Manuscript Group 338
1.5 cubic feet
The papers of Robert McDole were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Professor McDole between September 1990 and January 1991. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in February 1993.
Robert Elroy McDole was born in Eugene, Oregon on October 7, 1930. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State College in 1952, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Idaho in 1968 and 1969 respectively. Before beginning his graduate study in 1965, he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a soil scientist. He began his University of Idaho career in 1969 doing soil science research at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. In 1977, he moved to Moscow where he worked as an extension soils specialist, studying soil fertility, soil erosion, and land-use questions across the state.
He has served on many committees concerned with various aspects of soil management as well as being active in a variety of university governance committees. He was a member of the Idaho Soil Scientists Association, Idaho Soil Improvement Committee, Northwest Plant Food Association, Soil Conservation Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Western Society of Soil Science, Sigma Xi, and was a certified Professional Soil Scientist. He has a long list of technical publications and has earned a variety of awards, including Idaho Future Farmers of America Honorary State Farmer, a commendation from the Soil Conservation Society of America, and listing in Who's Who in the West. He retired to Fort Townsend, Washington in the fall of 1990.
The papers of Robert E. McDole span the years 1966 to 1990. Included are chronological files of papers given by McDole to professional groups, copies of publications, press releases, newspaper clippings, and correspondence related to presentations. Also included are photographs of soil conservation methods, a soil survey of the University of Idaho which includes not only the publication, but also slides and photographs, and loess survey notebooks from 1966-1968. Two items, folders concerning the use of bark in soil and a collection of reprints on soil testing predate McDole's arrival at the university and may have been originally maintained by Roger Harder and G. Orien Baker.
The material was kept in its received order, and original folder headings were retained.
Box Folder Description Items 1 1 Papers and talks, 1970-1971 4 2 Papers and talks, 1972 11 3 Papers, Abstracts, 1973 14 4 Papers, Abstracts, 1974 11 5-6 Papers, Abstracts, 1975 18 7 Papers, Abstracts, 1976 15 8 Papers, Abstracts, 1977 45 9 Papers, Abstracts, 1978 37 10 Potato Schools, 1978 7 11 Phosphate fertilizer trials, NWPFA, 1978 13 12 Potato nutrient survey, NWPFA, 1978 9 13 Soilborne inoculum & cropping inter. phytopath, 1978 3 14 Papers, Abstracts, 1979 20 15 Papers and talks, 1980 33 16 Papers and talks, 1981-1982 54 17 Papers, presentations, etc., 1983 38 18 Papers, presentations, 1984-1985 79 19 Papers, etc., 1986-1990 80 20 Soils subject matter committee meetings, 1978-1980 6 21 Soil surveys of Warm Springs Indian Reservation by Robert McDole, 1954-1959 3 22 Soil survey of the University of Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station and Campus, Moscow, Idaho, by Robert McDole and P.N. Peterson, 1979-1989 66 23-24 Photographs: Cultivation and soil conservation, 1970-1983 82 25-26 Loess study notebooks, 1966-1968 2 2 27 Bark study: Sawdust and its use, 1945-1959 14 28 Bark information - Boise Cascade Corp., 1958-1960 22 29 Bark-base fertilizer, 1959-1969 11 30 Potlatch Forests, Inc., 1959 2 31 Reference - Bark and sawdust, 1951-1960 18 32 Bark soil conditioner, 1958 16 33 Mulch (sawdust), 1953-1964 5 34 Soil testing reprints, 1929-1947 1