Howard Edward Babcock Portrait
- Howard Edward Babcock Portrait
- Campus Artifacts, Art & Memorabilia
- Crandall, Bradshaw
- Acquisition Date:
- Work Type:
- Babcock, H. E. (Howard Edward), 1889-1950
Cornell University. Board of Trustees
- Image View Description:
- Front View
- Image View Type:
- Agricultural economist, administrator, educator and Ithaca farmer, Howard Edward Babcock established one of the first successful farm cooperatives in New York State, which became one of the largest in the country. Babcock was born on a farm in Chenango County New York. He graduated from Syracuse University and went on to teach vocational agricultural studies, a newly opened field. He was appointed County Agent for Cattaraugus County and later Tompkins County. He would become the Assistant State leader of County Agents in 1914 and State leader in 1916. In 1917 he helped establish the New York State Federation of County Farm Bureaus (now New York State Farm Bureaus Federation) and the Cooperative Grange League Federation Exchange (G.L.F.), later known as Agway. He served on the Federal Farm Board and the board of the Central Bank for Cooperatives. He was co-president of the National Cooperative Council, now the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and chairman of the American Institute of Cooperation. In 1920 he was recruited as the first Professor of Marketing for Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Babcock regarded his Cornell professorship appointment as “the most prized post I ever filled,” [HEB Memorial Fund. Howard Edward Babcock papers 1907-1950. Collection Number 1618, Box 64, File Folder 13. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library]. As Chairmen of the Board of Trustees, he oversaw Cornell University during its wartime expansion and was instrumental in founding the Cornell University School of Nutrition, the first in the country. The H.E Babcock Professorship of Food Economics in the School of Nutrition was established in his honor. Babock’s life work was focused on improving the economic and social well-being of the local family farmer. His contributions to agricultural research included advances in farm food freezing, improved methods of harvesting forage crops (in particular through grass silage) and was an early grower of hybrids. A lifelong farmer, Babcock drafted and remained faithful to the following three lifetime objectives: 1) Perpetuate the family farm economy in America 2) Focus research, education, and cooperative action on family farm problems 3) Improve the American diet--as a practical means by which family farm operators may protect their way of life and serve human welfare. At the end of Babcock’s career he focused on improving the diet of the American people as a matter of public policy. [HEB Memorial Fund. Howard Edward Babcock papers 1907-1950. Collection Number 1618, Box 64, File Folder 13. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library].
- Artist Biography:
- Bradshaw Crandell is an American illustrator and portrait artist. In 1930 Crandell was a prominent illustrator of advertisements and popular periodical covers such as The Saturday Evening Post, American, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal. During WWII Crandell produced a variety of war effort illustration art. He is considered an influential artist of Hollywood glamour portraits that idealized the beauty of famous movie celebrities from 1920 to 1950 [Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 23, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-and-art-of-glamour.html]. Notable portrait subjects include Carole Lombard and Bette Davis. Later in life, Crandell became a traditional portrait artist using oil on canvas [Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 27, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-artist-of-stars.html].
- HEB Memorial Fund. Howard Edward Babcock papers 1907-1950. Collection Number 1618, Box 64, File Folder 13. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
“Biographical Notes 1946-1950.” Howard Edward Babcock papers 1907-1950. Collection Number 1618, Box 64, File Folder 3. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 27, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-artist-of-stars.htm
Kent Steine, “Bradshaw Crandell: Artist of the Stars” Today’s Inspiration (blog), January 23, 2012, http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/01/bradshaw-crandell-and-art-of-glamour.html
- Cornell University
- Repository Location:
- Uris Library, Willard Fiske Room, Cornell University
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About the collection
Cornell Campus Art and Artifacts lists about 2000 plaques, pictures, sculptures, and other objects of artistic and historical interest located on the Cornell campus. It is based on the 1984 book "Contributions to Cornell History: Portraits and Memorabilia". Information will be updated and supplemented with photographs. The existence of a publicly available catalog of Cornell's memorabilia is the first essential step to their preservation.