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Michigan Master Farmers records

Identifier: UA-28.2

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials relating to Michigan Master Farmers which was sponsored by the Michigan Farmer newspaper and Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) to honor outstanding farmers. Materials include nomination letters and questionnaires, newsclippings about the master farmers and their farms, biographical information on medal winners, minutes of meetings, and information on miscellaneous activities. Folder date refers to the year of induction.

The photograph collection contains group portraits of Master Farmers taken at annual gatherings. Also included are photographs of 78 of the 81 Master Farmers and their farms, and photographs of 86 of the unsuccessful Master Farmer nominees and their farms.


  • Creation: 1926 - 1951


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 Master Farmers was sponsored by Michigan Farmer newspaper and Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). It was formed to honor outstanding farmers in the state, and membership was based on a process of nomination, application, and interview. The group was associated with the Master Farmers of America and the Master Farmers of Canada.


1.5 Cubic Feet

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Custodial History

Gift of Milon Grinnell.

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.

Processing Information

Record group changed from 00070 to UA 28.2 to reflect Michigan Master Farmers' connection to Michigan State University. M. Badgley Malone, December 2019.

Michigan Master Farmers Records
4 Published And Cataloged
R. Hoyer
July 1970
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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