A Guide to the Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers, 1917-1973 Horsfall, Frank Jr. Papers Ms1992-040

A Guide to the Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers, 1917-1973

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1992-040


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Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers, 1917-1973
Physical Characteristics
0.7 cu. ft. 2 boxes
Horsfall, Frank, Jr.
Papers of Virginia Tech professor of horticulture Frank Horsfall, Jr., including his thesis and dissertation, awards and honors, writings, and materials on his interests in barbed wire and primitive tools.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers, Ms1992-040, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers were donated to Special Collections in three accessions, dated 1992 and 1995.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Frank Horsfall, Jr. Papers commenced and was completed in June, 2013.

Biographical Note

Frank Horsfall, Jr., son of Frank and Margaret Atwood Horsfall, was born in Missouri on July 7, 1903. By 1910, he was living with his family in Helena, Oklahoma, and the 1920 census found the family living in Monticello, Arkansas. Horsfall was still living in Monticello when he married Louise Richardson on December 22, 1928, and by 1930, the couple was living in Idabel, Oklahoma, where Horsfall was employed as a public school teacher. He obtained his master's (1932) and Ph.D. (1935) in horticulture at the University of Missouri, and evidence suggests that Horsfall remained at the University of Missouri for several years, working at the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. He also worked at Northwest Missouri State University and is credited with assembling the collection that would become the nucleus of the university's agriculture museum. Horsfall was hired as a professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech in 1947 and served in that position until retiring in 1973. Frank Horsfall, Jr. died in Roanoke, Virginia on March 21, 1988.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Frank Horsfall, Jr., a professor of horticulture at Virginia Tech from 1947 to 1973. The collection includes materials relating to both Horsfall's professional career and personal interests. In addition to Horsfall's University of Missouri thesis (1932) and dissertation (1935), the collection contains published copies of several horticulture-related articles written by Horsfall. The collection also contains awards received by Horsfall and a file devoted to his retirement, including letters from Virginia Tech President T. Marshall Hahn and Virginia Governor Linwood Holton, as well as the text of a retirement speech delivered by Horsfall. Horsfall's interest in barbed wire is represented by various articles, notes, and letters on the subject, as well as a small collection of barbed wire samples. A folder relating to stone tools, another of Horsfall's interests, includes printed materials and a collection of drawings by Horsfall. The collection is completed by an assortment of newspaper clippings, ephemera, and photographs, which includes Horsfall's Boy Scouts of America membership card, Fort Snelling ROTC Infantry Camp pass, Civil Air Patrol certificate, World War II draft classification, and three photos of an unidentified locomotive.


The collection is arranged by subject matter.

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Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
"Hardiness in Relation to Winter Injury" (thesis), 1932
Box-folder 1-2
"Framework Winter Injuries, Apical Dominance, and the Effect of Thiourea on Bud Inhibition in Pyrus Malus and Ipomora Batatas" (dissertation), 1935
Box-folder 1-3
Writings, 1942-1969
Box-folder 1-4
Awards, 1958-1973
Box-folder 1-5
Retirement, 1973
Box-folder 1-6
Barbed wire, 1926-1969, n.d.
Box-folder 2-1
Barbed wire samples, n.d.
[26 items]
Box-folder 2-2
Stone tools, 1930-1969, n.d.
Box-folder 2-3
Newspaper clippings, ephemera, and photographs, 1917-1943, n.d.