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Department of Information and Agricultural Journalism publications

Identifier: uarc 141

Scope and Content

The collection contains publications and a program review for the department dated 1956-1979.


  • 1956-1979


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

The Department of Information and Agricultural Journalism was formed in the College of Agriculture to prepare students to work in the agri-business field. The department began with the founding of the college’s Publications Office in 1912 on the St. Paul campus. The first journalism course at the University was taught in 1915 on the St Paul Campus by William P. Kirkwood, publications director of the College of Agriculture. Coursework was taught thorough the College of Agriculture: a course sequence and degree program was launched in 1945. The program was supported financially by Agricultural Extension Services and the College of Agriculture.

In 1952, the name was changed to the Department of Information Service; in 1962 the name changed again to became the Department of Information Service and Agricultural Journalism. Students enrolled in courses through both the College of Agriculture and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications to complete the degree. In 1984, it was decided to abolish the program because of University budget cuts. The last students were admitted into the program in 1984, and the department closed in 1986.

The department was responsible for the publication of numerous printed publications, including all of the Extension Bulletinsand Experiment Station Bulletins, Technical Bulletins, 4H Club Bulletin, Minnesota Farm and Home Science, Minnesota Feed Science, Farm Business Notes, and news service press releases to local new publications, radio stations and trade papers.


1 box (1.0 cubic foot)


Collection contains publications produced by the Department of Information and Agricultural Journalism at the University of Minnesota.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Department of Information and Agricultural Journalism Publications, 1956-1979
Karen Spilman
May 2005
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

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