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Leander Dietrick Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1989-001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains printed materials and photographs from the estate of Leander Dietrick (1898-1988), Virginia Tech dean of agriculture and director of the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service. Included are several publications apparently acquired by Dietrick during his military service in World War I. The collection also contains photographic studio portraits of Lona, Lora, and Corlis Chase, the children of Dietrick's maternal aunt, Ellen Henrietta Lee Chase.

Dates

  • 1905 - 1919

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 / Historical

Leander Burton Dietrick, son of Irving F. and Sarah Lee Dietrick, was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1897. Following military service during World War I, Dietrick earned a B.S. degree at Penn State University (horticulture, 1921. He joined Virginia Tech as an instructor in horticulture in 1923 and two years later became associate professor and specialist in vegetable gardening with the Agricultural Extension Service. He served in that position until 1944, meanwhile earning a master's degree in 1929. Dietrick married Mildred Engle (1900-1976) in Carbondale, ca. 1924; the couple had one child. In 1942, Dietrick became assistant to the director of the Extension Service and was promoted to acting director of the Extension Service in 1944. The following year, he was promoted to director. In 1952, Dietrick was named dean of agriculture at Virginia Tech, while continuing to serve as director of the Extension Service. He retired in 1962. Following the death of his first wife, Dietrick married Ruth Parks Jones on July 29, 1978. Leander Dietrick died August 27, 1988.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

Printed materials and photographs from the estate of Leander Dietrick, Virginia Tech dean of agriculture and director of the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Leander Dietrick Collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1989.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Leander Dietrick Collection 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 and description of the Leander Dietrick Collection commenced and was completed in January 2022.

Creator

Title
Leander Dietrick Collection, 1905-1919
Status
Completed
Author
John M. Jackson
Date
2022 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-27: 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