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Richard W. Chase papers

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Identifier: UA-17.244

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Certification of Seed Act No. 221 and Seed Potato Certification Regulations No. 624 and 628 brochures that outline how potatoes are to be certified. Also included are Seed Potato Inspection Service brochures that were put out by the Michigan Potato Producers’ Association and later by the Michigan Crop Improvement Association with inspections handled by Michigan State University (MSU discontinued this practice in 1968). Also included is a brief "History of Michigan Seed Potato Certification Regulations Agencies and Administrators" compiled by Richard Chase which gives background information on seed potato certification. The collection also contains MSU Extension bulletins on the potato, an article reprinted from the American Potato Journal, and two issues of The Potato Magazine.


  • Creation: 1920 - 2004


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

Richard Chase retired Professor Emeritus in the Crop and Soil Science Department at Michigan State University in 1994. He came to MSU in 1962 and worked in extension and research. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of the Michigan Crop Improvement Association and administered the Seed Potato Certification Program. Chase died on December 21, 2019.


0.25 Cubic Feet (, 7 folders)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Richard W. Chase Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
March 2005
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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