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George Washington Carver

“At Simpson the kind of people there made me believe that I was a human being.” –G. W. Carver


(b. July 12, 1864 — d. Jan. 5, 1943)

After another college refused to admit him because he was black, Carver matriculated at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, where he studied art and piano (1890-91). His art teacher Etta Budd, seeing his talent for painting flowers and plants, encouraged him to study botany at Iowa State Agricultural College in Ames, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1894 and a master of science degree in 1896.

Noted American agricultural chemist, agronomist, and experimenter whose development of new products derived from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South. For most of his career he taught and conducted research at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Carver Collection in Adobe Acrobat format [pdf] includes:

  • List of Folders Containing Photographs
  • List of Folders in General Carver Collection
  • List of Photographs in Each Folder
  • List of Contents of Each General Collection Folder

Carver Correspondence in Adobe Acrobat format [pdf] includes:



A Dream Fulfilled: The Saga of George Washington Carver can now be viewed online through the Iowa Public Television website. In this unique opera written for children, follow Carver’s journey from Winterset to Simpson to the Tuskegee Institute and his return to the campus which accepted him when others would not.

George Washington Carver, Man of Science and Servant of God – Overcoming the barriers of racial prejudice and discrimination to achieve worldwide recognition as a man of science, George Washington Carver is remembered today as a creative genius and a great humanitarian. As a man of deep faith he gave credit to God, “The Great Creator,” for all of his discoveries.  Part OnePart Two

George Washington Carver Books/Videos at Dunn Library – Links to materials about George Washington Carver located in Dunn Library and Dunn Library Special Collections.