E.S. (Edgar Sharp) McFadden Papers

Handwritten note Photograph, Front Photograph,  Back Page 1 Page 2 News Release Research Notebooks Research Notebooks Research notes Correspondence Research Notes Research Notes Research notes Research notes Research notes Research notes Edgar S. McFadden during Hobo Day at South Dakota State College in 1917 Edgar S. McFadden in uniform during World War I in 1917 McFadden family in 1919 Cows on the McFadden farm Baby portrait of Carol Mae McFadden Seven head sections of Success x Gatarni wheat Seven head sections of Success x Manchuria wheat Head section of New Era Barley Head sections of cross-pollinated barley Edgar S. McFadden in a flax field at Kenedy in 1949 Edgar S. McFadden with potted wheat plants Edgar S. McFadden kneeling in a wheat field Edgar S. McFadden sitting at his desk in 1951 Edgar S. McFadden looking at wheat Edgar S. McFadden test plot of wheat Edgar S. McFadden in a test plot of wheat Edgar S. McFadden at a Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas around 1950 Edgar S. McFadden Edgar S. McFadden doing research in wheat genetics Edgar S. McFadden at work in his office at Texas A & M University Edgar S. McFadden, Manley Champlin, and Oliver Smith conducting small grain experiments Edgar S. McFadden with a group of people Edgar S. McFadden with a group of people Edgar S. McFadden with a group of people Edgar S. McFadden with a group of people Edgar S. McFadden in a wheat field Portrait of a young Edgar S. McFadden
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Edgar S. McFadden

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E.S. (Edgar Sharp) McFadden Papers


  • 1914-2014 (Accumulation)


3.78 linear feet (9 document cases)

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Edgar Sharp McFadden was born to James Edgar and Beatrice (Stocking) McFadden on February 3, 1891 in Day County, South Dakota. James E. McFadden came to South Dakota in 1882 to homestead and built a granary-dwelling house combination on his land.

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The collection consists of materials relating to his work with research and production of small grains such as wheat, oats, and flax, and in particular the development of Hope Wheat. In addition, the collection contains biographical information about McFadden and his writings and speeches.

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  • Awards, Honors, and Memberships
  • Biographical Materials
  • Collected Material Relating to McFadden's Work
  • Correspondence
  • Hope Wheat and Other Varieties
  • Research
  • Writings and Speeches
  • Photographs

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  • English

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  • Edgar S. McFadden Collection, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings, South Dakota.

  • Norman E. Borlaug papers. UA-01014. Archives and Special Collections, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota,
    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Rockefeller Foundation records



  • McFadden, Edgar A. Wheat-Rye Hybrids. Journal of Heredity 8, no. 7, (July 1917): 335

  • Champlin, Manley, and E. S. McFadden. Acme Wheat / [Manley Champlin and Edgar McFadden]. In Bulletin / South Dakota
    Agricultural Experiment Station ; No. 194, [325]-356. Brookings, S.D. : Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of
    Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, 1921.

  • McFadden, E.S. A Successful Transfer of Emmer Characters to Vulgare Wheat. Journal of the American Society of Agronomy 22,
    no. 12 (December 1930): 1020–34.

  • McFadden, E.S. Brown Necrosis, a Discoloration Associated With Rust Infection in Certain Rust-Resistant Wheats. Journal of
    Agricultural Research 58, no. 11 (June 1, 1939)

  • McFadden, E. S., and E. R. Sears. The Origin of Triticum Spelta and Its Free-Threshing Hexaploid Relatives. Journal of Heredity 37,
    no. 4, (April 1946): 107–116

  • Erickson, A. W., and Edgar Sharp McFadden. McFadden’s Hope : Fighting Plant Breeders Win Battle for Bread. [Minneapolis, MN :
    Field Notes Crop Reporting Service], 1945.

  • Atkins, Irvin Milburn, and E. S. McFadden. Oat Production in Texas / I.M. Atkins and E.S. McFadden. In Bulletin / Texas Agricultural
    Experiment Station ; No. 691. College Station, Tex. : Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, 1947.

  • McFadden, E.S., and E.R. Sears. The Genome Approach in Radical Wheat Breeding. Journal of the American Society of Agronomy 39,
    no. 11 (November 1947): 1011–26.

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MA 53

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