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
|Ladell Archives Collection||Notes, tape recordings, research material, photographs relating to interviews for "Inheritance : Ontario's Century Farms Past and Present".||1977-1984|
|Leonard Harman/United Co-Operatives of Ontario Collection||Collection of minute books, correspondence and clippings from the United Co-Operatives of Ontario.||ca 1910-2004|
|Louden Machinery Co. of Canada||Catalogues for Louden Barns, price lists for repairs, newspaper clipping relating to Louden Machinery Co. of Canada.||1903-1992|
|MacDonald Thresher Co.||Threshing machine catalogues, company history, legal papers, maps for MacDonald Thresher Co., Stratford, Ontario.||1878-1995|
|Massey-Harris-Ferguson Collection||Materials related to Massey-Harris-Ferguson and related companies.||1806-1986|
|Miller-Davidson Family Collection||Collection of letters and scrapbooks relating to Miller and Davidson families.||1867-1945|
|Miller-Davidson Family Collection||Letters, books, scrapbooks and other records relating chiefly to the shorthorn cattle business between Amos Cruikshank of Sittyton Grove, Aberdeenshire and the Miller and Davidson families of Ontario.||1867-1945|
|Minneapolis-Moline Company||Operator’s manuals, advertisements, repair catalogues for Moline tractors, balers, combines for Minneapolis-Moline Company.||1904-1982|
|Nach der Arbeit||Collection of coloured fruit prints, by Nach der Arbeit.||1938-1946|
|New Holland Machine Company||Owner’s manuals, part lists & catalogues, service manuals, advertisements etc. for the New Holland Machine Company.||1946-1970|
|Noxon Brothers Manufacturing Co.||Catalogues, price lists, advertisements, minutes, photographs.||1881-1981|
|Nursery and Seed Catalogue Collection||Nursery & seed catalogues mostly from Ontario, with some from Quebec, United States & United Kingdom.||1827-1968|
|Oliver Corporation||Operator’s manuals for farming equipment, part catalogues, shop manuals for Oliver Corporation.||1912-1984|
|Ontario Dairy Industry Records||Photographs, dairying information, minute books, speeches, papers, and reports.||1888-1993|
|Ontario Fairs Prize Lists and Program Collection||Prize lists, programs, seed fairs, school fairs, plowing matches, photographs, for Ontario Fall Fairs.||1891-1983|
|Ontario Farm Movements Collection||Collection of correspondence, clippings and interview transcripts relating to Ontario rural organizations from the 1920s to 1940s.||1924-1987|
|Ontario Farm Women's Network Collection||Correspondence, constitution, financial information, minutes, reports, photographs, videos for the Ontario Farm Women’s Network.||1988-2002|
|Ontario Institute of Agrologists||Papers of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, Division of Agricultural Institute of Canada.||1937-1987|
|Ontario Red Triangle Baby Beef Association fonds||Correspondence, financial statements, photographs, and minutes, relating to the Ontario Red Triangle Baby Beef Association.||1949-1976, 1982|
|Ontario Stock Yards fonds||Photographs, minutes, stock certificates, articles, accounts and other materials, relating to the Ontario Stock Yards.||1900-1991|
|Ontario Sugar Beet Growers' Marketing Board Collection||Minutes, constitution & by-laws, photographs, financial, correspondence and other materials related to the Ontario Sugar Beet Growers` Marketing Board.||1942-1973|
|Otaco Limited||Catalogues, parts manuals, operating manuals, advertisements for Otaco Limited.||1946-1961|
|R. A. Lister & Co.||Catalogues, operational manuals, advertisements for cream separators, oil burners for cooking, pumps for R. A. Lister & Co.||1901-1931|
|R. Alex Sim Collection||Papers belonging to R. Alex Sim.||1931-1999|
|R. W. Carbert Collection||Research material & reports, newspaper articles, photographs, correspondence on milk production & old buildings.||1935-1989|