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Victor R. Gardner papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.18

Scope and Contents

In 1972 and 1973, Professor Frank Dennis interviewed Victor Gardner as part of an oral history project. Gardner's papers include tape recordings and transcripts of these interviews as well as his own written reminiscences. In these Gardner discusses his experience while a student at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) (1901-1905), the development of the Horticultural Department and his colleagues in the department (1923-1945), and achievements throughout his career. Other items include Victor Gardner's letter to the MSU Alumni Association Office listing his professional degrees and accomplishments, and a letter written after Gardner's death by one of his former students, providing a brief but detailed account of his life for publication in a horticultural magazine.


  • Creation: 1972 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Note

Victor R. Gardner received a B.S. in Agriculture from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1905. Upon completion of graduate work at Iowa State College, he accepted subsequent faculty positions at McDonald College, the University of Maine, Oregon Agricultural College, and the University of Missouri. Gardner returned to MAC in 1923 as head of the Horticultural Department, a position he held until 1945. In 1929, he was also appointed Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. He retired in 1949 with the rank of Assistant Dean.


0.1 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 2 audio cassettes)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Victor R. Gardner Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Stawicki
June 1982
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US