Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering records

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Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering records


  • 1866-1977 (Creation)


10.50 Linear Feet, 8.00 Boxes

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Administrative history

The department of Farm Machinery was first established at Kansas State Agricultural College in April, 1915.  This new department was transferred from the department of Agronomy to the division of Engineering and was headed by F.A. Wirt.  In 1918 the name changed to Farm Engineering and by 1922 it became known as Agricultural Engineering.  The name did not change again until 1994 when the department became known as the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

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Scope and content

Series one of this collection contains photographs that cover Biological and Agricultural Engineering subjects.  The subjects represented in the photographs are building materials, soil water, farm machinery, farm power, rural electrification, education (classes and instruction), buildings, farmstead & household equipment, environmental studies, and miscellaneous items.  The years that the photographs cover range from 1866-1977.  Some of the photographs contain information beyond the subject and year, these photographs contain descriptions of the photograph as well as identifying information.
Series two contains slides from Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering faculty members Joseph P. Harner and Pat Murphy.  They show reduced tillage, corrals, and proper crop storage in bins and problems that could occur with them.
Series three contains documents with historical information about the Biological and Agricultural Engineering program at Kansas State University.

System of arrangement

The photos are arranged by subject: 1) Materials; 2) Soil Water; 3) Farm Machinery; 4) Farm Power; 5) Rural Electrification; 6) Educational; 7) Buildings; 8) Farmstead & Household Equipment; 9) Environmental Studies; 10) Miscellaneous.
The slides are arranged in their original order: 1) Reduced Tillage; 2) Corrals; 3) Proper Crop Storage in Bins and Problems.
The documents are contained in one file folder and are arranged in their original order.

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No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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Custodial history

Materials transferred by source on dates specified (10/11/1993 for U1993.11 and 05/15/2013 for U2013.11).

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Acqusition Method: Record transfer.
Acqusition Date: 19931011

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The photographs and slides document the visual aspects of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.  The records provide historical context for the department.



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  • Citation: [Item title], [item date], Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: James W. Smith
Processing Info: Project archivist James Smith processed the materials and university archivist Cliff Hight reviewed them in December 2013.
Publication Date: 2013-12-10

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Physical storage

  • Box: Boxes 8
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 1, A83412040266
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 2, A13410590937
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 3, A83412041848
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 4, A83412040216
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 5, A83412040737
  • Box: Box 6, A83412040452
  • Cubic Foot box: Box 7, A83412040606
  • Box: Box 8,