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MC 00091 Guide to the William E. Splinter Papers, 1951-1968

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Splinter, William E.


4.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 carton


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Acquisitions Information

Donated by William E. Splinter. The material was originally contained within the Charles W. Suggs Papers (MC 00033). Accession Number 2007-0119.


Processed by: Danica Cullinan, Claire Ruswick, and Emily Walters;machine-readable finding aid created by: Danica Cullinan, Claire Ruswick, and Emily Walters

Scope and Content Note

Contained in this collection are correspondence, reports, data sheets and logs, and other documents resulting from Splinter's research on agricultural mechanization while on the faculty of North Carolina State University. Included are materials for his work with Charlie W. Suggs on tobacco mechanization. There is also one folder of material on Splinter's involvement in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE).

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Biographical Note

William Eldon Splinter was born in North Platte, Nebraska, on November 24, 1925. He received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1950 and master of science and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in 1951 and 1955 respectively.

In 1954 Splinter joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State College (later University). He helped develop a mechanical tobacco harvester and mechanical tobacco transplanter, as well as electrostatic dusting and spraying systems. In 1968 he returned to the University of Nebraska to become chair of the Agricultural Engineering Department, a position he served in until 1987.

Splinter has numerous patents, awards, and publications to his credit. He was president of American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) in 1978 -1979, and he received the John Deere Gold Medal in 1995. As of 2007, he is the current director of the Lester F. Larson Tractor Test and Power Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William E. Splinter Papers, MC 00091, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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