The Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau Records digital collection includes minutes, membership rolls, financial records and programs ranging from 1919-1943 that document the organization and advocacy of agricultural groups in Delaware County, Indiana. The Delaware County Farmers' Institute records include minutes, membership rolls, financial records, and programs that document the membership of the Farmers' Institute and training opportunities offered by the organization from 1922-1943. A ledger with unidentified records related to education is also included. The Delaware County Farm Bureau records include minutes, membership rolls, and financial records documenting the membership, governance, creation of committees, and advocacy efforts of the organization from 1919-1929.
The Delaware County Farmers' Institute was established to improve the lives of Indiana's rural population and provide educational programs and exhibitions for county residents focused on agriculture and rural life. The organization also encouraged cooperative interaction between rural and urban residents in the county. County Farmers' Institutes in the state were supported by the Indiana Farmers' Institute, established in the 1880s, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Indiana Farm Bureau was founded on March 25, 1919 as the Indiana Federation of Farmers' Associations. The Delaware County and Center Township branches of that organization began meeting in the same year. These groups were founded to organize farmers and protect agricultural interests at the local, state, and national levels.
This online collection includes digital copies of the entirety of the Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau records in Archives and Special Collections.
MSS.012 Delaware County Farmers' Institute and Farm Bureau records finding aid, Archives & Special Collections