Agricultural History & Rural Heritage
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 roots of 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
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.
Agricultural and Rural Heritage Collections
|Entomological Society of Ontario Collection||Records of the Entomological Society of Ontario||1863-|
|Everett Biggs Collection||History of milk marketing in Ontario research materials.||1930-1990|
|Fiat (firm)||Catalogues, parts manuals for tractors, and repair manuals.||1959-1980|
|Ford Motor Company||Catalogues, parts-operating manuals for tractors, backhoes and farm equipment for the Ford Motor Company.||1947-1980|
|Frost & Wood Collection||Material, documents and photographs belonging to Frost & Wood Co., Ltd., Smiths Falls, Ontario.||1858-1965|
|Gehl Bros. Manufacturing Company||Parts catalogues, Peerless machinery catalogues, advertisements.||ca 1927-1964|
|George S. Atkins fonds||Personal records, correspondence, newsletters, articles, newspaper clippings relating to career of George S. Atkins.||1868-1993|
|George White & Sons||Catalogues, operating manuals, parts lists, correspondence for the George White and Sons Company Limited, London, Ontario.||1847-1995|
|Goold, Shapley and Muir Co.||Catalogues of windmills, pumps, bee-keepers’ supplies, advertisements for the Goold, Shapely and Muir Co., in Brantford, Ontario.||1897-1985|
|Hamilton and Wentworth Milk Producers' Association fonds||Minutes of annual, executive and directors meetings, financial accounts and expenses, lists of dairies, charter and by-laws, and member lists.||1903-1967|
|Harold S. Turner Collection||Farm press periodicals, newspapers, books, pamphlets, notes on history of agricultural machinery, steam show publications.||1840-1974|
|Harry Ferguson Limited||Materials related to Harry Ferguson Limited.||1917-1983|
|Helen C. Abell Collection||Materials related to the career of Helen C. Abell, rural sociologist.||1938-1985|
|Herrgott-Lobsinger fonds||Cider mill account books, sales ledgers, deeds, foundry operations, payroll records, and photographs||1877-1970|
|Huron County Oral History Project Collection||Collection of tape recorded interviews discussing rural life in Huron County||1980-1981, 1991|
|International Harvester Collection||Materials related to the International Harvester Company.||1880-1986|
|J. Fleury’s & Sons, Fleury-Bissell Limited||Collection of material related to J. Fleury's & Sons (Aurora, Ontario) and Fleury-Bissell Limited (Elora, Ontario).||1886-1992|
|J. I. Case Company||Catalogs, parts manuals etc. for J. I. Case Company.||1900-1985|
|J. M. Bain Collection||Materials related to life and career of J. M. Bain.||1893-1982|
|John Deere Company||Collection of catalogues, prices lists, and operators manuals.||1908-1988|
|John T. Schmidt fonds||Various newspaper, rural newsletters, and farm magazine articles written by farm writer John T. Schmidt.||1948-2005|
|John Watson Mfg. Co.||Catalogues of farm implements, price lists, company history, and newspaper articles for John Watson Mfg. Co., Ayr, Ontario.||1865-1980|
|Journals of James Bowman||Collection of handwritten journals of James Bowman.||October 31, 1866 - January, 1944|
|Kenneth McDonald & Sons Limited fonds||Bi-annual catalogues, administrative & financial records, minutes, photographs etc. for the Kenneth McDonald & Sons Limited.||1901-1967|
|Ladell Archives Collection||Notes, tape recordings, research material, photographs relating to interviews for "Inheritance : Ontario's Century Farms Past and Present".||1977-1984|