By John Michael Foster
Title: College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, records, 1940-1950
Extent: 0.8 Cubic feet. More info below.
Arrangement: Materials in this collection are organized into a single series largely arranged chronologically and by document type.
Correspondence documenting the history and administration of the College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering (Department of Agricultural Engineering) between 1940 and 1950.
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The College of Agriculture, Administration of the College of Agriculture, Records (1940-1950; 0.8 c.f. cubic feet) consists of correspondence relating to the history, administration, and work of the Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering.
Collection Historical Note
Courses associated with Agricultural Engineering (including Farm Equipment, Farm Roads, and Farm Drainage, and after 1905, Farm Mechanics) were among the earliest taught by the College of Agriculture. Agricultural Engineering became particularly important during the early years of Purdue University due to the increasing impact of industrialization on American agriculture. “Other departments had their vital work and made their contributions, but none other was so specifically and closely involved with the agricultural transformations that occurred,” Purdue Engineering historian H.B. Knoll explained. Professor William Aitkenhead, who taught at Purdue from 1914 to 1943, played an important role in this transformation. New curriculum under Aitkenhead’s successor, Dr. Henry J. Barre, fully and successfully mixed courses in agriculture and engineering in joint offerings by the School of Engineering and College of Agriculture. Agricultural Engineering offered its first M.S. in 1953 and first PhD in 1959. The program grew from four undergraduate courses in 1921 to sixteen undergraduate, six graduate, and eleven mixed courses by 1960.
Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Alternate Extent Statement:
2 mss. boxes
Collection is open for research.
College of Agriculture
College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Agricultural Safety and Health -- Breaking New Ground Resource Center/Ag, 1982-2012
Knoll, H.B. The Story of Purdue Engineering (West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Studies, 1963)
UA00013, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Records, 1940-1950, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
All materials are housed in acid-free boxes.
Finding Aid Revision History:
Collection identifier updated from UA 14.02 to UA 13 as of October 27, 2015.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Box:
[Box 1: Agricultural Engineering Correspondence, 1941-1945
[Box 2: Agricultural Engineering Correspondence, 1945-1950