New 4-H Collections Now Available in the Special Collections Department

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12-Dec-2012 Newsletter article

The University Archives recently received several new 4-H collections which include record books, correspondence, newsletters, news clippings 4-H uniforms, buttons, pins, and photographs. One of these donations was the Junior Eugene Ellis Papers, an Iowa State alumnus (1941) who was involved in 4-H and Extension for much of his life. Ellis joined 4-H as a member of the Union's Pride 4-H Club where he completed projects related to pigs, lambs, and corn. After graduating from Iowa State in 1941, he was the County Club Agent (1941-1942) in Clinton County. He joined the Army in 1942 and served in World War II. Later, he was the County Extension Director (1947-1950) in Sioux County. He then was a soils Extension agent (Wright County) with the University of Minnesota, and later an area soils specialist for six counties.

The Junior Eugene Ellis Papers (1929-1946, undated) include artifacts, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, programs, and record books. Ellis' 4-H record books showcase the kind of records kept by 4-H members and document the activities and events Ellis participated in as a 4-H member. His record books contain essays about his club work, summaries of his 4-H activities, programs from local 4-H meetings, club rules, letters of recommendation, and photographs of 4-H events. The collection also contains artifacts related to Ellis' 4-H activities and his career as a County Extension Director. Artifacts from Ellis' trip to the National 4-H Club Congress include a beanie, stocking hats, flashlights from International Harvester Company, name tags, and medals.

More information on the collection can be found in the finding aid:

If you have questions regarding these collections, please contact the Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library at 515-294-4216, or visit our website at

Artifacts from the Junior Eugene Ellis Papers
Artifacts from the Junior Eugene Ellis Papers

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