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Records of the Colorado School of Agriculture

Identifier: UCSA

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Colorado School of Agriculture consists of documents dated 1909 to 1939, with the bulk falling from 1912 to 1919. The collection contains published histories of CSA, programs, brochures, reports to the Dean, and a photo composite of the first graduating class in 1912.


  • Creation: 1909-1939
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1912-1919


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Leaders at the Colorado Agricultural College (CAC) (now Colorado State University) noted a lack of practical secondary education in agriculture across Colorado. Their response was to establish the Colorado School of Agriculture (CSA) in 1909.

Classes commenced on October 5, 1909, with Thomas M. Netherton serving as the first principal. Education was focused on agriculture for boys and domestic science for girls. Classes were held five months each year and enrollment requirements were minimal; girls must be 16 years of age, boys 17, and a diploma from a primary school was not required. The classes were not intended to prepare students for enrollment at CAC, but instead give practical instruction that could be used when students returned to the family farm. 213 students enrolled the first year, rising to 418 for the 1914 school year.

Over time, CSA evolved. The minimum age for enrollment was lowered to 15 and an 8th grade diploma was required for entrance; courses in mechanical arts and agriculture for forest rangers were added; the school year was lengthened to six months; and courses were expanded to four years, allowing a CSA graduate to enroll at CAC.

In the 1910s, secondary education across Colorado began to improve, leading to declining enrollments at CSA. No longer seeing a need, college president Charles Lory and the Board of Agriculture closed the Colorado School of Agriculture on March 31, 1927.


0.5 linear feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials



The Records of the Colorado School of Agriculture document the secondary school established at Colorado Agricultural College in 1909, which provided practical agricultural instruction to students across Colorado. The collection contains published histories, programs, brochures, reports to the Dean, and a photo composite of the first graduating class in 1912.


The collection consists of 1 series in 1 document case:

Series 1: Colorado School of Agriculture records, 1909-1927, 1939 and undated


The Records of the Colorado School of Agriculture was transferred by library staff in 1973.

Related Collections

University Historic Photograph Collection (UHPC), University Archive, Archives and Special Collections, Colorado State University.


Processing was completed in May 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and an archival box.

Guide to the Records of the Colorado School of Agriculture
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA