GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER UNSIGNED 07/21/1932 - HFSID 217906
Sale Price $1,190.00
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
George Washington Carver sends an autograph letter to a former student.
Autograph Letter Unsigned, 2p, 8½x11. Tuskegee, Alabama, 1932 July 21. On letterhead of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute to former student "My very own precious boy, Mr. Davis". In full: "The letter that I appreciate most of all comes from my dear, handsome boy in Girard. To be sure, dear, it is useless for you to discuss letting up, you have just begun to grow, it is a part of the Great [illegible] plan for you. You don't need to discuss being worthy of my friendship, you please me from every angle, you are my ideal young man, and my own precious boy, who I can have the privilege of watching grow and develop into the worlds work in a big way. I dont (sic) agree with you dear, you are unusually good when it comes to collecting. Your observation is pleasingly acute and correct. I have just finished identifying our specimens, collected Sunday. Everyone you collected was excellent. In fact my dear handsome boy don't know his powers. Just as well that you dont, (sic) because you will be made happier having these discoveries down upon you. You are going to do any work well that you take up. Your interesting and special type of mind will soon unravel some very knotty problems. I am so glad you are this near to me and working with such fine people, who will not object to you coming over as often as it can be arranged. I too would live to have you near enough to see you every day. Some -how I believe it will be arranged so that we can be together oftener. Last Sunday was truly a red letter day for me. I have been so happy ever since. I get so much joy out of sending you those little things from time to time. Dear, I know you will be enthused and delighted when you get far enough along." 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. Overall, fine condition.
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