By John Michael Foster
Title: College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, records, 1869-2009
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
Subjects: Agriculture, Purdue University--Faculty, Purdue University. School of Agriculture
Forms of Material: Correspondence, Financial records, Ledgers, Minutes, Newsletters, Reports
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; 100.1 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.
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.
Browse by :
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
59 c.f. boxes, 61 mss. boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 oversize file
Collection is open for research.
Physical Access Note:
Some materials in the collection and especially the administrative books are fragile and need to be handled with care.
Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; College of Agriculture; Purdue University Libraries
Records transfer, Purdue University
UA 14.01.01, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Publications
UA 14.01, College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
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.