George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver: Magazine and journal articles (some online).

Compiled by Susan Vega Garcia and Toby Fishbein, Parks Library, Iowa State University


Alba, Nanina Champney. Carver. Negro History Bulletin. December 1958, 22(3): 59.
Eight line poem about Carver written by Nanina Champney Alba of the Tuskegee Institute.
E185.5 .N31; microfilm.

Allen-Sommerville, Lenola. Multicultural Mentoring. Science Teacher. April 1994, 61(4): 16-18.
Examines mentoring relationship between Carver and Henry Agard Wallace.
Q181.A1 Sci3, microfilm.

Another Honor for the "Peanut" Man. Ebony. July 1977, 32(9): 102-104+.
Objective and thorough article written on the occasion of Carver's induction into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Mentions that many of Carver's papers were destroyed by fire or written for the 'common farmer,' making it difficult to defend his scientific reputation against detractors. Includes illustrations.
AP2 .Eb75, microfilm.

Asimov, Isaac. Carver: World in a Peanut. Senior Scholastic. April 17, 1959, 74(11): 11.
Biographical sketch written for young adult readers; part of the "Breakthroughs ... in Science" series.
L11 Sch61; microfilm; Juvenile/Young Adult.

Beaubien, Paul L. and Merrill J. Mattes. George Washington Carver National Monument: The Archeological Search for George Washington Carver's Birthplace. Negro History Bulletin. November 1954, 18(?): 33-38.
Archeologist Beaubien and regional historian Mattes describe in great detail Carver's early childhood birthplace and the dedication of the site as a national monument. Illustrations.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm.

Black Leonardo. Time. November 24, 1941, 38(21): 81-82.
Presents rare view of Carver the artist mentioning his "embroideries on burlap, ornaments made of chicken feathers, seed and colored peanut necklaces, woven textiles" and his botanical drawings and paintings. Illustrations.
AP2 .T48; microfilm and GEN COLL.

Block, Maxine, ed. George Washington Carver, IN Current Biography. New York, H.W. Wilson Co., 1940, pp. 148-150.
Provides standard biographical information about Carver though includes factual errors such as stating that Moses Carver was Carver's biological father. (Prominent Carver scholar Linda O. McMurry argues that this most likely was not the case.) Includes illustration.
REF CT100 .C93, vol. 1.

Brown, R.W. Research Laboratory the Carver Foundation. Science. May 23, 1952, 115(2995): 562.
Written on the dedication of the research lab building of the George Washington Carver Foundation at Tuskegee. Dedicatory address delivered by Henry Gilman, Iowa State College (now ISU) professor of chemistry. Includes detailed description of building's research labs, the Carver Foundation, and its many sponsoring agencies.
Q1 .Sci2

Burchard, P.D. George Washington Carver: For His Time and Ours. National Parks Service: George Washington Carver National Monument (2006)

Bust of George Washington Carver. Crisis. February 1950, 57(1): 83.
Illustration only; Carl van Vechten and Aaron Douglas examine Richmond Barth's bust of Carver.
E185.5 .C868, microfilm.

Carver and Julian Named to Inventors Hall of Fame. Jet. January 29, 1990, 77(16): 9.
Brief notice regarding Carver's induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame.
E185.5 .J51 microfilm.

Carver, George Washington, Glenn Clark, Rufus Jones, and Muriel Lester. Let Us Pray. Christian Century. April 3, 1940, 57(14): 445-446.
Essay on the necessity of prayer. Of Carver's co-authors, Clark was a professor of creative writing at Macalester College, Jones the leader of the Society of Friends, and Lester a British social worker and pacifist.
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Carver, George Washington, Glenn Clark, Rufus Jones, and Muriel Lester. Prayer that Prevails. Christian Century. May 8, 1940, 57(19): 603-604.
Expands on theme of prayer explored by authors in their earlier article.
BL1 .C462

Carver National Monument to be Dedicated. Christian Century. October 1953, 70(?): 765.
BL1 .C462

Chaffin, C.E. The Art of George Washington Carver. Black Collegian. Jan-Feb 28, 1987, 17(3): 104-105.
Presents a brief view of Carver the artist. Illustrations, including samples of Carver's needlepoint work paintings and botanical drawings.
LC2781 .B45

Childers, James Saxon. A Boy Who was Traded for a Horse. The American Magazine. October 1932, 114(?)24-25+.
Cited by Mackintosh as one of the chief myth-making articles concerning Carver's life and career.
AP2 .Am34; in STORAGE, ask at CIRC.

Childers, James Saxon. A Boy Who was Traded for a Horse. Reader's Digest. February 1937, 30(?): 5-9.
Reprint of author's 1932 article.
AP2 .R227, microfilm.

Clark, M.G. Champions of Freedom. Instructor. January 1966, 75(?): 111+.
Not held by ISU Library.

Cooney, Lenore. Contributions of George Washington Carver. Black Collegian. Nov-Dec 31, 1977, 8(?): 36-37.
Not held by ISU Library.

Davis, Marci. George Washington Carver: A Most Inventive Mind. Crisis. February 1989, 96(2): 20-21+.
Describes Carver's contributions and his early life through college and Tuskegee. Part of a special issue on Black history and inventors; includes cover portrait and illustrations.
E185.5 .C868

Dicicco, Jacqueline. Nature Merged with Nurture: Unique Nurturing Environments. Gifted Child Today Magazine. November-December 31, 1996, 19(6): 44-47.
Compares childhood family environment of Carver with that of other gifted children.
LC3991 .G221x

George Washington Carver Stamp. Hobbies. December 1947, 52(10): 126.
Description of Carver commemorative stamp issued on January 5 1948; includes biographical information.
AM201 .H652

Elliott, L. Beyond Fame or Fortune. Reader's Digest. May 1965, 89(?): 259-262.
AP2 .R227, microfilm.

Fenner, M.S. and J.C. Soule. George Washington Carver: The Wizard of Tuskegee. National Education Association Journal. December 1946, 35(?): 580-581.
Not held by ISU Library.

Ford, E.C. Visit with George Washington Carver. Negro History Bulletin.October 1953, 17(1): 5.
Author's remembrance of a chance meeting with Carver at his western Kansas claim, a sod house home filled with plant specimens, after Carver's rejection from a Kansas Presbyterian college (Highland College?) and before his enrollment at Simpson College in Iowa.
E185.5 .N31; microfilm.

George Washington Carver. Sepia. February 1966, 14(?): 15.
Not held by ISU Library.

George Washington Carver Enshrined in Hall of Fame. Jet. May 5, 1977, 52(7):5.
Brief three paragraph notice regarding Carver's induction into Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
E185.5 .J51, microfilm.

George Washington Carver: Gallery of Great Americans. Sepia. January 1965, 15(?): 79.
Not held by ISU Library.

George Washington Carver Week. Negro History Bulletin. April 1971, 34(4): 91-92.
In 1944, Congress declared January 5 as George Washington Carver Day. This brief two-paragraph notice describes an annual celebration.
E185.5 .N31

German, B. I Knew George Washington Carver. Middle School. May 1953, 67(?): 14-15.
Not held by ISU Library.

Goober Wizard: Negro Scientist turns Peanuts into Vital Crop. Literary Digest. June 12, 1937, 123(24): 20-21.
Focuses exclusively on Carver's work with peanuts told in breathless, exaggerated style. Includes illustration.
AP2 .L712; in Storage, ask at Circ.

Great Men in Negro History. Sepia. January 1959, 7(?): 51.
Not held by ISU Library.

Gyant, LaVerne. Contributors to Adult Education: Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Alain L. Locke, and Ambrose Caliver. Journal of Black Studies. September 1988, 19(1): 97-110.
Section on Carver describes his activities at Tuskegee; includes examples of his ingenuity and inspiration of students.
E185.5 .J6

Hersey, M. Hints and Suggestions to Farmers: George Washington Carver and Rural Conservation in the South. Environmental History. (April, 2006)

High, S. No Greener Pastures. Reader's Digest. December 1942, 41(?): 71-74
AP2 .R227, microfilm.

Hines, Linda O. White Mythology and Black Duality: George Washington Carver's Response to Racism and the Radical Left. Journal of Negro History. April 1977, 62(2): 134-146.
Explores Carver's complex attitudes and actions regarding racism and politics; argues against commonly held view of Carver as an accomodationist in regard to race relations.
E185 .A1 J8

Hoffman, Roald and Vivian F. Torrence. Chemistry Imagined: Reflections on Science. Omni. May 1993, 15(7): 8.
Author Hoffman, 1981 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, recounts how reading biographies Carver and Marie Curie inspired him at age ten while living in a displaced persons' camp in post World War II Europe. Article excerpted from authors' book of the same name.
Q1 .O46x

Illery, Alma. Humanity's Fallen Star. Negro History Bulletin. April 1950, 13(7): 167.
Obituary; excerpted from a speech by Mrs. Alma Illery delivered over the Mutual Broadcasting Company on January 5 1949.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm.

Jenkins, Edward S. Impact of Social Conditions: A Study of the Works of American Black Scientists and Inventors. Journal of Black Studies. June 1984, 14(4): 477-491.
Puts Carver's work at Tuskegee in context with other contemporaneous events such as the foundation of the NAACP and the Urban League; 1919 race riots in the North; Marcus Garvey and the Back to Africa movement, and other major events. Article also discusses Benjamin Bannaker, Percy Julian, and Garrett Augustus Morgan. Includes bibliography.
E185.5 .J6

Keeney, Dennis. G.W. Carver rooted in sustainable agriculture. Leopold Center Newsletter, Fall 1998, 10(3).
Keeney makes the point that Carver was a leader in sustainable agriculture,
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Locke, Z.G. Geni of Tuskegee. Negro Digest. May 1951, 9(?): 85-89.
Not held by ISU Library.

Love, Rose Leary. George Washington Carver: A Boy Who Wished to Know Why. Negro History Bulletin. January 1967, 30(1): 13-15.
First in a three part series written for children on the life of Carver. Part 1 covers "Boyhood Days," "Love for the Outdoors and Plant Life," and "Learning to Knit and Crochet." Series includes some factual errors and invention. Includes illustration.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm and GEN COLL; Juvenile.

Love, Rose Leary. George Washington Carver: A Boy Who Wanted [sic] to Know Why. Negro History Bulletin. February 1967, 30(2): 15- 18.
Second in a three part series written for children on the life of Carver. Part 2 covers "Going to School," "Living with Aunt Mariah," "His First Attempt at High School," "Going from Place to Place," "Trying to Enter a College," and "On the Way Back to Iowa." Series contains some factual errors and invention. Includes illustration.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm and GEN COLL; Juvenile.

Love, Rose Leary. George Washington Carver: A Boy Who Wished to Know Why. Negro History Bulletin. March 1967, 30(3): 15-19.
Third in a three part series written for children on the life of Carver. Part 3 covers "Life at Iowa State College at Ames," and "His Bucket Went Down at Tuskegee Institute." Series includes some factual errors and invention. Includes illustration.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm and GEN COLL; Juvenile.

Luce, Claire B. Saintly Scientist. Vital Speeches. February 1, 1947, 13(?): 241-245.
PS660 .A1 V8

Lynch, James P. Milking the Peanut. Popular Science Monthly. April 1920, 96(?): 74.
Q1 .P819

Mackintosh, Barry. George Washington Carver: The Making of a Myth. Journal of Southern History. November 1976, 42(4): 507-528.
Argues that in the effort to praise Carver's accomplishments, many false myths have been constructed and perpetuated concerning his work.
F206 .J82

Mackintosh, Barry. George Washington Carver and the Peanut: New Light on a Much-Loved Myth. American Heritage. August 1977, 28(5): 66-73.
Based on 1976 article by same author, expands argument that Carver's real accomplishments may be obscured by well-meaning but misleading myths.
E171 .Am35

Marable, Manning. Tuskegee Institute in the 1920's. Negro History Bulletin. November-December 31, 1977, 40(6): 764-768.
Offers a critical look at Tuskegee Institute and Carver with an analysis of race relations in Alabama in the 1920's and its negative impact on both Tuskegee and Carver. Includes illustrations and bibliography.
E185.5 .N31

Martorella, Peter H. The Negro's Role in American History: George Washington Carver -- A Case Study. Social Studies. December 1969, 60(7): 318-325.
Objective and thorough article seeks to avoid myths and stereotypes constructed about Carver's life and achievements; provides very good detail of his time at Iowa State College (now ISU) and his challenges at Tuskegee. Extensive discussion of Carver's scientific discoveries. Includes bibliography.
D16.2 .A1H629

Massie, Samuel P. George Washington Carver Story: He Helped to Enlarge the Human Spirit. Chemistry. September 1970, 43(8): 18-21.
Provides many anecdotes regarding Carver's early years and later inventions. Author listed as professor of chemistry at the US Naval Academy who received his Ph.D. from ISU. Includes illustration and brief bibliography.
QD1 .C451

McGee, Leo. Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver: A Tandem of Adult Educators at Tuskegee. Lifelong Learning. October 31, 1984, 8(2): 16-18.
LC5201 .L51x, microfilm.

Merritt, R.H. From Captivity to Fame or the Life of George Washington Carver. Boston: Meador Publishing, 1929

Moehlman, Arthur B. George Washington Carver, Master Teacher. Nation's Schools. March 1943, 31(3): 13.
Obituary; presents highlights of Carver's life career and personal qualities. Includes factual errors such as stating that Carver "... entered Simpson College after the State University of Iowa refused him admission because he was a Negro." (Carver was rejected from a Highland College (or Highland University?) in Kansas, not the University of Iowa.)
L11 .N213

Monument to a Scientist Educator. School Life. October 1957, 40(1): 10.
Brief article describes Carver National Monument near Carver's birthplace at Diamond, Missouri.
L11 .SCH65, microfilm.

Morgan, Joan. Joining the Ranks of Invention Heroes: Dr. George Washington Carver and Dr. Percy Julian. Black Issues in Higher Education. May 10, 1990, 7(5): 10-11.
Celebrates Carver's induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame sixteen years after his initial nomination. Describes patents secured by Carver, since NIHF considers only inventors with patents, and discusses why induction took so long. Includes illustration.
LC2781 .B57x

Moss, Wade and Patricia White. The Peanut and Mr. Creator. Negro Digest. February 1943, 1(?): 63-66
Not held by ISU Library.

Negro Chemist. The Literary Digest. December 13, 1924, 83(?): 25+.
AP2 .L712; in Storage, ask at Circ.

New Research to Honor a Negro. Newsweek. September 6, 1937, 10(10): 20.
Brief article mentions Tuskegee's fund drive to initiate the Carver Creative Research Laboratories. Retells familiar story of Carver's kidnapping as a young child but in rather offensive terms calling the young Carver a "pickaninny."
AP2 .N48, microfilm and GEN COLL.

New Scientific Foundation and its Founder. Commonweal. March 15, 1940, 31(21): 441. 
Brief article mentions that Carver donated his life savings of $33,000 as seed money to fund the George Washington Carver Foundation.
AP2 .C737, microfilm.

Our Country is Richer Because of their Lives. Instructor. May 1950, 59(?): 23.
Not held by ISU Library.

Paris, L. Wizard of the Soil. Senior Scholastic. May 7, 1958, 72(?): 11.
L11 .Sch61, microfilm

Peanut Man. Time. June 14, 1937, 29(24): 54.
Written on the unveiling of a bronze bust of Carver done by Steffen Wolfgang George Thomas of Atlanta and presented to Tuskegee; provides standard biographical information but doesn't avoid labeling the young Carver a "pickaninny." Includes illustration (photo) of Carver with his round horticultural sample box.
AP2 .T48, microfilm and GEN COLL.

Peanuts: How Scientist's 145 Varieties Helped Lowly Goober to Rise. Popular Science Monthly. May 1923, 102: 68.
Popular tabloid description of Carver's work with peanuts. Includes illustration.
Q1 .P819

Remmers, W.E. Education of a Scientist. Negro History Bulletin. March 1957, 20(6): 130-132.
Didactic lecture with curriculum focus mentions Carver in passing. Excerpted from an address delivered at Simpson College, Indianola, IA by Walter E. Remmers at the Third Annual Christian Liberal Arts Festival Oct. 6, 1956.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm.

Scientist Carver Makes America's Hall of Fame. Jet. November 29, 1973, 45(10): 9.
Brief article regarding Carver's induction into the Hall of Fame of Great Americans; mentions other inductees FDR and John Philip Sousa.
E185.5 .J51, microfilm.

Stewart, Ollie. Carver of Tuskegee. Scribner's Commentator. May 1941, 10(1): 12-16.
Offers a vivid, sometimes quaint profile of Carver focusing on his work with peanuts told in a hyperbolic manner; also discusses the Carver Creative Research Laboratories, and provides standard (though embellished) biographical details that contain factual errors.
Not held by ISU Library.

Story of George Washington Carver. Instructor. February 1953, 62(?): 15.
Not held by ISU Library.

Taylor, Alva W. South Honors Negro Chemist. Christian Century. May 26, 1937, 54(21): 686.
Brief report regarding presentation of bust to Tuskegee in honor of Carver; lists his major accomplishments. On following page a short item regarding a lawsuit by Congressman Mitchell against the Pullman Company recounts an earlier incident in which Carver was denied a berth while travelling in Oklahoma.
BL1 .C462

Temple of the Peanut: Negro Scientist Pledges $33,000 Project. Newsweek. February 26, 1940, 15(9): 42-44.
Reports that Carver donated $33,000 toward the establishment of the George Washington Carver Foundation; mentions that another $70000 of Carver's savings earlier "vanished in a bank failure." Includes factual errors such as the assertion that Carver "never asked for a patent." Includes illustration.
AP2 .N48, microfilm and GEN COLL.

Thomas, H. and D.L. Thomas. Science Milestone: Excerpt from Fifty Great Modern Lives. Science Digest. September 1957, 42(?): 85-90.
Q1 .Sci23, microfilm

Tobias, Channing H. Some Outstanding Negro Christians. Missionary Review of the World. June 1936, 59(6): 297-298.
Part of a special "American Negro Number," this brief biographical profile on Carver contains factual errors, such as suggesting the young Carver always lived with other "friendly Negroes" rather than having been raised by and boarding with various white families throughout his life. Also covered are Howard Thurman, David Dallas Jones, Harry T. Burleigh, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Charles Clinton Spaulding. Includes illustrations.
BV2350 .M691

Tokunage, M. Contribution of the Negro to Science and Invention. Negro History Bulletin. April 1955, 18(7): 154.
Excerpt from longer article on African American scientists and inventors; section on Carver begins on page 154.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm.

Turner, G.C. For Whom is your School Named? Negro History Bulletin. February 1956, 19(5): 111.
Standard biographical overview on Carver, but with good detail on his early childhood.
E185.5 .N31, microfilm.

Twiggs, R.T. Untold Discovery of George Washington Carver. Negro Digest. April 1962, 11(?): 66-71.
Not held by ISU Library.

Walcott, B.B. Carver's Interest in Food and Nutrition. Service. February 1951, 15(?): 7-8+.
Not held by ISU Library.

Walker, Josephine C. George Washington Carver: Scientist and Saint. Sepia. August 1980, 28(?): 18-20.
Not held by ISU Library.

Wright, Clarence W. George Washington Carver: An American Scientist. Journal of Chemical Education. June 1946, 23(?): 268-270.
QD1 .J827

Wright, Clarence W. Negro Pioneers in Chemistry. School and Society. February 1, 1947, 65(1675): 86-87.
Discusses in brief life and achievements of Carver, along with Bruce Henry Green and Percy Levon Julian. Section on Carver provides an objective overview of his work; includes details on his patents and the significance of his early work and publications at Iowa State College (now ISU). Includes citations.
L11 .Sch63b


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