Soil Conservation Society of America, Michigan Chapter Records
00151

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Soil Conservation Society of America. Michigan Chapter.
Title
Soil Conservation Society of America, Michigan Chapter records
ID
00151
Date [inclusive]
1938-2013
Extent
5.0 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

The Soil Conservation Society of America (SCSA) was established in September of 1943. Slightly under four years later, in the summer of 1947, Washington R. O'Brien began promoting the establishment of a chapter in Michigan. On the 27th of August of that year he and several others signed a petition calling for the formation of the Michigan State Chapter. The SCSA approved the establishment of this chapter, Charter No. 24, on December 3, 1947, in Omaha, Nebraska.

On July 10, 1948, a meeting of all the members of the SCSA in Michigan was convened. During this meeting, it was moved to change the name of the Chapter from the Michigan State Chapter to Michigan Chapter, in order to avoid confusion with the Michigan State College. A committee was formed to study the proposal. The committee reported the results of the investigation, which approved the name change, and the chapter changed its name accordingly in 1949.

Also during the 1948 meeting, an Executive Committee was established and the first constitution and bylaws were ratified. These documents bore the name Michigan State Chapter, but were revised the next year to Michigan Chapter.

Even at this early date, a close working relationship was established between the SCSA and Michigan State College. The close association of the Chapter and institutions of higher learning is demonstrated easily. Some of the 67 Chapter members were faculty members of Michigan State College, including Ivan F. Schneider, who was elected Secretary-Treasurer in 1950 at the annual meeting held at the Union Building on the Michigan State College campus. The annual meeting of the Chapter was held at Michigan State College (later Michigan State University) each year until 1967. Between 1967 and 1970, the meetings were held at other college campuses in Michigan.

There are a few other years which stand out prominently in the history of the Michigan Chapter of the SCSA. In 1971, the Chapter led the other states in the sale of educational comic booklets. That same year, as a result of this and other activities, Michigan was selected to be the Regional Winner in the Chapter Activities Contest. In 1973, the Michigan Chapter, in conjunction with the Ontario Chapter, planned and conducted the Blue Water International-Interregional Conference at Port Huron and Sarnia. Finally, in 1980, the Soil Conservation Society of America held its annual meeting in Dearborn.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of various topical headings, which are designed more to indicate the scope of the contents in the folders rather than specific headings. Files with the heading SCSA are concerned with the National Society, not with the Michigan Chapter. Files with the heading Non-Michigan Material refer to material from other SCSA chapters. Files labeled Non-Society Material refer to materials from other organizations which had some dealings with the Soil Conservation Society of America. Some of these, such as the Michigan Natural Resources Council, had some delegates from the Michigan Chapter represented. Other organizations, such as the 4-H and Future Farmers of America, had liaisons with the Soil Conservation Society of America, Michigan Chapter.

The most meaningful breakdown of the collection is by box. Box 1 is concerned with general information such as bylaws, the constitution, membership records, treasure's reports, and a series of miscellaneous folders. Box 2 is concerned with meetings of the Michigan Chapter, its constituents, and the National Society. In this box one will find materials relative to the Blue Water International and Interregional Conference and the 1980 Annual Meeting of the SCSA. Box 3 contains folders relating to the 4-H and Future Farmers of America. The box, however, is primarily filled with data pertinent to the various committees within the Michigan Chapter (which includes 4-H and the FFA). There is also a file labeled "Committees. Various". Each of the committees contained here had so few documents that it was not seen feasible to assign a folder for each of them. Box 4 consists of folders relating to publication, including the educational comic booklets referred to earlier. Newsletters from the National, other chapters, and the Michigan Chapter are also found in this box. Finally, there is a series of folders concerned with general correspondence. Letters found in these folders contain information on such a wide range of subjects and/or contain many subjects in a single document that separation of these into more specific headings was not generally possible. Each of the folders in the boxes are arranged alphabetically (by series, usually) and then chronologically, if necessary. Additional material is contained in the photograph collection and oversized materials section.

Finally, some certain folders should be noted for the researcher's information. The program of the 1956-1957 Awards ceremony are found on the verso of some documents in the folder containing the receipts for 1957. Some individuals had reported their mileage on these forms, thus requiring that they be placed in their present location. Second, during the 1966 annual meeting of the Michigan Chapter, A. Allan Schmid presented a paper made reference to in the program. This paper is found in the folder labeled "SCSA. Special Reports and Papers" (Box 4, folder 33). Third, the program for the 1975 annual meeting of the Michigan Chapter was printed on the cover page of a Newsletter. The researcher may wish to refer to Box 4, folders 3-8 for this information. An fourth, if the researcher is interested in the history of the Soil Conservation Service, he/she may wish to consult a document "Management Development Program in the Soil Conservation Service", which is located in file "SCSA. Special Reports and Papers", Box 4, folder 33.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine series: 1. General Material. 2. Meetings. 3. Committees, Personnel. 4. Publications. 5. General Correspondence. 6. Michigan Chapter Activities and Scrapbooks. 7. Addendum. 8. Photographs. 9. Oversize Material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 1983

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  September 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Archivist’s note: This collection was initially processed into a four box collection in 1983. Afterwards more material was donated by the SCSA. The collection finding aid was revised in 2002. It was revised again in 2010, with new material processed into a fifth box.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 4-H Youth Development Program (U.S.).
  • Future Farmers of America.
  • Michigan Natural Resources Council.

Genre(s)

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Video recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cook, Ray Lewis
  • Engberg, Clarence A., 1909-
  • Howell, Roger
  • Ritter, Rodney R.
  • Schneider, Ivan F.
  • Wellman, David E.
  • Wood, Lamar M.

Subject(s)

  • Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Nature conservation -- Societies, etc.

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Collection Inventory

General Material 

Box

Michigan Chapter 

1
Box Folder

Bylaws 1969 - 1971, undated 

1 1

Constitution undated 

1 2

History of Michigan Chapter 

1
Box Folder

History 1947 - 1952 

1 3

Correspondence 1942, 1970 

1 4

Correspondence 1947 - 1981 

1 5

Updated history 1982 

5 6

Notes for Chapter History 1947 - 1981 

5 15

Annual Reports 1959, 1961 - 1965, 1981 

1 6

Annual Report 1982 

5 1

Resolutions 1961 - 1962, 1964 

1 7
Box

Membership Records 

1
Box Folder

Charter Members 1947 

1 8

Charter Members 1959, 1973 

1 9

Membership Lists 1952, 1965 - 1967, 1969 - 1970, 1972 - 1974, 1976 - 1978, 1980 

1 10
Box Folder

Membership. Delinquent Notices 1954 - 1955, 1957 - 1960, undated 

1 11

Membership Records. Student Chapter 1960 - 1961, 1968, 1973, undated 

1 12
Box

Treasurer's Report 

1
Box Folder

Membership 1951 - 1955 

1 13

Membership 1955 - 1956, 1965 

1 14

 1954 - 1957 

1 15

 1981 - 1982 

1 16

Disbursements 1955, 1961 - 1962, 1965 

1 17

Receipts Registry 

1
Box Folder

 1958 - 1959 

1 18

 1960 - 1961 

1 19

 1962 

1 20

 1965 

1 21

 1966 

1 22

 1967 

1 23

 1972 - 1973 

1 24
Box

Receipts 

1
Box Folder

 1954 - 1955 

1 25

 1957 - 1959 

1 26

 1960 - 1966 

1 27

 1968, undated 

1 28
Box Folder

Citations and Certificates 1950, 1957, 1971, undated 

1 29

Flyers 1971 - 1973 

1 30

Press Releases and Clippings 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962 - 1963, 1965, 1967, 1970 - 1971, undated 

1 31

Scholarship Announcements 1966 - 1975, undated 

1 32

Miscellaneous 1959, undated 

1 33

By-laws (1971), Membership (1973, 1978) and History (1985) 1971-1985 

5 12

SCSA, National 

1
Box Folder

Bylaws 1950, 1960, 1969 - 1972, 1982 

1 34

Constitution undated 

1 35

Building National Headquarters 1961 - 1962 

1 36

Fact Sheet and Philosophical Statement 

1 37

Handbook for Chapter Officers undated 

1 38

Handbook for Chapter Presidents 1953, 1973 

1 39

Chapter Reports 1955 

1 40

Chapter Summary Reports 1971 

1 41

Leadership Directory 1982, 1983, 1984 

5 9

Leadership Directory 1986 

5 8

Membership Summary 1962 - 1963, 1965 - 1966, 1968 - 1971, 1973, 1978 

1 42
Box

Membership Records 

1
Box Folder

Fellows- 1959, 1961 - 1962, undated 

1 43

Honorary Fellows 1962 

1 44

Membership 

1
Box

Miscellaneous 

1
Box Folder

 1961 - 1962 

1 45

 1967 - 1968, 1970, undated 

1 46
Box Folder

Delinquent Notices 1954 - 1955, 1957 - 1958, 1961 - 1962, 1964 - 1965, undated 

1 47
Box Folder

Treasurer's Report 1961 - 1963 

1 48

Non-Michigan Chapters 

1
Box Folder

Non-Michigan Chapter Materials. Ohio 1962, n.d. 

1 49

Non-Society Material. 

1
Box Folder

Army Corps of Engineers. Publication. "Water Resources Development in Michigan" 1959 

1 50

Canada. Publication. "A Look at Canadian Soils" 1960 

1 51

Farm Bureau 1971 

1 52
Box

Michigan Natural Resources Council 

1
Box Folder

Annual Meetings 1956 - 1959, 1961, 1963 

1 53

Bylaws 1956 

1 54

Miscellaneous 1957, 1962 - 1963 

1 55

Publications 1959, 1967 

1 56

Reports 1957 - 1959, 1964 

1 57
Box Folder

Michigan State University 1957 - 1959, 1972 - 1973, undated 

1 58

Publication. "The Crisis in Outdoor Recreation" 1959 

1 59

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Publication undated 

1 60

Water Resources Commission. Document undated 

1 61
Box Folder

Regional Workshop, ENC 1982, 1984 

5 11

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Meetings 

Box

Michigan Chapter 

2
Box

Annual Meeting 

2
Box

Minutes 

2
Box Folder

 1938, 1948 - 1952 

2 1

 1961 - 1962, 1970, 1978, 1981 

2 2

 1982 

5 2
Box Folder

Programs 1955, 1958 - 1960, 1966 - 1967, 1970 - 1973, 1976 - 1978, 1980, 1982 

2 3

Executive Committee Meetings 

2
Box Folder

 1949 - 1950, 1954 

2 4

 1953 - 1957 

2 5

1960 - 1969 

2 6

 1970 - 1971, 1977 - 1979, 1981 

2 7

 1982 

5 3
Box Folder

Meeting Agenda, Reports and Correspondence (1980 - 1984) 

5 13
Box

SCSA. National 

2
Box

Annual Meeting 

2
Box

Papers 

2
Box Folder

 1959 

2 8

 1961 

2 9 - 11

 1963 

2 12
Box Folder

Panel Reports 1962 

2 13
Box

Programs 

2
Box Folder

 1956, 1960 - 1962, 1965 - 1966 

2 14

 1968 - 1971, 1977 

2 15

 1982 

5 7
Box Folder

Report to Michigan Chapter 1954, 1978 

2 16
Box

1980 

2
Box Folder

Budget & Finance Committee 1977 - 1980 

2 17

Convention Services, International 1980 

2 18
Box

Correspondence 

2
Box Folder

 1974, 1976 - 1977 

2 19

 1978 - 1979 

2 20

 1980 

2 21
Box Folder

Final Report 

2 22

General Committee 1974, 1976 - 1978 

2 23

Local Arrangements Committee Budget 1979- 1980 

2 24

Local Arrangements Committee. Membership 1979 - 1980, n.d. 

2 25

Local Arrangements Committee. Minutes 1978, 1980 

2 26

Miscellaneous 1978, 1980, undated 

2 27

Nursery Committee 

2 28

Planning 1979 - 1980 

2 29

Planning Committee Minutes 1974, 1976 - 1980 

2 30

Preregistration Packet 1980 

2 31

Program, Other Convention Material 1980 

2 32

Promotion Committee 1978 

2 33

Council Meetings. Minutes 

2
Box Folder

 1957 

2 34

 1960 

2 35

 1962 

2 36

 1965 

2 37
Box Folder

Delegate Body 1971 

2 38

Honors and Award Banquet Programs 1962, 1964 - 1967, 1970, undated 

2 39

Miscellaneous Meetings 

2
Box Folder

Blue Water International-Interregional Conference, (see also Oversized Drawer No. 2) 1972 - 1973 

2 40

Regional Meetings. Minutes, Announcements 1958 - 1962, 1967, 1971, 1981, undated 

2 41

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Committees, Personnel 

Box

Michigan Chapter 

3
Box

Committees 

3
Box Folder

Activities, Correspondence, Memos 1957 - 1961 

3 1

Archives, Newsletters, Publicity, Publications 1954, 1957 - 1959, 1969 - 1971 

3 2
Box

Awards 

3
Box Folder

 1955 - 1971 

3 3

Awards and Recognition Programs 1957, 1961 - 1963, 1965 

3 4

Convocations 1959 - 1960, 1962 - 1965, 1972, undated 

3 5
Box Folder

Chapter Development 1970 - 1971 

3 6

Finance. Correspondence 1951 - 1953 

3 7

Industrial Membership 1955, 1970 - 1971 

3 8

Membership Insurance Plan 1970 - 1971 

3 9

Membership Lists 1952, 1958, 1961 - 1962, 1964 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, 1979, undated 

3 10

Membership notes 1982 

5 4
Box Folder

Membership. Reports, Miscellaneous 1953 - 1955, 1957 - 1960, 1969 - 1971, undated 

3 11
Box

Committees 

3
Box

Nominations 

3
Box Folder

Correspondence, Announcements 1962 - 1966, 1968, 1970 - 1971 

3 12

Miscellaneous 1959, 1971 - 1972, undated 

3 13

Nominees 1959 - 1964, 1966 - 1968, 1970 - 1971, 1979 

3 14
Box Folder

Policy and Resolutions (see also Press Releases, News clippings, Box 1, Folder 31) 1971 

3 15

Program Development 1969 - 1960, 1970, n.d. 

3 16

Scholarships, 4-H, FFA Conservation Education 1960 - 1961, 1964 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, undated 

3 17

Various 1953, 1955 - 1958, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1970 - 1971, undated 

3 18

Personnel 

3
Box Folder

Biographical Sketches 1963, 1966, 1978, undated 

3 19

Cook, Ray L. undated 

3 20

Engberg, Clarence A. 

3 21

MSU Students Restricted 1971 - 1972 

3 22

Memorials 1962 - 1963 

3 23

Ritter, Rodney R. (see also photographs) 1971 

3 24

Schneider, Ivan F. 1953, 1957, 1963 

3 25

Wellman, David (see also photographs) 1971 

3 26

SCSA. National 

3
Box

Committees 

3
Box Folder

Activities, Reports 1952 - 1957, 1959, 1965, undated 

3 27

Membership 1967 - 1969 

3 28

Photo Contest 1964 - 1966, 1968 - 1971 

3 29

Publications 1962 - 1963 

3 30

Slides undated 

3 31
Box Folder

Conservation Council of Business, Industry and Finance 1952 - 1954, undated 

3 32

Directory of Chapter Officers 1974 

3 33

Non-Michigan Materials. Activities Committee 1958 - 1960, 1962, 1964, undated 

3 34
Box

Rosters 

3
Box Folder

 1958 - 1964 

3 35

 1966 - 1967 

3 36

 1968 - 1969 

3 37

 1970 - 1971, 1973 

3 38

 1976, 1981 

3 39

Future Farmers of America and 4-H 

3
Box Folder

4-H 1956 - 1959, undated 

3 40
Box

Future Farmers 

3
Box Folder

Announcements 1966 -1968, undated 

3 41

Awards Programs 1954 - 1958, 1961 - 1962, 1964 - 1966, 1968 

3 42

Correspondence and Memos 1954 - 1957, 1959 - 1966, 1968 - 1970, undated 

3 43

Members. Individuals/Communities (see also photographs and oversize) 1965, undated 

3 44
Box Folder

Miscellaneous 1955, undated 

3 45

Pamphlets 1954 - 1964 

3 46

Press Releases, News Clippings 1954, 1959, 1962 - 1963, 1967, 1969, undated 

3 47

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Publications 

Box

Michigan Chapter 

4
Box Folder

"Michigan's Land and Water Resources" 1980 

4 1
Box

Newsletters 

4
Box Folder

The Classifier 1977 

4 2
Box

The Newsletter 

4
Box Folder

 1952 - 1955 

4 3

 1960 - 1965 

4 4

 1966 - 1969 

4 5

 1970 - 1975 

4 6

 1976 - 1979 

4 7

 1980 - 1982 

4 8
Box Folder

 1982 

5 5

 1980, 1984, undated 

5 14

 June 2006 

5 16

Newsletters and event announcements 2012-2013 

5 31
Box Folder

"Toward a State Land Use Policy" 1973 

4 9

Special Reports and Papers 1955, 1966, 1980, undated 

4 10

SCSA. National 

4
Box

Booklets 

4
Box Folder

 undated 

4 11

Miscellaneous (see also Press releases & News clippings, Box 1, Folder 31) -- 1961, 1963, 1965, 1971, undated 

4 12

Sales 1958 - 1960, 1964 - 1969 - 1971 

4 13

Sales. Correspondence 1958 - 1967, 1971, 1983, 1978 

4 14
Box Folder

"Down the River" undated 

4 15

"Journal of Soil and Water Conservation" 1962, 1977 

4 16

"Making Rural and Urban and Land Use Decisions" 1968 

4 17
Box

Newsletters 

4
Box Folder

"Conservogram" 1977 - 1980 

4 18

"Division News" 1973 

4 19

"Executive Secretary's Letter..." 1960 - 1964 

4 20

"Letter to Chapter Chairmen..." 1957 - 1959 

4 21

"Letter to Chapter Officers..." 1970 - 1971, 1973 

4 22

"Letter to Chapter Presidents..." 1966, 1969 

4 23

News for Members 1967 - 1969 

4 24
Box Folder

 1975 

4 25

from Selected States 1958, 1970, 1972 - 1973 

4 26
Box Folder

Publication List undated 

4 27

Pamphlets 1951 - 1952, 1954, 1957 - 1959, 1968 - 1970, 1972, undated 

4 28 - 29

Policy Statements 1968 - 1969 

4 30

Publications (1982 -1984) and Policy Statement (1978) 1978-1984 

5 10

"The Small Watershed Program" draft 1962 

4 31

South Dakota Pamphlet undated 

4 32

Special Reports and Papers 

4
Box Folder

 1954 - 1955, 1958 - 1960, 1962, 1965 - 1966, undated 

4 33

 1970 - 1972 

4 34

Teacher's Guide undated 

4 35

Wisconsin Material 1962 

4 36

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Box Folder

General Correspondence 

4
Box Folder

 1950, undated 

4 37

 1955 - 1958 

4 38

 1959 

4 39

 1960 

4 40

 1961 

4 41

 1962 - 1963 

4 42

 1964 

4 43

 1965 

4 44

 1966 

4 45

 1967 - 1968 

4 46

 1969 

4 47

 1970 

4 48

 1971 - 1973, 1976 - 1978, 1981 

4 49

Michigan Chapter Activities Scrapbooks 

Volume

No. 245: Urban-Suburban Conservation Activity Contest 1963-1964 

SB 245

No. 246: Total Chapter Program, First Place North Central Region 1962-1963 

SB 246

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Addendum 

Addendum 1982 

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Photographs 

Box

FFA. Land Judging, 1963 

LC Photo 38

Meetings. Annual Chapter. East Lansing. 1982 

LC Photo 38

Meetings. Annual National Meeting. Purdue. 1961 

LC Photo 38

Meetings. Annual National Meeting. Dearborn. (2 folders) 1980 

LC Photo 38

Meetings. Summer Meeting Near Rose City, Michigan. mid-1950s 

LC Photo 38

People. Groups 

LC Photo 38

People. Groups. Award Presentations 

LC Photo 38

People. Groups. 1951 Contest Winners 

LC Photo 38

People. Hill, Russel G. 

LC Photo 38

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Oversize Materials 

Drawer

Blue Water International Certificate 

2

Newspaper 

2

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Video 

Box

Video Tapes of the state soil dedication news broadcast for the soil conservation collection   0.2 Cubic feet 2 VHS

5