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College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, records, 1933-2003

By John Michael Foster

Collection Overview

Title: College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, records, 1933-2003

Creator: College of Agriculture. Department of Agricultural Economics (1920-)

Extent: 12.4 Cubic feet. More info below.

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

Date Acquired: 08/15/2007

Languages: English [eng]


Correspondence, books, reports, and a book manuscript documenting the history of Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics (formally Farm Management).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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  The Records include departmental correspondence; an unpublished manuscript, “History of Agricultural Economics At Purdue University;” and department reports, including those for Agricultural Economics Extension.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 10 cubic foot boxes, 7 mss. boxes

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

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: No physical restrictions.

Acquisition Source: Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; Purdue University Libraries; College of Agriculture

Acquisition Method: Records transfer, Purdue University

Preferred Citation: UA 66, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics records, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials are housed in acid-free boxes.

Finding Aid Revision History: Collection identifier updated from UA 14.03 to UA 66 as of February 20, 2017.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua00066_ag_econ.pdf