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George Washington Carver Digital Collection Now Available
10-Mar-2010 Newsletter article

George Washington CarverThe George Washington Carver digital collection is now available through the Library's Local Digital Collection. This collection highlights materials from the Special Collections Department and includes letters, photographs and Carver's master's thesis "Plants as Modified by Man." The letters are mostly his correspondence with Dr. Louis H. Pammel documenting his memories of Iowa State and his work at Tuskegee Institute (now University).

The educator, scholar, inventor, and artist, was Iowa State University's first African American student and faculty member. He graduated with both his bachelor's and master's degrees in botany, in particular, plant pathology and mycology. He is notably remembered for the hundreds of products he invented from peanuts, but he also developed products from soy beans, sweet potatoes and other indigenous plants of the South. These products contributed to the rural economic improvement by offering alternative crops to cotton that were beneficial for the farmers and for the land.

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Additional digital collections are available through the Digital Collection homepage. Currently, these collections include Alexander Lippisch drawings and photographs, Fashion Plates, works of Christian Petersen, Descartes Pascal photographs, and George Washington Carver. Collections continue to be added, so please check back every once in a while to see what's new.

Please contact Digital Initiatives in the Preservation Department if you have comments or questions hseo@iastate.edu.

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