Inventory of the Edward J. Wickson Papers

Melissa Tyler and Anne Rapaport
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Wickson, Edward J. (Edward James), 1848-1923
Title: Edward J. Wickson Papers
Date: 1874-1923
Date (bulk): (1900-1920 bulk)
Extent: 2 linear feet
Abstract: 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.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-037
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

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.
Wickson admired experimental horticulturalist Luther Burbank (1849-1926) and wrote about him in Luther Burbank; Man, Methods and Achievements, published in 1902. Wickson's other writings include The California Fruits and How to Grow Them (1889), The California Vegetables in Garden and Field (1898), and Rural California (1923). He began working with The Pacific Rural Press in 1875, was named a special contributor in 1894 and was the editor from 1899 until 1923. He died on July 16, 1923.
Sources:
Scheuring, Ann. Abundant Harvest: The History of the University of California, Davis. Davis: The Regents of the University of California, 2001.
Stadtman, Verne A. The Centennial Record of the University of California. Berkeley: UC Printing Department, 1967.

Scope and Content

The Edward J. Wickson Papers spans the years of 1874-1923. The bulk of the material dates between 1900 and 1920. The majority of the documents in this collection are about Luther Burbank with some pertaining to the University of California, College of Agriculture. The papers are arranged into two series: 1. Material Related to Luther Burbank and 2. Material Related to Other Topics.
The first series, Material Related to Luther Burbank, contains Wickson's Burbank-related correspondence, works by and about Burbank, and Burbank's Scrapbooks. There are seventy pieces of correspondence between Burbank and Wickson. Letters from publisher Oscar Binner include editing notes for a manuscript that Burbank and Wickson wrote together. The second series, Material Related to Other Topics, contains correspondence to and from Wickson and Wickson's writing and speeches, related to his own research and to the College of Agriculture.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged into two series: 1. Material Related to Luther Burbank and 2. Material Related to Other Topics.

Related collections

The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley holds 1.5 linear feet of Edward J. Wickson Papers.
The Library of Congress holds the Luther Burbank Papers.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wickson, Edward J. (Edward James), 1848-1923--Archives.
Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926
University of California (1868-1952). College of Agriculture
Agriculture-California
Horticulture--History

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by the library in 1972 with additional materials added in 2002.

Processing Information

Special Collections intern, Anne Rapaport, and Manuscript and Photograph Curator, Melissa Tyler, arranged this collection and created its finding aid. Collections Manager Sara Gunasekara encoded the online finding aid.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward J. Wickson Papers, D-037, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Material Related to Luther Burbank 1874-1920

Physical Description: 92 folders

Scope and Content Note

Wickson created or collected this material related to Luther Burbank. Arranged in six subseries: Wickson's Correspondence Related to Burbank, Wickson's Works about Burbank, Others' Works about Burbank, Burbank's Works, Extracts from Burbank's Scrapbooks, and Ephemera Related to Burbank.
 

Subseries 1.1 Wickson's Correspondence Related to Burbank 1900-1920

Physical Description: 36 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Includes Wickson's outgoing, incoming, and collected correspondence with or about Burbank. Wickson is the recipient rather than the author of most of these letters.
Box 1:1

Andrews, H. 1905

Box 1:2

The Atlantic Monthly, the editors 1905

Physical Description: Wickson's manuscript enclosed.
Box 1:3

Bailey, L.H. 1903

Box 1:4

Bell, Claude J. 1907

Box 1:5

Binner, Oscar E. 1902-1912

Physical Description: 75 letters with enclosures.
Box 1:6

Boddie, V.B. 1909

Box 1:7

Brackett, G.B. 1901

Box 1:8

Brauton, Ernest 1906-1909

Box 1:9

Burbank, Luther 1900-1920

Physical Description: 70 letters with enclosures.
Box 1:10

Card, Fred 1902

Box 1:11

Chambers, Charles 1909

Box 1:12

Christy, S.P. 1913

Box 1:13

Coates, Leonard 1910

Box 1:14

Collingwood, H.W. 1909

Box 1:15

DeLoach, R.J.H. 1908

Box 1:16

Horsburgh, J. 1901-1905

Physical Description: Reviews of Wickson's Sunset Magazine articles enclosed.
Box 1:17

John, Robert 1912

Box 1:18

Johnson, Joseph 1901-1902

Box 1:19

Jordan, David Starr 1911

Box 1:20

Kruckeberg, H.W. 1907

Box 1:21

Lanier, Charles D. 1905

Box 1:22

Leib, S.F. 1901-1902

Box 1:23

Lilienthal, Hugo 1909-1910

Box 1:24

Lyon, Thomas undated

Box 1:25

McDonald, M. 1902

Box 1:26

Miller, Wilhelm 1904

Box 1:27

Morrow, W.W. 1905

Box 1:28

Page, Walter 1905

Box 1:29

Rinner, John 1914

Box 1:30

Saunders, William 1902

Box 1:31

Smith, C.B. 1902

Box 1:32

Sunset Magazine, the editors 1905-1911

Box 1:33

Taylor, Arthur 1902

Box 1:34

Wheeler, Benjamin Ide 1902-1903

Box 1:35

Woodbury, C. 1909

Box 1:36

Unidentified 1908

 

Subseries 1.2 Wickson's Works about Burbank 1899-1913

Physical Description: 11 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title. Includes manuscripts, notes, and clippings of articles written by Wickson about Burbank.
Box 1:37

Life and Work of Luther Burbank, manuscripts 1902

Box 1:38

Luther Burbank and His New Environment, manuscripts undated

Box 1:39-42, Box 2:1

Luther Burbank: Man, Methods and Achievements, manuscripts circa 1902

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographic negative of Burbank.
Box 2:2

"Luther Burbank Story," clipping 1913 February 8

Box 2:3

"Mr. Burbank's Work," clipping 1905 October 21

Box 2:4

The Plant Breeding of Luther Burbank, "Preface," manuscripts undated

Box 2:5

[Remarks at Fruit Growers' Convention], notes 1899

 

Subseries 1.3 Others' Works about Burbank 1905-1913

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by author. Wickson collected these articles written by other authors about Burbank.
Box 2:6

Beaty, John, "The Boyhood of Luther Burbank," clipping 1913 July

Box 2:7

DeVries, Hugo, California Fruit: A Visit to Luther Burbank, typed copy undated

Box 3:1

Gregory, Thomas J., "Luther Burbank: Traveler in Plantland," in History of Sonoma County, California, typed copy 1911

Box 2:8

Reynolds, C.P., "Burbank As He Is," clipping 1905 June 1

Box 2:9

Unidentified author, "Burbank Again," clipping 1907 February

Box 2:10

Unidentified author, "A Worthy Tribute to Luther Burbank," clipping undated

 

Subseries 1.4 Burbank's Works 1906-1912

Physical Description: 25 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title. Includes articles, letters to the editor, and remarks by Burbank in the form of clippings, a typed copy, and a periodical. Also included are Wickson's copies of drafts of chapters of Burbank's twelve-volume work, Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application (1914-1915).
Box 2:11

"How to Produce New Flowers and Fruits," clipping undated

Box 2:12

"Large Profit in Growing Walnuts," in For California 1906 April

Box 2;13

Letters to the editor of The Rural New Yorker, clippings undated

Box 3:2

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Bulbs" undated

Box 3:3

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Cactus" undated

Box 3:4

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Climbing Vines" undated

Box 3:5

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Climbing Vines (large)" undated

Box 3:6

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Desert Succulents (other than Palms)" undated

Box 3:7

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Everlasting Plants" undated

Box 3:8

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Ferns" undated

Box 3:9

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Forage Plants" undated

Box 3:10

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Forage Plants (clover)" undated

Box 3:11

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Forage Plants (giant ornamental grasses)" undated

Box 3:12

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Forage Plants (rushes, ornamental, etc)" undated

Box 3:13

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Gourds" undated

Box 3:14

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Medieval, Etc. Fruit Trees and Vines" undated

Box 3:15

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Mistletoe, Parasitic Plants" undated

Box 3:16

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Orchids" undated

Box 3:17

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Palms" undated

Box 3:18

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Potato" undated

Box 3:19

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Textile Plants" undated

Box 3:20

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Vegetable and Garden Plants" 1911-1912

Box 3:21

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Water and Bog Plants" undated

Box 3:22

Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application, "Miscellaneous Plants" undated

Box 3:23

"Remarks at Fruit Growers Convention" 1911

 

Subseries 1.5 Extracts from Burbank's Scrapbooks 1874-1911

Physical Description: 14 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in chronological order. Contains Wickson's duplicates of extracts from Burbank's scrapbooks. Includes typed copies of articles, clippings, letters, notes, and speeches by Burbank and other authors.
Box 3:24

Scrapbook 1, extracts 1874-1895

Box 4:1

Scrapbook 2, extracts 1896-1901

Box 4:2

Scrapbook 3, extracts 1901-1904

Box 4:3

Scrapbooks (unidentified numbers), extracts 1901-1905; undated

Scope and Content Note

Fragments from several scrapbooks.
Box 4:4

Scrapbook 4, extracts 1902-1905

Box 4:5

Scrapbook 5, extracts 1905

Box 4:6

Scrapbook 6, extracts 1905-1906

Box 4:7

Scrapbook 7, extracts 1906-1907

Box 4:8

Scrapbook 8, extracts 1907-1908

Box 4:9

Scrapbook 9, extracts 1908

Box 4:10

Scrapbook 10, extracts 1909

Box 4:11

Scrapbook 11, extracts 1909-1910

Box 4:12

Scrapbook 12, extracts 1910-1911

Physical Description: page 1
Box 4:13

Scrapbook 13, extracts 1910-1911

 

Subseries 1.6 Ephemera Related to Burbank 1911-1914

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Includes promotional material for Burbank's books and horticultural productions.
Box 4:14

Clippings and flyers 1911-1914

 

Series 2 Material Related to Other Topics 1895-1923

Physical Description: 51 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged in three subseries: Wickson's Correspondence Related to Other Topics, Wickson's Works about Other Topics, and Others' Works about Other Topics. Materials are not related to Luther Burbank.
 

Subseries 2.1 Wickson's Correspondence Related to Other Topics 1896-1923

Physical Description: 6 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by sender. Contains Wickson's correspondence, not related to Burbank.
Box 5:1

Clarke, Professor 1896

Box 5:2

Empson, J.H. 1908-1914

Box 5:3

Grady, K. (Chancellor) 1922-1923

Box 5:4

Hews, Bert 1920

Box 5:5

Roeding, George 1911

Box 5:6

Wilson, G.H. 1915

 

Subseries 2.2 Wickson's Works about Other Topics 1895-1923

Physical Description: 44 folders

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title. Contains Wickson's articles, speeches and manuscripts, not related to Burbank.
Box 5:7

"Memoranda on Agricultural Education" circa 1900

Box 5:8

"Agricultural Education and Development" 1912

Box 5:9

"Artistic Arrangement at Flower Shows" undated

Box 5:10

"The California Citrus Industry" 1911

Box 5:11

"The California Fruit Industry" 1904 1913

Box 5:12

"California Garden Calendar" 1905

Box 5:13

"California's Leadership in Alfalfa" 1913

Box 5:14

"California Nurserymen of the Fourth Decade" 1919

Box 5:15

"California Nurserymen of the Fifth and Sixth Decades" 1920

Box 5:16

"Citrus Fruit in Northern California" 1917

Box 5:17

"Dairy Industry" undated

Box 5:18

"The Development of California Fruit Industries" 1917

Box 5:19

"The Development of California Fruit Industries" 1920

Box 5:20

"Do We Need New Varieties of Commercial Fruit?" 1915

Box 5:21

"Editorial" 1923

Box 5:22

"The Eleventh National Irrigation Congress" undated

Box 5:23

"Farmers Institute" 1904

Box 5:24

, "A Few Facts About Beneficial Insects" undated

Box 5:25

"Regarding Forecasting the Future of California" circa 1900

Box 5:26

"Forestry Education in California" 1902

Box 5:27

"Fruit Gardens of the Pacific Coast" 1903

Box 5:28

, "Hot Air Furnaces for House Heating in California" 1895

Box 5:29

"How the Agricultural Colleges Best Serve the Farmers in Solving Rural Problems" 1909

Box 5:30

"In Praise of Trees" circa 1923

Box 5:31

"Irrigation" circa 1900

Box 5:32

"Ladies and Gentlemen" undated

Box 5:33

Multiplication of Beauty and Wealth" 1911 1923

Box 5:34

"Must the Apple Go to the Mountain?" undated

Box 5:35

"Opinion Upon the Choice of the Davisville Site" circa 1907

Box 5:36

"Orange Growing" circa 1904-1905

Box 5:37

"Progress of Pomology in America" circa 1903-1904

Box 5:38

"The Present Conditions of California's Fruit Industries" circa 1903

Box 5:39

The Prune in California 1916

Box 5:40

"Ralph Palmer Merritt" circa 1920

Box 5:41

"Reading and Correspondence Courses, University Extension Agriculture" undated

Box 5:42

"Remarks of E.J. Wickson on the Unveiling of the Bust of E.W. Hilgard" 1912

Box 5:43

"Suggestions on Policies in the Improvement of University Grounds" circa 1907

Box 5:44

"Voting on Amendment 11" undated

Box 5:45

"What California has Done for Fruit Growing" circa 1910

Box 5:46

"What Fruit Growing is Doing for California" 1903

Box 5:47

"Why California for Farming?" circa 1921

Box 5:48

"Why California Leads the World in Fruits" 1915

Box 5:49

Fragment undated

Box 5:50

Notes 1904 undated

 

Subseries 2.3 Others' Works about Other Topics 1904

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 5:51

Wing, Joseph, "A Chat About Agricultural Colleges" 1904