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RS 2/2 Seaman Asahel Knapp (1833-1911) Papers, 1867-2008, n.d.

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Descriptive summary creator: title: dates: extent: collection number: repository: Knapp, Seaman Asahel (1833-1911) Papers 1867-2008, n.d. 2.8 linear ft. (2 document boxes, 1 half-document box, 2 oversized boxes) RS 2/2 University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

Administrative information access: publication rights: preferred citation: Open for research Consult Head, Special Collections Department Seaman Asahel Knapp Papers, RS 2/2, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

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Biographical note Seaman Asahel Knapp was born December 16, 1833, in northern New York. At sixteen, he attended the Troy Conference Academy (Green Mountain College) at Poultney, Vermont, where he met his wife. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1856 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Knapp and his wife went to Fort Edward Collegiate Institute where they both took teaching positions and Mr. Knapp soon became Vice-President (1856-1863). He later served as the assistant manager (18641865) of the Ripley Female College (Green Mountain College). In 1866, Knapp and his family traveled west to Iowa. While in Iowa, Knapp was pastor of a Methodist church, Head of the Iowa College for the Blind, and editor of an agricultural paper. Knapp was appointed to head the agriculture program at Iowa State Agricultural College (Iowa State University) in 1879. He later served a one-year term as Iowa State’s second president (1883-1884) before moving to Louisiana and having a distinguished career in southern agriculture. While at Iowa State, Knapp was the first Chair of Agriculture. He was responsible for developing the agricultural curriculum and conducting early experiments in animal husbandry, dairy industry, and farm crops. Knapp also helped draft the 1883 Experiment Station Bill that was presented to the United States House of Representatives. After leaving Iowa in 1885 he continued to pursue his agricultural interests and is credited for starting the first agricultural demonstration farm at Terrell, Texas. Knapp married Maria Elizabeth Hotchkiss in 1856 and they had six children. Knapp died April 1, 1911, and was buried in Ames, Iowa, at the college cemetery. Collection Description The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, written addresses, lectures, writings, and family genealogy. Included with the family genealogical papers are interviews with his grandson, Seaman A. Knapp. Also included are clippings and booklets related to the anniversary of the creation of the first cooperative demonstration farm at Terrell, Texas. There are two family scrapbooks included in the collection. One scrapbook is from Jeanette Knapp, Seaman Knapp’s granddaughter, and the other from her husband, Alexis E. Stoddard. Organization The collection is organized alphabetically.

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Container List Box 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 Folder 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 Title Addresses Ag Extension – 25th Anniversary Celebration Ag Extension – 50th Anniversary Celebration Ag Extension – 75th Anniversary Celebration Biographical Information – “Life At Eighty,” by J. W. Canada, see pages 96 and 194 Biographical Information – Biography of Seaman A. Knapp, by Mrs. A. M. Mayo – His Daughter Biographical Information – Clippings Biographical Information – Publications Biographical Information – Remarks made at President Knapp’s funeral Biographical Materials Correspondence Family History – “A History of the Town of Poultney, Vermont” Family History – “Ripley Female College Quarterly Journal”, see page 10 Family History – Alexis Erling Stoddard, grandsonin-law of President Knapp Family History – Bradford Knapp, Jr., grandson of President Knapp Family History – Bradford Knapp, son of President Knapp Family History – Charles Boynton Knapp, greatgreat-grandson of President Knapp Family History – Herman Knapp, son of President Knapp Family History – Interview (transcript) with Laura Storms Knapp, wife of Seaman Knapp, granddaughter-in-law of President Knapp, and daughter of President Albert Boynton Storms Family History – Interview (transcript) with Seaman A. Knapp, son of Herman Knapp and grandson of President Knapp Dates 1884-1906, n.d. 1928-1929 1953 1978 1952 n.d. 1913-2008, n.d. 1911-1957 1911 1906-1933, n.d. 1876-1883, n.d. 1875 1867 1916-1958 1936 1911-2008, n.d. 1987-1989 1910-1923 1969

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Box 2

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Title Family History – Interview (transcript) with Seaman A. Knapp, son of Herman Knapp and grandson of President Knapp Family History – Interviews (audio recordings) with Laura Storms Knapp and Seaman A. Knapp: 6 cassette tapes, 3 magnetic tape reels, housed in the vault

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1958-1969

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Family History – Knapp family genealogy Family History – Laura Storms Knapp, granddaughter-in-law of President Knapp Family History – Mrs. S. A. Knapp, Maria E. Hotchkiss, wife of President Knapp Family History – Seaman A. Knapp, grandson of President Knapp Memorials – Knapp Cup Memorials – Knapp Memorial Arch Memorials – Memorial Garden at McNeese State University Memorials – Seaman Knapp Memorial Lecture Porter Farm National Historic Landmark Publications – Collection of writings, genealogical information, and biographical publications Publications – Lectures on Horticulture Publications – "Recollections of Extension History" by J. A. Evans Scrapbook – Alexis Erling Stoddard, husband of Jeanette Knapp, 210-4x5, 9-8x10, 1-large format Scrapbook – Jeanette Knapp, 159-4x5, 4-5x7

1976-1989 1911-1974 1900-1910 1939, 1946 1953-1976 1934-1937 1973-1976, n.d. 1981 1964-2001, n.d. 1899-1934 1892 1938 1915-1916 1900-1925 1903-1904

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Terrell Transcript – Articles on demonstration farm

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