Let's Make a Deal: The Project Begins

"Harvesting Minnesota's Agricultural History" is the name of a project contracted between the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society. It is a yearlong project to minimally process and create finding aids for the entire backlog of agricultural materials held in University Archives. The project consists of 1750 cubic feet, held in a total of 52 collections. The agriculture collections to be processed in this project date from 1871 to the present and include all factions of agriculture throughout the history of the University of Minnesota. For example, the Agriculture Experiment Stations, the Department of Zoology, the Institute of Agriculture, and even a few higher profile faculty members such as G. Edward Schuh. After the processing has been completed, collection information will be available online in the form of finding aids, which will be created using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) through the program oXygen.

The project has 10 people directly working on it:

  • Karen Spilman-the project manager and co-investigator
  • Elisabeth Kaplan-the university archivist and principal investigator
  • Susan Hoffman-the project archivist
  • Valerie MacDonald, me-the archives assistant
  • Christina, Marina, Jesse, Jared, Emily, and Mary-the 6 student staff members who combined work about 60 hours a week

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