Instructional Unit in the Scientific Evaluation of Corn Hybrids"
Folder 6: DeKalb Corn Achievement Program Description
Folder 7: DeKalb Achievement Program -Correspondence Regarding Program, Ungrade Survey, Summary of Program, 1970-1971
Folder 8-10: Corn Achievement Award, 1954-1972
Folder 11: DeKalb Corn Achievement Program - Inforamtion, Directory, Correspondence, 1970
Folder 12: DeKalb Corn Achievement Award - Correspondence Regarding Banquets & Awards, 1970
Folder 13: Vo-Ag Achievement Awards - Correspondence, Program Description, Corn Projects, 1971
Folder 14: Sorghum Achievement Program, no date
Folder 15: Poultry Achievement Project, 1953-1961
Folder 16-18: DeKalb Achievement Award Newspaper Clips, 1969-1971
Folder 19: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award Samples, 1992-1993, no date
Folder 20: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award Brochure, 1998
Box 205
Folder 1-4: Agricultural Accomplishment Award Inforamtion, 1947-1974
Folder 5: Vo-Ag Instructor Materials; Agricultural Accomplishment Award; Corn Achievement Project, 1972
Folder 6: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Awards, Newspaper Clippings, 1976
Folder 7-8: Ag Accomplishment Awards News Clips Parts 1-2, 1998-1999
Box 206
Folder 1: Ag Accomplishment Awards News Clips Parts 3, 1998-1999
Folder 2: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award - Description of Program Promo Material Summaries, 1984, 1988, 1992-1993
Folder 3: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award - Program Stats, Forms, Updates, & Award, 1992, 1996
Folder 4: DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award - Thank You Notes, 2001
Folder 5: 4H Agribusiness Careers Scholarship - Memorandum of Understanding, 4-H and DeKalb Ag, 1972-1975
Folder 6-11: 4H Agribusiness Careers Scholarship - Correspondence, Press  Release, 1972-1978
Folder 12: Correspondence Regarding the Amy Todd Fleming Award Fund, 1996
Folder 13: The National Future Farmer, 1970-1972
Folder 14: National  Future Farmers of America (FFA) College & Vocational/Technical School Scholarship Program Application Form, 1997
Folder 15: National Future Farmers of America: Booklets-Convention Welcome List, Career Information, Convention Program,  Future Farmers of America (FFA) Magazine, 1970
Folder 16: National Future Farmers of America Correspondence, Hotel Bills, 1970
Folder 17: National Future Farmers of America, Kansas, Missouri Convention, Guest Button, 1970
Folder 18: National Future Farmers of America, Kansas, Missouri Convention, Name Tag and Program, 1970-1971
Folder 19: National Future Farmers of America Correspondence, Articles, Awards, and Thank You Cards, 1970-1971
Box 207
Folder 1: National Future Farmers of America-Convention Report, Award Winners Invite, FFA Mag, Alumni Application, 1971
Folder 2: National Future Farmers of America Kansas City Convention, Correspondence regarding Institutional Alumni Association Membership, 1971
Folder 3-25: Oscars in Agriculture, 1961-1982, 1986-2000
Folder 26-29: Corn Growing Contest (56 photos), 1938-1941
Box 208
Folder 1-6: Corn Growing Contest (159 photos total), 1942-1947
Box 209
Folder 1-6: Junior Corn Growing Contest (69 photos), 1954-1959
Folder 7: 5 Acre Corn Growing Contest, 1938-1950
Folder 8: DeKalb 200 Club Contest, 1961
Folder 9: 200 Club Summary of Cultural Practices, 5 Acre Corn Growing Contest Summary, 1961
Folder 10: 200 Bushel Club, 1962-1963
Folder 11: DeKalb "200" Bushel Club(22 photos), 1968
Box 210
Folder 1-4: DeKalb "200" Bushel Club Corn (112 photos), 1969-1972
Folder 5-6: National 200 Bushel Club Information, Meeting Information, and Members (22 photos), 1973-1974
Folder 7-8: Corn Yield Masters Club Booklet, 1977, 1979
Folder 9: Corn High Yield Winner- Clyde Hight, 1965-1967
Folder 10: Corn High Yield Winner- Roy Lynn Junior, 1978
Box 211
Folder 1: Yieldmasters Club Meeting Information, Members; Booklets- Crop Management & 5 Point Profit Program, 1974
Folder 2: Yieldmaster Honor Roll, 1975
Folder 3: Yieldmasters Club Meeting Information, Members; Booklets- Crop Management & 5 Point Profit Program, 1975
Folder 4-5: Yieldmasters Club (1 photo), 1975-1976
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings: Yieldmasters Club and Personnel, 1975-1976
Folder 7: Yieldmasters Club Meeting Information, Members; Booklets- Crop Management, Swine, Pullets, Lindsay, Hybrids, 1976
Folder 8-9: Yieldmaster Club Meeting Correspondence, 1977
Box 212
Folder 1-2: Yieldmaster Club Meeting Correspondence, 1978
Folder 3: Yieldmasters Club- Entries/Summaries, 1979
Folder 4: Yieldmasters Club: Corn, Sorghum , Silage, Wheat, Sunflowers, 1981-1982
Folder 5: Yield Contest Winners, 1984-1987
Folder 6-10: Silage Yield Masters Club, 1966, 1969, 1972-1976
Folder 11: News Releases: Iowa Masters Club (4 p, 2 proof sheet), 1969
Folder 12: Iowa Masters Club Winners (2 photos), 1970
Folder 13-14: Iowa Masters Club Photos (16 photos), 1971-1972
Folder 15-17: Iowa Masters Club (1 photo), 1973-1976
Folder 18: Forage Yield Program Forms, 1961
Folder 19: Sorghum Yield Masters Club, 1974-1976
Folder 20: Sorghum Masters Club Information and Highlighted Members (15 photo), 1969
Box 213
Folder 1-4: DeKalb Sorghum Masters Club (104 photos total), 1969, 1971-1972
Folder 5: DeKalb Sorghum Masters Club Meeting- Program Inforamtion, Members, 1973
Folder 6: Sorghum Yield Contest - Correspondence, Contest Inforamtion, Ads, 1961-1962
Folder 7-8: Worlds Greatest Sorghum Show - Ads, Correspondence, 1959, 1961
Box 214
Folder 1: Worlds Greatest Sorghum Show - Ads, Correspondence, 1963
Folder 2: Worlds Greatest Sorghum Show Winner
Folder 3: 5 Acre Yield Contest Correspondence, Contest Information, Sample Award, 1962-1963
Folder 4: Wheat Yield Masters, 1975
Folder 5-7: 300 Egg Club, 1966-1968
Folder 8: Chix Honors Booklets, 1968-1979
Folder 9-10: Seed Honors Booklets, 1962-1979
Folder 11: Contest Winners, 1984
Folder 12: NGSPA Yield & Management Contest, 1985
Folder 13: Yield Contest Program Information, Kansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, 1995
Folder 14: Yield Contest Postcards, 1996
Folder 15: Yield Contests, Corn, Sorghum & Soybean: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kentucky, South Dakota, North Dakota, 1996-1997
Folder 16: Other Contest Winners - Photos and Articles (45p), 1952-1972
Box 215
Folder 1: DeKalb Master Dealer Award - Correspondence, Award Descriptions, 1976
Folder 2: Dealers Honors Booklets, 1976-1980
Folder 3: Sudax Achievement Certificate (Blank), 1970
Folder 4: Sales Recognition Brochures, 1986-1991
Folder 5: Sales Awards, 1989-1996
Folder 6: Certificate of Achievement (Blank), 1972
Folder 7: Safe Driver Award Booklet & Accident Prevention Form, 1954-1958
Folder 8: Plant Safety Awards Program, 1992-1998
Folder 9: Brochure & Letterhead - "Chairman's Quality Award Brochure,", 1996
Folder 10: Chairman's Quality Award, 1999
Folder 11: Awards Reception Invite, 1998
Folder 12: Blank Certificates - Various Awards, 1964-1976
Folder 13: Winners Circle Ribbons, 1992
Folder 14: Agricultural Relations Council Founder's Award, 1986
Folder 15: "Agri-Marketing", featuring Bruce Bickner, 1999
Folder 16: Agri-Marketer of the Year-Bruce Bickner, 1999
Folder 17: DeKalb Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year Award", 1996
Folder 18: Personnel- C.L. Gunn, 1918-1974
Folder 19: Charlie Gunn in Ortonville, 1941
Folder 20: Personnel- H.H. Parke, 1957
Folder 21: Personnel-R.N. Rasmusen, 1958-1964, 1979
Folder 22: Personnel- Thomas H. Roberts, 1967
Folder 23: Orlando Fagioli Correspondence, 1962
Folder 24: Daniel, Junior, Edgar A., 1963
Folder 25: Personnel- R.C. Nelson, 1971
Folder 26: E.E. Golden files: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles on Oak Crest Retirement Center and Correspondence Regarding Roberts Land, 1980-1985
Folder 27: E.E. Golden - Articles, Recognition Program, United States, 1955-1970
Folder 28: E.E. Golden Correspondence and Articles, 1980-1987
Folder 29: Obituaries, Death Notices, Remembrances, 1957-2005
Folder 30: Obituaries, 1964, 1974
Folder 31: Funeral Card for Sidney Rasmussen, 1951
Folder 32: Personnel- William Eckhardt, 1959
Folder 33: Funeral Program for Glen Strungfield, 1975
Folder 34: Charlie Roberts Files:  Articles after his Death, 2005
Box 216
Folder 1: Letters for Commemorative Book for Roberts Family, 1998
Folder 2: Silver Anniversary Memory Book and Congratulatory Card, Corn Breeding, 1925-1950
Folder 3: Bill Sharp's Biographical Sketch, 1987
Folder 4: 30th Anniversary, Thomasboro, Illinois Research Farm Sample Invites, 1998
Folder 5: Farm Survey Form - Corn/Farming Practices, 1945
Folder 6: Farm Survey - Corn & Chix, 1947
Folder 7: Postcard Replies (3), no date
Folder 8: Sycamore Preserve Works, 1932-1944
Box 216A
Folder 1: Retirement Poster-Charlie Roberts, no date
Folder 2: List of Patents from 1986-1988, 1986-1988
Folder 3: Public Auction Sale Notices, 1984
Folder 4: District Sales Managers Bill of Rights, no date
Folder 5: Commodities Posters for Exhibit, no date
Folder 6: Food For Thought, Placemat Design Contest sponsored by DeKalb County  Farm Bureau- winner placemats, 2006
Oversize Drawer 32
Folder 1: Sorghum Bumper Sticker
Folder 2: Coverage Maps (3), June 1978

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