UA 53.33




29.94 linear feet [20 record boxes, 7 oversize boxes]


James K. “Tex” Lewis was a professor of Animal and Range Sciences at South Dakota State University from 1950 to 1985. The collection comprises his work in teaching and research in range management and range livestock nutrition. It includes studies and projects conducted primarily at the Cottonwood Range Field Station, Antelope Range Field Station, and the Badlands region of South Dakota. The materials cover various topics such as cattle weights, clip plot data analysis, soil moisture samples, and utilization studies. They also demonstrate collaborative efforts with prominent organizations.

Historical Note

James K. "Tex" Lewis was born on October 24, 1924, in Waco, Texas. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1948 and a Master of Science in Animal Science from Montana State College in 1951. Lewis pursued graduate studies in range management at Texas A&M University.

Lewis assumed the role of professor of Animal Sciences at South Dakota State University, focusing on teaching and research in range management and range livestock nutrition. Lewis conducted grazing, supplementation, and range improvement studies at the Cottonwood Range Field Station and Antelope Range Field Station, including biometric analyses of grassland ecosystems. Recognitions include the Special Appreciation Award from the South Dakota Section of the Society for Range Management in 1975, the Trail Boss Award in 1980, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Range Management in 1984.

James K. "Tex" Lewis retired from South Dakota State University in 1985, leaving behind a legacy in range management.

Content Notes

This collection presents a comprehensive overview of James K. Lewis’s studies and projects conducted at various field stations, including Cottonwood Range and Antelope Range field stations, as well as the Badlands of South Dakota. The primary focus is on range management, forage production, and utilization and cover a broad spectrum of topics, including cattle weights, clip plot data analysis, soil moisture samples, and utilization studies, reflecting extensive data collection over several years. The collection also highlights interactions with prominent organizations like the American Grassland Council and the American Society of Range Management, indicating collaborative efforts and regional projects. The material covers a diverse range of studies, projects, and course materials related to range management. These include aerial photographs, ecological grassland studies, tool calibration, and extensive field data collection. The breadth of topics covered underscores a holistic approach to understanding and preserving ecosystems within these regions.

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