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John R. Hardison Papers, 1969-1981

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: John R. Hardison Papers, 1969-1981

ID: MSS Hardison

Primary Creator: Hardison, John Robert (1918-)

Extent: 3.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The John R. Hardison Papers consist of materials created and assembled by Hardison pertaining to field burning in Oregon. Hardison was a research pathologist with U.S. Department of Agriculture and a research faculty member at Oregon State University.

Scope and Content Notes

The John R. Hardison Papers consist of reports and publications, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reference files. The reference files include reprints and photocopies of journal articles, reports and publications, and correpondence on a variety of topics pertaining to field burning, including burn and soil effects, insects, regulation programs, fire effects on range grass, plant disease control, straw utilization, fire ecology, and fire policy. The Papers include reports published by the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and correspondence and reports to and from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, the Oregon Seed Council, and the Oregon Seed Growers League. Information pertaining to forest slash burning; summaries of burning in California, other states, Canada, and other countries; and Hardison's testimony on field burning to the Oregon legislature and in lawsuits are part of the collection.

Biographical / Historical Notes

John R. Hardison was a Research Pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Corvallis from 1944 until 1980. In 1950-1955, he had a joint appointment with the USDA and the Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1981, he was appointed to a part-time research faculty position in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Hardison earned his BS in 1939 from Washington State College and his MS (1940) and Ph.D. (1942) from the University of Michigan.

Hardison's research on field burning as a means to control diseases in grass seed production began in the 1940s and continued until the early 1980s.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The Hardison Papers were acquired by the Archives in 1990.

Related Materials: Other materials pertaining to field burning are available in the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 025), Extension Service Records (RG 111), and the Environmental Remote Sensing Applications Laboratory Records (RG 218).

Preferred Citation: John R. Hardison Papers (MSS Hardison), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary and does not include a folder or box list.


Hardison, John Robert (1918-)
Oregon State University. Agricultural Experiment Station
Oregon. Environmental Quality Commission
Oregon. State Department of Agriculture
United States. Environmental Protection Agency

People, Places, and Topics

Air pollution--Oregon--Willamette River Valley.
Burning of land--Oregon.
Hardison, John Robert, 1918-
Natural Resources
Oregon Seed Growers League
Prescribed burning--Oregon.
University History

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