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Special Collections: Guide to the Paul R. Hepler Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
October 2004
Introduction and Summary Information
Collection Title: Paul R. Hepler Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1948-1974 (inclusive); 1964-1972 (bulk).
Provenance: Deposited by Professor Hepler in May, 1987.
Collection Number: MS 239.
Box Numbers: 1-2 (formerly Boxes 1421-1422).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one archival record carton and one document box of material (1.5 cubic feet).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs have been housed in polypropylene sleeves and remain with the relevant documents.
Preferred Citation: Paul R. Hepler Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

The collection contains research materials of Paul R. Hepler, an associate professor of horticulture at the University of Maine at Orono. It centers on his study of sugar beet growing in Maine.
Paul Hepler was born in Dover, New Hampshire, on November 27, 1925. He grew up in Durham, New Hampshire, and graduated from Dover High School in 1944. He received a degree in horticulture in 1948 from Michigan State University, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He became a member of the Horticulture Department at the University of Maine at Orono in 1956. His areas of research included the breeding of vegetables and blueberries and crop productivity and quality as related to soil conservation. From 1965 to 1970 he worked on a study of sugar beet varieties in Maine, conducting trials in Presque Isle to determine the best variety for Maine’s acidic soil. A report issued in 1971 summarized the results of the trials and discussed the problems encountered, including the short growing season and the highly acid soil found in the state.
Professor Hepler retired from the university in 1990 and died on June 8, 2003 at his home in Bangor, Maine.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains research materials produced and collected by Paul Hepler on the subject of growing sugar beets in Maine.
The collection had been re-foldered at an earlier date by Library staff; folder headings have been left as found with information added for clarity if needed. The collection begins with sugar beet and potato research reports, 1964-1972, by Professor Hepler, as well as his correspondence about sugar beets, 1963-1976. The remainder of the collection contains research materials on sugar beets, arranged alphabetically by subject. The files include materials from various sugar beet, fertilizer, seed, and machinery companies, as well as reports from Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Of particular interest in the collection is information about Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., and the financing of its processing plant in Aroostook County. This company had received money through the Aroostook Development Corporation to construct a sugar beet processing plant at Easton, Maine, in 1967. The Development Corporation had obtained state and federal guarantees and loans to finance the project.  Farmers in Aroostook County in conjunction with Maine Sugar Industries attempted to establish sugar beets as a viable cash crop but failed to do so, leading to the failure of the company and foreclosure proceedings against it. In 1970 a Special Interim Legislative Committee was created by the Maine Legislature to examine the failure of this effort and the Maine sugar beet industry in general. Professor Hepler’s study of sugar beet growing in Maine was of particular relevance to the Committee’s work.

Box List
Box 1
1 Sugar beet and potato research by Paul Hepler, 1964-1972, reports 1-6
2 Sugar beet and potato research by Paul Hepler, 1964-1972, reports 7-18, 24-26
3 Correspondence, etc., 1963
4 Correspondence, etc., 1963-1964
5 Correspondence, etc., 1964-1965
6 Correspondence, research, etc., 1966
7 Correspondence, 1966-1976, Incoseed, Kleinwanzlebener Saatzucht
8 Correspondence, research, budget requests, 1967-1973
9 Agway: correspondence, etc., 1966-1968
10-11 Agway grant, 1971-1974: Yield, quality and nutrient status of potatoes and sugar beets as related to lime application ...
12 Amchem Products, Inc.: correspondence, research reports, etc., 1966-1971
13 American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists: correspondence, conferences, etc., 1967-1972
14 Arthur D. Little: correspondence, 1972
15 Betanal and other sugar beet herbicides
16 Booz Allen & Hamilton: A study of Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., 1970
17 Cornell University: 1963 sugar beet feasibility study
18 Cornell: research reports, correspondence, 1966-1967
19 Cornell sugar beet seminar, 1965: correspondence and publications
20 Great Western Sugar Co.; Northern Ohio Sugar Co.: correspondence, 1964-1971
21 Herbicides
22 Hilleshogs Seed Co., Sweden; Zwaanesse, Inc., Holland: correspondence, reports, 1966-1973
23-24 Holly Sugar Corp.: correspondence, 1961-1962
25 International Harvester Co.: owner’s manuals, etc.
26 John Deere: correspondence, etc., 1961-1963
27 John Deere tractor operator’s manual
28 Maine Agricultural Experiment Station. Report of the farm production feasibility of sugarbeets in Aroostook County, 1963
29 Maine Sugar Beet Growers Assoc.: correspondence, etc., 1966-1968
30 Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., 1967-1971
31 Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., 1968
32 Maine Sugar Industries, Inc., 1968-1971

Box 1 cont.
33 Miner-Schaffer report, 1968-1969, on Maine Sugar Industries, Inc.
34 pH and lime: correspondence, reports, etc., 1969
35 Photographs of sugar beet crop, undated
36 Potatoes and lime: research reports, presentations, 1973?
37 Project proposal, 1969, for continuing research on problems related to sugar beet nutrition in an acid environment
38 Recommendations for growing sugar beets in Aroostook County: reports, correspondence, etc., 1964
39 Sewall Committee, 1971: Report of Special Interim Legislative Committee ... re loans to sugar beet industry
40 Shell Chemical Co.: correspondence, brochures, 1969
41 Sigma Xi presentation, 1972, re sugar beet research
Box 2
1 Special Task Force to Preserve the Sugar Beet Industry, report, 1971?
2 Stauffer Chemical Co.: correspondence, reports, 1969-1971
3 Sugar beet contracts, prices
4 Sugar beet equipment: correspondence, manuals, etc., 1963
5 Sugar beet meeting, Denver, 1967
6 Sugar beet production in Maine: preliminary inquiries, 1960
7 Sugar beet program discussion agenda, 1969, Presque Isle, Me.
8 Sugar beet research, Aroostook Co., 1948
9-11 Sugar beet research, 1961-1963
12 Sugar beet research project, 1966-1975
13 Sugar beet thinners: correspondence, etc., 1963
14 Sugar beets: notes, correspondence, etc.
15 Sugar beets: pamphlets, etc.
16 Sugar beets: research reports, etc.
17 Sugar beets: research reports, etc., 1951, 1961-1953
18 Sugar beets in Maine: correspondence, etc., 1961-1963
19 Transplant project, 1971
20 U.S. Dept. of Agriculture: correspondence re equipment, etc., 1963
21 U.S.D.A.: correspondence, reports, etc., 1966-1969
22 U.S.D.A. project to study growth and nutrition of sugar beets in acid northeastern soils, 1967
23 U.S.D.A. project completion report, 1969: Influence of cation exchange capacity ... on ... sugar beets in acid soils
24 U. of Maine Cooperative Extension Service: information sheets re sugar beets

Box 2 cont.
25 Vitro Engineering Co. Review of feasibility: sugar beet refinery, Aroostook County, 1965
26 Zieminski, Stefan A. Assessment of the processing quality of the sugar beet: a research proposal, 1966

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