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Records of the College of Agriculture

Identifier: UAGR

Scope and Contents

The Records of the College of Agriculture consists of documents dated 1890 to 1962, with the bulk falling from 1929 to 1948. Materials include articles, university and collegiate pamphlets, and soil and agronomy lab manuals, exam questions, and a course syllabi. The collection does not include administrative records.


  • Creation: 1890-1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1929-1948


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.


In 1870, the Colorado territorial government established an agricultural college in Fort Collins, Colorado. As determined by the federal Morrill Act, this college was to create instruction in the areas of agricultural and mechanical arts. Overseen by a government-appointed State Board of Agriculture, the State Agricultural College opened its doors in 1879.

The Division of Agriculture was tasked with instruction in animal husbandry, agronomy, horticulture, veterinary science, and agricultural chemistry. Courses were first organized into departments during the 1903-1904 academic year. Veterinary science would later become its own division, and forestry, entomology, zoology, general agriculture, vocational agriculture, and poultry husbandry were added as departments or courses of study. The Division of Agriculture became the School of Agriculture, and later the College of Agriculture.

Course offerings continued to expand and by the mid 1960s, the College of Agriculture was made up of five departments - the department of agronomy, department of animal sciences, department of entomology, department of horticulture, and department of poultry husbandry - with courses of study in general agriculture, vocational agriculture, agricultural economics, farm and ranch management, agricultural business, and agricultural journalism.


0.75 linear feet (2 document cases)

Language of Materials



The Records of the College of Agriculture includes historical information about the college in the form of pamphlets and articles, as well as lab manuals, exam questions, and syllabi from a few courses in agronomy and soils.


The collection consists of 1 series in 2 document cases:

Series 1: Records, 1890-1983 and undated


The Records of the College of Agriculture was transferred by various individuals from 1972-1974 and by Lee Sommers in 2008.

Separated Collections

Memorabilia related to Charles N. Shepardson was removed and made into a new collection.


Collection processing completed in July 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the Records of the College 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