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Allen Barker oral history with Daniel Chard

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Title:
Allen Barker oral history with Daniel Chard
Description:
Born on a southern Illinois hog farm in 1937, Dr. Allen Barker earned degrees from the University of Illinois (B.S., 1958) and Cornell University (M.S., 1959; Ph.D. 1962) before taking a position as professor in the UMass Amherst Department of Plant and Soil Science in 1964. He has published dozens of agricultural research articles, and has taught hundreds of UMass students about organic farming, hydroponics, soil science, and plant nutrition. In this interview, Dr. Barker reflects on his teaching experiences, administrative changes in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and the influence of shifts in the Massachusetts farming industry upon agricultural education at UMass. Dr. Barker also speaks about his experiences as an outspoken Republican on a predominantly Democratic campus.
Interviewee:
Barker, Allen V., 1937-
Interviewer:
Chard, Daniel
Date:
June 11, 2013
Format:
Audio recordings (nonmusical)
Genre:
Oral histories (document genres)
Location:
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Box 001 (shelf locator)
Collection (local):
UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection
UMass Amherst Oral History Collection
Series:
Academics
Subjects:
History
Faculty
Organic farming
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Plant and Social Science
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Extent:
00:33:39
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Terms of Use:
Requests to publish, redistribute, or replicate this material should be addressed to the Swift River Valley Historical Society through Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.
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Place of origin:
Bowditch Hall, UMass Amherst, Amherst (Mass.)
Language:
English
Identifier:
murg1_207_2013-i005