Welcome to the Minnesota Roots of the Green Revolution: Archival Collections Online

If Norman Borlaug was the father of the Green Revolution, its grandfather was E.C. Stakman of the University of Minnesota's Plant Pathology Department, which was created in 1907 to combat the devastating cycles of crop-destroying wheat stem rust that periodically threatened the state's economy. Plant Pathology became the premier department of its kind, attracting generations of brilliant young scientists whose work saved millions from starvation worldwide.


The roots of the Green Revolution are part of a tradition of agricultural research, teaching and outreach at the University of Minnesota from 1871 through the present. This legacy is documented in the rich historical collections of the University Archives.


Support from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment has made it possible to digitize over 58 cubic feet of unique archival material, including photographs, letters, field notebooks, and administrative records.


The digital collections can be browsed or searched through the archival finding aids listed here.


This project was made possible by funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

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For more information please contact the University of Minnesota Archives