Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences records, 1867-2011

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Collection Overview

Title:
Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences records
Dates (Inclusive):
1867-2011
Abstract:
The Farmer's High School was created in 1855; it then became the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania, and then the Pennsylvania State College, at which time the School of Agriculture was established. It then became the College of Agriculture in 1953, and in 1992 was renamed the College of Agricultural Sciences. This collection documents the College of Agricultural Sciences' personnel and several of its related programs. Included are deans' meeting minutes, publications, correspondence, conference reports, course programs, personnel files, and media.
Collection Number:
45
Size:
147 Cubic feet
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Administrative History

According to the charter of the Farmer's High School, established in 1855, the institution's purpose was 'to develop and adopt a system of instruction which shall embrace to the fullest extent possible, those departments of all sciences which have a practical or theoretical bearing upon agriculture and agricultural interests.' The Farmer's High School became the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania in response to the Morrill Land Grant Act, 1862. It was accepted as Pennsylvania's land grant institution in 1863, and became the Pennsylvania State College in 1874. At that time, the School of Agriculture was created, and in 1953,the School of Agriculture, became the College of Agriculture. In 1992, the college's name was changed to the College of Agricultural Sciences. It awarded the nation's first baccalaureate degree in agriculture in 1861. Today it is one of the nation's premier institutions for agricultural research and education. The college's mission as Pennsylvania's only land grant university has been from its inception to supply formal instruction, to conduct unbiased, objective research, and to provide public service through extension and outreach.

College of Agricultural Sciences Deans and Years Serving as Dean:

Henry Prentiss Armsby, 1895-1902 William A. Buckhout, 1902-1907 (acting) Thomas Forsyth Hunt, 1907-1912 Ralph L. Watts, 1912-1939 Stevenson Whitcomb Fletcher, 1939-1946 Lyman E. Jackson, 1946-1964 Russell E. Larson, 1964-1973 David R. McClay, 1973-1974 (acting) James M. Beattie, 1974-1982 Samuel H. Smith, 1982-1986 W. Wayne Hinish, 1986-1987 (acting) Lamartine F. Hood, 1987-1995 James L. Starling, 1995-1996 (acting) Robert D. Steele, 1996-2009 Bruce McPheron, 2009-present

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

University records are restricted for 20 years after the date of creation. Personnel files are restricted for 72 years or until the death of the individual. Access to student files are restricted for the life of the individual, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences records, PSUA 45, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographic
  • Cartographic
  • Microforms
  • Scrapbooks
  • Audio
  • Moving Image
  • Computer Assisted

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General note

This collection documents the College of Agricultural Sciences' personnel and several of its related programs. Included are deans' meeting minutes, publications, correspondence, conference reports, course programs, personnel files, and media.

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Collection Inventory

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