William Goebel Finn papers

Abstract

The William Goebel Finn papers (dated 1918-1959; 0.18 cubic feet, 1 slim document box) mainly comprise photographs relating to William Goebel Finn's time as a student (1920-1923) and professor of agricultural economics (1924-1931) at the University of Kentucky (UK), and as an employee of the University Department of State assigned to the US Regional Organizations for Europe, headquartered in Paris.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William Goebel Finn papers
Creator
Finn, William Goebel, 1900-1986
Extent
0.18 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Horse farms -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection retains its original order. Where possible original folder names were retained.
Finding Aid Author
Ruth E. Bryan
Preferred Citation
2019ua026 : [identification of item], William Goebel Finn papers, 1918-1958, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William Goebel Finn was born on March 13, 1900, in Burlington, Kentucky. His parents were Charles A. and Laura I. (Smith) Finn. He served in the US Army in 1918. He received his BS in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1923 and his MA in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1927. While studying for his degree at UK, he was a field agent for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He studied advanced economics at George Washington University from 1934-1936. Finn was associate professor of agricultural economics at UK from 1924 to 1931 before starting work in the USDA in Washington, DC. At the USDA, he served in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1935-1946, assistant chief 1942-1946), and in Production and Marketing Administration (1946-1949). During World War II, he was a member of the USDA Strategic Materials Commission and the Munitions Board, representing agricultural interests. In 1949, after the introduction of the Marshall Plan, he transferred to the US Department of State, where he was assigned to the US Regional Organizations for Europe in Paris. In 1954, he became Director of Food and Agriculture at the European Mission. He retired in 1961 and died in 1986. Finn married Bernice P. Kirkham on June 9, 1927. Their children were Susan M. (married to Donald E. Smith) and Carole B. (married to David A. Fisher).
Sources:
1. William Goebel Finn. Prabook. https://prabook.com/web/william_goebel.finn/513216. Accessed 1/3/2020.
2. William Goebel Finn. College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Hall of Distinguished Alumni. http://alumni.ca.uky.edu/hoda/william-goebel-finn. Accessed 1/3/2020.
Scope and Content
The William Goebel Finn papers (dated 1918-1959; 0.18 cubic feet, 1 slim document box) mainly comprise photographs relating to William Goebel Finn's time as a student (1920-1923) and professor of agricultural economics (1924-1931) at the University of Kentucky (UK), and as an employee of the University Department of State assigned to the US Regional Organizations for Europe, headquartered in Paris. Includes 14 UK-related photographs, 1920s-1950s; 8 photographs of an unidentified agricultural extension agent at a desk, in a field, and with apples, 1930s?; 29 "tobacco culture stock photographs, 1930s?; 17 Finn family and personal photographs, 1920s-1950s (including 10 from a Fayette County car trip, May 16, 1926, to Georgetown Pike, Walnut Hall Stock Farm, Russell Cave Pike, and Idle Hour Farm); 2 photographs of Finn in Paris as Chief of Special Commodities Section of the EAC/OSR, 1950s?; and a clipping (1918, Students' Army Training Corps at UK), dance and commencement programs (1922-1923), and a Finn family Christmas card (1958).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

William Goebel Finn papers, 1918-1958

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