The Agricultural History and Rural Heritage collections are a rich resource demonstrating the Library's strong commitment to agricultural and rural life and reflecting the history and rootsof the University. The beginning of our agricultural history collection dates to the founding of the Ontario Agriculture College in 1874. This section contains farm business papers, equipment and sales brochures, manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, and books.
Particularly notable are our extensive Apiculture Collection, containing the Burton Noble Gates Collection, and the Rural Heritage Collection that features the Massey-Harris-Ferguson and International Harvestor records. These materials document the history of agricultural collectives in Ontario, information crucial to understanding changes in rural farming and communities in Ontario. A comprehensive collection of rural and agricultural periodicals is also available. The collections are diverse, and range from items of national significance to small, personal collections. Rare items are included and date to the 16th century with strengths in the practice of agriculture, crops, and agriculture technology.
Material relating to agriculture can also be found in portions of the Regional and Campus Collections that contain data on past graduates and their subsequent agricultural careers. As well, the Scottish History Collections contain diaries and correspondence that may be of particular relevance. Overall, the Library's commitment to Agricultural History and Rural Heritage is significant, a choice unsurprising considering the roots of the University.