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Celebrate George Washington Carver's 150th Birthday and His Legacy at Iowa State

09-Apr-2014 Newsletter article

George Washington Carver:  born a slave, he received two degrees from Iowa Agricultural College (Iowa State University), and gained an international reputation during his career at Tuskegee University.  Although Carver's exact birthdate is unknown, he was born around 1864 and many will celebrate this year as the 150th anniversary of his birth. 

Carver's research resulted in the creation of 325 products from peanuts, more than 100 products from sweet potatoes, and hundreds more from a dozen other plants native to the South. These products contributed to rural economic improvement and offered alternative crops to cotton that were beneficial for the farmers and the land. The Digital Collections at Iowa State University Library includes images of Carver as well as letters and correspondence between Carver and Iowa State Colleagues, and the majority of which is to Carver’s mentor, Dr. Louis Pammel, on a variety of scientific topics.

Only a portion of the George Washington Carver collection housed in the Special Collections Department is represented in the digital collection. A complete list of Carver materials is available through the Special Collections website.

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences plans a George Washington Carver Life and Legacy Symposium on April 23, 2014, which will focus on encouraging future "George Washington Carver" students at Iowa State.  The Special Collections Department will participate in the Symposium’s Poster Session, and highlight a selection of the diverse students who followed in Carver’s footsteps at Iowa State.  For more information, follow the symposium link. 

George Washington Carver at graduation

George Washington Carver

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