Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Records
UA.16.6

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Department of Farm Mechanics.
Title
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering records
ID
UA.16.6
Date [inclusive]
1907-2014
Extent
15.5 Cubic feet 2 boxes, 19 flat boxes
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Historical Note

Agricultural Engineering classes were offered at MSU since 1899. In 1906 the Farm Mechanics Department was created. These courses were part of the agriculture curriculum and taught students how to operate and maintain gasoline and steam engines and farm machinery; how to design farm structures to accommodate cattle, poultry, sheep, horses, and swine; and how to drain swamps and clear land. Farm mechanics expanded in the early 1920s due to the growing importance of tractors, power machinery, electricity, and concrete . The name of the course changed to Agricultural Engineering in 1923. In 2004 the name was changed to the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering to reflect current issues in the field.

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Scope and Contents note

The records consist of project summaries, newsletters, extension handouts, safety photo contest, safety posters, and National Dairy Engineering Conference proceedings. Also included is a 1948 dedication program for the agriculture engineering building and “From the Ground Up 75 Years of Progress in the Agricultural Engineering Department 1906-1981.” Also included are photographs of shop classes in the department. There are images of students in the classroom as well as in workshops testing materials and working with various types of machinery. There are photographs of harvesting and planting in the fields as well as interiors and exteriors of farm homes. Also included are photographs that highlight different safety issues found on a farm.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Kuhn, Madison
  • Paris, Clark D.
  • Pfister, Richard

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural engineering
  • Agricultural engineering -- Study and teaching
  • Agriculture -- Safety measures
  • College buildings
  • Potatoes -- Storage
  • Safety
  • Tractors

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Collection Inventory

Departmental Records 

Drawer Folder

Alumni Newsletter 1952 

F.D. 1

Brochures/Booklets about program 2006, 2008, Undated 

F.D. 2

Bylaws for Academic Governance 2005  

F.D. 3

Correspondence 1949, 1953, 1954, Undated 

F.D. 4

Dedication Program- Agriculture Engineering Building 1948 

F.D. 5

Experimental Developments in Bulk Storage of Onions by J.S. Boyd and J.F. Davis 1954 

F.D. 6

Extension Handouts 1936-1971, Undated 

F.D. 7
Box Folder

Extension Handouts-Tourist and Resort Service 1946-1948 

5798 68

Extension Project Summaries for 1963-1965 and 1968-1971 

5798 69

From the Ground Up 75 Years of Progress in the Agricultural Engineering Department 1906-1981 1984 

5798 70

Material Presented at Michigan Silo Conference 1956 

5798 71

Michigan Agricultural Exposition brochures 1980-1986 

5798 72

Michigan Agricultural Injuries and Illness for 1992 1995 

5798 81

National Dairy Engineering Conference Proceedings 1967 

5798 73

National Dairy Engineering Conference Proceedings 1969 

5798 74

Research Project Summary 1964, 1968-1971 

5798 75

Service Letter newsletter 1953-1954 

5798 76

State of the Department by William R. Fox 1978 

5798 79

Teaching Report for 1968-1969 

5798 77

Tour through the Agricultural Engineering Building 1956 

5798 78

Plan Service Index of Plans, List of Agricultural Engineering Handbooks undated 

5798 80

Agricultural Engineering Department Chairman and Extension Specialists List undated 

5397 1

Agricultural Engineering Department Staff Bulletin, Nos. 10, 14, 15 & 18 1980-1981 

5397 2

Agricultural Engineering Teaching Seminar November 28, 1958 

5397 3

Centennial of Farm Mechanization Exhibitor's Brochure August 15-20, 1955 

5397 4

Correspondence about Miniature Tractor-Tipping Demonstration December 29, 1961 

5397 5

Correspondence to Richard Pfister June 5, 1959 

5397 6

"Electrical Demonostrations...You Can Perform" booklet 1952 

5397 7

Farmers' Week Golden Anniversary Booklet 1965 

5397 8

GM Automotive Safety Accomplishments booklet undated 

5397 9

Michigan Patron newsletter, Vol. 43 No. 8 August 1959 

5397 10

Newspaper clippings. Tornado Safety 1956 and undated 

5397 11

President's Conference on Occupational Safety Program June 23-25, 1964 

5397 12

Safety Photo Contest Entries May-July 1956 

5397 13

Safety Standards by the U.S. Department of Labor 1956, 1962 

5397 14

Printing Plates undated 

5397 15

Safety Posters undated 

5397 41

State of Michigan Proclamation for Rural Clean-Up Month April 1953 

5397 42

Agricultural Engineering Curriculum 1966 

5798 60

Centennial of Farm Mechanization 1955 

5798 61

Department Information to Update History of the Department 1972-1975 

5798 62

A Display Center for Agricultural Machinery and Equipment for MSU, October 20, 1955 October 20, 1955 

5798 63

Golden Anniversary American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Event Programs 1957 

5798 64

History of the Agricultural Engineering Department MSU 1906-1964 by N. F. Meador 1964 

5798 65

90th Anniversary Celebration, October 1996 October 1996 

5798 66

Nomination Form for Historical Marker for Moore-Hascall Combine Model 1977 

5798 67

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Agriculture Engineering Drawings Blueprints- See Agriculture Engineering Drawings database for list 

Box

Box 2910 

2910

Box 2911 

2911

Box 2912 

2912

Box 2913 

2913

Box 2914 

2914

Box 2915 

2915

Box 2916 

2916

Box 2917 

2917

Box 2918 

2918

Box 2919 

2919

Box 2920 

2920

Box 2921 

2921

Box 2922 

2922

Box 2923 

2923

Box 2924 

2924

Box 2925 

2925

Box 2926 

2926

Box 2927 

2927

Box 2928 

2928

Oversize 

Drawer

Blueprint of Potato Elevator 1940 

11

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Visual Materials 

Drawer

Photographs - Department Collection 

Photographs- Dept.

Agriculture. Cultivating (2 folders) 

Agriculture. Harvesting (2 folders) 

Agriculture. Harvesting. Corn picker, 1927 

Agriculture. Harvesting. Hayloaders 

Agriculture. Harvesting. Holt combined bean harvester 

Agriculture. Harvesting. Holt combined harvester 

Agriculture. Harvesting. Potato digger 

Agriculture. Planting. Farmall-operated McCormick-Deering two-row planter 

Agriculture. Planting. Farmall, rubber equipped, planting potatoes, 1934 

Agriculture. Plowing (2 folders) 

Agriculture. Threshing 

Agriculture. Threshing. Gasoline engine tractor pulling Holt bean thresher (?) 

Agriculture. Threshing. Threshing radish seed, 1932 

Class Photos 

Farms 

Fences 

Gates 

Homes. Claxton Residence. Interior 

Homes. Crouch Residence, East Lansing, Michigan. Interior 

Homes. Faleon Residence, Vicksburg, Michigan. Exterior and Interior 

Homes. Fauth Residence, Owosso, Michigan. Interior 

Homes. Foster Residence, River Junction, Michigan. Exterior 

Homes. Henning Residence, DeWitt, Michigan. Interior 

Homes. Ichwork Residence, Ovid, Michigan. Interior 

Homes. Interiors 

Homes. Shaible Residence, East Lansing, Michigan. Interior 

Homes. Shifelt Residence, Laingsburg, Michigan. Interior 

Machinery. Lime spreader 

Machinery. Potato diggers 

Machinery. Threshing machine 

Machinery. Tractors (2 folders) 

Photographs 

Box Folder

Back view of a trailer with a dog next to the road undated 

5397 16

Barns destroyed by fire 1960-1961, undated 

5397 17

Boy with hook for a hand works on a farm undated 

5397 18

Car damaged in accident Circa 1961 

5397 19

Conference for State Rural Safety Organizations April 8-10, 1964 

5397 20

Corn Picking Contest with Instructing Judges Circa 1965 

5397 21

Dr. Pfister with Home Econ Groups and Fire Extinguishers undated 

5397 22

Farm Safety Displays undated 

5397 23

Farmers gathering hay, baling hay, and observing equipment undated 

5397 43

Fireman next to a fire truck talking to some children 1962 

5397 24

General Farm Safety Issues 1959-1960, undated 

5397 25

Grounded metal roofs destroyed undated 

5397 26

Hand injuried in corn picker that required amputation above the wrist May 1971 

5397 27

Lighting undated 

5397 28

Man with cast on leg, crutchs, sling, and head bandage walking around undated 

5397 29

Maynard Coe and Milon Grinnell February 1, 1950 

5397 30

Metal barns and silos with hand painted leaves on trees undated 

5397 44

Michigan House Bill No. 3267 being signed February 11, 1966 

5397 31

Michigan Rural Safety Council - Distinguished Service Citations January 1979 

5397 32

Public Service Award with Milon Grinnel, Art Boroughs, Richard Pfister, and Jon Pulling Circa 1957 

5397 33

State Association of Mutual Insurance Companies of Michigan Annual Convention June 25-28, 1961 

5397 34

Tractors undated 

5397 35

Tractor accidents undated 

5397 36

Tractor parts undated 

5397 37

Tests simulations involving lights undated 

5397 38

Centennial of Farm Mechanization 1955 

Box Folder

Aerial Views 1955 

5798 1

Allis-Chalmers Exhibits 1955 

5798 2

Awards 1955 

5798 3

Bill Mertens German Band 1955 

5798 4

Car Exhibits 1955 

5798 5

Centennial Families 1955 

5798 6

Cherry Queen 1955 

5798 7

Chrysler Exhibits 1955 

5798 8

Dairy Avenue Exhibits 1955 

5798 9

Drawings of Exhibition Site 1955 

5798 10

Exhibits by Universities and Organizations 1955 

5798 11

Exhibit Setup 1955 

5798 12

Electric Avenue Exhibits 1955 

5798 13

Event Promotion 

5798 14

Ford Exhibits 

Box Folder

Indoors 1955 

5798 15

Outdoors 1955 

5798 16
Box Folder

General Motors Exhibit 1955 

5798 17

Historical Exhibits 1955 

5798 18

International Havestor Exhibit 1955 

5798 19

Irrigation Demonstration 1955 

5798 20

J.I. Case Company 

Box Folder

Exhibits 1955 

5798 21

Examples of displays wisconsin Exposition 1948 

5798 22
Box Folder

John Deere Exhibit 1955 

5798 23

Kitchen Exhibits 

Box Folder

Historical 1955 

5798 24

Modern 1955 

5798 25
Box Folder

Machinery Lane Exhibits 1955 

5798 26

MSU Buildings 1955 

5798 27

MSU Dairy Mechanization Exhibit 1955 

5798 28

MSU Dairy Mechanization Exhibit. Pipeline Milking Demonstration 1955 

5798 29

Old Threshers Round Up Exhibit 1955 

5798 30

Oliver Corporation Exhibits 1955 

5798 31

Pageant 1955 

5798 32-33

Pageant Preparation 

5798 34

Personnel 

5798 35

Press Photos 1955 

5798 36

Tiling Demonstration 1955 

5798 37

Tractor Exhibits and Demonstrations 1955 

5798 38

Visitors 1955 

5798 39
Box Folder

Ag Expo Billboard 1990 

5798 40

Agriculture Displays 

5798 41

Agriculture Engineering Buildings and Equipment 

5798 42

Award Presentations 1989 

5798 43

Biosystems Engineering Showcase 1997 

5798 44

Blasting Stumps and Ditches undated 

5798 45

Electrified garden, Blissfield, Michigan 1921 

5798 47

Farmers' Day-History of Transportation undated 

5798 48

Farmers' Day Parade 1938 

5798 49

Golden Anniversary American Society of Agricultural Engineers [includes photo of Moore-Hascall combine model] 1957 

5798 50

Home Convenience Train 1928 

5798 51

Home Interiors 

5798 52

Milking Diagrams 1969 

5798 53

MSU. American Society of Agricultural Engineers Student Chapter 1948-1965 

5798 55

MSU. Dairy Cattle Buildings 

5798 56

MSU. Students, 1999, 2000, Undated 

5798 58

Sugar Beet Seed Drill 1920 

5798 59

Fruit harvesting using machines 1969, undated 

5798 82
Drawer

Postcards 

Postcards

Michigan State University. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Collection Agriculture. Discing. 

Michigan State University. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Collection Agriculture. Plowing. 

Michigan State University. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Collection. Michigan. Lansing. Capitol. East entrance. 

Michigan State University. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Collection. Michigan. Lansing. Capitol. House of Representatives Chamber. 

Michigan State University. Department of Agricultural Engineering. Collection. Michigan. Lansing. Capitol. Senate Chamber. 

Stereo Cards 

Drawer
stereo cards
Drawer
4

Bridges. High Bridge, Harlem, New York 

Bridges. Railroad Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls (2 folders) 

California. Yosemite Valley. Bridal Veil Falls 

California. Yosemite Valley. Mirror Lake, from Mt. Watkins 

Colorado. Balancing Rock 

England. London. Buckingham Palace. Blue Saloon 

England. London. Royal Albert Hall, south side 

England. Norwich. Cathedral 

Expositions and Fairs. Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876 

Farms (2 folders) 

France 

France. Paris 

France. Paris. Boulevard Madeleine 

France. Paris. St. Etienne du Mont Church. Interior 

France. Paris. Paris and the Eight Bridges 

Furniture 

Georgia. Savannah. Looking South from The Exchange 

Georgia. Savannah. The Exchange 

Germany. Hamburg 

Germany. Rhine. Castle of Heilderberg 

Greenhouses 

Howard University 

Italy. Rome 

Lakes. Lake Superior. Great Palisades 

Lumbering. Michigan. Camps 

Lumbering. Michigan. Logs 

Lumbering. Michigan. Transporting Logs 

Maryland. Baltimore. Barnum's Hotel 

Maryland. Baltimore. Bay View Asylum 

Massachusetts. Boston. Boston Public Garden. Equestrian Statue of George Washington 

Massachusetts. Boston. Hamilton Statue 

Massachusetts. Boston. Italian Garden near Boston 

Massachusetts. Boston. Saloon of Steamer "City of Boston" 

Massachusetts. Boston. 64 Park St. 

Massachusetts. Boston. Statue of George Washington 

Massachusetts. Salem. Kenwood 

Massachusetts. Springfield. View from Arsenal Tower looking southwest 

Michigan. Detroit. Chapel 

Michigan. Detroit. City Hall Foundation 

Michigan. Detroit. Monroe Avenue 

Michigan. Detroit. Russell House 

Michigan. Lake Orion (2 folders) 

Michigan. Lake Orion. Picnic (2 folders) 

Michigan. Lansing. Playground 

Michigan. Lansing. Reform School Building 

Michigan. Mackinac Island. Beach Street 

Michigan. Mackinac Island. Fort Mackinac 

Michigan. Mackinac Island. Robinson's Folly 

Michigan. Mackinac Island. Sugar Loaf 

Michigan. Mackinac Island. View from bluff 

Monuments. Fanny Penn, Mt. Auburn 

Mountain climbing 

New Hampshire. Oxford 

New Hampshire. Warren 

New York. Ausable Chasm (3 folders) 

New York. Hudson River 

New York. New York City 

New York. New York City. Broadway 

New York. New York City. Castle Garden 

New York. New York City. Gilmore's Garden 

New York. New York City. Inclined plane to Jersey City Heights, New Jersey 

New York. New York City. Post Office, Stauts Zeitung and Tribune Buildings 

New York. New York City. Tammany Hall 

New York. New York City. West from East River Bridge Tower (2 folders) 

New York. Walton 

Pennsylvania. Antrim 

Pennsylvania. Mauch Chunk 

Pennsylvania. Mauch Chunk. Railroad 

Pennsylvania. Philadelphia. View of West Philadelphia from the park 

Pennsylvania. Tuscarora 

Railroads. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad 

Railroads. Erie Railroad 

Rivers. St. Clair River 

Rivers. St. Clair River. Near Port Huron, Michigan 

Rivers. St. Clair River. Ship Canal 

Scotland. Glasgow Bridge 

Ship building 

Shoemakers 

Social Activities. Dances 

Spain. Alicante 

Switzerland (2 folders) 

Switzerland. Castle of Rheinstein 

Tennessee. Chattanooga 

Turkey. Istanbul (Constantinople) 

Virginia. Yellow Sulphur Springs 

Washington D.C. Arlington House. Reception Room 

Washington D.C. Capitol (2 folders) 

Washington D.C. Capitol. Senate Chamber, Speaker's Desk and Reporters' Seats 

Washington D.C. Lafayette Park (2 folders) 

Washington D.C. Patent Office. Model Room 

Washington D.C. Pennsylvania Avenue 

Washington D.C. Statue of George Washington 

Washington D.C. War Department 

Washington D.C. Washington from Dome of Capitol, northwest view 

Washington D.C. Washington from Dome of Capitol, west view 

Washington D.C. Washington from Howard University 

Washington D.C. White House. East Room 

Washington D.C. White House. North front 

Waterfalls 

Waterfalls. Cross River Falls, Lake Superior (2 folders) 

Waterfalls. Niagara Falls (3 folders) 

Waterfalls. Niagara Falls. Little Falls 

Waterfalls. Niagara Falls. Luna Island from Goat Island 

Negatives 

Box Folder

90th Birthday Party-Mrs. Farrall [wife of Arthur W. Farrall?], Undated 

5798 57

Cooperative Extension Better Homes Truck 

5798 46

Dr. Pfister, people in a meeting, tractors, and street views April 1978 

5397 45

MSU Agriculture Building Hallways, Undated 

5798 54

Update Safety posters 1978-1979 

5397 39

Microfiche 

Box Folder

Flammable Fabrics undated 

5397 40

Lantern Slides 

Box Folder

Harnessed Horses next to silo and barn 

5209 42

Iowa - crushing machine? and elevator 

5209 43

MSC- Men standing next to a building and hole, possibly using cement 

5209 44

MSC - Men with cement mixing machine and bags of cement 

5209 45

Sales Farm Service - Electric Elevator, Miller Farm - South Custer Road August 17, 1928 

5209 46
Box Folder

Glass Negative- unidentified equipment - pump in yard? (A. Farrall) 

5209 47

Glass Negatives- Electrified garden, Blissfield, Michigan (5 images) 1921 

5209 48-52

Glass Negative -[U.S. Army School vehicle stuck int the mud] undated 

5209 53

Slides 

Box

Ag Expo 1981 

5799

Ag Expo 1988 

5799

Agriculture Equipment 1954, circa 1954, 1981 

5799

Air Curtain machine undated 

5799

Abrecht's Resort Sign near Big Springs in Upper Peninsula [Manistique?] 1954 

5799

Department Displays 

5799

Games [jumping over haybales, being pulled on pallets] circa 1985 

5799

Herman Koenig 

5799

Lawnmower repair workshop 1986 

5799

People doing research 1972, 1986 

5799

Picnic circa 1985 

5799

Oversized 

Box

Students in classroom (2 images) 

OS 8

Men looking at farm equipment 

OS 8

Men looking at a new tractor 

OS 8

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Oversized 

Box

Centennial of Farm Mechanization poster 1955 

5726

Annual Reports 

Volume

Published in State Board Reports 

Bd. of Ag.

1907 

1910 

1911 

1913 

1914 

1915 

1916 

1917 

1918 

1919 

1920 

1921 

1922 

1923 

1924 

1925 

1926 

1927 

1928 

1929 

1930 

1931 

1932 

1933 

1934 

1935 

Box

Unpublished 

Annual Reports

1958-1959 

1959-1960 

1960-1961 

1961-1962 

1962-1963 

1964-1965 

1965-1966 

1966-1967 

1967-1968 

1968-1969 

 2014 

 2015 

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Serials 

#131: Agricultural Engineering Information Series 1958- 

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