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College of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 45

Scope and Contents

The College of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences records (1903-1995; 15.6 cubic feet) documents the history and activities of the School of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Sciences and its predecessors, the Departments of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Husbandry, and Poultry Husbandry)


  • 1903-1995
  • 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

Animal Sciences first appeared in the Purdue course catalog in 1959.  The department was formally created from the consolidation of the Beef, Sheep, and Swine (previously Animal Husbandry), Poultry (previously Poultry Husbandry and after 1957, Poultry Science), and Dairy Production (previously Dairy Husbandry) Departments, starting in the 1962-63 academic year.  Animal Science began offering an Animal Food Science option was added to the department’s curriculum in 1966 and founded the Food Science Institute three years later.  Food Science remained a component of the Animal Food Science curriculum until 1985 when the former became a separate department.  The same year, Animal Science began offering four plans of study: animal agribusiness, animal science, animal production, and animal products.  Between 1998 and 2011, the number of bachelor degrees conferred by Animal Science increased two-fold, from 306 to 617.  By 2012, the department offered a single degree with six concentrations: agribusiness, behavior/well-being, biosciences, pre-veterinary sciences, production, and products.  Animal Science also administers the Animal Sciences Research and Education Center (ASREC), the Felun-Purdue Agricultural Center, and the Southern Indiana-Purdue Agricultural Center (SIPAC).

Note written by John Michael Foster


15.103 Cubic Feet (Seven cubic foot boxes, 21 letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, and one letter-size half-width manuscript box)

Arrangement Note

The Records are organized into a single series with items arranged chronologically by type of material.

Physical Access Requirements

The scrapbook in Box 21 is fragile and should be handled with care.

Custodial History

Chris Sigurdson, to ASC; Purdue University Libraries to ASC; College of Agriculture to ASC; William F. Trent to ASC

Acquisition Information

Purdue University records transfer from Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; Purdue University Libraries; College of Agriculture; William F. Trent on March 08, 2008.

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free boxes.  Some materials are housed in acid-free boxes.
College of Agriculture, Department of Animal Sciences records
In Progress
John Michael Foster
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Edition statement
Third edition.

Revision Statements

  • 2016-11-16: Collection identifier updated from UA 14.05 to UA 45 as of November 16, 2016.
  • 2020-05-08: Collection description updated by Adelle Rogers.
  • 2024-02-08: Extents updated by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States