Forbes papers, 1869-1966 (bulk 1915-1950)

Forbes, Robert Humphrey, 1867-1968


52.5. linear ft. (105 boxes).
In seven series: Personal and family materials, 1869-1959. Southwestern history research, 1907-1955. Agriculture education and research, 1892-1966. Egypt, 1917-1942. Africa, 1921-1944. Business records and correspondence, 1931-1964. Legislature, 1933-1966 Arrangement varies by series.
Biographical material, correspondence, observation diaries, notebooks, manuscripts, publications, speeches, legislative bills, resolutions and reports from Forbe's career; especially significant in the areas of agricultural research, politics and the development of the University of Arizona, Colorado River water rights, and his correspondence with key individuals involved in the development of Arizona. Family materials include research on the Indian depredations against the Pennington family. There is also research about the Crabbe expedition, including correspondence with W.J. McGee; correspondence about Tucson and University of Arizona history; and interviews with early Arizona residents including Tom Jeffords, Sam Hughes, and Nabor Pacheco. Agriculture materials include research on cotton, date palms, and more and early operations of the University of Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Agriculture. Correspondence with George W.P. Hunt, A.E. Vinson, Byron Cummings, and Thomas F. Hunt, while Forbes was in Egypt and Africa, contains information about state and local politics, University of Arizona politics, and agriculture. Also present are correspondence and legislative materials concerning Colorado River water rights, groundwater, and other issues. Legislative correspondents include G.E.P. Smith, Carl Hayden, and Sidney P. Osborn.
Educator, researcher and legislator; director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Arizona and director of the College of Agriculture. In 1918, began work as agricultural consultant for the British government in Egypt, later working on crop research in Africa and the Carribean. From 1938 to 1952, he served in the Arizona state legislature.
Related material: Robert Forbes Photo Collection.
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