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Children, Youth, Families and Communities records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.9

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials created and managed from Michigan 4-H Youth Development activities as well as activities that staff, members, and volunteers participated during the years 1920 to 1998. These records include awards, clippings, correspondence and meeting minutes (1950–1955, 1991–1998), guides, conferences (1920–1977), organizations, programs, publications, audiovisual materials, and oversized material.

Conference records are for the National 4-H Club Camp (1948–1956) which later became the National 4-H Conference in Washington D. C. (1957–1972), National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago (1920–1993), and the National Junior Vegetable Growers Association (1949 – 1961) and include records such as attendance, programs, post cards, and reports.

Leader’s Guides are included for African culture, bicycling, conservation, communication, Michigan folk life, foods, growth, home design, kid care, sports, veterinary science, weather and others.

Organizations within this record set are Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff (1989–1997) and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (1991-1997).

Records for Youth Development programs include the International Exchange programs with Japan, Central America, and the Caribbean (1983–1987) and the 4-H Urban Expansion Program (1976–1980). Also found here are records from the Michigan 4-H Performing Arts Troupe (1980–1984).

Audiovisual records include photographic materials (negatives, prints, and slides), audio cassettes, and video taped recordings.

Oversized material includes posters and other larger materials.

Records are arranged alphabetically by subject.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2006


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

Michigan 4-H began in 1908 with the formation of boys corn clubs in Muskegon and Mason counties. Over the years, 4-H clubs for corn, sheep, poultry, canning, cake baking, livestock and other clubs were started across Michigan. These clubs would eventually link to the National Cooperative Extension Service system, which was formed in 1914 under the leadership of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Records for this group were initially under the umbrella of Michigan 4-H Youth Development. In February 2008, two Michigan State University Extension units, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and 4-H Youth Development, merged to form a single administrative unit within MSU Extension. With input from county and state FCS and 4-H staff members, the new unit was named Children, Youth, Families and Communities (CYFC), a division of MSU extension. After a selection process, Cheri Booth was named Assistant Director for MSU Extension and State Leader for Children, Youth, Families and Communities.

This division involves volunteers in providing positive, experiential, educational opportunities for and with youth aged 5 to 19. Programming is primarily delivered through 4‐H clubs and in‐ and out‐of‐school, community‐based networks.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Children, Youth, Families and Communities Records
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
November 2008
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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