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Farmers' Institutes records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-22.6

Scope and Contents

Farmers' Institutes records contain correspondence about the institutes and educational outreach programs held around the state. Correspondence is arrange by county

Also included is a notebook given to attendees so that they could take notes on the techniques and information given during the meetings. Drawings of campus buildings and information encouraging people to enroll in college are featured on the pages of the notebook. The notebook is blank except for a few notes that appear to be unrelated to the Farmers’ Institutes.

Annual reports are also included in this collection.


  • Creation: 1876 - 1961


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

Farmers' institutes began in 1876 with professors from Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) holding four-day seminars in six locations across Michigan. By 1895, 70 institutes were being held. In 1896, women's sections were started under Mrs. Mary A. Mayo. In 1904, 73 two-day institutes were held and 219 one-day institutes. Institutes involved active support of local farmers. After 1908, institutes were absorbed into the growing cooperative extension program, with county agents filling the educational role. Some of the subjects taught at the institutes were growing fruit, pest control, breeding livestock, increasing fertility of soil, and ways to improve efficiency and profitability.


3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


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.

Farmers’ Institutes 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