Visit the CSU Colorado Agricultural Archive during Archives Month
October 16, 2007
October is Archives Month. The CSU Libraries' Archives and Special Collections department is celebrating by sharing weekly facts about its holdings. The department documents many historical areas, including CSU, water, agriculture, and more. This week's focus is on the Colorado Agricultural Archive.
Did you know...
--The Colorado Ag Archive works to document the history of all types and aspects of agriculture throughout Colorado
--The archive's strength is collections from professional agricultural organizations, from flower growers to cattle feeders
--The largest collection, at more than 450 linear feet, is the Records of Colorado Cooperative Extension, which has one archivist dedicated to only it
--Digital offerings from the Ag Archive include "Carnations and the Floriculture Industry" and "Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: A Hundred Images for a Hundred Years"
--Documents in the collection reveal such interesting things as:
-At a produce harvesting event in fall 1960, suburban consumers were invited to the farms of Elton Miller and Sam Okamoto near Fort Lupton, Weld County, Colorado, to pick tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes to be given away at a campaign rally for Democratic Congressional candidate Byron Johnson in Aurora. Johnson, who demonstrated the disparity between prices paid by consumers and received by farmers for produce, won the election by more than 15,000 votes.
Contact: Linda Meyer
Phone Number: (970) 491-1844