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Papers of Glenn E. Wilson, Jr.

Identifier: AGEW

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Glenn E. Wilson, Jr. consists of documents dated from 1962 to 1981, with the bulk falling from 1970 to 1981. Subject matter includes rural development and Extension work in the San Juan Basin of Colorado, including land and water use, cooperative marketing, and economic growth, as well as Wilson's many organizational interests such as the Grange, the Colorado County Agents Association, and the Colorado Group of the Community Development Society. Types of materials include correspondence, subject files, feasibility studies, meeting minutes, administrative documents, and a small amount of photographs.


  • Creation: 1962-1981
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1981


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is recommended.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Glenn "Kelly" E. Wilson, Jr., was a career Extension agent predominantly active in the San Juan Basin area of Colorado. He was born in San Bernardino, California, on March 27, 1935, and later moved to Colorado. Wilson attended Montezuma-Cortez High School, Fort Lewis College, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Colorado State University in the 1950s.

In 1959, Wilson was hired by the Weld County Extension Office to work as an assistant agent for 4-H. He stayed in Weld County until 1964, when he moved to Montezuma County, Colorado, to become the county's Extension agent. During Wilson's time as lead agent, he organized the Montelores Junior Fair and Livestock Sale and helped 4-H youth to elect a Board of Directors and borrow money to build a show barn. Wilson also involved Extension in Overall Economic Development Planning, eventually receiving loans to build the Montezuma Plywood Plant. Finally, Wilson also served as chairman, secretary, treasurer, and advisor to the Montezuma Rural Water Company during this time.

In 1966, Wilson became the Extension Development Specialist for southwest Colorado and continued in this position until his retirement in 1981. During his tenure, Wilson was instrumental in helping to establish the Four Corners Recreation and Tourism Association, the Four Corners Regional Commission, the Rural Affairs Council in Region 9, the Montezuma County Community Action Program, and began community discussion regarding vocational education and the building of a regional airport. He also worked on recreation and feasibility studies with both the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Tribes and organized the first Police and Community Relations Workshop to help reduce tension between police and minorities. Wilson's interests were varied and his records reflect work done on a wide range of efforts including the breeding of rabbits for profit and water use and recreation.

Throughout his years working for Extension, Wilson belonged to a host of professional organizations including the Colorado County Agents Association, the Community Development Society, Epsilon Sigma Phi (a professional organization for Extension agents), the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (Grange), the Southwest Livestock Association, and Toastmasters International. He married Rita Wilson in 1969 and had five children: Gary, Beth, Linde, Coleen, and Nicki Wilson.


3.3 linear feet (2 record cartons, 2 document cases)

Language of Materials



Glenn "Kelly" E. Wilson, Jr., was a career Extension agent from 1959 to 1981, predominantly active in the San Juan Basin area of Colorado. Wilson served as the 4-H agent in Weld County from 1959 until 1964, the lead agent in Montezuma County until 1966, and the Extension development specialist for southwest Colorado until his retirement in 1981. The collection includes correspondence, paperwork from professional affiliations, and subject files from extension projects.


This collection was received in some original order, which has been maintained as much as possible in the final arrangement.

The collection consists of three series in two record cartons and two document cases:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-1981 and undated

Subseries 1.1: Individuals, 1972 and 1977-1981

Subseries 1.2: General, 1970-1981 and undated

Series 2: Groups/Organizations, 1964-1981 and undated

Series 3: Subject/Reference files, 1962-1981 and undated


The Papers of Glenn E. Wilson, Jr. were found among the Records of the Colorado Cooperative Extension in 2007. The latter collection arrived in the Colorado Agricultural Archive in the 1980s.

Related Collections

Related collections in the Colorado Agricultural Archive include the Records of the Colorado Cooperative Extension, Records of the Colorado 4-H, and Records of the Colorado State Grange.


Processing was completed in 2008. All materials were removed from hanging folders and re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Materials within each folder were arranged in chronological order. Rusty paperclips were removed but most staples were left in place. Photographs were re-housed in acid-free envelopes. Acidic materials were buffered with acid-free paper.

Guide to the Papers of Glenn E. Wilson, Jr.
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Ashley Large
Copyright 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA