The materials in the USDA History Collection were gathered over several decades by the former Agricultural and Rural History Section of the USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Used as a research tool to assist the work of historians, economists, and others interested in the history of USDA, the materials cover agricultural history as well as USDA activities from 1900 to the 1980s.  There are records prior to 1900 relating to the founding of the USDA in 1862, and several letters and ledgers from about 1740.

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