Information for Researchers
Collection Title: Walter Eugene Packard papers,
Date (inclusive): 1899-1966
Collection Number: BANC MSS 67/81 c
Creator: Packard, Walter E. (Walter Eugene), 1884-1966
Number of containers: 11 boxes, 15 cartons, oversize portfolio
Linear feet: 22
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library 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 reader.
[Identification of item], Walter Eugene Packard papers, BANC MSS 67/81 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Material Cataloged Separately
Photographs transferred to Bancroft Pictorial Collections. (Photographic materials classified as
Identifier/Call Number: 1967.009--PIC.
Others transferred to
Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1964.075--PIC
Copies of letters to Sophia Maria (Smith) Leonard from Richard Realf removed to the Richard Realf Papers
Identifier/Call Number: (BANC MSS 80/139 z)
Walter Eugene Packard was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1884, the son of Clara Adelaide (Fish) and Samuel Ware Packard. After
high school he attended Iowa State College at Ames, graduating in 1907 with the degree of Bachelor of Scientific Agriculture.
In 1909 he received his M.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and married Emma Lou Leonard, also a 1907
graduate of Iowa State College. Their first home was in El Centro where Packard worked for the University of California College
of Agriculture to establish and then supervise the Imperial Valley Experimental Farm. In 1917 he moved to Berkeley as Assistant
State Leader of Farm Advisors. He was granted leave of absence from April to July, 1919 to serve in the Army Education Corps
as consultant to returning soldiers interested in obtaining land. While still on leave he both studied and taught economics
at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shortly after returning to Berkeley, Packard accepted the position of
superintendent of the Delhi State Land Settlement, a University of California sponsored project. He resigned in 1924 and became
a private consultant. From 1926 -1929 he worked for the Mexican government as Jefe del Departamento Agronómico de 1a Comisión
Nacional de Irrigación, making reconnaisance studies of potential irrigation projects. Returning to California he spent the
next several years engaged in consulting work including a study of potential benefits of the proposed Central Valley Project
and the feasibility of the Columbia River Basin Project. From 1933 to 1938 Packard worked with the Agricultural Adjustment
Administration and then the Rural Resettlement Administration becoming Regional Director and finally National Director. Consulting
work from 1939 to 1945 included a study of Linn County, Oregon for the Farm Security Administration and a report on the Central
Valley Project for the Haynes Foundation. In 1945 he became land consultant to Rexford Guy Tugwell, Governor of Puerto Rico,
and in 1948 went to Greece, first as irrigation specialist for the American Mission for Aid to Greece and then as chief of
land reclamation for the Economic Cooperation Administration.
The Packards returned to their Berkeley home in 1954 when Mr. Packard retired. Until shortly before his death in 1966 Mr.
Packard remained actively involved in numerous organizations and projects concerned with public power, conservation, world
peace, improved conditions for the farm laborer, and other social and economic problems.
The papers, which reflect his varied and active life, were given to The Bancroft Library by Mr. Packard in 1966 shortly before
his death, with additions from Mrs. Packard thereafter.
A key to arrangement, which describes the collection in greater detail, follows.