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Roderic Simpson papers


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Roderic Simpson papers, 1937-1984 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Patrick C. Dittamo

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Collection Overview

Title: Roderic Simpson papers, 1937-1984Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Simpson, Roderic (1922-)

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into 3 series by type of material: 1) Papers, circulars, and printed materials, 1937-1984, undated; 2) Film and slides, 1938-1940, undated; 3) Books and artifacts, 1949-1981.

Date Acquired: 01/27/2017

Subjects: Kansas life and culture - Agriculture and rural life

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Roderic Simpson papers are a part of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Research Collection, a resource for the study of agricultural cooperatives.  This collection includes papers, publications, photographs, film strips, 35 mm slides, and books related to Roderic Simpson's long career in agriculture, first as a fieldman with the Consumers Cooperative Association, followed by 15 years as a local cooperative fieldman for the Dodge City Exchange Cooperative, and finally as a territory fieldman for FAR-MAR-CO in Hutchinson, KS.  Papers and publications include a variety of training programs and presentations, speeches and papers presented at professional farm cooperative associations, government circulars, industry printed materials, and periodical clippings.  Photographs include tour groups and one photograph of the All Farm Supper, 1949.  The film strips and 35 mm sides include educational materials and commemorative footage.  Books include bound circulars and newsletters, as well as histories of farmer cooperatives.  Additional items include film and slide projectors.

Biographical Note

Roderic Simpson, born in 1922, worked in cooperative agriculture.  He was among the first to complete a pilot program under the aegis of the United States Department of Agriculture through Dodge City Community College (previously Dodge City Junior College) and received a certification in lieu of a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, making him eligible to be a county Extension Service Agent.    This program entailed 60 credit hours of science coursework at Dodge City Community College followed by three years of employment under the supervision of an Extension Agent. 

After completing the certification, he worked for three months as Gray County Extension Agent in Cimarron, Kansas before receiving his draft notice in December 1944.  After serving in the Navy, Simpson was brought on by his father to a series of cooperative projects in Mullinville, Kansas.  Galvanized by the attacks of the National Tax Equality Association on cooperatives, he embarked on a career in cooperative agriculture. 

Roderic Simpson began working in a management position at a general purpose cooperative in Peetz, Colorado; and then transitioned into work as a fieldman in eastern Nebraska and western Wyoming for the CCA (Consumers Cooperative Association, predecessor of Farmland Industries).  He then worked for the Dodge City Cooperative Exchange for 15 years as a local cooperative fieldman, and later joined FAR-MAR-CO in 1971 as a territory fieldman based out of Hutchinson, Kansas.

Subject/Index Terms

Kansas life and culture - Agriculture and rural life

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Access Restrictions: No access restriction:  All materials are open for research.

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Physical Access Note: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.

Technical Access Note: Collection contains materials that are not accessible without proper technology.

Acquisition Source: Roderic Simpson

Acquisition Method: Collection materials were donated to Special Collections through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center connected with K-State's Agricultural Economics Department.

Appraisal Information: Materials supplement and closely align with FAR-MAR-CO and Farmland Industries collections in Kansas life and culture collecting areas.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Roderic Simpson papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information: Patrick C. Dittamo, graduate student at Kansas State University, processed the collection, and curator David Allen reviewed it, in July 2017.

Other Note: URL provided to interview on Youtube by Seliese Barrett of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center with Roderic Simpson (first interviewee) and John Minor.

Other URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OijMkTNmnAM&feature=youtu.be

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Papers, circulars, and printed materials],
[Series 2: Film and slides],
[Series 3: Books and artifacts],

Series 3: Books and artifactsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Book. Dodge City Cooperative Exchange 1959-71. Rod Simpson, 1959-1971Add to your cart.

Hardback.  Bound materials, including:

Dodge City Cooperative Exchange Newsletter, Vol. 1 No. 1 (1959) to Vol. 12 No. 1 (1971)

Assorted correspondence (1961)

"Fifty Year History of the Dodge City Cooperative Exchange," undated

"Hanston History," E.D. (Ed) Miller, undated

"Address prepared for 50th anniversary / Dodge City (Kansas) Cooperative Exchange / April 6 1965," Howard A. Cowden, 1965

Item 2: Book. Helping Farmers with Cooperatives and Credit, 1961-1967Add to your cart.

Hardback.  Bound collection of circulars, including:

Leaflet, "Milestones in Helping Farmers Build Cooperatives" (1964) 1p, r+v

Information 48, FCS, USDA (1965); "Cooperatives- Partners in America Life" 24 p.

Educational Aid 7, FCS, USDA (1966); "Cooperatives: One of Four Kinds of Business Firms" 8 p.

FCS Circular 31 (1962); "Helping Farmers Build Cooperatives: The Evolution of Farmer Cooperative Service," 82 p.

Educational Circular 19, FCS, USDA (1965); "Sample Legal Documents for New Cooperatives," 27 p.

Bulletin Reprint 3, FCS, USDA (1965); "Basic Cooperative Features," 11 p.

Bulletin 758, California Agricultural Experiment Station (1957); "The Principles of Cooperation and Their Relation to Success or Failure," 32 p.

Bulletin Reprint 4, FCS, USDA (1965); "Agricultural Cooperation: Pioneer to Modern," 23 p.

Educational Circular 17, FCS, USDA (1963); "Managing Farmer Cooperatives," 15 p.

Educational Circular 24, FCS, USDA (1965); "What Cooperative Members Should Know," 10 p.

Educational Circular 21, FCS, USDA (1965); "Assuring Democratic Election of Cooperative Directors," 14 p.

Educational Circular 26, FCS, USDA (1966); "Recognizing the Ideal Cooperative Director," 9 p.

Educational Circular 22, FCS, USDA (1965); "Creating Training Programs for Cooperative Directors," 14 p.

Educational Circular 23, FCS, USDA (1965); "Using Cooperative Directors to Strenghen Member Relations," 8 p.

Educational Circular 25, FCS, USDA (1965); Directors of Cooperatives and Their Wives - A Good Member Relations Team," 11 p.

Bulletin Reprint 5, FCS, USDA (1965); "Communications Vital to Cooperatives," 14 p.

Educational Circular 27, FCS, USDA (1966); "Should Cooperatives Tighten Membership Requirements," 10 p.

Information 21, FCS, USDA (1961); "Providing Equitable Treatment for Large & Small Members" 31 p.

Information 47, FCS, USDA (1965); "Adjusting Farm Supply Cooperatives to Member Needs in the 1970's" 12 p.

Bulletin 777, California Agricultural Experiment Station (1961); "The Role of Mergers in the Growth of Agricultural Cooperatives," 65 p.

"Youth and Cooperatives," American Institute of Cooperation (1966), 28 p.

"Youth and the Future of Cooperatives," American Institute of Cooperation (1965), 26 p.

Circular 36, Farm Credit Administration (1965); "The Cooperative Farm Credit System… Functions & Organization," 22 p.

Circular 7, Farm Credit Administration (1963); "Federal Intermediate Credit Banks …How They Operate," 16 p.

Circular 35, Farm Credit Administration (1965); "Federal Land Bank System …How It Operates," 29 p.

Circular 37, Farm Credit Administration (1963); "Production Credit Associations …How They Operate," 11 p.

Circular 40, Farm Credit Administration (1967); "Banks for Cooperatives …How They Operate," 15 p.

Bulletin 450, Agricultural Experiment Station, KSU (1962); "A Decade of Farmer Cooperation in Kansas," 21 p.

Item 3: Book. The Farmers Union Triangle (New and Revised), Gladys Talbott Edwards, 1941Add to your cart.

Paperback.  Jamestown, North Dakota: Farmers Union Education Service

Inscription on cover: "Compliments of the Farmers Union Jobbing Assoc. Kansas City"

Item 4: Book. Beyond the Fence Rows: A History of Farmland Industries, Inc., 1929-1978, Gilbert C. Fite, 1978Add to your cart.
Paperback. Columbia, Missour: University of Missouri Press
Item 5: Book. A History of Cooperatives in Kansas, Lloyd E. Wilson, 1949Add to your cart.
Hardback.  Topeka, Kansas: Kansas Cooperative Council Publication.
Item 6: Book. American Farmers: The New Minority, Gilbert C. Fite, 1981Add to your cart.
Hardback with dust jacket. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Item 7: Book. We Kansas Farmers, Ralph Snyder, [1953]Add to your cart.
Hardback.  [Topeka, Kansas]: F.M. Steves & Sons
Item 8: Film projectorAdd to your cart.
In black hard case.  Society for Visual Education Inc. Chicago
Item 1: Carrying case. "Farmland Industries Inc."Add to your cart.
Item 1: Slide projector with carousel wheel.Add to your cart.
Kodak Projector 850H

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