The Edward J. Wickson Papers pertain to agriculture in California, which Wickson studied and taught during his 34 years as
a professor and later Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of California. The papers include many works by
and about experimental horticulturalist Luther Burbank such as articles, correspondence, and duplicates of Burbank's scrapbooks.
Born on August 3, 1848 in Rochester, New York, Edward James Wickson devoted much of his life to agricultural research. In
1872, he graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Wickson was elected secretary of the New York Dairymen's Association
in 1871. He organized the first dairy association in California in 1876. Wickson started at the University of California in
1879 as a lecturer in Practical Agriculture, was promoted to Assistant Professor of Agriculture in 1891, and in 1897 became
a Professor of Agricultural Practice and Superintendent of Agricultural Extension courses. From 1906-1912, he served as the
Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. From 1905-1906 he reviewed nearly
seventy sites on which to locate the University Farm.
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