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Agriculture and Natural Resource Information Service records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-8.1.4

Scope and Contents

Subject files include materials collected by Cooperative Extension editors on various issues and events related to agriculture and extension. Many of the subject files were compiled between 1940s and 1950s. One group of files contain correspondence and publications related to the American Association of Agricultural College Editors (AAACE) (1947-1973). Arranged alphabetically.

News releases for the following university units include College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Human Ecology. The releases were distributed primarily to the state's newspapers, but some, particularly the Homemaker's News, were also sent to the electronic media. Topics covered include: crop growing advice; instruction packets for 4-H leaders; Human Ecology notes on nutrition, clothing, canning, freezing, and other homemaking tasks; market conditions; innovations from the farm; and other topics relating to agricultural research. Special features include: "Homemaker Radio News", "Farm Radio News" and "Family Food News". Early news releases (1927-1942) and newsclippings are contained in scrapbooks. Arranged chronologically.

Photographs consist of farm equipment and machinery, agriculture experiment stations, the Kellogg Biological Station, and from Farmers' Week. Also present are Cooperative Extension Service photographs. Arranged alphabetically.

ANR Information Films include 4-H, the Cooperative Extension Service, MSU Rodeo, Farmers' Week, and various other agriculture related topics.


  • Creation: 1927 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

The Department of Journalism and Publications began distributing news releases, including those for the Cooperative Extension Service, following World War I. As the department's work load increased, James Hasselman was given exclusive responsibility for Cooperative Extension news releases. This function was transferred to the Department of Publications when Journalism and Publications split in 1943. Following the university's centennial, a separate unit within Information Services responsible for Cooperative Extension news releases was created (1956). This unit was subsequently placed directly under the Vice President for University Relations on 1 July 1981.

Unit heads: James Hasselman until 1933; Everett Swingle 1936-1944; W. Lowell Treaster 1944-1946; Earl Richardson 1946-1962; Howard Miller 1962-1967; Joseph Marks 1967-1973; Walter L. Patterson 1974-1975; Eldon Fredericks 1976-1979.


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Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transferred by Extension Research.

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.

Agriculture and Natural Resource Information Service Records
4 Published And Cataloged
R. Harms
December 1982
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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