John P. Watson Papers,1946-1988.

Collection Number: 22-3-3565

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
John P. Watson papers, 1946-1988.
Collection Number:
22-3-3565
Creator:
John P. Watson
Quantity:
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Research Materials
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains primarily correspondence files as well as course work materials that date from his undergraduate days at the University of Massachusetts, which awarded him a B. S. in 1948. Watson received his M. S. from Rutgers University in 1950.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

John P. Watson was a pomologist at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. His career as a fruit breeder at the Experiment Station in Geneva began in 1950. He worked with varieties of grape and plum for New York and the Northeastern United States. Watson was in charge of the care of seedling vineyards and assisted in planning and making crosses of potential grape varieties. During his 37 years at the Station, he was involved in the introduction of 17 varieties of grape, including Cayuga White, Einset Seedless, and Chardonel and the Iroquois, Seneca, Oneida, and Mohawk plums. In 1988, a new raspberry introduced by the Geneva Station was named Watson in his honor. Watson retired as a Senior Research Support Specialist in 1987, the year he was also named Most Outstanding Employee at the Experiment Station.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The collection contains primarily correspondence files as well as course work materials that date from his undergraduate days at the University of Massachusetts, which awarded him a B. S. in 1948. Watson received his M. S. from Rutgers University in 1950.
Also, subject files including plum varies.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Wagner, Philip
Watson, John P.
Eastern Wine and Grape Archive.
New York State Agricultural Experiment Stateion--Horticultural Sciences.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
New York State Fruit Testing Cooperative Association, Inc.

Subjects:
Pomology--New York (State)
Grape varieties--New York (State)
Plum varieties--New York (State)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
John P. Watson papers, #22-3-3565. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Forms part of the Eastern Wine and Grape Archive. (EWGA)

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I: Course Material
Box 1 Folder 1
Course Work
1946
University of Massachusetts, Horticulture and Botany (undergraduate)
Box 1 Folder 2
Course Work
1948
University of Massachusetts, Plant Breeding 51 (Undergraduate)
Box 1 Folder 3
Pesticide Application-Certification
1977-1984
Box 1 Folder 4
Plums Correspondence
1982-1983
Box 1 Folder 5
Prunes Correspondence
1978-1982
Box 1 Folder 6
Trickler Farm Plantings (Layout)
1968-1969
Series II: General Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 7
A
1962-1988
Box 1 Folder 8
B
1962-1987
Box 1 Folder 9
C
1963-1985
Box 1 Folder 10
D
1967-1987
Box 1 Folder 11
E
1965-1981
Box 1 Folder 12
F
1963-1985
Box 1 Folder 13
G
1967-1987
Box 1 Folder 14
H
1962-1987
Box 1 Folder 15
I
1972-1979
Box 1 Folder 16
J
1969-1986
Box 1 Folder 17
K
1965-1987
Box 1 Folder 18
L
1967-1985
Box 1 Folder 19
M, Part 1
1962-1976
Box 1 Folder 20
M, Part 2
1977-1987
Box 1 Folder 21
N
1973-1985
Box 1 Folder 22
O
1962-1986
Box 1 Folder 23
P-Q
1958-1987
Box 1 Folder 24
R
1963-1987
Box 1 Folder 25
S
1963-1987
Box 1 Folder 26
T
1966-1987
Box 1 Folder 27
U
1963
Box 1 Folder 28
V
1963-1986
Box 1 Folder 29
W-X
1960-1986
Box 1 Folder 30
Y
1966
Box 1 Folder 31
Z
1963-1973
Box 2
Miscellaneous Correspondence
1951
Box 2
Correspondence A-O
1953-1962
Box 3
Correspondence P-Z
1953-1962
Box 3
Correspondence I
1939-1962
Box 3
Correspondence II
1939-1951
Series III: Subject Files
Box 2
Plum Records
1959-1985
Concerning planting, plum propagation, and virus index.
Box 2
General Notes
1961-1963
Regarding nursery records, nursery planting, and greenhouse propagation.
Box 3
Miscellaneous
Variety Lists-Geneva 1954-1966
Weed Control 1977-1983
Open House 1982
Planning Committee 1983
1954-1983
Box 3
Plum-Cooperations, Old-Inactive
Thomas Mark's Nursery 1941-1948
L.C. Anderson, Claverack, NY 1943-1947
Sigma XI 1940-1949
Spencer Lens Material 1941-1942
Minn. Plum and Pear Planting 1940
1940-1949
Box 3
Data
Orchard Discards 1969
FTA 1968
Plum Progress Report 1965
Project Summaries 1960
Moving Data 1969
Greenhouse 1963-1964
Plum Variety Trial 1962
1940-1969
Box 3
Reports
Plant Physiology 1950
Horticulture 1935-1946
Advanced Pomology-references 1950
Peach Genetics 1949
Apple Breeding 1954
1935-1954
Box 3
Notebooks
Greenhouse 1980
Plum Correspondence 1940
Plums, etc. 1966
Greenhouse P + V 1981
Green notebook, has his wife's name, Judith Lambert, but is his writing on apples, berries, etc.. Also Department of Agriculture Visitor's Booklet, 1947. ca. 1950
1940-1981
Box 3
Bulletins
NY Peach Bulletin 1946
Articles on Fruit Varieties
NY Apricot Varieties + Rootstocks 1965
Balsgard, Nybum, Mutants, etc. 1968
1946-1981
Box 3
Plant Breeding
Plant Breeding Class-Outlines 1978
Cornell Fruit Breeding Class Notes 1981-1984
Rutgers Advanced Breeding Course 1948-1949
1948-1984
Box 3
Systematic Pomology
Sys. Pomology Description Sheets 1949-1978
Systematic 1949
Strawberry-Economics 1960-1989
1947-1989
Box 4
Plums
1959-1987
Includes plum propagation, IR-2 Repository papers, data lists of plum varieties, and general notes regarding canned plums, processing, planting, and spray data.
Box 4
Pomology Progress Reports
1957-1986
Covers plums, apricots, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Box 4
Plum Project Reports
1948-1985
Includes project statements, progress reports, and notes/data regarding plum breeding.
Box 4
Miscellaneous
1953-1986
Includes USDA-plant inspection and permits, stone fruit bud distribution, IR-2, Tree Fruit Scion Available List, and data regarding peach varieties and Xiphinema.