James Blair Kendrick (1893-1962) served as Plant Pathologist and Professor of Plant
Pathology at the Berkeley and Davis campuses of the University of California from 1927-1960. The collection
contains fifty-six letters, the majority of which are written from Kendrick to Max Gardner (1890-1979). The
letters discuss the early years of the Plant Pathology Department at the University of California, Davis, among
James Blair Kendrick, Sr. was born in Clover, South Carolina on August 13, 1893. He earned a B.S. from Clemson
College in 1916, and an M.S. in 1919 from Iowa State University. From 1919-1924, he served as Assistant Botanist
in the Agricultural Experiment Station at Purdue University. In 1924 he returned to Iowa State University and
received his Ph.D. in 1925. He then resumed his career at Purdue where he remained until July 1, 1927, when he
became Associate Plant Pathologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of California.
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