Herbert Kellar Papers, 1887-1955

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Series: Series 8: Solon Robinson (1803-1880), Papers, 1836-1880; 1908-1939
Biography/History: Solon Robinson, son of Jacob Robinson and Salinda Ladd Robinson, was born at Tolland, Connecticut on 21 October 1803, a descendant of the Reverend John Robinson, one of the leaders (and pastor) of the Separatists from the Church of England in the early 1600's, who immigrated to Leyden, Netherlands and later Plymouth Colony. Orphaned at ten, with a meager education, Solon Robinson was a carpenter's apprentice at fourteen, and a Yankee peddler at eighteen. In 1828, after an abortive real estate venture in Indiana, he opened a general store in Lake County, Indiana, trading with Pottawatomie Indians, and settlers. In 1836, he formed a Squatter's Union there. By 1837, under the by-line “Solon Robinson of Indiana,” he began contributing articles to the Albany Cultivator and other agricultural periodicals. In 1852, the United States Agricultural Society was founded after ten years of effort on Robinson's part. This, in turn, influenced the establishment of the United States Department of Agriculture in 1862. From 1842 to 1852, Robinson toured the states of the Mississippi Valley, the South, and the East, reporting his observations in the Cultivator, the American Agriculturist, and the Prairie Farmer, among others. In 1852, Robinson published an agricultural periodical, The Plow, and at Horace Greeley's behest became agricultural editor of the New York Tribune in 1853. Due to ill health, Robinson moved to Florida about 1868. There he founded the Florida Republican and continued to write until his death in 1880.
Scope and Content Note: The Solon Robinson papers are an artificial collection brought together by Kellar in preparation for the two-volume, Solon Robinson, Pioneer and Agriculturist, which he edited in 1936. They include copies of Robinson's writings (1836-1880), and notes, sketches, statements, articles, and correspondence, either biographical or pertaining to the publication of Robinson's writings, from the research period (1929-1936) and after to 1939.
Agricultural writings
Box   197
Folder   1-92
, 1600-1836.
Box   198
Folder   1-76
, 1837-1840.
Box   199
Folder   1-64
, 1841.
Box   200
Folder   1-70
, 1842-1844.
Box   201
Folder   1-58
1845-1846, February.
Box   202
Folder   1-74
1846, March - 1848.
Box   203
Folder   1-49
1849-1850, May.
Box   204
Folder   1-55
1850, June - 1852, April.
Box   205
Folder   1-55
1852, May - 1861.
Box   206
Folder   1-57
1862 - 1880, November.
Materials Re Solon Robinson
Box   206
Folder   58-78
1880, November - 1908.
Box   207
Folder   1-26
1909-1928, n.d.
Kellar's research on Robinson
Box   207
Folder   27
Lucile O'Connor Kellar's sketch about Solon Robinson, 1929.
Box   207
Folder   28
Statement re Robinson, 1929.
Box   207
Folder   29
Address by H.A. Kellar on Robinson, 1929.
Box   207
Folder   30
Notes from letters of Lucile O'Connor to H. A. Kellar, 1929-1930.
Box   207
Folder   31
Mrs. Cora Lincoln, statement to H. A. Kellar, 1930.
Box   207
Folder   32
“Solon Robinson” by H.A. Kellar, 1933.
Box   207
Folder   33
“Milestones of the Years,” Crown Point, 1934.
Correspondence re publication of Solon Robinson writings
Box   207
Folder   34
, 1936.
Box   208
Folder   1
, 1937.
Box   208
Folder   2
Solon Robinson and the balloon frame, 1939.
Box   208
Folder   3
Character sketches for Solon Robinson, n.d.