Guide to the Edward J. Wickson Papers, 1868-1923

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Guide to the Edward J. Wickson Papers, 1868-1923

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1035

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Edward J. Wickson Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1868-1923
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1035
Creator: Wickson, Edward J. (Edward James), 1848-1923
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box, 1 carton Linear feet: 1.5
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence; manuscripts and reprints of his writings; reviews of his books; material re Luther Burbank; clippings; and obituaries.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edward J. Wickson Papers, BANC MSS C-B 1035, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Edward James Wickson, professor of agriculture of the University of California, was born in Rochester, New York on August 3, 1848. He attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1872. He was for a while on the editorial staff of the Utica Morning Herald, made a special study of the cheese industry, and was elected secretary of the New York Dairymen's Association in 1871. He also served as president of the Utica Dairymen's Board of Trade. In 1875 he became connected with the Pacific Rural Press. His association with the University of California began as a lecturer in practical agriculture in 1879; he became an associate professor in 1891. He later assumed responsibility for the University Extension courses in agriculture, and became Dean of the College of Agriculture and head of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1905, becoming emeritus in 1915. Professor Wickson organized the first dairy association in California in 1876 and was active in the California State Horticultural Society. He was the author of numerous articles in professional journals and newspapers, and of several volumes relating to fruits and vegetables and garden flowers. He died July 16, 1923.

Scope and Content

The collection, transferred from University Archives to the Manuscripts Division in 1966, includes correspondence; MSS and reprints of his writings, mainly on agricultural subjects; clippings; reviews of Wickson's work; papers relating to Luther Burbank; and class notes and other materials relating to his student days at Hamilton College.
A key to arrangement and partial list of correspondents follow.

Key to Arrangement

box Box

Letters written by Wickson, 1905-1923

Scope and Content Note

Copies and drafts, arranged chronologically.

Letters written to Wickson.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically, by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key. Unlisted letters are in a separate folder, also arranged alphabetically.
box Carton

Wickson's writings - MSS, reprints and clippings


Address at Memorial Services in Honor of Dr. E. W. Hilgard, 1916


Agricultural Development of the Pacific Coast


Agricultural Education in California


California Climate as Affecting Crop Production


California Fruits and How to Grow Them


California's Wealth is Farmer's Opportunity


Climatic Conditions Ideal for Fruit Culture


Cost of Planting and Care of Trees and Vines to Bearing Age


The Development of California Fruit Industries


An Elementary Agriculture of California


Eugene Woldemar Hilgard, a Biographical Sketch


Flax as a Change-Crop with Cereals


Flax Seed in California


Floral Progress


Foundations of Agricultural Credit in Europe


History and Outlook of the California Fruit Industries


Horticulture at the Experiment Station


How California Advanced from Desolation to Triumph


The Improvement of Citrus Fruit Varieties


Improvement of University Grounds


Industrial Use of the Imagination


Intensive Farming in California


Lessons for Populous Agricultural Countries of Modern Times


Luther Burbank, the Man, His Methods and His Achievements


Nurserymen's Service to Suburban Life in California


The Opportunity in Agriculture


The Orange in Northern California


Preparation of Garden Soil


Rural California


The University at Large in the State


Utility of Beauty in Home and Town


What U.C. Has Done for Horticulture


What We Owe the Horticultural Pioneers of California


The Whistling Girl


Writing for Rural Folks




Miscellaneous fragments and untitled pieces


Reviews of Wickson's California Flower Gardens, California Fruits and How to Grow Them, California Vegetables in Field and Garden


Scrapbook, containing mainly clippings of reviews of Wickson's books.


Plates used in Pacific Rural Press


Plates used in second edition of Wickson's California Garden Flowers


Papers relating to the Conference on Marketing and Farm Credits, 1914.

Scope and Content Note

Including commission as delegate, Mar. 25, 1914, signed by Hiram W. Johnson, and list of delegates.

Material relating to Luther Burbank.

Scope and Content Note

Includes promotional material for Oscar E. Binner Co., Burbank's publisher; A Brief Review of the Great Earthquake of Apr. 18th, 1906 by Burbank (typescript); typescript of an introduction by David Starr Jordan; Wickson's editorial note; clippings.

Material relating to Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.

Scope and Content Note

Includes notebook containing class notes, 1868, for course in Greek, which includes, also, a register of letters written to and received from the class of `69, kept by Wickson as class secretary; copies of the Hamilton Literary Monthly for 1868 and 1869 (Wickson was one of the Monthly's editors); record of class of 1869; and miscellaneous items.

Clippings and obituaries for Wickson


Miscellaneous clippings


Miscellaneous notes, etc.

Partial List of Correspondents


Adams, Edward Francis, 1839-1929


Letter, Jan. 15, 1907


Bailey, Liberty Hyde, 1858-


51 letters, 1899-1922

Additional Note

Mainly concerning Wickson's Rural California. Also included, a reprint of Bailey's article, What a College Farm Is For

Bellows, John A.


4 letters, 1921

Additional Note

Re his Agricultural Cyclopedia for Young People, including sample pages from it.

Benchley, Leonidas B.


Letter, May 12, 1900


Bentley, Charles Harvey, 1869-1922


Letter, June 13, 1919


Binner, Oscar E.


31 letters, 1911

Additional Note

Re publication of Luther Burbank's work. Enclosure to letter, Oct. 12, 1911: copy of letter by Vernon L. Kellogg; enclosure to letter, Dec. 20, 1911: copy of letter by José D. Husbands.
See also material in carton

Brackett, Gustavus Benson, 1827-1915

see U.S. Department of Agriculture. Division of Pomology.

See also Horsburgh, James


Briggs, Arthur R.

see California. State Board of Trade


Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926


Letter, Oct. 19, 1911

See also material in carton.


California. Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside.


Letter, Mar. 28, 1918, by H. J. Webber.


California. Governor


Letter, Mar. 25, 1914.

Additional Note

Written for the Governor by his executive secretary, Martin C. Madsen.

California. State Board of Trade


2 letters, 1903-1906, by J. A. Filcher and Arthur R. Briggs.


California. State Commission of Horticulture


2 letters, 1907-1917, by John Isaac and George H. Hecke.


California Fruit Canners Association


2 letters, 1909


Chipman, Norton Parker, 1838-1924


4 letters, 1905-1908


Clements, George P., 1867-

see Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce


Earle, Parker


Letter, Feb. 7, 1916


Filcher, Joseph Adams

see California. State Board of Trade


Gould, Harris Perley, 1871-

see U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry


Hearst, Phoebe (Apperson), 1842-1919


Letter, Mar. 17, 1915


Hecke, George H., 1870-

see California. State Commission of Horticulture


Horsburgh, James


2 letters, 1903-1905

Additional Note

Enclosure to 1903 letter; copy of letter from G. B. Brackett.

Huntington, Tuley Francis, 1870-1938


Letter, Jan. 1901


Isaac, John

see California. State Commission of Horticulture


Kellogg, Vernon Lyman, 1867-1937

see Binner, Oscar E.


Kruckberg, Henry W.


Letter, May 16, 1908


Leib, Samuel Franklin, 1848-1924


Letter, July 31, 1907


Los Angeles. Chamber of Commerce


Letter, Nov. 30, 1921, by George P. Clements.


Macmillan Company


3 letters, 1922


Madsen, Martin C.

see California. Governor


Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936

see U.S. Office of Experiment Stations


Merritt, Ralph Palmer, 1883-


Letter, Oct. 11, 1919


More, Warren D.


Letter, Aug. 31, 1905


North, Simon Newton Dexter, 1849-1924


Letter, Aug. 10, 1918


Ray, Edward Chittenden, 1849-


Letter, June 3, 1917.

Additional Note

Included is annotated reprint of his article Periscopic Reflections from California

Reed, Charles Wesley, 1867-


Letter, Nov. 30, 1898


Reed, John Henry


Letter, May 30, 1905


Stabler, H. P.


Letter, Dec. 21, 1921


Twight, Edmund Henry, 1873-


Letter, June 2, 1921


U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry


2 letters, 1910, by H. P. Gould


U.S. Department of Agriculture. Division of Pomology


Letter, Jan. 22, 1900, by G. B. Brackett


U.S. Office of Experiment Stations


Letter, May 26, 1905, by Elwood Mead


Webber, Herbert John, 1865-1946

see California. Citrus Experiment Station


Whitson, John


Letter, Oct. 10, 1911


Woodward, Edward F., 1852-


Letter, May 11, 1900