By John Michael Foster
Title: College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, records, 1879-2011
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 (photographic), Notebooks, Photograph albums, Reports
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.
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.
Browse by :
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
Collection is open for research.
Physical Access Note:
Field notebooks, summary books, and lantern slides are fragile and should be handled with care.
Darrel G. Schulze, Department of Agronomy; Kelly Delp, Department of Agronomy; William F. Trent; College of Agriculture
Records transfer, Purdue University
For more information please see https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/Pages/department_history.aspx.
UA 14.04, College of Agriculture, Department of Agronomy, Records, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
All materials are housed in acid-free folders and manuscript boxes.