Harry Patterson papers
Harry J. Patterson was associated with the University of Maryland for fifty years, from 1888 to 1937. He arrived as part of the staff of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and made significant contributions to agriculture in the state of Maryland. Patterson was instrumental in raising awareness throughout the state of the value of research in agriculture for the improvement of the state's economy and tax base. And, through his work on the applications of chemistry to farming, new varieties of tobacco and strawberries were developed. Patterson's most enduring contributions to the state, however, were made between 1913 and 1917 when he served as president of the University of Maryland. In those four years Patterson undertook the rebuilding of the campus after a fire in 1912 and launched the University on a course of expansion, preparing the campus for a shift in status from a small college to a large, public, and modern university. Patterson's papers consist of correspondence; speeches; rosters; and lecture, experiment, and chemical notes.
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