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Collection of Agricultural publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 20

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of agricultural publications collected by the Purdue University College of Agriculture. Most publications are either published by the College of Agriculture, or contributed to by College of Agriculture staff. The subjects of the publications are primarily on agricultural studies, practices, and history at Purdue, as well as in Indiana more generally. Types of materials present in the collection include booklets, reports, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and announcements.


  • 1883 - 2017


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 school year, listed various agricultural classes and offered a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Despite this, 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, with the first Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree 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.


2.86 Cubic Feet (Two cubic foot boxes, two letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, and two flat folders)

4 Websites

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

Materials in this collection are arranged into seven series by document type and subject.
  1. Purdue Agriculturalist
  2. Published Reports
  3. Books and Manuals
  4. Bulletin of Purdue University
  5. Booklets
  6. Magazines and Newsletters
  7. Pamphlets, Announcements, and Miscellaneous Publications

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.

Tippecanoe County Historical Association newsletter was gifted to the Archives by Fred Whitford on October 31, 2023.

Separated Materials

The School of Agriculture 1989-1990 Annual Report was moved to UA 44, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture records.

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.01.01 to UA 20 as of November 3, 2015. When appropriate, materials have been moved to related resources; this is indicated in the collection description.
Collection of Agricultural publications
John Michael Foster, Jennifer Sdunzik, Julia Weeden, Amelia Simpson, and William Niner
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Fourth edition. Collection description was first competed 2013-03-05.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-05-14: Addition 1 added to resource record by Jennifer Sdunzik.
  • 2020-05-05: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2023-08-03: Pamphlet (1883) was added into folder 6 in box 7 by Emily Jones.
  • 2023-12-13: Tippecanoe County Historical Association newsletter added and description updated by William Niner.
  • 2024-05-09: Collection rearranged, rehoused, and finding aid descriptions updated by Amelia Simpson, Julia Weeden, and William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States