By John Michael Foster
Guidebooks, newsletters, brochures, resource manuals, DVDs, and etc. documenting the service of Purdue’s Breaking New Ground Resource Center and the U.S.D.A.’s Agrbility Program.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Safety and Health – Breaking New Ground Resource Center/AgrAbility, records (1982-2012, predominant 1986-1997, 2005, 2007-2012; 3.4 cubic feet) contains various guidebooks (bulk 1990s), newsletters (2009-2012), brochures (predominant 2008, 2010-2012), resource manuals (1986-1987, 1991, 2000), DVDs (1990s-2000s), and other materials pertaining to the services of Purdue’s Breaking New Ground Resource Center and the U.S.D.A. AgrAbility program. These records will be particularly useful for researchers interested in the types of assistance available to farmers and agricultural workers with physical disabilities.
Purdue has been serving farmers with disabilities since 1979, when “a farmer with a severe disability contacted Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, seeking assistance on how to modify his tractor so he could continue farming.” Not long afterwards, the Breaking New Ground (BNG) Resource Center was established as an invitation service for farmers and rural residents in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgrAbility Project (established 1990) and several disability-and agriculture-related organizations. Along with the USDA AgrAbility Program and the Indiana AgrAbility Project, the BNG’s focus continues to center on education, networking, direct service, and marketing, as part of their outreach to disabled farmers and agricultural workers and their families.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
3 cubic foot boxes, 1 mss. box
This collection is open for research.
Purdue University and United States Department of Agriculture
Edward E. Kirkpatrick (volunteer)
Transferred from Breaking New Ground Research Center
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Guidebooks, “Plowshares” Reports, and “Breaking New Ground” Newsletters, 1989-2000
[Box 2: Brochures, Flyers, Booklets, and Miscellaneous, 2004-2012
[Box 3: Resource Manuals, Directories, and Assessment Booklets, 1986-2009],
[Box 4: Multimedia Information Kits, DVDs, and CDs , 1989-2008, undated