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George Washington Carver Papers at Tuskegee Institute, 1864–1943

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George Washington Carver, 1906. Courtesy Library of Congress.


(Microfilm Edition)

Tuskegee Institute

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George Washington Carver (c. 1860 –1943) was an American botanist and inventor. While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton and encouraged poor farmers to grow alternative crops such as peanuts and sweet potatoes. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts. Correspondence and other writings by, to, and about Carver, focusing on such topics as science, agriculture, education, industry, medicine, race relations, religion, and politics. Includes material on Carver’s experiments with the peanut. Photocopies of thousands of documents in other repositories, especially the National Archives and the Library of Congress, were added to the collection at Tuskegee Institute and are published in this edition.

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