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William Allison Lloyd Papers

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The William Allison Lloyd Papers consist of Lloyd’s unedited writings and speeches given throughout his career in cooperative extension work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The materials span the years 1913 to 1946. The materials are in good condition. Researchers may use the collection without restrictions.

The USDA National Agricultural Library received these materials for its archives in June 1941. Lloyd’s colleague, Madge J. Reese, with whom he worked for half of his career in extension work, persuaded him to donate them at the time of his retirement. Reese’s secretary, Adele Mahany, retyped many of the manuscripts that were in very poor condition. The container list for the collection was prepared in 2013 by Rita Todaro. The collection was further described in 2018 by Sara Lee, Special Collections Archivist.

Biographical Sketch

William Allison Lloyd (1870-1946) was born in Morrow County, Ohio on September 9, 1870. He graduated from the National Northern University in Lebanon, Ohio. He later earned a law degree from that university. After practicing law in Texas, he returned to Ohio and settled in Meigs County. As a farmer, he took a leading part in revitalizing the Grange movement in Ohio.

Lloyd was hired by the USDA Office of Farm Management (later the Office of Cooperative Extension Work) in 1913 to supervise the work of county agents in more than 30 midwestern and western states. He pioneered programs in farm leadership at the local level, and developed plans for state and county bureaus to conduct extension work. Lloyd was known for his contributions of scientific applications to practical farming.

Scope and Content Note

The William Allison Lloyd Papers consist of over 60 items contained in three volumes. They include papers and addresses relating to agricultural extension written between 1913 and 1945. The collection covers the pre-Smith-Lever extension work in the northern and western states. Lloyd addressed the organization of cooperative extension services under the Smith-Lever Act, the development of county agent work in the northern and western states, and the development of the County Farm Bureau as an extension agency. He also discusses the New Deal’s national agricultural policies and the Extension Service. Biographical information and a subject index to Lloyd’s public papers are included at end of the third volume.

A fourth volume containing the proceedings of the Western States Regional Extension Conference held on August 5-8, 1946 includes a section of remarks from a memorial service for William A. Lloyd held in conjunction with the conference.

Container List

William Allison Lloyd Papers. 4 volumes.
Volume Item Title/Description Date(s)
1 1 The county agent as a farm management man 1913
1 2 The work of the county agent (proposed scenario for motion picture) 1914
1 3 Should a county agent have a program? 1914
1 4 Suggestions to county agents on taking up their work 1915
1 5 An address at a meeting of the Massachusetts Federation of Rural Progress 1915
1 6 The county agent: What? 1915
1 7 The county agent movement 1915
1 8 The county agricultural agent as an emergency man 1915
1 9 Of, by, and for the farmers 1916
1 10 The relationship of the state leader to the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1916
1 11 Address of W. A. Lloyd at County Agent Leaders’ Conference 1917
1 12 Address of W.A. Lloyd at opening of Conference of County Agent Leaders 1917
1 12-A Remarks of Mr. Lloyd at closing of Conference of County Agent Leaders 1917
1 13 The Department of Agriculture and its cooperative relations with the colleges in extension work 1916
1 14 The coordination of the efforts of the government, state and county for agricultural improvement 1917
1 15 County agent work in the northern and western states and the development of the Farm Bureau 1918
1 16 Mr. Lloyd’s remarks at Annual Conference in Boys’ and Girls’ Club work and Junior Extension work, northern and western states 1919
1 17 Relation of the college of agriculture to a state federation of Farm Bureaus and of the county agent to the county Farm Bureau 1919
1 17-A Remarks made by Mr. W.A. Lloyd, in charge of county agent work, to the Committee of County Agent Leaders on reports, at meeting in Washington 1919
1 18 What of the future? An analysis of some significant factors relating to present conditions and tendencies in county agent work in the northern and western states 1920
1 19 The growth of an idea 1921
1 20 Status of county agent work in the northern and western states 1921
1 21 Why is a county agent leader? 1921
1 22 Methods of building an extension program adapted to the needs of local communities 1921
1 23 An analysis of county agent programs in the northern and western states indicating the possibility of a national program of agricultural extension work 1922
1 24 The county agent’s creed 1922
1 25 An analysis of county agent work – How the leaders’ time and effort are distributed 1922
1 26 Solving the complex fraction 1923
1 27 Making the Western States Program of Extension Work vital in your state and county 1924
1 27-A Home economics extension – Purpose, progress, and prospects 1925
2 28 State extension programs and their relation to agricultural research 1925
2 29 Accepting Camp Plummer for the Extension Service of the agricultural colleges and the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1926
2 30 Home economics extension – Purpose, progress, and prospects 1926
2 31 The extension ladder – The principles of salesmanship applied to extension 1926
2 32 Some factors affecting tenure in extension work 1926
2 33 After five years: Review of fact organization and state and regional program making in the western states 1927
2 34 Extension work for young men and women 1927
2 35 Leadership in Boys’ and Girls’ Club work 1927
2 36 Extension at the cross-roads 1930
2 37 Tentative draft of talk to be made at the Extension Conference at Salt Lake City 1930
2 38 Extension work with young men and women 1931
2 39-A The relation of age to extension work: Part I – Is there a problem? 1931
2 39-B The relation of age to extension work: Part II – What is being done? 1931
2 39-C The relation of age to extension work: Part III – Discussion of facts 1931
2 39-D The relation of age to extension work: Part IV – Charts showing enrollment in boys’ and girls’ 4-H Club work according to age for the year 1930 1931
2 40 Relation of service to self-development 1931
2 41 County agent work 1932
2 42 The place of demonstration work in agriculture and home economics in the development of the Pacific area 1932
3 43 Do young men think, and what? 1933
3 44 Extension’s opportunity 1933
3 45 Agricultural Adjustment and the Extension Service 1933
3 46 County organization for extension work 1933
3 47 Development of county agent work in the thirty-three northern and western states, 1912-1929, with special reference to the eleven western states 1922-1929 1929
3 48 Suggestions regarding further development of extension work with rural youth 1934
3 49 The farmer of tomorrow 1928
3 50 Summary – What does it all mean? 1934
3 51 What the ‘New Deal’ means to me 1934
3 52 The country home in America – Its obligation and its opportunity 1934
3 53 Shall an extension worker have a ‘program’ in 1934? 1934
3 54 Old ideals, new approaches 1935
3 55 A retrospect and a forecast – A review of county agent attitude 1934
3 56 Memorandum of remarks made by W. A. Lloyd at the joint session of the Nevada Extension Service and the Nevada State Farm Bureau, January 28, 1937 1937
3 57 Boys’ and girls’ 4-H Club work – What it is 1936
3 58 New educational frontiers 1939
3 59 Report on the proposed establishment of a government agency to handle an agricultural adjustment program in the Philippine Islands Undated
3 59-A Development of the extension ideal in the Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities 1944
3 60 Twenty-five years of extension work under the Act of May 8, 1914 [Smith-Lever Act] Circa 1939
3 61 The lost battalion 1944
3 62 A bit of extension philosophy 1944
3 63 Accent on youth 1945
4   Proceedings of the Western States Regional Extension Conference (includes remarks from a memorial service for William A. Lloyd 1946

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