The Cecil A. Madill Farm Records digital collection provides online access to calendars, correspondence, account books and financial ledgers, farm labor and livestock records, agricultural event programs, and other records documenting the family farm business of Burl, Cecil, and David Madill in Delaware County, Indiana between 1925 and 1987.
Cecil Madill calendars, 1944, 1950-1980
Cecil Madill farm account books and Purdue farm account program reports, 1929-1980
Cecil Madill farm financial records, 1926-1949
Cecil Madill farm labor records, 1926-1949
Cecil Madill farm photographs, 1930-1974 (available in the Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photographs collection)
Cecil Madill farm work and financial records, 1927-1987
Madill family awards, articles and programs, 1925-1979
Cecil A. Madill was born in 1903 to Flora and Burl Madill, a prominent Delaware County, Indiana farmer. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1925, Madill began renting and managing one-third of his father's hog and grain farm. He gradually took over more acreage and by 1974 was managing, in partnership with his son David, a 700 acre farm and producing approximately 2,500 hogs annually. Cecil Madill believed strongly in the implementation of business management principles in agriculture and maintained detailed labor and financial records to analyze the productivity of his farm business. Madill served actively within the Indiana agricultural community, working extensively with the Farmers' Institute, Farm Bureau, Purdue University Agriculture Alumni organization, and the Eastern Indiana Livestock Breeders Association. Cecil Madill died in January of 1987 at the age of 83.
Archives and Special Collections MSS.200 Cecil A. Madill Farm records finding aid