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MC 00202 Guide to the Wilbur Fisk Massey Papers, 1857 - 2000

This collection is divided into three series: Personal, Professional, and Photographs. Materials in each series are arranged chronologically within each folder.
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The Personal series is made up of biographical information. It includes Troyer's article on Massey, miscellaneous research on Massey's life, information on colleges Massey attended, and honors he received.
[Box 1, Folder 1] "Wilbur Fisk Massey (1839-1923): North Carolina Botanist, Horticulturist, and Agriculturist,", 2000
[Box 1, Folder 2] Biographical Information, 1889 - 1978
[Box 1, Folder 3] Colleges Attended, 1857 - 1979
[Box 1, Folder 4] Honors, 1919 - 1999
The Professional series is made up of information concerning Massey's work and research at the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station, his time teaching at North Carolina State College, publications he produced either for or outside the scope of the Experiment Station, and his career as an agricultural journalist.
North Carolina Experiment Station, 1889 - 1987
[Box 1, Folder 5] General, 1891 - 1905
[Box 1, Folder 6] Farmers Institute, 1900 - 1928
[Box 1, Folder 7] Pest Control, 1889 - 1900
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[Box 1, Folder 8] Southern Pines, circa 1923 - 1987
[Box 1, Folder 9] Waldensians, circa 1982
Teaching, 1890 - 1972
[Box 1, Folder 10] North Carolina State College, 1890 - 1972
[Box 1, Folder 11] Shaw University, 1958 - 1966
Publications, 1900 - 1979
[Box 1, Folder 12] Agricultural Journalism, 1905 - 1979
[Box 1, Folder 13] Non-Station Publications, 1900 - 1901
The Photographs series is a very small series of one folder containing portraits of Massey dating from 1880.
[Box 1, Folder 14] Portraits, circa 1880
[Album 1] Tobacco photos, unknown


Massey, W. F. (Wilbur Fisk), 1839-1923


0.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 archival storage box


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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposit of Wilbur Fisk Massey materials made by J. R. Troyer in 2003.

Acquisitions Information

Gift of J. R. Troyer.


Processed by: Jaime L. Margalotti; machine-readable finding aid created by: Jaime L. Margalotti

Scope and Content Note

This collection is chiefly made up of materials collected by James R. Troyer in preparation for the composition of a biographical article on Wilbur Fisk Massey. Massey had a varied career, working as a horticulturist, professor, and an agricultural journalist. He taught at a wide variety of universities and schools. He spent 1889-1901 teaching at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University), while also holding the position of horticulturist of the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Massey left North Carolina to explore agricultural journalism, acting as editor for the Practical Farmer and going on to hold positions at several other publications.

The Wilbur Fisk Massey Papers is divided into three series, Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Photographs. The personal series includes information of a biographical nature, including Troyer's article on Massey. The professional series primarily focuses on Massey's work at the North Carolina Experiment Station, but also includes information on his teaching experience at North Carolina State College and his work in agricultural journalism. The photographs series includes portraits of Massey from about 1880. The material is not necessarily original, but it made up of research done by James R. Troyer in the production of his article on Massey.

Biographical Note

Wilbur Fisk Massey was a horticulturist, educator and agricultural journalist. He was born in Onancock, Virginia, in 1839. He attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He went west in the late 1850s to work on railroads and upon his return to Virginia, he served in the Civil War. After the war, Massey became an administrator in the Kent County, Maryland school system and developed a nursery and florist business. In 1884, he went to the Miller School near Charlottesville, Virginia as a professor of horticulture. He joined the first faculty of North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University), 1889-1901, and served as the horticulturist of the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Massey left North Carolina to become an editor for the Practical Farmer, published in Philadelphia. He continued his career in agricultural journalism with publications such as: the Southern Planter, Southern Farm Gazette, Market Grower's Journal, Southern Agriculturalist, and the Progressive Farmer.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Wilbur Fisk Massey Papers, MC 202, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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