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Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-012

Scope and Contents

This collection includes minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and programs ranging from 1919-1943 that document the organization and advocacy of agricultural groups in Delaware County, Indiana. The Delaware County Farmers' Institute records include minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and programs that document the membership of the Farmers' Institute and training opportunities offered by the organization from 1922-1943. A ledger with unidentified records related to education is also included. The Delaware County Farm Bureau records include minutes, membership rolls, and financial records documenting the membership, governance, creation of committees, and advocacy efforts of the organization.

Dates

  • 1919-1943

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

The Delaware County Farmers' Institute was established to improve the lives of Indiana's rural population and provide educational programs and exhibitions for county residents focused on agriculture and rural life. The organization also encouraged cooperative interaction between rural and urban residents in the county. County Farmers' Institutes in the state were supported by the Indiana Farmers’ Institute, established in the 1880s, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Indiana Farm Bureau was founded on March 25, 1919 as the Indiana Federation of Farmers' Associations. The Delaware County and Center Township branches of that organization began meeting in the same year. These groups were founded to organize farmers and protect agricultural interests at the local, state, and national level.

Extent

0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Delaware County Farmers’ Institute records, 1922-1943

Series 2: Delaware County Farm Bureau records, 1919-1929

Series 3: Delaware County Farm Bureau website archive, 2019-

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processed 1996/02/13 by M. Seelinger. Finding aid created 1996/02/13 by M. Seelinger. The name of the collection was changed from Indiana Farmers Institute Records to Delaware County Farmers’ Institute Records and reorganized 2009/07/31 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid revised 2009/07/31 by Maren L. Read. Collection title changed to Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau records; revised arrangement; EAD finding aid created 2012/08/21 by Stephen Jones.
Title
Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau records
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Contact:
Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA