College of Agriculture, Agricultural Fraternities, Societies, and Associations records
Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 25
Scope and Contents
The College of Agriculture, Agricultural Fraternities, Societies, and Associations, records (1880s-2000; 3.3 cubic feet) contains a number of booklets, constitutions, correspondence, meeting minutes, pamphlets, programs, and reports pertaining to the history, administration, and activities of various associations, fraternities, societies, associated with Purdue University’s College of Agriculture. A large portion of the collection consists of materials related to the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (1920s-1960s, 1980s). The collection also contains materials pertaining to the Purdue Agricultural Society (1890s-1910s); National Institute of Animal Agriculture (Annual Meeting - 1956); Purdue Farm Club (1900s-1920s), and Winter Course Society (1900s-1920s).
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical or Historical Information
The College of Agricultural, Fraternities, Societies, and Associations, records is a collection of materials from a number of agricultural organizations associated with Purdue University’s College of Agricultural, including the Delta Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and the Purdue Agricultural Society. The Delta Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity was founded in 1911 and is the fourth oldest Alpha Gamma Rho chapter in the United States. Early Butz, former Purdue College of Agriculture Dean and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, was a member of the Delta Chapter as an undergraduate. Alpha Gamma Rho is a social fraternity centered on young men pursuing careers in agriculture or the food or fiber industries. The Purdue Agricultural Society originated with the Purdue Farm Club, which was organized sometime prior to the Fall 1889 semester. The club was briefly discontinued in the early 1890s and reorganized in December 1893. Four years later, the name of the organization was changed to the Purdue Agricultural Society. The Purdue Debris yearbook provided the following description of the society in 1924: “The Purdue Agricultural Society is an organization whose membership is open to undergraduates, graduates, and faculty of the School of Agriculture. Its purpose is to create a democratic spirit in the school, a closer relationship between the students and faculty, and to maintain a median for the dissemination of agricultural knowledge.” That year, the society was involved in the Annual Freshman reception, the Purdue Agriculturist subscription drive, an exchange program with the Illinois Agricultural Club, the Horticultural Show, the Egg Show, and the Agriculturalist essay contest. There is no mention of the Purdue Agricultural Society in the Debris after 1942.
Note written by John Michael Foster
Note written by John Michael Foster
3.30 Cubic Feet
1 c.f. boxes, 7 mss. boxes other_unmapped
Booklets, constitutions, correspondence, meeting minutes, pamphlets, programs, and reports pertaining to the history, administration, and activities of various associations, fraternities, societies, associated with Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.
Materials in this collection are organized into a single series largely arranged chronologically and by document type.
Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication, to ASC; Purdue University Libraries to ASC; College of Agriculture to ASC.
Source of Acquisition
Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; Purdue University Libraries; College of Agriculture
Method of Acquisition
Existence and Location of Originals
multi-part note content
All materials are housed in acid-free manuscript boxes. Many materials have been removed from their original folders and placed in acid-free folders. Collection identifier updated from UA 14.21 to UA 25 as of November 3, 2015.
- College of Agriculture, Agricultural Fraternities, Societies, and Associations, records
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- John Michael Foster
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