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George W. Litton Papers,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1981-099

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of George W. Litton, professor of Animal Husbandry at V.P.I. from 1940 to 1973. These papers date from 1927 to 1983 and include poetry, essays, V.P.I.'s Agricultural Extension station reports, notes, lecture material, publications, personal and professional correspondence, photographs from Litton's portrait hanging, and bound compilations like "Foolishness, Poems, and Philosophy" that function similarly to commonplace books. Many of the writings relate to Litton's career in Animal Science and Animal Husbandry and include such topics as animal husbandry (sheep, cattle, pigs), animal nutrition, and the agricultural profession.

The papers in this collection were bound in volumes previous to their donation, presumably by Litton. The materials within each bound volume exhibit no clear chronological or thematic order. Additionally, items from one previously bound book often correspond with the papers in another, with numerous article or publication drafts appearing in multiple volumes within this collection.

Dates

  • 1927 - 1983

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

George Washington Litton was born in Lee County, VA on February 22, 1910. He married Maria Boren and had two children. From 1927-1931 he studied at V.P.I. and graduated in 1931 with a B.S. in Animal Husbandry. After graduating from V.P.I, Litton worked as a County Agent in Tazwell County from 1933 to 1939. He returned to V.P.I for graduate work and earned his M.S. in 1940, whereupon Litton joined the Animal Husbandry faculty at V.P.I. In 1942, Litton was named V.P.I.'s 1st Extension Sheep Specialist and held that position until 1952, at which time he became the head of the Department of Animal Husbandry. From 1952-1970 Litton served as head of the Department of Animal Husbandry. He stepped down as department head on March 1, 1970, but held the position of Director of Centennial Programs for the V.P.I. Centennial Celebration in 1972. Litton also served as Co-chair of the of the Bicentennial Commission for Montgomery County in 1976.

Throughout his career, Litton received several awards and recognitions for his work at V.P.I. and in the field of Animal Husbandry. These awards included:

- Progressive Farmer's "Man of the Year in Agriculture" (1961). - Wine Award Winner for Teaching at VPI (1961). - Cattleman of the Year by Virginia Beef Cattle Association (1966). - Kentucky Colonel (1970). - Distinguished Service Award, Southern Section, ASAS (1972). - Fellow, ASAS (1973). - Member, Board of Directors, Warm Hearth Inc. (1974). - Distinguished Alumnus of VPI by Alumni Association (1979) - Saddle and Sirloin Hall of Fame, Portrait Presented at North American Livestock International in Louisville, KY (1980).

Extent

3.2 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Abstract

The collection contains the papers of George W. Litton, professor of Animal Husbandry at V.P.I. from 1940 to 1970. These papers date from 1927 to 1983 and include poetry, essays, V.P.I.'s agricultural extension station reports, notes, lecture material, publications, personal and professional correspondence, photographs from Litton's portrait hanging, and bound compilations like "Foolishness, Poems, and Philosophy" that function similarly to commonplace books.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the original order in which it was received.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired by Virginia Tech Special Collections in 1981.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the George W. Litton Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the George W. Litton Papers was completed in May 2013.

Title
George W. Litton Papers, 1927-1983
Author
Alexandra Dowrey, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
Date
2013 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-05: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308