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Agricultural History

Portrait of George Washington Carver at work at Tuskegee University, Alabama

Organic Roots Digital Collection
USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
Assembles historic full-text agricultural journals published before the wide spread use of synthetic chemicals. Includes information on agricultural technology before 1942 and organic farms.

Homestead Act
USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
Reproduces the text of the Abraham Lincoln's Homestead Act.

Morrill Land Grant College Act
USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
Provides the text of Abraham Lincoln's legislation establishing land grant colleges.

Agriculture Then and Now
USDA. ARS. National Agricultural Library.
Synthesizes statistical information to create a comparison of agricultural benchmarks for the years 1860 and 2010.

USDA Census of Agriculture Historical Archive
USDA. ARS. Cornell University.
Organizes public archive of USDA Census publications between 1925 to 1987. Presents results of the Agricultural Census in a searchable, PDF format.

Farm, Field and Fireside Agricultural Newspaper Collection
University of Illinois.
Collects historically significant U.S. farm weeklies published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Searchable and full-text.

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
Cornell University.
Selected agricultural texts depecting rural life and investigating agriucltural technology published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text and searchable.

Growing a Nation: The Story of American Agriculture
Agriculture in the Classroom.
Dramatizes the history of agriculture in the United States. Multi-media presentation including lesson plans for teachers, an agricultural timeline, and videos on the history of agriculture.