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East Tennessee Farmers’ Convention Programs and Minutes

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0504

This collection houses minutes and programs documenting the yearly meetings of the East Tennessee Farmers' Convention held at the University of Tennessee. Files for many of the earlier years contain full transcriptions of lectures and question-and-answer sessions; for the later years (after 1950), only the program of events survives. This collection also houses two scrapbooks of newspaper articles about the annual convention, a small set of black-and-white photographs of attendees in various years, and programs of the meetings of the Negro Farmers’ Institute from 1937 through 1964.

Dates

  • 1872-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses minutes and programs documenting the yearly meetings of the East Tennessee Farmers' Convention held at the University of Tennessee. Files for many of the earlier years contain full transcriptions of lectures and question-and-answer sessions; for the later years (after 1950), only the program of events survives. This collection also houses two scrapbooks of newspaper articles about the annual convention, a small set of black-and-white photographs of attendees in various years, and programs of the meetings of the Negro Farmers’ Institute from 1937 through 1964.

Biographical/Historical Note

The East Tennessee Farmers’ Convention was first organized by Oliver Perry Temple, economic promoter and University of Tennessee trustee. At the first meeting, the delegates in attendance resolved to make the meeting an annual event. The Convention met each year in May at the University of Tennessee’s agricultural campus (often in Temple Hall) to discuss current findings in soil quality, livestock and livestock judging, vegetables and disease, the process of farming, insurance, and many other topics useful to farmers. The Convention also often had new machines and technologies on display and allowed delegates to take field trips to perform tests on different kinds of crops. During the years of World War II, much of the Convention’s focus was on helping the war effort. Harcourt A. Morgan, Dean of the College and later President of the University from 1919 to 1933, served as Secretary for the Convention from 1905 to 1926.

Arrangement

The collection consists of five boxes divided into three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: East Tennessee Farmers' Convention, 1872-1966
  2. Series II: Negro Farmers’ Institute, 1937-1964
  3. Series III: Oversized Materials, 1895-1938, undated

Acquisition Note

Collection was transferred to University Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480