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National Agricultural Publications,

Identifier: Ms-2011-022

Scope and Content

The collection contains United States Department of Agriculture, War Food Administration, and other national agency publications on topics ranging from war-time food use and Victory gardens, kitchen appliances, preservation strategies, individual foods/food groups, and home demonstration. Publications date from 1917 to the present day.


  • 1917-present


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from National Agricultural Publications must be obtained from the copyright holders.


0.8 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection contains United States Department of Agriculture, War Food Administration, and other national agency publications from the early 20th century to the present day.


The collection is arranged into four series, based on broad categories of publications. Series I: Food, Cooking and Nutrition includes publications about nutrition and health, specific foods, recipes, and food preservation. Series II: Home Economics and Household Management contains publications about home appliances, simple home repair, sewing, and laundry. Series III: Furnishings and Home Organization has publications about kitchen, bathroom, and laundry organization, purchase and maintenance of furnishings, and building home storage. Series IV: Farm and Garden includes publications relating to creation and maintenance of farm buildings, crop blights and diseases, soil conservation, and care of animals. Please note: There is some overlap between series.

Within each series, publications are arranged in chronological order with undated materials at the end.

Acquisition Information

The original donation was acquired by Special Collections prior to 2009. Additional publications were donated to Special Collections in 2010 and were integrated with existing materials. Future accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Ms2001-004, Ann A. Hertzler Collection. Finding aid available online.

Ms2011-021, Janet L. Cameron Collection. Finding aid available online.

Ms2012-040, State/Regional Agricultural Publications. Finding aid available online.

RG 26/2, Agricultural Extension Service (now Virginia Cooperative Extension Service) Records.

Special Collections houses more than 300 publications by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Publications may be found by searching the library's catalog, for author: Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the National Agricultural Publications was completed in March 2011. Additional description will be completed as new materials are added.

National Agricultural Publications, 1917-present
A Collection in Special Collections
Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
© 2011 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US