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American Agri-Women records

Identifier: 00155

Scope and Contents

The American Agri-Women records are organized into nine series. While the entire collection is well worth perusing for those interested in the farming conditions and problems in the 1970s, some records are of particular importance. The file "American Agriculture Movement" (box 5, folder 11) contains information regarding a similar organization in Canada. "O.S.H.A. Testimonies" (box 4, folder 39) includes testimonies on pesticides and workers' safety. "New York Miscellaneous" (box 2, folder 44) contains a document pertaining to legislation similar to Michigan's Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act. For records on issues related to fruit farming in Michigan, see folders "M.A.C.M.A." (box 5, folder 20) and "Fruit Farming" (box 4, folders 16-17). The folder "(WSAM) - Final Report, Archives Project" (box 1, folder 27) contains a chronology of accomplishments and a history of the Chapter's formation.


  • Creation: 1972-1999, 2010-2014

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Organizations come into being as a result of persistent problems facing people with common interests. In 1972, because of the conditions facing the United States agricultural sector, Connee Canfield, a farm wife in Michigan, formed the organization Women for the Survival of Agriculture in Michigan (WSAM). News of her group's activities stimulated women in other states to form similar organizations. By 1974, the various groups were convening and sharing their concerns with one another. A year later, in 1975, they joined together to form the American Agri-Women (AAW).

The records of the American Agri-Women came to Michigan State University largely through the efforts of Eileen Nutting, one of the founders of WSAM and AAW and a graduate of MSU. These records reflect contemporary issues of concern to WSAM and AAW, such as the use of pesticides, migrant labor, and farm labor.


7 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged into nine series:

I. Administrative

II. Personnel

III. Chapters

IV. Meetings

V. Issues

VI. Publications

VII Non-AAW Organizations

VIII Newsletters

IX. Miscellaneous (including cassettes and photographs)

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

American Agri-Women Records
3 Ready For Cataloging
W. Adams and S. Bjork
September 2002
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US