Roy Vernon Scott
| Roy Vernon Scott|
(Historian and professor emeritus at Mississipi State University)
|Born|| December 26, 1927 |
Wrights, Greene County
|Spouse|| Jane Brayford Scott (married 1951)|
Roy Vernon Scott (born December 26, 1927) is a professor emeritus]] of history at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, who specialized in agricultural and railroad studies in the American South and Midwest.
In 1997, he co-authored a different kind of history beyond his specialization in agriculture. Wal-Mart: A History of Sam Walton's Retail Phenomenon, a study of Sam Walton's Wal-Mart retail giant based in Benton County, Arkansas.
Scott was born to Roy J. Scott and the former Edna Dodson in Wrights, an unincorporated community in Greene County in west-central Illinois. He served from 1946 to 1948 in the United States Army Air Corps, organized in 1947 into the Air Force. In 1952, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He subsequently received his Master of Arts and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1953 and 1957, respectively. taught at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. In 1958, he received the Everett E. Edwards Award from the Agricultural History Society for the best paper submitted by a graduate student for publication in the journal Agricultural History. Scott was on the MSU faculty from 1960 to 1998, when he retired as professor emeritus. He was also the William L. Giles Distinguished Professor of History from 1978 to 1998. In 1989, Scott was elected president of the Mississippi Historical Association.
Scott's works include the following:
- The Agrarian Movement in Illinois, 1880-1896 (1962)
- The Methods of American Railroads in Promoting Economic Development: An Historical Survey (1963).
- The Great Northern Railway: A History of James J. Hill's Great Northern Railroad]], with three co-authors.
- From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture, with Dennis Nordin
- Eugene Beverly Ferris and Agricultural Science in the Lower South.
In 1973, Scott and Jimmy Shoalmire, historian and archivist at Mississippi State, co-authored The Public Career of Cully Cobb: A Study in Agricultural Leadership. based on papers from the Henry A. Wallace Collection at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Cully Cobb, a southern agricultural publisher and philanthropist based in Atlanta, Georgia, was director in 1933 of the cotton division of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, in which capacity he supervised the plowing under of fields to reduce farm output in hopes of raising sagging prices then being paid to farmers. Cobb was later the long-time publisher of Southern Ruralist Press.
In 1995, Scott co-authored with Charles Lowery Old Main: Memories of a Legend, the history of the original MSU dormitory razed by fire in 1959. During its eighty years of existence, Old Main housed some forty thousand young men over four generations. The structure became the embodiment of MSU. At the time of its demise it was believed to have been the largest dormitory under one roof in the United States. Scott and Lowery include photographs and reminiscences of some of the men who lived in Old Main.>
Scott resides in Starkville with his wife, the former Jane Brayford (born c. 1928), whom he wed on July 9, 1959. The couple has three children, John D. Scott, Elizabeth M. Scott, and Sarah Ann Scott.
- Department of History: Emeritus Faculty. msstate.edu. Retrieved on July 20, 2010; no longer on-line.
- Roy Vernon Scott, and Sandra Stringer Vance, and Edwin J. Perkins. Wal-Mart: A History of Sam Walton's Retail Phenomenon. amazon.com. Retrieved on November 3, 2019.
- James B. Lloyd, ed. (1981). Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967. University Press of Mississippi through Google Books. Retrieved on November 3, 2019.
- Everett E. Edwards Award. aghistorysociety.org. Retrieved on July 19, 2010; no longer on-line.
- e-library at Iowa State University. lib.iastate.edu. Retrieved on July 20, 2010; no longer on-line.
- Mississippi Historical Society. mdah.state.ms.us. Retrieved on July 20, 2010; no longer on-line.
- The Agrarian Movement in Illinois, 1880-1896 (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1962.
- The Methods of American Railroads in Promoting Economic Development: An Historical Survey' (Stillwater, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University Press, 1963.
- The Great Northern Railway: A History (Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1988).
- From Prairie Farmer to Entrepreneur: The Transformation of Midwestern Agriculture. amazon.com (January 2005). Retrieved on November 3, 2019.
- (1991) Euene Beverly Ferris and Agricultural Science in the Lower South. amazon.com.
- Scott, Roy Vernon and Shoalmire, Jimmy G. (1973). The Public Career of Cully Cobb: A Study in Agricultural Leadership (Jackson, Mississippi: University and College Press of Mississippi.
- Old Main: Memories of a Legend. library.thing.com. Retrieved on November 3, 2019.