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College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, records



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College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, records, 1879-2011 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By John Michael Foster

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Primary Creator: College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy (1882-)

Extent: 18.1 Cubic feet. More info below.

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

Date Acquired: 02/20/2007

Subjects: Purdue University. Agricultural Experiment Station, Purdue University. Agricultural Extension Service, Purdue University. Department of Agronomy

Forms of Material: Black-and-white photographs, Black-and-white slides, Color photographs, Color slides, Correspondence, Lantern slides, Negatives (Photographs), Notebooks, Photograph albums, Reports

Languages: English


Correspondence, field notebooks, photo albums, photographs, reports, slides, soil notebooks, and other materials documenting the history, administration, and activities of the College of Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Records (1879-2011; 18.1 cubic feet) includes an impressive collection of correspondence, field notebooks, photographs, reports, slides, and other materials.

Biographical Note

It is believed that the Department of Agronomy began around 1907, but curricula in agronomic subjects and crop experiments date as early as 1882, when Professor William O. Latta conducted experiments on corn, wheat, and oats.  Today, the Agronomy Department regards Latta as Purdue’s “first agronomist.”  Actual Agronomy courses first appeared in the 1905-1906 Purdue course catalog, and in 1908,  Alfred T. Wiancko was appointed the first official head of the as the School of Agriculture’s Department of Agronomy.  The department awarded its first masters of science degree in 1913 and its first PhD twenty-one years later.  Agronomy awarded 1,375 graduate degrees by the end of 2005.  Agronomy became a department within Purdue’s Agricultural Experiment Station in 1908.

Subject/Index Terms

Purdue University. Agricultural Experiment Station
Purdue University. Agricultural Extension Service
Purdue University. Department of Agronomy

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 c.f. boxes, 29 mss. boxes, 3 slide boxes, 2 lantern slide boxes, 5 photograph boxes, 2 flat boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: Field notebooks, summary books, and lantern slides are fragile and should be handled with care.

Acquisition Source: Darrel G. Schulze, Department of Agronomy; Kelly Delp, Department of Agronomy; William F. Trent; College of Agriculture

Acquisition Method: Records transfer, Purdue University

Related Materials: For more information please see https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Pages/department_history.aspx.

Preferred Citation: UA 27, College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy records, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.04 to UA 27 as of November 18, 2015.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua00027-department-agronomy.pdf

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