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Paul M. Harmer collection

Identifier: UA-17.366

Scope and Content

The Paul Harmer collection contains articles written by Harmer which are predominantly about muck farming.

There is also a WKAR radio programs schedule. Although Harmer is not listed as a radio program presenter, there are some programs about muck farming, and it is inferred that he was involved.


  • Creation: 1921 - 1955


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

Paul Harmer was born in Dodge Center, Minnesota on March 6, 1888. He received his B.S. degree in 1911 from Carlton College, his M.S. (1915) and Ph.D. (1920) from the University of Minnesota. From 1911 to 1913 he was a physics and chemistry teacher at Mankato High School. From 1914-1915 he was an instructor in the Soils department at Minnesota Agricultural College. He was head of the Chemistry Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1917-1918. He served as a sergeant in the Chemical Warfare Service from 1917 to 1918 during World War I. From 1919 to 1921 he was an Assistant Professor in the Soils Department at Wisconsin Agricultural College. He came to Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) in 1921 as a Research Associate and Extension Specialist in Soil Science.

Harmer was a specialist in muck soil also known as humus. He wrote many articles and was also involved in the Michigan Muck Farmers Association. Harmer retired in 1953 and passed away on May 12, 1959.


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Custodial History

The materials in this collection came to the University Archives anonymously. The materials in this collection were included with the Michigan Muck Farmers Association materials (collection 249).

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Paul M. Harmer Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
July 2015
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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