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University Farm collection

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-16.135

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to the College Farm at Michigan State University. The records include daybooks, which log tasks students worked on along with the location, date and time spent. Also included is a stock register listing the names, descriptions and ownership histories of the animals at Michigan Agricultural College (now known as Michigan State University). The collection contains many photographs of horses, including Belgians, Clydesdales, and Percheron. The photos also include some scenes of pastures, short courses, and farms.

The collection also includes published (1926-1935) and unpublished (1958-1969) annual reports.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1976


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

The original Michigan Agricultural College farm was a T-shaped tract of land that spanned the Red Cedar River and covered about a square mile. Students were required to work several hours each day in the fields as part of their coursework. The practical application of the scientific knowledge acquired in classrooms was considered to be an important part of the educational system of the college. Agricultural related experiments were also considered an important dimension of the college and its farm. The farm did not increase in acreage between 1855 and 1913, however, by 1928 six adjoining farms were added to double the acreage.


2 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Related Archival Materials

See also: Madison Kuhn collection (UA 17.107) - volumes

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.

University Farm Records
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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