University of Idaho

Manuscript Group 76


Scrapbooks, 1904-1954
1 c.f. (4 v.)

The scrapbooks of E.J. Iddings were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the University of Idaho President's Office in July 1973. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in July 1985.


Edward John Iddings was born in 1879 in Peru, Indiana, the eldest of the four children of J.B. and Mary Iddings. He was raised on his father's 350 acre farm. After spending a year and a half at Butler College in Indianapolis, he moved to Colorado where he worked on a dairy farm near Denver before entering Colorado Agricultural College from which he received his B.S. degree in 1907 and his masters degree in 1922. On June 24, 1908 he married Maude Augusta Rowell. After working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for several years he accepted a teaching position at the University of Idaho in 1910. In 1915 he was named Dean of the College of Agriculture and retained that position until his retirement in 1946. Following his retirement he moved to Menat, California where he died in 1954.


The four scrapbooks cover the years 1904 to 1954. Three of the scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings on agriculture in general, agricultural education, the University of Idaho, and Dean Iddings; the fourth contains letters to and from the dean dealing with his leave of absence and retirement.


The scrapbooks were numbered by an unknown person; there is no apparent arrangement to the material within each book.

  1. 1917-1946.
    Clippings on agriculture, Dean Iddings, the university, and handwritten notes, possibly for speeches.
  2. 1944-1946.
    Correspondence with University President Harrison C. Dale and others concerning Idding's leave of absence and retirement.
  3. 1904-1947.
    Clippings on Dean Iddings, university personnel, speech notes and programs for agricultural events.
  4. 1918-1954.
    Correspondence, including a letter from Ezra Taft Benson (December 8, 1952), membership cards, clippings on agriculture and the university.

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