Guide to the

The Seaman A. Knapp Collection

10.56 linear feet

 Collection Number 009 

Prepared by Kathie Bordelon, 1985
Updated March 2010

CITATION: The Seaman A. Knapp Collection, Collection No. 009, Box number, Folder number,
Archives and Special Collections Department, Frazar Memorial Library, McNeese State University.

 Archives and Special Collections Department
Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Seaman A. Knapp
Brief Sketch of the Life Work of the Great Farmer-Statesman
By Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Mayo (daughter of Seaman A. Knapp)

Dr. Seaman A. Knapp was born at Schroon Lake, New York, December 16, 1833, and was the youngest of a family of eight children. His parents soon moved to Crown Point, a village on the western shore of Lake Champlain, not far from the Canadian line - a picturesque village, its one street extending several miles between rugged Adirondack mountains. His grandparents moved from New England to Northern New York soon after the Revolution. His father was a captain in the war of 1812 and later a “Doctor of the Old School,” having a wide practice up and down Lake Champlain. The Seamans, his mother’s people, were scholars and his uncle B. K. Seaman, was the first graduate of the State Normal School at Albany, New York.

Dr. Knapp went to school at Crown Point Center to the village schoolmaster named Bingham. To this man is due, not only the splendid foundation of his education, but the firing of his boyish soul with the desire for higher education in a day when few went beyond the rudiments learned in the “Little Brick Schoolhouse.”

When he was fifteen, he ran his oldest brother’s cabinet shop, the brother being ill for a year. It meant rising at four in the morning, working by candlelight, often pulling out the lumber from under the snow, laying the pattern of the piece of furniture to be made, and then carefully cutting it out with a saw. A small old-fashioned table with drop leaves and two drawers, in the possession of his oldest son, Professor Herman Knapp, is a sample of the excellent work of the boy. His brother Alonzo, bitterly opposed to his going to college, for he said it was the spoiling of a fine cabinet maker to make a poor scholar, but his sister, Mary, who was teaching school, loaned him the money and urged him to go. In the later years of her life, when the two were all that were left of the family, he was able to reciprocate bountifully this sisterly kindness.

At sixteen, he started for Troy Conference Academy, a Methodist school at Poultney, Vt., spending two preparatory years there. Here he met and became engaged at eighteen to Maria Elizabeth Hotchkiss, a young woman of rare personal gifts and culture, who for fifty-four years was his companion and wise counselor and to whose brave, self-sacrificing life, he owes much of his ultimate success. At eighteen he entered Union College, Schenectady, New York, during the presidency of Dr. Knott, graduating in the summer of 1856 with high honors and a membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society to which only high scholarship gives access. He achieved this under the difficulty of teaching during his senior year and going to college to pass examinations. He was married on August 6, 1856, and the young couple, (both twenty-two years of age), went to teach in Fort Edward, New York, he teaching Greek and Latin at the time. During the first year, both together received $300.00 and their board. Later, he became junior partner in the Institute. In 1863, he purchased a one-half interest in the old Troy Conference Academy and it was changed to Ripley Female College, a finishing school patronized by many wealthy New York families.

It seemed like the chance of a lifetime, the opportunity for wealth and culture and position to a young man. But it was short lived. The same year, he was out teaching the young ladies to play ball and fell upon a small cobble stone, tearing the knee-pan from the bone. Six of the most famous army surgeons of the time were consulted, but they could do nothing. In 1866, he went out in the Iowa prairies when the tales of the Comanche Indians were still fresh enough to be blood curdling. Here he rode the plow with the crutches by his side. But the sheep farm was a failure because he had not learned the difference between the sheltered Vermont hills and the bleak Iowa prairies. For two years after this, he preached at the Methodist church in Vinton, Iowa, sitting on a high stool in the pulpit to preach. In the meantime, he had become known as an educator and in 1869 accepted the superintendency of the Iowa College for the blind where he remained six years adding to the capacity of the school and placing it in fine condition. These details of his life between 1863 and 1870 are given to show his indomitable will and energy when most men so afflicted would have given up, for he walked on crutches with the right limb so shriveled up that the toe barely touched the floor and his spine was supposed to be affected. How was he cured? Through that same unconquerable spirit. Learning the principles of diet, bathing and exercise which then were little thought of, he put them into such rigid practice that he was permanently cured.

During all these years he had kept a farm, having a great love for the work. In 1876, he established a fine stock farm near Vinton, Iowa, and also edited a farm paper of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the spring of 1880, through Secretary James Wilson and other prominent Iowa men, he was tendered the chair of Professor of Agriculture at the Iowa State College. The work was only in embryo when he commenced. He left it a fully established department, sending out yearly as graduates young men with a broad knowledge of agriculture and a vision if its higher possibilities.

It was his great pride that his students were found in the Agricultural Department of the Government, in college professorship and as men of influence working out the problems of scientific agriculture. While at the College he was a member of the committee which framed and had passed the act establishing experimental stations in connection with Agricultural colleges which are doing such excellent work in all the states of the Union.

His wife always said that he never cared for a position after the knotty problems were solved and some one else could take up the work and follow it successfully. Hence, when the department of the college was on a firm basis, he turned his eyes toward the South where the promise of new fields of study and enterprise were very alluring to him. The opportunity came through his friend, Professor Alexander Thomson, who had been at the Iowa State College, and his [Thomson’s] brother-in-law, Jabez B. Watkins, the large land owner in Southwestern Louisiana.

He came South with his family in 1885 and made his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he remained twenty-two and one-half years, leaving there for Washington, D.C., in January 1908, to take charge of the Farm Demonstration work. After coming South, he remained for a little time with Mr. Watkins, but soon branched out into projects of his own. He became very much interested in the development of the country and particularly the rice industry. Through his life-long friend, Secretary James Wilson, he was sent abroad to study Agriculture and particularly rice in foreign countries. He visited Japan, China and the Philippine Islands in 1898 and the same countries and India in 1902, remaining abroad six and nine months respectively. He visited Mexico and Porto (Puerto) Rico in the same manner.

In 1904, the Mexican cotton boll weevil had crossed the Rio Grande and invaded the rich cotton belt of Texas, bringing ruin to the country. The majority of people thought that the growing of cotton would cease and the great money crop of the United States be destroyed. Dr. Knapp had been experimenting in a small way and when he announced that he could grow cotton in spite of the weevil, could teach every farmer in Texas to do the same, could, by teaching them to grow more and better corn, feed and home supplies, make them far more prosperous than before the boll weevil came, the farmers and businessmen followed his plan until today Texas is producing almost one-third of the cotton of the United States.

His plan was to go to a farmer, ask him to grow a few acres exactly as instructed, make frequent visits to see that all was correctly done. In the fall when the yield was two to four-fold more on this land than on the balance of the farm, the lesson was so well illustrated that it was remembered. Thus the demonstration work was started.

In 1906, the General Education Board of New York sent their specialist to the South to see what could be done to help advance the rural communities. They reported Dr. Knapp’s demonstration work as the greatest force for uplift and progress in the country and arranged to cooperate in giving large sums yearly to advance the work ahead of the boll weevil. The Boys’ Corn Clubs and the Girls’ Canning Clubs were also formed and at the time of Dr. Knapp’s death, he had a field force of over seven hundred traveling instructors visiting thousands of farmers from western Texas to Eastern Virginia, bringing prosperity out of adversity. Our sixty thousand boys and girls compete in the clubs and their success is worldwide and has caused many of their elders to try new methods. The demonstration method of teaching has been found so practical that our last Congress appropriated a large sum of money to carry this work into the Northern States.

Dr. Knapp died at Washington, D.C., April 1, 1911, in the seventy-eighth year of his age, still active and interested in his work.

Note: The above sketch of the life of Dr. S. A. Knapp was prepared at the request of John McNeese, Superintendent of Schools for Calcasieu Parish, by Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Mayo. Mrs. Mayo was Dr. Knapp’s daughter.

The sketch was prepared for the boys and girls of the public schools of the parish in order that “they may the better understand the elements of true greatness and hoping that many of them will be inspired to emulate the example of this great man who is now honored and admired throughout the civilized world and who for many years lived as one of the citizens of Calcasieu Parish.”

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains various articles and books by or about Knapp, notices and letters at the time of his death, information on rice production, agricultural extension work and some photographs. It also contains photocopies and CD's of scanned images from Knapp family documents and a link to a transcription of the journal Knapp kept during his travels to Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico in 1898-1900. A transcription of the journal is available here.

Container List

Box 1

File Folder (FF) 1     1851 Resolution for friends to reunite in 1861 (Pearse, Knapp, Sherman, Stanford)
                    FF 2     "Seaman A. Knapp Shows a Nation a New Farm Life", Bailey 1957 (J. W. Canada)
                    FF 3     "Rice Culture in the U.S. "Farmer's Bulletin, No. 110, 1900 (3)
                    FF 4     Correspondence concerning world travels to study rice:
                                    letters from Mayo to Williamson about obtaining Knapp items listed in letter Aug 26, 1939,
                                    from the Governor of Puerto Rico Oct 22, 1900,
                                    from illegible concerning Pierce death and rice order Dec 31, 1900,
                                    from Galloway to Knapp in Hawaii Dec 26, 1901,
                                    from Bessey concerning appointment July 11, 1901,
                                    from Galloway about India/Hawaii Oct 15, 1901,
                                    from Bessey about China Oct 26, 1901,
                                    from Galloway concerning trip June 1, 1901
                    FF 5     Bills, Insurance, memos for Japanese Paddy Rice Feb 13 and 23, 1901
                    FF 6     Rice Cook Book, issued by the Passenger Dept. of Southern-Pacific 1902,
                                    Articles by Dr. and Mrs. Knapp
                    FF 7     Minutes of meeting setting forth Porter Demonstration Farm, Terrell, Texas
                    FF 8     Letter from Mayo to Williamson concerning Porter Farm Jan 5, 1940, visit of Knapp to Porter Farm,
                                    extract from Dallas News on Oct 11, 1903 concerning canning factory at Scurry, essay about Porter
                                    Farm has unidentified author
                    FF 9     Nov. 13, 1903 Correspondence re: Bamboo shipped to Texas from Fairchild
                    FF 10   Record of 1st Demonstration Farm 1903 taken from Terrell transcript Feb. 25, 1953; 50th Anniversary letter from Boyd about Porter Farm Feb. 26, 1953; DVD of 2 videos celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension (Knapp-Porter Demonstration Centennial, 1903-2003) - Videos entitled: To Make a Great People (Centennial Video October 2003) and I Am Thinking of the Harvest (75th Anniversary Film from 1978) Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University
                    FF 11   Membership Certificate, American Association Work for Advancement of Science Dec. 31,1904
                    FF 12   "Farmers' Cooperative Demonstration Work and Its Results" delivered by Seaman A. Knapp
                                    May 4, 1906 at Lexington, Kentucky
                                    "An Agricultural Revolution" The World's Work, v.12, p. 7733-7738
                    FF 13   General Education Board Members' Addresses Oct. 13, 1908, List of state and district agents and
                                    school agents
                    FF 14   "Enriching the Rural Life" The Epworth Herald Aug. 13, 1910, Chicago and New York
                    FF 15   letter to Arthur (son ) from Knapp
                                 Jan. 9, 1911 trip to Chattanooga,
                                 Jan. 16, 1911 trip to Columbia,
                                 Jan. 21, 1911 Republican Club talk in New York,
                                 Jan. 28, 1911 trip to Washington and thank you from the Republican Club,
                                 (2) Feb. 7, 1911 and Feb. 10, 1911 trip to Washington,
                                 letter to Secretary of Agriculture concerning Knapp in Alabama from Taylor Feb. 2, 1911
                    FF 15   Record of Guest Appearances 1911
                    FF 16   "Diversified Agriculture and the Relation of the Banker to the Farmer" Bradford Knapp, July 2, 1915,
                                 letter from Wilbanks to Mrs. Herman Knapp concerning paper by Bradford Apr. 14, 1940,
                                 memo concerning Bradford Apr. 14, 1940,
                                 "Crossing the Bar" Tennyson sung at Mrs. Knapp's funeral June 1910
                    FF 17   "Shall Agriculture be Taught in the Secondary Schools of the U.S.?" by S. A. Knapp
                    FF 18   The Review of Reviews 1911 "S. A. Knapp, Agriculture Statesman"
                    FF 19   Remarks made at Knapp's funeral March 5, 1911 by Henry Wallace
                    FF 20   The Outlook Feb. 18, 1911
                    FF 21   The World's Work Advertiser: Bradford Knapp takes Over Farm Demonstration Work in the
                                    Department of Agriculture 1912 Photo included
                    FF 22   "Seaman A. Knapp's work as an Agricultural Statesman" The American Review of Reviews
                                    1911 pp.683-685
                    FF 23   University of South Carolina Bulletin, No. 23 Founder's Day-1911 in memory of S. A. Knapp
                    FF 24   Condolence letters from Washington D.C., France, B.T. Galloway, A.F. Lever, L.S. Brown, G. Harold Powell, Wallace Buttrick, Chas. Scott, Jno. H. Small, Notice to Farmers, Resolution of the Committee of Agriculture of House on Knapp Passing, Resolution on Death to Marshall Progressive League (all between April 2 - 17, 1911)
                    FF 25   Condolence letters from Virginia, Florida, Oklahoma, Iowa, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, Charles W. Dabney, Charles Sheldon, G.S. Dickerman, M. O. Stoddard, E. W. Stanton, Sam Finley, James A. Marsh, W.D. Bently, D.H. Horlong, A.S. Meharg, William Hodges Mann (Governor of Virginia), Ella Agnew, F.S. Farrar, Hansford Hunt, Letter about Knapp part in original Experiment Station Act (April 1 - May 1, 1911)
                    FF 26   Condolence letters from Alabama, A. H. Moorman, L. N. Duncan, J.T. Watt, Carver of Tuskegee Institute,
 B.L. Moss, S.M. Day, R. F. Kolb, Clarendon Davis, A.L. Kimbrough, A.G. Harrell, Booker T. Washington, C. F. Striplin, G. A. Ritch (April 1911)
                    FF 27   Condolence letters from Georgia, Gentry, Andrew M. Soule, G.V. Cunningham, L.C. Davis, J.M. Layfield,
 J. Phil Campbell, C.L. Foster, V.L. Collier (April 1911)
                    FF 28   Condolence letters from Mississippi, R.S. Wilson, G.H. Alford, E.F. Noel (Governor), J.E. Stansell, H. Guy
 Hathorn (April 1911)
                    FF 29   Condolence letters from Arkansas, James R. Woods, H.S. Mobley, D.L. Phares, W.F. Haden, A.M. Allen,
 R.C. Davidson (April 1911)
                    FF 30   Condolence letters from Tennessee, Lem Banks, Thomas A. Earley, O.M. Watson, Tate, Frank D. Fuller
 (April 1911)
                    FF 31   Condolence letters from the Carolinas, C.R. Hudson, E.J. Watson, W.M. Riggs, Morgan/Ira Williams,  L.L. Baker, H.B. Frissell, S.M. Duncan, J.W. Rothrock, Fred W. Carnell, M.A. Abornothy, E.N. Clark, J.J. Dargan, T.D. McLean, D.N. Barrow, Resolution passed at Gen. Sumter Memorial Academy (April 1911)
                    FF 32   Condolence letters from Louisiana, A.T. Perkins, H.C. Drew, John T. White, S. Locke Breaux, H. F. & F. A. Von Phul, John L. Henning, S. T. Woodring, S.W. Maxwell, Maurice Muller, Frank Roberts, J.A. Evans, Mason Snowden, L.J. Alleman, Geo R. Sutton, E.N. Evans, W.B.F Lewis, A.A. Morrow (April 1911)
                    FF 33   Condolence letters from Texas, W.L. English, F.N. Gray (2), LA and TX Rice Millers’ Association, Ed R. Kone, W.W. Campbell, R.O. Fields, W.F. Procter (3), J.L. Quicksall, J.R. Leguenec, Frank Clarke, P.A. Gibson, T.O. Walton, M.G. Bean, J.T. McWilliams, S.P. Brooks (President Baylor University), H.P. Attwater, H.H. Harrington, F.H. McKay, R.L. Bennett, R.P. Elrod, J.O. Berryman, copy of reply acknowledging resolutions
                    FF 34   Condolence letters from New York, Albert Shaw, Walter H Page, Frank H. Streeter, M.V. Richards, John D. Rockefeller, Jr, Wallace Buttrick
                    FF 35   Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Convention of the Southern Commercial Congress at the session arranged as a memorial to the late Seaman A. Knapp April 9, 1912 (Printed 1914) Nashville, TN (2), partial program of above April 8 - 10, 1912

Box 2

                    FF 1     "Pays Tribute to Dr. Knapp" Dallas News 1928, O.B. Martin (2), letter from S.A. Mayo concerning Hatch Bill March 14, 1940
                    FF 2     Great Agricultural Statesman Aug, 1928, Extension Service Farm News, College Station, TX
                    FF 3     Iowa State College Alumnus "Former President Knapp honored by 4-H" September 1930, one page
                    FF 4     Select Quotations from Seaman A. Knapp December 16, 1933, College Station, TX (6)
                    FF 5     Iowa State Alumnus November 1933 Herman Knapp photo, Day Dinner Honors November 19
                    FF 6     "S. A. Knapp", Cline, LA History 1970, "Immigration Endeavors", Williams, Louisiana History 1974
                    FF 7     Epsilon Sigma Phi 1933 Yearbook (Knapp pp. 20-21) by J.A. Evans tribute
                    FF 8     "Passing of O.B. Martin" Extension Service Farm News College Station, TX July 1935
                    FF 9     Presentation of the Silver Cup: Epsilon Sigma Phi Wilson and Knapp Memorial Arches and Tablets
                                    November 17, 1937 Washington DC Programs (4), Press release concerning dedication
                                    November 9, 1937, Remarks of Sec Wallace at dedication Nov. 17, 1937, Photos of dedication (4),
                                    Congressional record extension of remarks Nov. 19, 1937
                    FF 10   Story of Texas Demonstration Work 1936, Texas A & M, Mrs. Lila Bryan
                    FF 11   Tenth Anniversary Yearbook 1937 Wash., D.C. Arch Dedication Epsilon Sigma Phi
                    FF 12   Iowa State Alumnus Feb. 2, 1938, President S. A. Knapp photo
                    FF 13   "How the Extension Service Came to Be" June 1939, ACCO Press, Louis Franke
                    FF 14   Correspondence of Seaman Arthur Knapp concerning his father '39-'40, to A.F. Lever (July - Sept 1939),
                                    memorandum concerning Knapp life May 1939, Thank you from Jesse P. Bogue President of Green
                                    Mountain Junior College Poultney, VT 1940
                    FF 15   Seaman A. Knapp Ship: letters concerning naming Nash 1944, Kunitz concerning naming 1944 (2),
                                    Lt. A. Waldo Jones 1944 (2), Sword Line, Inc G.A. Swenson 48, Photos of S.S. Knapp (2)
                    FF 16   "Crusader in Agriculture" 1945, Joseph Cannon Bailey, The Saturday Review, Photo of Joseph E. King,
                                    Letter from Bailey concerning photos (2), Knapp remarks at program (2)
                    FF 17   Iowa State Alumnus Nov. 1946 Knapp photo on cover
                    FF 18   "Brief Sketch of the Lifework of the Great Farmer Statesman" prepared by Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Mayo (daughter of Knapp) at the request of John McNeese
                    FF 19   Address of Seaman A. Knapp's grandson to Extension workers marking fifth anniversary of Extension
                                    work, News release marking 50th, Report of the Joint Committee to Plan for the 50th Anniversary,
                                    Nov. 1952
                    FF 20   Union Worthies No. 7 (Seaman A. Knapp) 1952 Class of 1856 New York
                    FF 21   Ag. Extension Service, Texas A. and M. College System and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Annual Report
                                    50 years of Service in Farm Demonstration
                                    Work Photo of Knapp/Porter Farm
                    FF 22   Iowa State College Alumnus "Knapp, ISC Pioneer, Honored in NY" March 1952
                    FF 23   "Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities Report for Golden Anniversary..."Nov 1952,
                                    Extension’s Golden Anniversary Feb 1953, The Cotton Gin and Oil Mill Press
                     FF 24   U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Commemorative Programs: 50th Anniversary of Farm Demonstration Work,
                                    Texas A & M 1953, Significant dates in the history of extension work 1953 (2), Biographies of
                                    Knapp 1953 (2), Basis for observation of Anniversary (2), The Cooperative Extension Service by
                                    Lester Schlup 1952
                    FF 25   Golden Anniversary Programs - 50 Years of Cooperative Extension 1953, Texas A & M, 1953
                                    pamphlet on anniversary, Luncheon honoring Knapp and Porter
                    FF 26   Iowa State House Journal 1953 Resolution on Knapp anniversary, letter from Knapp to son concerning
                                    anniversary 1953
                    FF 27   "A Monument of an Idea" National 4-H News 1953, letter from John E. Jackson 1953
                    FF 28   Seaman A. Knapp lecture 1997 Charles Knapp
                    FF 29   Presentation of the silver cup originally presented to S.A. Knapp but returned to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to celebrate 50 yr. anniversary 1953, Remarks by Ezra Taft Benson accepting cup, Letter from L. I. Jones concerning cup, talk by Virginia Knapp at presentation (2), Photo of Knapp and Benson with cup, Photo of Knapp with cup
                    FF 30   "First Farm Demonstration" Farm Family 1953
                    FF 31   "Agriculture in the United States", Volumes 2 - 4 Louisiana History, Readings in the History of
                                    American Agriculture
, ed. Rasmussen "Boll Weevil" 1960, "Titans of the Soil Dies", Louisiana
, Rasmussen
                    FF 32   "Write Your Lesson in the Field" 1953 Extension Service Book review about S.A. Knapp by J.M. Eleazer
                    FF 33   A Brief History of Agricultural Extension Work 1953 by Dr. L. O. Schuab (autographed)
                                    Extension Circular, Taking the University to the People: Seventy-five years of cooperative extension
                                    by Wayne D. Rasmussen (pages photocopied concerning Knapp)
                    FF 34   Golden Jubilee Celebration at McNeese program 1953 (2), Letter from H. C. Sanders thank yous,
                                    copy of remarks made by Sanders, Invitation from Lether E. Frazar to luncheon
                    FF 35   "Seaman Asahel Knapp" 1958 McNeese Review Winter by Rodney Cline
                    FF 36   Address at McNeese, 1976, delivered by Leonard Knapp of Lake Charles by Rodney Cline, additional
                                    remarks made by L. Knapp
                    FF 37   Correspondence concerning cottage system at college in Ames, Iowa copies of 1983 and 1976
                    FF 38   Personal notes on biography of Knapp - writers and date unknown
                    FF 39  Pamphlet on the Seaman A. Knapp School of Country Life at George Peabody College for Teachers

Box 3

                    Portraits of Mr. Seaman A. Knapp (13)
                    Graves of Dr. and Mrs. Knapp at College Cemetery, Ames, Iowa Postcards (2)
                    Mary Knapp as a young woman, with her sisters Candace Francelia and Lizana Diadaina
                    Barns at Ames, Iowa. S.A. Knapp and son Arthur in foreground
                    Rice Association of America at El Campo, TX (about 1902) Seaman A. Knapp and H.C. Drew of Lake Charles, are in the picture
                    Mary Knapp (Mrs. Seaman A. Knapp) large and small photo
                    Knapp Family Portrait (Seaman, Maria, Herman, Mary, grandchildren 1897)
                    Booth of Extension Work at Sulphur, LA Fair 1953 on S. A. Knapp
                    Ames Hall - Green Mountain Junior College, Poultney, Vermont postcard dated July 5, 1948
                    Graves postcard covered with leaves from Decoration Day 1948 (2)
                    Mary Knapp
                    Picture of bronze plaque and inscription
                    Picture of unidentified men showing portrait of Knapp (3)

Box 4

                    News articles concerning Knapp life, death, and anniversary
                    "The Boys are After You: A Warning to Grown-up Farmers"
                    Published in Success, May 1911 by Forrest Crissey
                    Dallas Morning News, April 4, 1911
                    Lake Charles Daily Press, April 19, 1911
                    Times Democrat (Iowa) June 16, 1911
                    Des Moines, Iowa Register and Leader, April 7, 1911
                    Article in Newspaper. Source unknown. Date unknown.
                    Daily American Press, Lake Charles, LA May 27, 1912
                    New Orleans Daily Picayune, April 2, 1911
                    Colfax Chronicle, November 16,1912
                    Nashville Banner, April 10,1912
                    Daily American Press, November 27, 1912
                    Register and Leader, Des Moines , Iowa, March 26, 1911
                    Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2, 1911
                    The Daily American Press (Lake Charles), April 7, 1911
                    Nashville Tennessean, April 10, 1912
                    Nashville Democrat, April 10, 1912
                    Nashville Tennessean, April 10, 1912
                    Houston Chronicle, Jan. 3, 1912
                    Des Moines Register March 24, ??
                    Wash., D.C. Evening Star, Nov 20, 1937 (Mrs. Knapp's death)
                    Lake Charles Daily American Press, April 3, 1911
                    "Death of Seaman A. Knapp in Wash. Saturday", 1911, Source unknown
                    Ames, Story County, Iowa, April 6, 1911
                    Washington Herald, Saturday, March 23, 1912
                    Lake Charles American Press, Feb. 22, 1970
                    McNeese Contraband Nov. 21, 1975
                    Washington D. C. Star, November 14, 1937
                    Lake Charles American Press, March 6, 1977
                    American Press, Garden dedication to "Hero of the Soil"
                    Daily Picayune and Evening Star
                    Sunday Bulletin (Philadelphia) Jan. 25, 1953
                    Daily American Press, June 4, 1912
                    Sunday Star, November 14, 1937
                    American Press, July 23, 1952
                    Ames Daily Tribune, February 26, 1952
                    Proposed inscription on the bronze plaque for Seaman A. Knapp by Rodney Cline
                    Congressional Record, August 1, 1955
                    Lake Charles Daily Press, November 17, 1937
                    July 1, 1928
                    Lake Charles American Press, November 10, 1937
                    Southwest Citizen, Lake Charles, LA January 9, 1950
                    Washington, D. C. Evening Star, November 20, 1937
                    The Progressive Farmer, April 1951
                    The Progressive Farmer, date unknown
                    Nashville Banner, Oct. 2, 1921 "Scenes from Knapp Farm" (pictures)
                    LSU Reveille "New Dorms, Ag-Forestry Extension Bldg..." June 20, 1950
                    Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette and Republican, June 24, 1930 Honoring Herman Knapp
                    Poultney, Vt. Journal, April 21, 1905 Reminiscences of Dopple Hollow
                    Rice Journal and Southern Farm, May 1911
                    The Southwest Trail, December 1912 Farmer’s Coop Demonstration Work
                    Lafayette (LA) Daily Advertiser, Oct. 1997 early settlers by Jim Bradshaw
                    Address delivered by Knapp, 1894, "Let Us Enlarge the Domain of Industrial Knowledge"
                    "The Ten Commandments of Agriculture" Silver Anniversary in Arkansas
                    1953 News Articles celebrating Fiftieth Anniversary from U.S.
                    1953 News articles celebrating Fiftieth Anniversary from Louisiana
                    Journal of trips to Japan, Orient, Mexico, Puerto Rico for Department of Agriculture 1898-1901(?) (photocopy). A transcription of the journal is available here.

Box 5

                    Elementary Principles of Agriculture, Ferguson and Lewis presented by the authors 1908
                    When we're Green We Grow, McKimmon 1945
                    The Demonstration Work, Martin 1921
                    The Long Dark Road, Brougher 1946
                    A Military Primer, Marshall and Simonds 1916
                    Street Riot Duty autographed S. A. Knapp Iowa State College 1892

Box 6

                    Yesterday and Today in Louisiana Agriculture, Williamson 1940
                    West Texas Historical Association Year Book, 1934, Article "The
                    Last Years of Seaman A. Knapp", Southworth
                    The Life and Work of Seaman A. Knapp, Cline 1936
                    Origin and Growth of Agriculture Extension in LA 1860-1948 Williamson 1951
                    "Notes on Horticulture" S.A. Knapp's handwritten notebook dated Sept. 1890, letter from Ruth Lindquist
                        concerning notebook 1926
                    Letter from C. E. Simmons 1885 building materials, 2 letters from J. B. Watkins concerning job duties and salary,
                        2 envelopes

Box 7

                    Seaman A. Knapp: Schoolmaster of American Agriculture, Bailey 1945
                    The Demonstration Work, Martin autographed 1926
                    The Life and Work of Seaman A. Knapp, Cline 1941 autographed
                    The Present Status of Rice Culture in the United States, Knapp 1899
                    Select Quotations from Dr. Seaman A. Knapp
                    Recent Foreign Explorations, Knapp 1903
                    The Rice Directory and Manual; Rice, Sugar and Coffee Journal ed. Raymond Martinez 1953

Box 8          Knapp family documents - photocopies and CD’s of scanned images from family scrapbooks and photo albums

                    FF 1 Knapp family, Book 1
                    FF 2 Knapp family, Book 2 
                    FF 3 Seaman A. Knapp, Book 1
                    FF 4 Seaman A. Knapp, Book 2
                    FF 5 Knapp Memorabilia

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