Harold P. Gaston Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Gaston, H. P., (Harold Paul), 1898-1988
Harold P. Gaston collection
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 cassette

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Harold Gaston was born on August 22, 1898 in Altoona, Kansas. He and his wife, Lola, had four children: Paul, Donna, Richard, and Robert. He served in the Navy during World War I. He received his B.S. from Kansas State in 1923 and his M.S. from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in 1926. In July 1926 he began working at MSC as a research assistant in Horticulture and in 1946 he was promoted to assistant professor. Much of his research was based at the state experimental fruit farm in South Haven, Michigan. He published many articles and invented the idea of moving cherries in water when transporting them from the field to factory. He died on June 21, 1988.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of a taped interview with Harold P. Gaston, former professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University. The interview was conducted by professor Frank G. Dennis at Gaston's home in South Haven, Michigan in 1974. In the interview, Gaston discusses his early years at MSU in the 1920s. His comments include descriptions of the personalities of professors Victor Gardner, Roy Marshall, Frederick Bradford, Robert Loree, John Crist, N. L. Partridge, W. C. Dutton, Hugh Hootman, Horace Cardinell, G. S. Ricks, and Harold Tukey.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2012

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Interviews (Sound recordings)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bradford, Frederick Charles, 1887-
  • Cardinell, H. A.
  • Crist, John W.
  • Dennis, F. G., (Frank George), 1932-
  • Dutton, Walter C.
  • Gardner, Victor Ray, 1885-
  • Gaston, H. P., (Harold Paul), 1898-1988
  • Hootman, H. D.
  • Loree, R. E.
  • Marshall, Roy E., (Roy Edgar), 1890-1966
  • Partridge, Newton L.
  • Ricks, G. S.
  • Tukey, H. B., (Harold Bradford), 1896-1971

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Collection Inventory


Taped interview with Harold P. Gaston 1974