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Arthur Solomon King Photographs, 1967

Collection Overview

Title: Arthur Solomon King Photographs, 1967

ID: P 131

Primary Creator: King, Arthur Solomon (1906-1972)

Extent: 0.01 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Arthur Solomon King Photographs document a forage tour during which OSU researchers engaged with regional farmers and agriculture students to discuss soils and soil improvement. The collection includes images from the tour and of soil cores extracted from various locations.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

About one-third of the photographs held in this collection are of soil core samples extracted from various locations around Oregon and Washington, including Astoria, Athena, Chehalis and Walla Walla. Also depicted are soil extraction tools and a soil pH test kit used by OSC staff.

The remainder of the photos document scenes from the 1967 forage tour. Art King, Lynn Cannon and Murray Dawson are identified as among the participants travelling on the tour. Sam Dement is also identified as "explaining his fertilizer program" to area farmers.

Several images of a Future Farmers of America soil judging demonstration are likewise part of the collection. Another image is annotated as follows: "Marion County Extension Agent and Art King show why this field needs 100 lbs. P2O5, 60-80 lbs. K2O, two tons of lime and some magnesium. This was one of the fields mass sampled in 'Operation Snowstorm.'"

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Arthur Solomon King was born 13 September 1906 and was raised on a farm north of Corvallis. He graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College with a BS degree in Agriculture in 1928, and earned a Masters of Science Degree in Soils, also from OSAC in 1930. In September of 1928 King was appointed to a Teaching Fellowship in the Department of Soils. He took a leave from that position from June to December 1929 to serve as District Agricultural Extension Agent for Baker, Union and Wallowa Counties. King returned to campus in January 1930 and assumed his Fellowship until June 1930. He was appointed as the Soils-Extension Specialist in August of 1930, the first person to fill this position full time. King took a leave of absence from July of 1952 to July of 1954 and worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

King was long associated with the Oregon Water Resource Congress, serving as secretary from 1943 to 1949. He was known nationally for his work to improve soil and water resources through irrigation and land drainage, the application of fertilizers and lime, in soil judging and in improved land use. In July 1972, King retired from OSU and was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus of Soil Science, a position he held until his death in October 1972. He was survived by his wife, Geraldine; daughter, Mrs. Carol Nelson; and son, James A. King.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 28 photographs

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: The Arthur S. King Papers (MSS King) further document King's career at Oregon State University.

Preferred Citation: Arthur Solomon King Photographs (P 131), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


King, Arthur Solomon (1906-1972)

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King, Arthur Solomon, 1906-1972
Natural Resources
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