Drain-Jordan Library is proud to house the Gus R. Douglass Agriculture Collection of materials related to the
study of agriculture in West Virginia. The historical materials in the collection came from working research
collections in southern West Virginia, and will form the nucleus of a comprehensive library and archive for
Mr. Douglass' papers and effects.
Commissioner Douglass, the United States' longest serving Agricultural Commissioner, was instrumental in helping
WVSU regain its land grant status. The WVSU Gus R. Douglass Institute which encompasses the university's Extension
Service, the NASA CASTEM (Center for Advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and the
Agricultural and Environmental Research Station, is named in recognition and honor of Commissioner Gus R. Douglass
and his service to the state of West Virginia.
Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass, the United States' longest serving Agricultural Commissioner.
Drain-Jordan's Gus R. Douglass Agriculture Collection was dedicated on August 24, 2011.