Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Dr. Richard L. Ridgway:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1856-2015 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Ridgway, Dr. Richard L.
Title: Dr. Richard L. Ridgway,
Dates: 1856-2015 and undated
Abstract: The Papers contains newspaper articles and clippings, excerpts from periodicals, awards and diplomas, and assorted dissertations and theses related to his research interests in agriculture and pest management.
Collection # S 1819.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet) and additional cataloged materials.
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Richard L. Ridgway was raised on a stock farm near Brownfield, Texas. After receiving a BS degree from Texas Tech University and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University, he served on the faculty of Texas A and M University and in research and leadership positions for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Texas and Maryland. As a research scientist specializing in entomology, he made significant contributions to biological insect controls, regulation of pesticides and pest management, and has published extensively. Ridgway has been honored as the recipient of the Geigy Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture, the USDA Science and Education Award for Special Achievement, the USDA Superior Service Unit Award, and the American Registry of Professional Entomologists Outstanding Award for Pest Management. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Agriculturist for Public Service Award presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.

Ridgway is President Emeritus of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF), a non-profit corporation. In his role with RMF, he initiated collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the World Food Prize Foundation to promote a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture and to demonstrate the importance of scientific knowledge. As a part of his continuing interest in the South Plains of Texas, he coordinated the design, fund raising, and construction of Hamilton Park in Brownfield on land that belonged to his grandparents who came to Terry County in 1902. This educational park is built around the theme of “A Rich Heritage and Promising Future.” In addition, Ridgway and his wife Donna are involved in the management of family farms in Terry County, where cotton, peanuts, and grain sorghum are grown.


Scope and Content

The Dr. Richard L. Ridgway Papers consists of materials documenting his education, career, and service to various organizations. Educational documentation includes newspaper articles and clippings, excerpts from periodicals, awards and diplomas, and assorted dissertations and theses related to his research interests in agriculture and pest management.

The collection bulks with documents pertaining to his involvement as a researcher. Prominent among these are his work with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A and M University, and the USDA. Insect and pest management, particularly relating to the boll weevil, are the topics of the majority of the research materials and publications. A similarly large volume of material pertains to his work with the estate of Charles Valentine Riley and Cathryn Vidalia Riley, including his many years of service with the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF.) These include legal documents, financial material, and pamphlets, schedules, and memos concerning lectures and special events.

Chapters from Dr. Ridgway’s memoir, A Rich and Rewarding Journey, are also included.

A more detailed description and inventory of the Dr. Richard L. Ridgway Papers, as well as of its cataloged books, periodicals, and related materials, can be found among the Southwest Collection/Special Collection Library's digital holdings.


Organization

The Dr. Richard L. Ridgway Papers are organized by the following series: Texas Tech University, Cornell University, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Insects and Pest Management, Boll Weevil and Pest Management, Charles Valentine Riley (CVR).

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Ridgway, R. L.
Riley, Cathryn Vidalia.
Riley, Charles V. (Charles Valentine), 1843-1895.
Subjects (Organizations)
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation.
Cornell University.
Texas A and M University.
Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Texas Tech University.
United States. Department of Agriculture.
Subjects (Places)
Brownfield (Tex.)
Terry County (Tex.)
Subjects
Agriculture.
Boll weevils.
Cotton industry.
Insects.
Pests--Control.

Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Potts oral history [sound recording], (1975)

J. Roy Quinby oral history [sound recording], (1974)

J. Roy Quinby oral history [sound recording], (1982)

Lavon and Elmer Hudspeth oral history [sound recording], (1973)

Dr. Richard L. Ridgway oral history [sound recording], (2013)

Don Rummel oral history [sound recording], (1975)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Richard L. Ridgway Papers, 1856-2015 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s): 2013-0151-B, 2013-0157-B, 2015-0182-B
n/a

Gift, 2013; 2015

Processed by

Robert Weaver, 2016


Collection Inventory

Texas Tech University

box folder
1 1 Rich and Rewarding Journey, Chapter 2, 1953-1957; 2011
2 Newspaper articles, 1955-1956
3 Correspondence, 1953-1959
4 Scholarships, 1954-1956
5 Student organizations, 1953-1956 1953-1956
6 Diploma, 1957
7 Sigma Chi 50th reunion, 2005
8 Class of 1957 reunion undated
9 Outstanding Agriculturalist; Endowment, 2012; 2015



Cornell University

box folder
1 10 Rich and Rewarding Journey, chapter 3, 1957-1960; 2007-2008
11 MS Thesis, 1959
12 Dissertation, 1960
13 Cornell research (6 titles and diplomas), 1958-1960
14 Gyrisco graduate student award, 2009-2015



Texas Agricultural Extension Service

box folder
1 15 Rich and Rewarding Journey, chapter 4, 1960-1964
16 Texas Agricultural Extension Service (23 files), 1961-1964



U.S. Army

box folder
1 17 Medical Service Corps, 1960-1961



Insects and Pest Management

box folder
1 18 ARS personnel evaluation, 1993
19 Cataloged books and serials, 1969-2015
20 Systemic insecticides, et. al. (28 titles), 1963-1967
21 Rich and Rewarding Journey, chapters 5-9, 1965-2011
22 Lindgren, PhD dissertation, 1967
23 Insecticides and biological controls (22 titles)
24 Regulatory actions on DDT (2 documents), 1970
25 Boyd, PhD dissertation, 1970
26 Martin, MS Thesis, 1971
27 Biological controls, Special Report, 1971
28 Insects and insect controls (18 titles), 1971-1972
29 Insects and insect controls (21 titles), 1973-1975
30 Support for emergency exemption for DDT, 1975
31 Reeves, PhD dissertation, 1975
32 Kinzer, PhD dissertation, 1976
33 Insects and insect controls (21 titles), 1976-1977
34 Exemption from registration for insecticides, 1977
35 Toxaphene, 1978
36 Dimilin, 1978
37 Dimilin (2), 1978
38 ARS insect controls (17 titles), 1976-1981
39 ARS insect controls (15 titles), 1982-1984
40 Insects and insect controls (23 titles), 1983-1988
41 Insects and insect controls (21 titles), 1989-1990
42 Insects and insect management (11 titles), 1991-1992
43 Insects and insect management (32 titles), 1993-1997
box folder
2 1 Insects and agriculture broadly defined (16 titles), 1998-1999
2 RMF, et. al. (13 titles), 2000-2015
3 Addendum, manuscript, misc. documents, 1970-2000



Boll Weevil and Pest Management

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2 4 Kniping. Research Control of Insects Tomorrow, 1956
5 USDA. Executive Overview, Cotton Insect, May 1981
6 USDA. Executive Overview, Cotton Insect, August 1981
7 Ridgway. Proposed Regional Cotton Insect Programs, 1982-1984; 1986
8 USDA. Cotton Insect, Report to Secretary of Agriculture, 1982
9 Ridgway and Lloyd. Cotton Insect, book chapter, 1983
10 Perkins. Boll Weevil, Scientific Conflicts, 1983
11 Carlson and Suguiyama. Economic Evaluation, Boll Weevil, 1985
12 Alabama Conservancy, et. al., U.S. District Court, 1988
13 National Cotton Council. Boll Weevil Eradication, 1989
14 Carlson, et. al. Economic Returns, Boll Weevil Eradication, 1989
15 National Cotton Council. Boll Weevil Eradication, 1994
16 The Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program, 1994
17 Klassen and Ridgway. Foreward. Boll Weevil Book, 2001
18 Ridgway and Mussman. Pivotal Boll Weevil Years, 2001
19 ARS. Boll Weevil Research Program Review, 2002
20 Allen, et. al. Progress, Texas Boll Weevil Eradication, 2008
21 ARS. Minutes, Boll Weevil Research Review, 2009
22 Showler. Boll Weevil Diapause, Host Plants, 2009-2010
23 Agricultural Research. Source, Boll Weevil Outbreak, 2011
24 Ridgway. Boll Weevil Eradication, book chapter, 2012



Charles Valentine Riley (CVR)

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2 25 Charles Valentine Rile (CVR), book chapter 11, 2012
26 CVR special collection at the National Agriculture Library, 1856-2005
27 CVR address, AAAS annual meeting, 1988
28 CVR biographies and obituary, 1892, 1895, 1896
29 CVR unpublished biographies, 1943, 1984, and undated
30 Contributions by CVR, 1958, 1963, 1990
31 Contributions by CVR, 1992, 1995
32 Contributions by CVR, 1996
33 Contributions by CVR, 1997, 2008
34 Unpublished MS about CVR’s legacy, 1997
35 Photos and portraits, 1984
36 Cathryn Vidalia Riley will and trust, 1978
37 Initial Requests for audits of Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust, 1980, 1994, 1999
38 Trust and Secretary Block letters, MOU, gifts, 1982-1985
39 USDA CVR Program Plan and related background, 1984
40 Articles of Incorporation and bylaws for the Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF), 1985, 2003
41 USDA and RMF MOU and initial feasibility, study by Brecker, 1985
42 RMF administrative records at the National Agriculture Library, 1985-2012
43 RMF records inventory, 2013
44 National Agriculture Forum on the Health of the Land and Its People (1), 1986-1987
45 National Agriculture Forum (2), 1986-1987
46 CVR Award, 1987-1988
47 Draft manuscripts, New Directions in Agriculture, Yale University, 1991
48 Unpublished report by RMF, 1995
49 Unpublished reports by RMF, 1998
50 Consultant agreement with Biomanage Services, 1997-2011
51 Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust without farm, New York Charities Bureau (1), 2001-2005
52 Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust without farm, New York Charities Bureau (2), 2001-2005
53 Settlement agreement on the Cathryn Vidalia Riley farm, 1984-2003
54 Management Agreement between Agri/Washington and the CVR Memorial Foundation, 2002
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3 1 Court-related documents relating to the Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust (1), 2003-2005
2 Court-related documents relating to the Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust (2), 2003-2005
3 List of CVR lectures and RMF Round Table, 2006-2012
4 Proposal for Administrative Management for the Riley Memorial Foundation, 2005-2007
5 Cooperative Agreement between Texas A and M and the CVRMF, 2005-2009
6 Last court-ordered accounting for the Cathryn Vidalia Riley estate and trust, 2004
7 Objections to the court-ordered accounting and settlement, 2006-2008
8 A Rich and Rewarding Journey, chapter 12, undated
9 Agreements with AAAS and with AAAS and the World Food Prize Foundation, 2008
10 Report to the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, 2012
11 CVR lecture, breakfast, follow-up, stakeholders discussions, 2013
12 Riley Leadership Breakfast, presentation by President Duane Nellis and others, 2014-2015