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Fletcher Pearre Veitch papers

 Collection 0153-MDHC

An 1891 graduate of the Maryland Agricultural College, Fletcher Pearre Veitch (1868-1943) was a chemist and soil physicist for the college, the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the United States Department of Agriculture. The collection, consisting of correspondence, publications, proxy records, and speeches, documents Veitch's active involvement in the alumni affairs of the Maryland Agricultural College and the University of Maryland.


  • 1890-1938
  • Majority of material found within 1914-1920

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Fletcher Pearre Veitch papers cover the years 1890 to 1938. The bulk of the materials date from 1914 to 1920 when Veitch was particularly active in the Maryland Agricultural College Alumni Association. Few of the documents cover subjects other than Maryland Agricultural College. The papers include correspondence, newsletters, legislation, newspaper clippings, photographs, proxy records, printed material, and speeches. Central topics include alumni affairs, state legislation affecting Maryland Agricultural College, the College's search for a president, and fundraising. The materials are divided into two series.


Fletcher Pearre Vietch (1868-1943) was associated with Maryland Agricultural College, later Maryland State College of Agriculture and the University of Maryland, as a student and as an active alumnus. Veitch received a B.S. from Maryland Agricultural College in 1891 and then, except for a one-year stint with a Baltimore firm, served as chemist and soil physicist for the College and the Agricultural Experiment Station until 1901. Veitch's lifelong interest in the College and alumni affairs peaked in the years 1914-1917 when he served variously as member-at-large, vice-president, and president of the Maryland Agricultural College Alumni Association Executive Committee. A resident of College Park for most of his life, Veitch left the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station in 1901 to work for the United States Department of Agriculture. For the next 37 years, until retiring in 1938, Veitch worked in a number of USDA laboratories and bureaus as chemist and administrator. The chemist authored 275 bulletins and articles on agriculture, leather, and paper, and he was a member of a number of professional organizations and commissions.


This collection is organized in two series.

Series 1
Series 2
Maryland Agricultural College

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Fletcher Pearre Veitch papers were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Veitch's son, Dr. F.P. Veitch, on April 23, 1987.

Related Material

Fletcher Pearre Veitch as a student appears in a photograph of a chemistry laboratory (c.1893) in the Photographic Collection (#5868).

Separated Material

Printed material was removed and either added to the University Publications collection or discarded. Contact the University Archives for more information.

Processing Information

Paper clips, pins and staples were replaced with plastic clips. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto acid-free bond paper and discarded. All duplicates were discarded. Photographs were separated from the papers and transferred to the Photographic Collection. Printed material, except when described as enclosed with correspondence, was removed; a list of the items removed is available upon request. All remaining material was placed in acid-free envelopes, folders, and boxes.

Guide to the Fletcher Pearre Veitch Papers
Processed by Thomas L. Edsall
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742