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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 (b. 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 restrictions.

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

Technical Access Note: The film strips require the use of a film projector or similar technology, and the slides require the use of a slide projector.  Compatabile projectors are included in the collection.

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


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Series 1: Papers, circulars, and printed materialsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: FAR-MAR-CO papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Training programsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Careers in Cooperatives (1/3), assorted papers, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Careers in Cooperatives (2/3), Presentation Program, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Careers in Cooperatives (3/3), Student Presentation, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Communications [coursebook], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Communication model presentation transparencies, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Co-Op board training materials, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Cooperative Organizational Plan - Concepts of Business, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two presentations bound together in black presentation folder
Folder 8: Financial Planning Workshop (1/3), 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Financial Planning Workshop (2/3) [LEGAL SIZE], 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Financial Planning Workshop (3/3), 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: General Manager's Seminar (1/4), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: General Manager's Seminar (2/4), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 13: General Manager's Seminar (3/4), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: General Manager's Seminar (4/4), 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Get Your Man", undatedAdd to your cart.
Interview guidelines
Folder 16: Managing Grain Moisture Workshop, assorted materials, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Practices and Procedures for Grain Department Management (1/3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Practices and Procedures for Grain Department Management (2/3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Practices and Procedures for Grain Department Management (3/3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: PROMARK papers and printed materialsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 20: PROMARK (Producer Marketing System) promotional materials and reports, 1975, 1978-79, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 21: PROMARK presentation, circa 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 22: PROMARK Cost-Price Squeeze presentation, circa 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 23: PROMARK 1980 promotional materials, circa 1979-80Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: FAR-MAR-CO historyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 24: FAR-MAR-CO history, circaAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs, assorted, 1948-1966Add to your cart.
Primarily tour groups, also one photograph of the All Farm Supper, 1949.
Folder 26: Press releases, assorted (FAR-MAR-CO, Farmland), 1976, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 27: "An Exploratory Meeting Attended by American Agricultural Movement Leadership and Farmland Industries - FAR-MAR-CO Leadership" [minutes], 1978Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Farmer cooperative professional associations papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Articles & SpeechesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 28: "Our Position in a Changing Agriculture" Bill Bork, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "Scientific Agriculture: Keystone of National Progress" Earl L. Butz, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "Capper-Volstead: What It Means Today" Melville C. Williams, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "Cooperative Grain Marketing: Today and Tomorrow" W. E. Black, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 32: "The Energy Situation: Agricultural Implications" R. J. Robel, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Co-Op Farm Forum Issue Presentation #1: "The World Grain Trade", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Co-Op Farm Forum Issue Presentation #2: "Rural Transportation", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Co-Op Farm Forum Issue Presentation #3: "Changing Technology in Crop Production", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Co-Op Farm Forum Issue Presentation #4: "Cooperative Understanding", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Co-Op Farm Forum Issue Presentation #5: "The Energy Shortage", 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 38: "Grain Marketing Alternativees for the Next Decade" Ron Knutson, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Farmer's Cooperative history, assorted short papers, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: "Application of the Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 to Grains: An Impartial Analysis", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: "Challenges to Cooperatives in the Years Ahead" Carroll Streeter, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: "Commitment to Change" William E. Black and Ronald D. Knutson, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Untitled.  "My interest in farm history..." [Speech on the history of cooperatives], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: "Your Cooperative, Your Responsibility", undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Legislative and legal analysisAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Marketing legislation and proposals, 1937, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: British Columbia marketing regulations, 1974-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Legal correspondence, re: American Agricultural Strike, 1977Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Circulars and similar publicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 48: "Working Together" Cecil Robert Crews, 1951Add to your cart.
Photocopy of book or circular
Folder 49: Cooperative Extension Service circulars and similar publications, 1960-1972Add to your cart.
Includes circulars from similar organizations, including the American Institute of Cooperation, the Cooperative League of the U.S.A., and the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station.
Folder 50: Farmer Cooperative Service, U.S.D.A. circulars and other publications, 1971-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Farmer Cooperatives magazine, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1984Add to your cart.
Four issues
Folder 52: Co-Op Leadership magazine, 1980, 1982Add to your cart.
Two issues
Sub-Series 2: Industry printed materialAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Industry printed material, assorted, circa 1963-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Farmland printed material, circa 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 55: FAR-MAR-CO printed material, circa 1979-1982Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Industry retrospectivesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Farmland Industries, Inc. 50 Years Service to Agriculture, circa 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Seventy-Five Years of Service: The Farmers Cooperative Grain and Supply Company, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: A History of the Montezuma Cooperative Exchange of Montezuma, Kansas, 1981Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Periodical clippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Periodical clippings, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Tiller and Toiler, Vol. 82 No. 124, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Periodical clippings, 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Cartergate: The Death of Democracy" Craig S. Karpel [clipping], undated [1977]Add to your cart.
Bound in black presentation folder
Folder 8: Periodical clippings, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Periodical clippings, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Film and slidesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Film strips [Box of canisters]Add to your cart.

Repurposed HyVee Fiber Nuts ceral box.

Label reads: "Union Oil Co. 1930s

Consumers CoOp Assn. [Association]

Archives Film 1940s

Roderic Simpson"

Item 1: Film canister "#1 Sept. 1938", 1938Add to your cart.
Item 2: Film canister "#3", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Film canister "#4 Dec. 1938", 1938Add to your cart.
Item 4: Film canister "#5 January '39", 1939Add to your cart.
Item 5: Film canister "#6 Feb. 1939", 1939Add to your cart.
Item 6: Film canister "#7 March, 1939", 1939Add to your cart.
Item 7: Film canister "10 yrs of Progress (revised)", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Film canister "Farm Problems NAT'L. FORUM", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Film canister "Factories are Free!" and newsreel / Feb 1940", 1940Add to your cart.
"Excellent" added in pencil.
Item 10: Film canister "Refinery News CO-OP 100% Nov. 1939", 1939Add to your cart.
Item 11: Film canister "Refinery Cornerstone Aug 2, 1939", 1939Add to your cart.
Item 12: Film canister "Refinery Dedication", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Film canister "This is Our Refinery Mar '40", 1940Add to your cart.
"Excellent" added in pencil.
Item 14: Film canister, label deteriorated [green], undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 15: Film canister, "NEG." [Aluminum, KODAK], undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Film canister, How It Works, Course No. 1 "Engine Lubricatin Systems", undatedAdd to your cart.
Kit A, Film 7, Jam Handy Picture Service Inc.
Item 17: Film canister, An Ounce of Prevention, undatedAdd to your cart.
Associated Sale Co. 3123 E. Jefferson, Detroit
Item 18: Film canister, The Lawn Elec[...] Control [Label deteriorated], undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Slides [Box]Add to your cart.
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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