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Earl G. Maxwell, 1884-1966



Earl George Maxwell was born on October 23, 1884 in Indiana. He received a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1910. Maxwell came to Nebraska in 1914 and worked on his master's degree. After his graduation in 1915, his first job was as an agricultural agent for Douglas County, Nebraska. He administered the Clarke-McNary Tree Distribution Program for Nebraska. Maxwell served as extension forester at the University of Nebraska from 1934 until his retirement in 1952. Maxwell had an interest in James Whitcomb Riley and took opportunities to recite poetry through local radio programs. His interest in Riley also shows in Maxwell's talks and speeches. Maxwell died in 1966. In 1967, the Earl G. Maxwell Arboretum, 5 acres on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was named in his honor.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Earl G. Maxwell, Horticulture and Forestry Papers

Identifier: RG-08-10-10
Scope and Contents

The Maxwell Papers document his work with the forestry service throughout Nebraska. The records include field notebooks, outreach booklets that Maxwell either edited or wrote, newspaper clippings, photographs of Maxwell and his work, and awards received for his service as a forester and professor of the University of Nebraska. The records also include items relating to Maxwell's interest in the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley.

Dates: 1909-1981