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Harland K. Riley Collection

Collection 159

Harland K. Riley (1905–1972). Collection, 1929–1969

10 inches

Harland K. Riley was a native of Gueydan, Louisiana. He received his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1926. He attended Iowa State College and received his masters of science in 1929. There he wrote a thesis entitled Bionomics and Control of the Greenhouse Centipede, Scutigeselia Immaculata (Newport). While in school, he participated in many societies. He was a member of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He also contributed to the development of the future leadership in Agriculture.

In 1931, Riley joined the faculty of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (later known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana and today the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) as an assistant professor of agriculture. He was active in the professional organizations of his field; he was one of the Charter members of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at USL and served as president. In 1965, he was recognized as the outstanding teacher of horticulture in the Southern Region, when he was designated the recipient of the L.M. Ware Teaching Award. He retired in 1969 after a teaching career of 40 years.

This collection consists of his thesis, correspondence, photographs, speeches, awards, certificates, diplomas and other miscellaneous materials.

This collection was donated by Mrs. H.K. Riley.


A. Thesis 1-01
B. Correspondence 1-02
C. Photographs 1-03
D. Certificates 1-04
E. Miscellaneous 1-05 through 1-08
F. Framed Awards 2-01 through 2-05
  Certificates, Diplomas  


1-01 Thesis: Bionomics and Control of the Greenhouse Centipede, Scutisgerelia Immaculata (Newport), by Harland K. Riley, Iowa State College, 1929
1-02 Correspondence: 1968-1969
1-03 Photographs: unidentified, n.d.
1-04 Certificates:
    Rotary Club 1958
Phi Kappa Phi 1957
Sigma Chi 1925
Alpha Zeta n.d.
Corps of Cadets 1926
1-05 Speeches: miscellaneous [agriculture], n.d.
1-06 Speeches: miscellaneous [agriculture], n.d.
1-07 Miscellaneous:
    Phi Kappa Phi material
Commencement Exercises, Grand Prairie High School, 1954
1-08 Miscellaneous: Scrapbook
    newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.
  Framed Awards
2-01   Membership award, Louisiana Chapter, 1924
2-02   Membership award, Phi Kappa Phi, 1951
2-03   Membership award, A Pioneer of the Louisiana Greenhouse Tomato Industry, 1972
2-04   Teaching Award. Southern Region, 1966
2-05   Appreciation Award, All American Selection, n.d.
  1. State of Louisiana Executive Department - 1st Lieutenant, Louisiana State Guard, 26 January 1943
  2. Iowa State College - [Diploma] M.A. Science - 21 December 1929
  3. Society of Sigma Xi [Ames Chapter], 17 May 1927
  4. Demeter Fraternity - SLI, no. 115, 1935
  5. Gamma Sigma Delta - [Iowa Chapter], 1927
  6. Louisiana State University, B.A., 14 June 1926