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RS 2/1 Adonijah Strong Welch (1821-1889) Papers, 1849-1988

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Descriptive summary creator: title: dates: extent: collection number: repository: Welch, Adonijah Strong (1821-1889) Papers 1849-1988 0.84 linear ft. (2 document boxes) RS 2/1 University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

Administrative information access: publication rights: preferred citation: Open for research Consult Head, Special Collections Department Adonijah Strong Welch Papers, RS 2/1, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

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Biographical note Adonijah Strong Welch was born April 12, 1821 in East Hampton, Connecticut. He received the B.A. (1846) and M.A. (1852) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Welch became the first principal (1852-1865) of the Michigan State Normal School (Eastern Michigan University). In 1865, he moved to Florida and became involved in the orange and lumber industries. Dr. Welch was serving as United States Senator from Florida (1868-1869) when he accepted the position of President (1869-1883) of the newly established Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University). Dr. Welch was serving as President of Iowa State Agricultural College when he was asked by the United States Commissioner of Agriculture to investigate and report on the organization and management of agricultural schools in Europe. While in Europe, Dr. Welch’s opponents who were unsatisfied with the college’s development sought to remove him from office. This effort led to Welch’s resignation as president of Iowa State in 1883. Dr. Welch returned to Europe a second time to recover his health and on returning to Iowa State in 1884 accepted the chair of history of civilization and practical psychology. He continued to teach at Iowa State until his death in 1889. Dr. Welch is credited for a number of successes during his tenure as president, though his most lasting legacy may be the design of Iowa State’s early campus. Dr. Welch helped develop Iowa State’s first courses in agriculture and mechanical arts and supported the right of women to receive a college education. Dr. Welch was often asked to address farmers’ gatherings, horticultural meetings, and breeders’ conventions. His wife, Mary Welch, established the first courses in the domestic sciences, which would later become the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Dr. Welch married Eunice P. Buckingham in 1859 and had three children with her before her death in 1867. He later married Mary Beaumont Dudley in 1868. They had two children. Dr. Welch died on March 13, 1889, in Pasadena, California. Collection Description The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, written addresses, and publications. Also included is an account from 1849 documenting Dr. Welch’s trip to California with a group called the Fayette Rovers looking for wealth in the gold rush. Organization The collection is arranged alphabetically. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

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Container List Box 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Map 1 1 Folder 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Case 11 12 Title Biographical Information Biographical Information – “History of the Michigan State Normal School,” see pages 139-142 Biographical Information – “The Fayette Rovers as Recorded by A. S. Welch” Correspondence from Welch Correspondence on Welch Family Correspondence to or about Welch Genealogical Information Genealogical Information – “Descendants of James Welch” Lecture Notes – First Lecture of Landscape Gardening Pamphlet – “Addresses Delivered at the Opening of the Iowa State Agricultural College” Pencil Sketch of A. S. Welch Publications – “Plan of Organization of the Iowa State Agricultural College” Publications – “Report on the Organization and Management of Seven Agricultural Schools in Germany, Belgium, and England” Publications – “Syllabus of Histories of the Civilizing Forces” Report to the Iowa State Horticultural Society – “The Model Lawn” Speeches – A Discourse on Proofs of Our Immortality Speeches – Annual Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society Speeches – Graduation Address to the First Class Speeches – Improvement of Man in Body and Mind, address delivered to Iowa Live Stock Association Speeches – Inaugural Address Speeches – July Fourth address Speeches – Misc. pages from misc. addresses Dates 1883-1964 1899 1849 1869-1941 1875-1964 1882-1957 n.d. 1946-1988 1875 1869 n.d. 1868 1885

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Speeches – Sermon given at the ISC chapel Speeches – The Effect of Horticulture on the Horticulturist Speeches – The English Language as a Means of Culture Speeches – The Ideal Worker, delivered at 1878 graduation Speeches – The Kind of Higher Education Needed in the West, delivered at Nebraska University Speeches – The Psychology of Natural Sciences: Studies vs. the Languages as a Means of Culture Speeches – The Psychology of Teachers: Development of Nations Comparable to Childhood Speeches – The Thinker Speeches – Untitled Speeches – Untitled Speeches – Untitled Speeches – Untitled Speeches – Untitled address delivered at an agricultural fair Speeches – Untitled address given at Convention of Friends of Agricultural Education in Chicago Speeches – Untitled address given upon receiving L.L.D. degree Speeches – Untitled address on “Home” Speeches – Untitled address on agricultural education Speeches – Untitled address on animal psychology Speeches – Untitled address on education Speeches – Problem of Reasonable Education, delivered to the State Association of Principals of Graded Schools [original] Speeches – Problem of Reasonable Education, delivered to the State Association of Principals of Graded Schools [photocopy] Speeches – Untitled address on higher education

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Speeches – Untitled address to farmers of Delaware county Speeches – Untitled address to W. H. M. Society

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