MS 541
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Eastern Division
Records, 1937-1976, n.d.

Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

Descriptive summary


Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Eastern Division




1937-1976, n.d.


45.5 linear ft. (35 records center cartons)

collection number:

MS 541


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. Eastern Division Records, MS 541, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Historical note
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., was established as the Hi-Bred Corn Company in Johnston, Iowa, in 1926 by Henry A. Wallace, then editor of Wallaces' Farmer. Pioneer was added to the name in 1935. The company began to expand its research facilities during the 1930s, adding remote locations for the testing of seed under different climatic conditions. In 1936, staff members Raymond Baker and Robert J. Woods secured 150 acres of plots in Flora, Indiana, to produce parent corn. The resulting seed was sent back to Iowa for use in commercial seed production. In 1937, a commercial crop of Pioneer Brand Seed Corn was planted at Flora to be sold in Indiana. A plant was built in Flora, and a new business was established: the Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company of Indiana. Robert J. Woods was named president of the new company. Eventually, the company was headquartered in Tipton, Indiana. In 1971, the name of the company was changed to Pioneer Hi-Bred, Inc., and it became a subsidiary of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. In 1975 it became known as Pioneer Hi-Bred International's Eastern Division.


Collection description

The collection (1937-1976, n.d.) includes advertisements, contracts, correspondence, news clippings, publications, seed corn salesmen's accounts, and sales ledgers. Correspondents include John Airy, Raymond Baker, William L. Brown, David Garst, Jonathan Garst, Roswell Garst, Gordon McCleary, Owen Newlin, R. Wayne Skidmore, W. L. Thomas, Nelson Urban, James W. Wallace, and Robert J. Woods.


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