HISTORY: Established in 1987 by the Director of the Mercantile Library, this collection was assembled from collections which originated primarily in the donor's native southern Illinois.
SCOPE: The collection includes agricultural and horticultural publications consisting of journals, newspapers, pamphlets and broadsides. It includes long runs of rare periodicals from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Breeder's Gazette, American Agriculturist, National Farm Journal, The Prairie Farmer, Ozark Countryman, South and West, Rural New Yorker, Farm and Home, Farmer's Wife, Household, and Farm Life. A significant collection of early American seed catalogs, with strong regional focus, farm implement catalogs, and other rural trade catalogs is also present.
The collection has been enlarged through subsequent gifts and purchases of such items as additional farming and commodities journals from the nineteenth century, rural newspapers, and horticultural catalogs, and it is supported by related primary and secondary holdings long present in the Mercantile Library on agriculture, cooking and health, gardening, and early American women's studies and feminist issues which have long been known to be documented in such publications.
HOLDINGS: Approximately 100 linear feet.
ACCESS: The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically by broad subject and format, as special collection M-105. Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.