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Duane Acker, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice-Chancellor Subject Files

Title: Duane Acker, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice-Chancellor Subject Files

Creator: Acker, Duane, 1931-

Dates: 1974-1975, 1984

Quantity: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)

Collection Number: RG 08-04-01

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Duane Acker, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Vice-Chancellor Subject Files (RG 08-04-01). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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Duane Calvin Acker was born March 13, 1931 in Atlantic, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State College with a B.S. in animal husbandry (1952) and an M.S. in animal nutrition (1953). He worked as an instructor and associate professor of animal science at Oklahoma State University from 1953-1955, and received his Ph.D. in animal nutrition there in 1957. He returned to Iowa State College as an associate professor of animal husbandry (1955-1962), and then as an associate dean of agriculture at Kansas State University (1962-1966). He then moved to South Dakota University as the dean of agriculture (1966-1974) and director of Cooperative Extension Service (1971-1974).

Acker came to the University of Nebraska (NU) in 1974-1975 to serve as Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). From NU, he returned to Kansas State University as president (1975-1986) and later headed the food and agriculture programs at the United States Agency for International Development (1986-1990). In 1990, he was named administrator of International Cooperation and Development and Foreign Agricultural Service and assistant secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for Science and Education in 1992.

Acker was elected Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement for Science (1980) and American Society of Animal Science (1984). He has authored numerous articles on animal nutrition, the textbook, Animal Science and Industry (1963), and a series of journal articles on college instruction and curriculum planning. He was awarded the 4-H Alumni Gold Key Award, American Future Farmers of America honorary degree, and Distinguished Alumni Awards at Iowa State University and Oklahoma State University, amongst many others.

Scope and Content:

The Acker subject files consist of correspondence, council reports, meeting minutes, and Nebraska drought strategy reports relating to the IANR, arranged alphabetically by subject.


Acker, Duane, 1931-


Agriculture economics

Drought management

Container List: Series 1: Subject FilesBox 1. Folder 1. Agricultural economics, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 2. Agricultural engineering, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 3. Agricultural Experiment Station, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 4. Agronomy, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 5. Animal science, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 6. Bader, Kenneth (Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs), 1974 Box 1. Folder 7. Breckenridge, A.C. (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), 1974 Box 1. Folder 8. Chancellor's Council, 1974 Box 1. Folder 9. Cooperative Extension Service, 1974-1975 Box 1. Folder 10. Directors (IANR) meetings minutes, 1974 Box 1. Folder 11. Dreeszen, V.H. (Director, Conservative and Survey Division), 1974 Box 1. Folder 12. Engineering and Technology, Extension Service, 1974 Box 1. Folder 13. Faculty (IANR), 1974 Box 1. Folder 14. Fleming, Richard (University Information Director), 1974 Box 1. Folder 15. Forestry, 1974 Box 1. Folder 16. Hartung, T.E. (Dean, College of Agriculture), 1974 Box 1. Folder 17. Hedges, Ned (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), 1974 Box 1. Folder 18. Home economics, 1974 Box 1. Folder 19. Horticulture and forestry, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 1. Irrigation and Development program, 1974 Box 2. Folder 2. Koopman, C.H. (Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Personnel), 1974 Box 2. Folder 3. McGill, David P. (Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Agriculture and Natural Resources), 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 4. Maxwell Arboretum, 1975 Box 2. Folder 5. Nebraska Bankers Association Omaha, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 6. Northeast Station, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 7. Panhandle Station, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 8. Plant pathology, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 9. Poultry and wildlife sciences, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 10. Regents, Board of, 1974 Box 2. Folder 11. Sahs, Warren (Emeritus Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture), 1975 Box 2. Folder 12. Sample, Steven B. (Vice President for Academic Affairs), 1974 Box 2. Folder 13. School of Technical Agriculture, Curtis, 1974 Box 2. Folder 14. Statistical Laboratory, 1974-1975 Box 2. Folder 15. Twiehaus, M.J. (Chairman, Department of Veterinary Science), 1974 Box 2. Folder 16. Varner, D.B. (President), 1974 Box 2. Folder 17. Vice Chancellor's Council (IANR), 1974 Box 2. Folder 18. Water Resources Research Institute, 1974 Box 2. Folder 19. Zumberge, James H. (Chancellor), 1974 Series 2: Reports, 1974-1975, 1984Box 2. Folder 20. Report, "A Drought Strategy for Nebraska," 1975 Box 2. Folder 21. Report, "Part 1: Executive Summary," 1984 Box 2. Folder 22. Report, "Part 2: The History of Drought Response in the Great Plains 1850-1950s," 1984 Box 2. Folder 23. Report, "Part 3: Federal Response to the Mid 1970s Drought," 1984
Related Material and Resources: Information for Duane Acker's biography came from a 1974 University of Nebraska Department of Public Relations biography located in RG 52-01-01 Biographical and Bibliography Records and the Duane Acker biography from Iowa State University.

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