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Earl G. Maxwell, Horticulture and Forestry Papers

Title: Earl G. Maxwell, Horticulture and Forestry Papers

Creator: Maxwell, Earl G., 1884-1966

Dates: 1884-1966

Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 08-10-10

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Earl G. Maxwell, Horticulture and Forestry Papers (RG 08-10-10). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Earl George Maxwell was born on October 23, 1884 in Indiana. He received a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1910. Maxwell came to Nebraska in 1914 and worked on his master's degree. After his graduation in 1915, his first job was as an agricultural agent for Douglas County, Nebraska. He administered the Clarke-McNary Tree Distribution Program for Nebraska. Maxwell served as extension forester at the University of Nebraska from 1934 until his retirement in 1952. Maxwell had an interest in James Whitcomb Riley and took opportunities to recite poetry through local radio programs. His interest in Riley also shows in Maxwell's talks and speeches. Maxwell died in 1966. In 1967, the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum, 5 acres on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was named in his honor.

Scope and Content:

The Maxwell Papers document his work with the forestry service throughout Nebraska. The records include field notebooks, outreach booklets that Maxwell either edited or wrote, newspaper clippings, photographs of Maxwell and his work, and awards received for his service as a forester and professor of the University of Nebraska. The records also include items relating to Maxwell's interest in the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley.


Maxwell, Earl G., 1884-1966

Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916

Forestry extension -- Nebraska

Tree planting--Nebraska

Series Description: Series 1: Forestry Extension Materials, Box 1-2

Materials in the series include Maxwell's work as a forestry extension agent and include business correspondence, booklets created by the Forestry Extension service, monthly accounts and associated correspondence, monthly reports and diaries of activities and extension work done during the 1940s-1960s.

Series 2: Personal Materials, Box 3

Maxwell's personal materials include correspondence he received when he retired from the University in 1952, along with retirement awards. There are some letters from his brother, Kersey Maxwell, written in 1948. A plant specimen book includes records and specimens of plants Maxwell gathered in Indiana in 1909. Maxwell's personal materials highlight his interests in poet James Whitcomb Riley, an Indiana poet. Maxwell copied numerous Riley poems and gathered materials on Riley's life. Maxwell had a brief program on KFAB radio and read Riley's poems as part of the program, which ran from 1942-1952. The series includes a sound recording of Maxwell reading selected poems by Riley. The collected newspaper clippings relate to plants, masonic activities, forestry extension, and Maxwell's retirement.

Container List: Series 1: Professional MaterialsBox 1. Folder 1. Forestry Extension Agent, correspondence, 1950, Dec. 14-1954, Jan. 19 Box 1. Folder 2. Forestry Extension Agent, correspondence, 1954, Feb. 9-1954, June 24 Box 1. Folder 3. Forestry Extension Agent, booklets Box 1. Folder 4. Forestry Extension Agent, booklets Box 1. Folder 5. Forestry Extension, accounts, correspondence, Adams-Chase Counties, 1957 Box 1. Folder 6. Forestry Extension, accounts, correspondence, Cherry-Frontier Counties, 1957 Box 1. Folder 7. Forestry Extension, accounts, correspondence, Gage-Hitchcock Counties, 1957 Box 1. Folder 8. Forestry Extension, accounts, correspondence, Kearney-Palisade Counties, 1957 Box 1. Folder 9. Forestry Extension, accounts, correspondence, Perkins-Webster Counties, 1957 Box 1. Folder 10. Forestry Extension, monthly reports, 1940-1942 Box 1. Folder 11. Forestry Extension, monthly reports, 1943-1944 Box 2. Folder 1. Forestry Extension, monthly reports, 1945-1946 Box 2. Folder 2. Forestry Extension, monthly reports, 1947-1949 Box 2. Folder 3. Forestry Extension, monthly reports, 1950-1952 Box 2. Folder 4. Forestry Extension, field notebooks, 1950s-1960s Box 2. Folder 5. Forestry Extension, diaries, 1951, Jan.-Dec. Box 2. Folder 6. Forestry Extension, diaries, 1952, Jan.-Nov. Box 2. Folder 7. Forestry Extension, transit book, circa 1935-1937 Series 2: Personal MaterialsBox 3. Folder 1. Plant specimen book, Indiana, 1909 Box 3. Folder 2. Thesis, Sanitary Milk Production With Special Reference to the Lincoln Milk Supply, 1915 Box 3. Folder 3. War classification, ration books, 1918, 1943 Box 3. Folder 4. Correspondence, Kersey Maxwell, 1948, Mar. 15-1948, June Box 3. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1950, Sept. 1-1952, Nov. 20 Box 3. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1952, Nov. 21-1953 Box 3. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1963-1964, undated Box 3. Folder 8. Awards (see oversize box 25) Box 3. Folder 9. Programs, dedications, ceremonies, 1946, 1965, 1981 Box 3. Folder 10. Notes, about James Whitcomb Riley Box 3. Folder 11. Poems, typescript copies, James Whitcomb Riley Box 3. Folder 12. Poems, note card copies, James Whitcomb Riley Box 3. Folder 13. Radio transcripts, KFAB, James Whitcomb Riley, 1942-1952, 1965 (see audio/visual materials for sound recording) Box 3. Folder 14. Obituary, biographical material, 1966 Box 3. Folder 15. Newspaper clippings Box 3. Folder 16. Photographs
Related Material and Resources: Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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