Collection 15 - E. J. Kyle Papers

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E. J. Kyle Papers

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  • 1902-1957 (Creation)

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7.00 Boxes

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Biographical history

Edwin Jackson Kyle was born in Kyle, Tex., 22 July 1876, the son of Fergus Kyle and Annie E. Moore Kyle. E. J. Kyle graduated in 1899 with a B. S. in agriculture from Texas A & M College (later Texas A & M University), and, in 1902 he received an M. S. in agriculture from Cornell University.

Upon graduation from Cornell University in June 1902, E. J. Kyle returned to Texas A & M College as an instructor in Horticulture. In 1905 Kyle was promoted to Head of the Department and made full professor. Then, in 1911, when Texas A & M College created the School of AgricultureE. J. Kyle was appointed Dean of the School of Agriculture.

During this time, Kyle also served as President of the Texas A & M College Athletic Association, resigning in 1911 when he made Dean of the School of Agriculture. Kyle was then called back to the post of President of the Athletic Association, after Bruce LaRoche retired on account of unrest among the former students. Kyle did not retire again from serving with the Athletic Association until 1934, was called back briefly to use his diplomatic skills again, and finally left the post for good in 1943, after the Aggies became National Champions , winning three successive bowl games. Due to Kyle's accomplishments leading the Academic Association, Kyle Field was named after him.

Not only was E. J. Kyle accomplished as a leader of the Texas A & M College Athletic Association, but, in his own field of Agriculture, founded and was the head of the Farmer's Short Course for several years. Smith-Hughes Day at Texas A & M College was also supported by Kyle, and he was successful in getting legislature through to increase the amount of land owned by A & M College . As an educator, E. J. Kyle was the senior author of a text book for public schools, and he also co-wrote a book on pecan cultures with H. P. Stukey titled Pecan-growing ( New York : Macmillan,1925).

After retiring from Texas A & M College, E. J. Kyle was elected Dean Emeritus. Although Kyle had retired, President Roosevelt appointed him as ambassador to Guatemala. This area of the world was not new to E. J. Kyle because he had been there before with his activities in Inter-American Education. E. J. Kyle was the only man in the history of the United States trained in technical agriculture and education to be appointed an Ambassador. E. J. Kyle was so successful in Guatemala that upon leaving he received that country's highest decoration "The Order of the Quetzal".

Along with the rest of E. J. Kyle's honors are that he was in Who's Who, Who's Who for American Authors, Who's Who for American Men of Science, Who's Who in Latin America, Biographical Encyclopedia of the World, Leaders in Education, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, International Who's Who, and Who's Who in Federal Administration.

On 21 Dec. 1904, Kyle had married Alice Myers and they had one daughter. After many years of service to Texas A & M College, E. J. Kyle died 26 December 1963.

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The E. J. Kyle (1894-1957) Papers contains reports, correspondence, speeches, articles, applications, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, programs, pictures, memorandums, lists, and resolutions. Materials include correspondence, reports, speeches, and articles on E. J. Kyle's attempts to acquire more land and construct new buildings for the School of Agriculture at Texas A & M College. Other speeches and articles written by E. J. Kyle are concerned with subjects as cotton, soil conservation, and the cultivation of vegetables, fruits and nuts, particularly pecans.

Also present are reports Kyle wrote pertaining to Texas A & M College's enrollment plans and teaching techniques in Agricultural classes. Since Kyle was the head of many different programs at Texas A & M College, his papers contain applications and other information regarding the Land Prize, Anderson-Clayton Company Scholarship, and programs on Short Courses taught from 1913 to 1936. In addition to his academic duties, Kyle was also deeply involved with various types of research and the papers contain a few of the booklets, articles, and resolutions pertaining to the Soil Erosion Project, Frozen Food Research, and Texas Wildlife Research.

Correspondence in the papers deals with not only E. J. Kyle's work, but also contains letters from former students, commendations sent to Kyle, and letters concerning the naming of Kyle Field sports arena on the Texas A & M College campus.

Photographs contained in the collection are pertain to agricultural topics, such as cattle and pecan trees, the NYA program, Texas A & M College buildings, Texas A & M College football teams and sports events, and Kyle Field.Several football team rosters, programs from football games, newspaper clippings about sports events, and correspondence dealing with Kyle's position on the Athletic Council represent Kyle's close connection with many of the Texas A & M College athletics program.

Also present is a certificate of Kyle's appointment to the Farm Credit Association.

System of arrangement

This collection is organized into 4 Series.

Series 1. Texas A & M School of Agriculture, 1912-1942.

Series 2. Publications by Kyle on agriculture, 1913-1944.

Series 3. Land Prize, Scholarships, and Short Courses, 1913-1943.

Series 4. Correspondence, 1902-1957.

Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1910s-1940s.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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Finding Aid Authors: Deborah Duncan, Aletha Andrew, Amber Amescua.

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© Copyright 2019 Cushing Library. All rights reserved.

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