Harold D. Loden papers

Harold D. Loden papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Loden, Harold D.
Title: Harold D. Loden papers
Dates: 1963-2002
Quantity: 1.4 Linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3101

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Harold D. Loden was born on August 17, 1918 in Colbert, Georgia to parents Dr. & Mrs. G. L. Loden. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1938 with a B.S. in agronomy. The following year, he earned a M.S. in agronomy and plant breeding, also from the University of Georgia. Loden married Celestia Marguerite Foster on December 23, 1939, whom he had met as a graduate student in Athens, Georgia. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp in 1942 and served as an aerial photographer. After the war, he was transferred to South Korea, where he served as Director of Agricultural Experiment Stations. In 1949, Loden earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Texas A&M and the following year was hired as an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia and served as the first director of College Experiment Stations. He returned to Texas in 1951 and became a cotton breeder with Anderson, Clayton & Company. Loden served as a general manager for the company in Texas and Iowa before retiring in 1973 to become the Executive Vice President of the American Seed Trade Association. After vacating his position with the association in 1983, Loden returned to Athens and organized HDL Inc., a seed industry consulting firm. In 1986, he became only the second American to be named an honorary lifetime member of the International Seed Trade Federation. Dr. Loden died in Athens, Georgia on September 8, 2001.


Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the professional activities of Harold D. Loden as part of the American seed industry between 1948 and 2001. The papers are comprised of four boxes of materials divided into three series: Correspondence (1989-2000), Publications by Loden (1948-1983), and Publications about Loden (1954-2001). The majority of Loden’s correspondence relates to his work as a seed industry consultant for Athens-based HDL Inc., which was established in 1983. Most of the correspondence is comprised of typescript letters and faxed information dealing with applications for errors and omissions insurance for various seed associations. The correspondence includes coverage applications and statements, credit notes, and seed standards and rules. The series of publications by Loden consists primarily of papers and speeches he delivered at conventions and annual meetings around the country, frequently in the South and Midwest. Most of the papers focus on topics associated with the seed industry, including seed development, agricultural production, plant breeding, patents, and seed legalities. Many of the papers were presented on behalf of organizations of which he was a member, including the Southern Seedmen’s Association and the American Seed Trade Association. The series also includes articles Loden wrote for a variety of agricultural journals and magazines. The publications about Loden vary in form and include magazines, pamphlets, clippings, and press releases focusing on his career in the seed industry. Included in the clippings folder is a photograph of his acceptance of a lifetime membership in the International Seed Trade Federation and his September 12, 2001 obituary in the Athens Banner-Herald.


Arrangement

The Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Publications by Loden are arranged by date, while the publications about Loden are organized alphabetically by media type.


Index Terms

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.).
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
Loden, Harold D. -- Correspondence
Publications.
Seed industry and trade.
Seeds.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harold D. Loden papers. MS 3101. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence

BoxFolder
11Ag Biotech, 1998-2000
2Anderson Clayton Corp., 1985-1999
3Arizona Crop Improvement Association, 1995-1997
4Athens Seed Company, 1990-1999
5California Crop Improvement Association, 1995-1999
6Greenheart Farms, 2000
7H. J. Heinz, 1999-2000
8Indiana Crop Improvement Association, 1997
9Michigan Crop Improvement Association, 1997-1998
10Mid-West Seed Service, Inc., 1998-1999
11Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, 1995-2000
12Missouri Seed Improvement Association, 1995-1997
13Mobley Plant Company, 1998
BoxFolder
21Moews Seed Company, 1989-1997
2Phytogen, 1999
3SECAN Association, 1990-1999
4Stratton Seed Company, 1999
5Washington State Crop Improvement Association, 1994-1997
6Whittington Wholesale Company, 1990-1997
7WILCO, 1999
8Williams Warehouse Company, 1989-1998
 

Series 2: Publications by Loden

BoxFolder
291948-1955
101956-1962
111963-1965
BoxFolder
311966-1967
21968
31969
41970-1971
61974
71975-1976
81977-1978
91979-1980
BoxFolder
411981-1983
 

Series 3: Publications about Loden

BoxFolder
42Clippings/Press Releases, 1968-2001
3Magazines, 1954-1991
4Pamphlets, 1967-1988