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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the George Washington Carver Poster MSS.3409

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-05-31T11:43-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

George Washington Carver Poster

Unit ID:

MSS.3409

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

3.0 Linear feet

Dates:

after 1942

Abstract:

Poster (37" x 25") of George Washington Carver by Betsy Graves Reyneau.

Access Restrictions:

None

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a 37" x 25" color poster of George Washington Carver published by Pomegranate (Rohnert Park, California) for the Smithsonian Institution. The original is in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC and was painted by Betsy Graves Reyneau in 1942.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2011

Preferred Citation:

George Washington Carver Poster, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Biographical/Historical note

George Washington Carver was an American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor. The exact day and year of his birth are unknown; he is believed to have been born in January 1864, in Diamond, Missouri, before slavery was abolished there. Much of his fame is based on his research into and promotion of crops as alternatives to cotton, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. He wanted poor farmers to grow these alternative crops both as a source of their own food and as a source of other products to improve their quality of life.

In addition to his work on agricultural extension education advocating sustainable agriculture, Carver's important accomplishments also included improving race relations, mentoring children, poetry, painting and religion. Carver died on 5 January 1943, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Poster Box 3409.001