Leaflet #1

"Documenting Agriculture in Iowa"

January 1999

University Archives Photograph Collection
Special Collections Department
Iowa State University Library

This is the first of a series of technical leaflets that will be distributed by the ISU Special Collections Department through the ISU Extension Service. The Special Collections Department was founded in 1969, and collects papers, records, rare books, and other items that relate to Iowa State University, agriculture and rural life, and science and technology. As part of the Library’s mission, the Department would like to increase its outreach to the public about its work. These leaflets will cover a variety of topics, and are intended to assist Iowans in preserving their history by selecting and caring for papers, photographs and other items.

 

Leaflet #1 describes current efforts in the state of Iowa to preserve the history of agriculture. Agriculture has been central to Iowa’s development and growth, and it is important that we preserve the history of rural life in Iowa. The three Regent’s Universities and the State Historical Society of Iowa are collaborating to preserve Iowa’s heritage and invite all Iowans to participate. A brief description of the types of materials collected are listed below as well as repository contact names and addresses for Iowans who would like to contribute historical materials.

 

 

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

 

The history of agriculture is directly related to the development and growth of the United States. As part of its role as Iowa’s land-grant university, the Iowa State University Library’s Special Collections Department has been documenting the areas of agriculture and rural life since 1969. The Department currently holds approximately 400 archival collections belonging to individuals and organizations related to agriculture. In 1996, a guide to the agricultural collections was published. It is available in hard copy or on the World Wide Web: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/collections/agri/tc.html

 

Among Iowa State’s collections are the papers and records of the following:

American Society of Agronomy. Records, 1969 1987
Fort Dodge Laboratories. Records, 1913-1978
Garst, Roswell (1898-1977). Papers, 1919-1984
Garst and Thomas Hybrid Corn Company. Records, 1933-1972
Iowa Century Farms. Records, 1850-1900
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Records, 1918-1982
Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild. Records, 1928-1992
National Family Farm Coalition. Records, 1978-1984
National Farmers Organization. Records, 1955-1989.
Poultry Science Association. Records, 1908-ongoing
PrairieFire Rural Action. Records, 1979-1989
Wilson, James "Tama Jim" (1835-1920). Papers, 1887-1986

General Collecting Guidelines:

Iowa State University Extension and related organizations (4-H)
Organizations and individuals involved with agriculture on a local, regional and national scale
Farm Bureau Records (American and Iowa)
Farm activism and the cooperative movement
Underdocumented groups: farming and community groups; women and women’s groups; and small farming businesses
Family papers related to farming: diaries, letters and photographs

National Preservation Program for Agricultural Literature Grant

The Iowa State University Library has received a grant to identify, evaluate and preserve literature on agriculture and rural life in Iowa published between 1820 and 1945. With funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a bibliography will be created that identifies titles that should be microfilmed so they are preserved for future generations of scholars.

 

The Project is part of the National Preservation Program for Agricultural Literature developed by the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN). Fifteen land-grant libraries, led by Cornell University, are working to identify and preserve the state level literature. The literature of agriculture and rural life documents the forces that shaped this country. Identifying and preserving this literature creates a collection of resources valuable to scholars interested in historical, social, politics, economic and scientific events in the United States.

Contact:

Laura Sullivan

Collections Archivist
Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

Phone:

515-294-9680

Fax:

515-294-3186

E-mail:

archives@iastate.edu

WWW:

http://archives.lib.iastate.edu/

 

 

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF IOWA

 

The State Historical Society of Iowa was founded in Iowa City in 1857. Over the decades, the Society has grown in size and scope. Its collections have grown as well. There are now two bureaus of the State Historical Society of Iowa, one in Iowa City and one in Des Moines. For over one hundred and forty years the State Historical Society of Iowa has assisted Iowans in identifying themselves individually and collectively in place and in time. The Society has endeavored to identify, collect, preserve, provide access to, and interpret Iowa’s history. The collections include artifacts, printed materials, records, manuscripts (letters, diaries, and memoirs), and photographs.

 

The Society has especially strong collections on Iowa’s farm women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also houses the records of various eastern Iowa women’s groups. Finally it is the repository of the Iowa Farm Bureau Women’s county histories. In addition, the Historical Society collects the official state records relating to agriculture in Iowa. The State Historical Society of Iowa looks to build on these areas of strength.

 

Contacts:

Becki Plunkett
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319

Mary Bennett
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Phone:

515-281-6412

319-335-3916

Fax:

515-282-0502

319-335-3935

E-Mail:

bplunke@max.state.ia.us

bennettm@blue.weeg.ui.edu

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

 

The Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries holds historical manuscripts relating to agriculture, especially to U.S. Vice President Henry A. Wallace and his era. Manuscript collections continue to be solicited selectively with particular emphasis on alumni and friends of the University of Iowa. We cooperate in collection development with Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

 

Contact:

Bob McCown
Main Library
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Phone:

(319) 335-5921

Fax:

(319) 335-5900

E-Mail:

lib-spec@uiowa.edu

WWW:

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/

 

 

IOWA WOMEN'S ARCHIVES (University of Iowa)
RURAL WOMEN'S PROJECT

 

The Iowa Women’s Archives is dedicated to preserving the history of Iowa women. The Archives initiated the Rural Women’s Project to collect and provide access to papers that document rural women’s lives, past and present.

 

The Iowa Women’s Archives currently has diaries, letters, speeches, photographs, memoirs, writings, scrapbooks, club records, and other items of:

19th- and 20th-century farm women
volunteers
business and professional women
politicians and activists
writers and artists
women’s clubs

Topics we wish to document:

Farm and family life; Farm operations; Homemaking and child-rearing; Club and community activities; Women’s organizations; Town life; Woman-owned businesses; Changes in rural women’s lives; Off-farm employment; Agribusiness; Family crisis centers

 

Contact:

Kären M. Mason, Curator
Iowa Women’s Archives
Main Library
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Phone:

319-335-5068

Fax:

319-335-5900

E-Mail:

lib-women@uiowa.edu

WWW:

http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa/

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

 

The University of Northern Iowa is interested in documenting educational efforts relating to agriculture. Papers and records of teachers, professional education associations, and other groups involved with agricultural education will be considered for addition to its manuscript collections.

 

Contact:

Gerald L. Peterson
University Archivist
Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Phone:

(319) 273-6307

E-Mail:

Gerald.Peterson@uni.edu