GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/12/1932 - HFSID 217882
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to a former student.
Autograph Letter Signed: "G. W. Carver", 2p, 6x9¼. Columbus, Mississippi, 1932 May 12. On letterhead of The Gilmore Hotel to former student "My dear Mr. Davis". In full: "This is just to extend to you greetings and to tell you how very, very much I enjoyed your visit, last Sat. I rarely find a mind that grasps a situation more readily than yours. You haven't an ordinary mind by any means, it is reaching out and struggling for development. I shall consider it a personal favor if you will come by often. I am anxious for you to give your microscopic work, I want to consult with you about some other things also. How I wish I had met you earlier. Hope to reach home May 21st. Most sincerely yours," George Washington Carver (circa 1860-1943) had received a degree in Agricultural Science in 1894 from Iowa State Agricultural College. He was appointed the Director of Agricultural Research at Tuskegee Institute by its founder, Booker T. Washington, in 1896, the year Carver earned his master's degree from Iowa. Serving at Tuskegee for the next 47 years, Carver developed over 300 uses for peanut by-products and 100 product uses for sweet potatoes and soybeans. Beginning in mid-1930, Carver began offering his expertise to Grady Porter, a researcher with the Tom Huston Company, a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. Porter was experimenting with planting Virginia-type peanuts in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, and, after the experimental crops failed, Carver diagnosed plant diseases that were ruining more than 20 percent of the crop. He detailed his findings in "Some Peanut Diseases", which was published by Porter and his fellow researcher, Bob Barry, in February 1931. After Porter and Barry sent 5,000 copies of Carver's report to peanut farmers, shelling plants and agencies, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the USDA recognized Carver as a "gifted naturalist", and beginning in 1935, Carver collaborated on the agency's Plant Disease Survey. Amazingly, the Tom Huston Company, which shared Carver's genuine concern for Southern farmers, had been the only company of its kind to take advantage of Carver's scientific advice. In addition to his research, Carver frequently corresponded with "his boys", students who showed particular promise while at Tuskegee and young men, who attended various schools throughout the country (most had met Carver at a lecture). Carver's correspondence provided these students with support and encouragement in their studies and goals. Light show through of writing on verso. 2 file holes at upper margin nick 2 words on verso. Fold creases not near signature. Lightly soiled and chipped at upper margin. Overall, fine condition.
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