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College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, records, 1869-2009 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By John Michael Foster

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Primary Creator: College of Agriculture. Administration of the College of Agriculture (1874-)

Extent: 100.1 Cubic feet. More info below.

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

Date Acquired: 08/15/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960, Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), 1882-1979, Purdue University--Faculty, Purdue University. Agricultural Experiment Station, Purdue University. Agricultural Extension Service, Purdue University. School of Agriculture, Stone, Winthrop Ellsworth, 1862-1921, United States--Agriculture--History

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Financial records, Ledgers (account books), Minutes, Newsletters, Reports

Languages: English

Abstract

Administrative books, correspondence, financial records, faculty minutes, reports, and other materials documenting the administration, history, and growth of the College of Agriculture.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records (1869-2009; 101.1 cubic feet) consists of administrative books, correspondence, financial records, faculty minutes, reports, and other materials relating to the administration Purdue University’s School of Agriculture.

Collection Historical Note

In accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, Purdue was founded with a focus on agricultural and industrial education.  The inaugural course catalogue, for the 1874-75 year, listed various agricultural classes and offered a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.  But agricultural studies at Purdue struggled during the university’s early years.  It was 1879 before the first professor in Agriculture was hired.  Student enrollment in Agriculture waned over the next twenty years.  In fact, the first Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree was not conferred until 1895.  The new century, however, brought steady growth to Purdue’s agricultural program.  Purdue awarded its first Master of Science in Agriculture in 1908, and PhD of Science in Agriculture in 1928.  The School of Agriculture, as well as the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, enjoyed increased state and federal funding beginning in the 1910s, which solidified Purdue’s place as the center of Indiana agriculture.  Enduring a significant decrease in student enrollment during World War II, Purdue Agriculture rebounded in the postwar years and began to offer fresh areas of study in such fields as agricultural meteorology, environmental science, farm and business management, feed, fertilizer, and machinery development, food engineering, landscape agriculture, pest control, and resource conservation.

Biographical Note

In accordance with the Morrill Act of 1862, Purdue was founded with a focus on agricultural and industrial education.  The inaugural course catalogue, for the 1874-75 year, listed various agricultural classes and offered a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.  But agricultural studies at Purdue struggled during the university’s early years.  It was 1879 before the first professor in Agriculture was hired.  Student enrollment in Agriculture waned over the next twenty years.  In fact, the first Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree was not conferred until 1895.  The new century, however, brought steady growth to Purdue’s agricultural program.  Purdue awarded its first Master of Science in Agriculture in 1908, and PhD of Science in Agriculture in 1928.  The School of Agriculture, as well as the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, enjoyed increased state and federal funding beginning in the 1910s, which solidified Purdue’s place as the center of Indiana agriculture.  Enduring a significant decrease in student enrollment during World War II, Purdue Agriculture rebounded in the postwar years and began to offer fresh areas of study in such fields as agricultural meteorology, environmental science, farm and business management, feed, fertilizer, and machinery development, food engineering, landscape agriculture, pest control, and resource conservation.

Subject/Index Terms

Elliott, Edward C. (Edward Charles), 1874-1960
Potter, A. A. (Andrey Abraham), 1882-1979
Purdue University--Faculty
Purdue University. Agricultural Experiment Station
Purdue University. Agricultural Extension Service
Purdue University. School of Agriculture
Stone, Winthrop Ellsworth, 1862-1921
United States--Agriculture--History

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: A number of J.C. Allen materials (Acc. #2008031) were added to the collection in July 2013.

Alternate Extent Statement: 65 c.f. boxes, 64 mss. boxes, 7 flat boxes, 1 oversize file, 188 administrative books, 6 CD boxes, 29 card boxes, 4 slide boxes, 1 oversize file

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: Some materials in the collection and especially the administrative books are fragile and need to be handled with care.

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

Acquisition Method: Records transfer, Purdue University

Original/Copies Note: Purdue University

Related Materials: UA 14.01.01, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Publications

Preferred Citation: UA 14.01, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries

Processing Information: All materials are housed in acid-free boxes.  Original folders found in damaged or fragile condtion have been discarded and replaced with acid-free folders.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua1401_agadmin.pdf


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