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College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 44
The College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records (1869-2009; 124.95 cubic feet) consists of administrative books, correspondence, financial records, faculty minutes, reports, and other materials relating to the administration Purdue University’s School of Agriculture.


  • 1869-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/08/2008



124.95 Cubic Feet (65 c.f. boxes, 65 mss. boxes, 7 flat boxes, 1 oversize file, 188 administrative books, 6 CD boxes, 29 card boxes, 4 slide boxes, 1 oversize file (administrative books extent estimated))


Administrative books, correspondence, financial records, faculty minutes, reports, and other materials documenting the administration, history, and growth of the College of Agriculture.

Biographical or Historical Information

In accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, Purdue was founded with a focus on agricultural and industrial education.  The inaugural course catalogue, for the 1874-75 year, listed various agricultural classes and offered a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.  But agricultural studies at Purdue struggled during the university’s early years.  It was 1879 before the first professor in Agriculture was hired.  Student enrollment in Agriculture waned over the next twenty years.  In fact, the first Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree was not conferred until 1895.  The new century, however, brought steady growth to Purdue’s agricultural program.  Purdue awarded its first Master of Science in Agriculture in 1908, and PhD of Science in Agriculture in 1928.  The School of Agriculture, as well as the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, enjoyed increased state and federal funding beginning in the 1910s, which solidified Purdue’s place as the center of Indiana agriculture.  Enduring a significant decrease in student enrollment during World War II, Purdue Agriculture rebounded in the postwar years and began to offer fresh areas of study in such fields as agricultural meteorology, environmental science, farm and business management, feed, fertilizer, and machinery development, food engineering, landscape agriculture, pest control, and resource conservation.

Note written by John Michael Foster

Arrangement Note

Materials in this collection are organized into a single series and are largely arranged chronologically by document type.

Existence and Location of Originals

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College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, records
John Michael Foster
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Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Collection identifier updated from UA 14.01 to UA 44 as of November 11, 2016. Added Box 173, Miscellaneous Photographs and Negatives, previously unprocessed, as of May 23, 2017. Added “Murphey-Bivins Company” Correspondence to Box 31 Folder 32; previously unprocessed as of May 30, 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States