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College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 66

Scope and Contents

The Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, Records (1933-2003; 12.4 cubic feet) documents the history and activities of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics.  The Records include departmental correspondence; an unpublished manuscript, “History of Agricultural Economics At Purdue University;” and department reports, including those for Agricultural Economics Extension.


  • 1933 - 2003
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/08/2008


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.  Collection is stored offsite; 24 hour notice is needed.

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

The College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics began as the Department of Farm Management in 1920 and offered courses in farm organization, tenancy, credit, marketing, and management.  It awarded its first master’s degrees in 1922.  The department conferred its first PhD in 1937 to Earl Butz, who later served as head of the department from 1946 to 1954.  In 1942, the Department of Farm Management changed its name to the present Department of Agricultural Economics.  In the 1960s, the department widely embraced computer technology for farm records, outlook reports, and simulation models.  Agricultural Economics introduced international work to its undergraduate students for the first time in 1970.

Note written by John Michael Foster


12.597 Cubic Feet (Ten cubic foot boxes, five letter-size full-width manuscript boxes, and two letter-size half-width manuscript boxes)

Arrangement Note

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

Physical Access Requirements

No physical restrictions.

Custodial History

Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication, to ASC; Purdue University Libraries to ASC; College of Agriculture to ASC

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free boxes.
College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, records
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John Michael Foster
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Edition statement
Third edition

Revision Statements

  • 2017-02-20: Collection identifier updated from UA 14.03 to UA 66 as of February 20, 2017.
  • 2020-05-12: 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