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College of Agriculture, Administration for the College of Agriculture, publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 20

Scope and Contents

The College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, publications (1889-2011; 3.6 cubic feet) is a collection of materials published by Purdue University and the Purdue University School of Agriculture.  These materials include booklets, reports, magazines, pamphlets, and announcements.


  • 1889-2011
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/08/2008


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

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


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Booklets, reports, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and announcements, published or acquired by the School of Agriculture.

Arrangement Note

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

Physical Access Requirements

No physical restrictions.

Custodial History

Chris Sigurdson to ASC; Purdue University Libraries to ASC; College of Agriculture to ASC

Acquisition Information

Purdue University records transfer from the Purdue University Libraries and the College of Agriculture by Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication, on March 08,2008.

Addition 1 was purchased from the Smith family, March 5, 2013.

Related Materials

UA 44, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.01.01 to UA 20 as of November 3, 2015.
College of Agriculture, Administration for the College of Agriculture, publications
John Michael Foster and Jennifer Sdunzik
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description was first competed 2013-03-05.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States