A Guide to the Alexander "Bud" Gavitt, Jr. Papers, undated, 1920-2005

A Guide to the Alexander "Bud" Gavitt, Jr. Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Alexander "Bud" Gavitt, Jr. Papers
Creator
Gavitt, Alexander R. (Bud), Jr.
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1920-2005
Extent
15.6 Linear feet
Abstract
The collection contains drafts and manuscripts of articles, publications, reports, correspondence, photographs and similar materials associated with Mr. Gavitt's long career in writing on agriculture related subjects.
Call Number
2008.0064
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Joseph Skelding and Lauren Dest. (March 2010)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Alexander Gavitt Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Mr. Gavitt in 2008.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Alexander Gavitt Papers. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Connecticut.

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Notebooks
  • Notes
  • Photocopies
  • Photographs
  • Press releases
  • Publications
  • Typescripts

Geographic Name(s)

  • Storrs (Conn.)

Subject(s)

  • Interviews
  • Journalists

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Biography

Alexander Gavitt, better known as "Bud," is a lifelong resident of southern New England. Moving to  Westerly, RI, at the age of eight, Gavitt expanded his interests in vegetable gardening to raising chickens and active participation in  4-H. With his interest growing, he sought to inform others of agriculture’s benefits and as part of his 4-H activities, appeared on a local radio station sharing farm-related news with listeners. He also produced a twice monthly column for the local daily newspaper, and three other weekly papers in the area. After graduating from the  University of Rhode Island, Gavitt began his editorial career there as assistant agricultural writer/editor in 1957, producing  Rhode Island Agriculture. Four years later, he joined  UConn as agricultural writer/editor with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and served in that capacity for nearly 31 years, writing news and feature stories on agricultural, natural resources, environmental and nutritional sciences.

Gavitt’s passion for agriculture extends well beyond his own writing. In addition to his editorial duties, he taught news and feature writing to student interns from the Departments of English and Animal Science for 12 years and established CANR’s Gavitt Scholarship Grant for students interested in communications and agriculture.

Among the honors that have been accorded him are the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award from Gamma Sigma Delta, agriculture’s honor society, the Communication Excellence in Agriculture (ACE) Award of Excellence in Writing, and ACE Pioneer Award, several  Northeast Farm Communicators Association writing awards, and the  Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association Merit Award, which marked the first time a non-grower ever received the organization’s highest award.

Mr. Gavitt is retired and lives in Lebanon, CT.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains drafts and manuscripts of articles, publications, reports, correspondence, photographs and similar materials associated with Mr. Gavitt's long career in writing on agriculture related subjects.

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Related Materials

Separated materials

Life with a purpose Dodd C10909

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Personal Material, undated, 1948-2000 

BoxFolder

Awards and Biographies, undated, 2000 

1:1

Endorsement, 1965, 1969 

1:2

Award Submissions, 1983, 1997 

1:3

School Papers, 1952, 1969 

1:4

4-H, 1948, 1951 

1:5

4-H Records, 1950, 1984 

1:6-9

Lectures, 1993, 1995 

1:10

Family, 1990, 1997 

1:11

Recipies, undated 

1:12

Unidentified Notes, undated 

1:13

Subseries A: Bicentennial Collection, undated, 1974-1977 

BoxFolder

Bicentenial Written Material, 1974, 1977 

1:14-15

Bicentenial Newspaper Clippings, 1975, 1976 

1:16

Bicentenial Photographs, 1975 

1:17

Bicentenial Slides, 1976 

1:18

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Series II: Correspondence, undated, 1951-2005 

BoxFolder

Personal Correspondence, undated, 1951, 2006 

1:19

Professional Correspondence, undated, 1962, 1978 

1:20-23

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Series III: Written Material, undated, 1950-2000 

BoxFolder

Written Material, undated 

1:24-34

Written Material, 1950s 

2:35

Written Material, 1960s 

2:36-37

Written Material, 1970s 

2:38-41

Written Material, 1980s 

2:42-60

Milestones Contest, 1982 

2:61

New Milford Swine Producer, 1984 

2:62

Sun Valley Foundation, 1987 

2:63

Written Material, 1990s 

3:64-83

Turf Magazine, 1992 

3:84

Written Material, 2000s 

3:85

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Series IV: Published Material, undated, 1920-2000 

BoxFolder

Published Material, undated 

3:86-91

Historical Clippings, undated 

3:92

Historical Clippings, 1920s 

3:93-98

Published Materials, 1940s 

3:99

Published Materials, 1950s 

3:100-101

Published Materials, 1950s 

4:102

Published Materials, 1960s 

4:103-106

Published Materials, 1970s 

4:107-112

Published Materials, 1980s 

4:113-122

Published Materials, 1980s 

5:123-141

PanAmerican Seed, 1987 

5:142

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 1987 

5:143

Published Materials, 1990s 

5:144-151

Published Materials, 1990s 

6:152-179

Published Materials, 1990s 

7:180-195

Connecticut Grown, 1990 

7:196

Published Materials, 2000s 

7:197-198

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Series V: Administrative Material, undated, 1970-1990 

BoxFolder

Administrative Material, undated 

8:199

Administrative Material, 1970s 

8:200

Administrative Material, 1980s 

8:201

Administrative Material, 1990s 

8:202

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Series VI: Photographs, undated, 1951-1999 

BoxFolder

Publications Photographs, undated 

8:203-206

Publications Photographs, 1951, 1985 

8:207

Publications Photographs, 1986, 1993 

8:208

Publications Photographs, 1993, 1994 

8:209

Publications Photographs, 1994, 1995 

8:210

Publications Photographs, 1995 

8:211

Publications Photographs, 1995, 1997 

8:212

Contact Proof Sheet 1 and 2, undated 

8:213

Bicentennial Garden Committee, 1976 

8:214

Bicentennial Garden Dedication, 1976 

8:215

CANR Photographs, 1976, 1977 

8:216

New England Farmer, 1983 

8:217

Maple Syrup Photographs, 1984 

8:218

Maple Syrup Publications Photographs, 1985, 1994 

8:219

Maple Syrup, CT, 1986 

8:220

A.N. Pierson, Wholesale Florists, 1986 

8:221

Comstock, Ferre and Co., 1985 

8:222

Ned Ellis Dairy Farm, 1989 

8:223

Visny Christmas Tree Farm, 1989 

8:224

Christmas Tree Grounds, 1990 

8:225

R. Pelligino, 1989 

8:226

Devenport Maple Farm, 1989 

8:227

Frank and David, Turf North, 1990 

8:228

State Agricultural Day, 1990 

8:229

Connecticut Maple Meetings, 1990 

8:230

Dairy Farm, 1990 

8:231

Maple Candy Making, 1991 

8:232

Maple Syrup, CT, 1991 

8:233

Maple Auction, 1991 

8:234

Hampton, CT, 1991 

8:235

Sugar House, 1993 

8:236

CANR Photographs, 1994 

8:237

Pathways, 1995 

8:238

Maple, 1996 

8:239

Drop in the Bucket Maple Newsletter, 1999 

8:240

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Series VII: Subject Files, undated, 1950-2005 

BoxFolder

Agricultural Column, undated 

9:241

State Church Newspapers, 1950 

9:242

Ernest Staebner,  New England Farmer, 1982 

9:243

Cranberry Production, New England Farmer, 1982 

9:244

Straefsner Farm, New England Farmer, 1982 

9:245

Kura Clover, New England Farmer, 1983 

9:246

Rob Saglio Sprayledge Turkey,  New England Farmer, 1983 

9:247

Bill Graves Dairy Farm,  New England Farmer, 1984 

9:248

Dave Bascom,  Rhode Island Turf, 1985 

9:249

Chuck and Peggy Smith,  New England Farmer, 1985 

9:250

R and C Acres Sugar House,  New England Farmer, 1985 

9:251

Ralph Ingall's Christmas,  New England Farmer, 1985 

9:252

Connecticut Agriculture Column,  Litchfield County Times, 1985, 1987 

9:253-254

The Potter Brother's Dairy Farm, New England Farmer, 1986 

9:255

Joe and Walter Czajkowski,  New England Farmer, 1986 

9:256

State Depot of Agriculture, New England Farmer, 1986 

9:257

Richard Jaswell Farm,  New England Farmer, 1986 

9:258

Paul Miller Story,  New England Farmer, 1987 

9:259

Browning Dairy, New England Farmer, 1987 

9:260

Willimantic Chronicle, 1990, 1992 

9:261-262

Connecticut Agriculture Column,  Litchfield County Times, 1991, 1994 

9:263

The Stanwich Club,  Turf North Magazine, 1993 

9:264

Wildflower Sodding Story, Turf North Magazine, 1994 

9:265

Agway Cooperator, 1994 

9:266-267

Northeast Farm Communicatiors Association, 1993, 1998 

9:268

Northeast Farm Communicators Association, 1994, 1996 

9:269

Northeast Farm Communicators Association, 1995, 1996 

9:270

Northeast Farm Communicators Association, 1996, 1997 

9:271

Notebooks of Gavitt's Work (Photocopies - notebooks returned), 

10:272-278

Agricultural Biotechnology, 1987, 1988 

10:279-280

United States Department of Agriculture, 1988 

10:281

UConn Patholobiology Building, 1990 

10:282

Maple Syrup Producer Story, New England Farmer, 1987 

10:283

Maple Syrup Articles, 1988, 1989 

10:284

Drop in the Bucket Material, 1996 

10:285

Maple Syrup Connecticut, Drop in the Bucket, 1987, 1988 

10:286

Farm City, 1991 

10:287

Maple Newsletter, Drop in the Bucket, 1994 

10:288

Pathways, 1998 

10:289

Agricultural Students Recieve Big E Scholarships, 1994 

10:290

Yale University Grounds, 1991 

10:291

Manure Management Article, New England Farmer, 1986 

10:292

Article on Michael Girad's Sugaring Operation, New England Farmer, 1985 

10:293

Country Corner Columns, undated 

11:294

U-Pick Strawberries set at Mansfield Farm, undated 

11:295

Writing Workshops, 1959, 1988 

11:296-297

Making News Stories Work for You, 1960 

11:298

Communications Training Program, 1975 

11:299

Journalism How-to's and Guides, undated, 1987 

11:300

Fall Garden News Packet, 1978 

11:301

Trends in Connecticut Farmland Acreage, 1979 

11:302

Garden Articles, Hartford Courant, 1979 

11:303

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, 1983 

11:304

Communications Workshop, 1983 

11:305

Fall Garden Packet, 1983 

11:306

Save Our Soil Information Campaign, 1985 

11:307

CT Agriculture in the Classroom, 1986 

11:308

Ocean State Journal, 1988 

11:309

Connecticut Agricultural Information Council, Inc., 1987, 1989 

11:310

Advertising for Drop in the Bucket, 1989 

11:311

Connecticut Agricultural Information Council, Inc., 1987, 1989 

11:312

Environmental Concerns... UConn Coop Extension Report, 1990 

11:313

Drop in the Bucket, 1990 

11:314

Maple Syrup Award Sample, 1990 

11:315

Extension External Publication, 1990 

11:316

Writing Internship, 1990, 1991 

11:317

Column Proposals, Norwich Bulliten, 1992 

11:318

Fairvue Farms, 1995, 2000 

11:319

Drop in the Bucket, 1996, 1998 

11:320

Drop in the Bucket, 1996, 1998 

11:321

CT Christmas Tree Growers, 1999 

11:322-323

Petition to Restore Funding, 2005 

11:324

4-H in the Inner Cities of New Haven and Hartford, 1965, 1975 

11:325

Handouts for UConn Extension Course, 1968 

11:326

AAACE Competition, 1972 

11:327

Dairy Interview Story, New England Farmer, 1983 

11:328

Greenback Dairy Farm Interview, New England Farmer, 1984 

11:329

CT Dairy Farmer of the Year, New England Farmer, 1985 

11:330

CT Maple Syrup Operation, New England Farmer, 1985 

11:331

John and Maria Nye,  New England Farmer, 1985 

11:332

The Weingart Farm, New England Farmer, 1985 

11:333

White Ayr Farmer, 1985 

11:334

Fruit Farm Article, New England Farmer, 1985 

11:335

Robert Preston, 1985 

12:336

Edward R. Wright,  Hartford Courant, 1986 

12:337

CT Farm-City Committee, 1988, 1991 

12:338-339

Barnwarming, 1991 

12:340

Sue Brander, 1991 

12:341

Country Comments Column, 1993 

12:342

Grass Roots Lobbying Guide, 1995 

12:343

UConn Alumna Story, Turf North Magazine, 1995 

12:344

River Bend Committee, Turf Magazine, 1995 

12:345

Fairvue Farms Press Kit, 1996 

12:346-367

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