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Alfred Russell Croft papers

 Collection
Identifier: 09-01---001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains yearbooks, research materials, books, and newspaper clippings.

Dates

  • 1910-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Alfred Russell Croft was born July 29, 1896 in Ogden, Utah to George Albert Croft and Mary Isabella Russell. He attended Weber Stake Academy in 1911 and dropped out two years later in 1913. Russell Croft stated in his autobiography: “My application for graduation from the Two Year Agricultural Course was denied without any particular regret, or reason, except that I had failed Algebra the year previously.” He continues, “I didn’t seem to give a damn either, so I skipped graduation exercises and went to the Croft Brothers Ranch where I was to stay for about 15 months”. Croft graduated from Weber Stake Academy in 1915 after 3 years of hard work.

Upon graduating from Weber Stake Academy, Alfred Croft registered for school at the Utah Agricultural College in September of 1915. While working on his degree, Croft took a job with the U.S. Geological survey in 1918 that he claims was his first job. In that same year, Alfred Croft was drafted to the U.S. military to serve in World War 1 and spent the next couple of months in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Field Artillery Officers Training School in December of 1918. In 1919, Alfred Croft began a short employment with the Forest Service. In the late summer of 1919, Alfred Croft returned to Utah Agricultural College and graduated the following year in 1920.

In the years 1920-1921, Alfred Croft took a coaching and teaching position at Murdock Academy. In that same year, he was introduced to his future wife Irene Hutchings. On March 25, 1921, Alfred Russell Croft married Irene Hutchings in Richfield, Utah. In 1922, Alfred Croft than began teaching at Ogden High School which he terminated in 1924. In 1924, Alfred Croft along with his wife, moved back to Logan and began his Master’s program. Alfred Croft received his Masters of Science in May of 1925. In 1925, Alfred Croft than began teaching at Weber College and was tasked with developing courses in Botany, Zoology, and Physiology. Alfred Croft completed his Ph. D. in Forestry from Cornell University in 1932.

In 1934, Alfred Croft took a summer job with the Forest Service and worked on a project that later became known as the “Davis County Experimental Watershed”. Alfred Croft worked on the Davis County Experimental Watershed for 17 years. After a long career, which Croft worked as a researcher and eventually administration, he retired on April 27, 1962.

Alfred Russell Croft passed away on September 23, 1988.

Extent

1.6 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes )

Arrangement

This collection has three series. Series 1: Yearbooks, 1910-1930. Series 2: publications, and research, 1932-1969. Series 3: Printed materials.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are no physical access restrictions.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are no technical access restrictions.

Custodial History

Material was acquired from an unknown donor (WA 86-14).

Method of Acquisition

Unknown

Accruals

No accruals are expected.

Publication Rights

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes, please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. archives@weber.edu

General

Materials may be used for non-profit and educational purposes. Please credit the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. Reproduction for publication, exhibition, web display or commercial use is only permissible with the consent of the University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University. archives@weber.edu
Author
Mason Lytle
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Weber State University Archives Repository

Contact:
3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408