The University of Georgia, incorporated in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly, is the oldest state-chartered university in the United States.  Because the institution is a land-grant and sea-grant university, and is the state’s most comprehensive and most diversified institution of higher education, Georgia is well positioned to undertake to identify and preserve state and local literature on agriculture and rural life in conjunction with the USAIN project.

The University of Georgia Libraries includes two principal libraries on the UGA campus, with several branch locations throughout the state. Together these libraries own over 3.7 million volumes and over 5 million microform units. The University of Georgia Libraries are members of the Association of Research Libraries, and are ranked in the top one-third of the 111 largest academic libraries in North America by the ARL’s Membership Index.

The University of Georgia Libraries provides collections and services in support of the instruction, research, and service missions of the University of Georgia. The Libraries develop, manage, and store collections in an expanding variety of formats; provide access to knowledge and information in those collections using appropriate storage, access, and communications technologies; preserve the information in those collections for present and future generations; and assist and instruct the public in the use of library resources. The Libraries also serve the public through participation in cooperative efforts to collect, access, and preserve information at the regional, national, and international levels.

The Libraries of the University of Georgia represent a rich and varied collection of purchases and gifts.  The very strong collections attract scholars from around the world. The Science Library’s collections are highly regarded and especially strong in agriculture, forestry, ecology and environmental sciences, medicine, genetics, mathematics, and computer science.  Other areas of current intensive collecting activity include American and British history and literature, business administration, education, fine arts, French and Spanish language and literature, journalism, linguistics, political science, psychology and sociology.

To fulfill the mission of providing access to the collections to current and future generations of users, the University of Georgia Libraries have a well-developed preservation program that includes environmental monitoring, general and special collections conservation, reformatting of brittle materials to preservation photocopies, microfilm, or digital files, and regular staff education sessions.

The Libraries' involvement in microfilming projects dates to the early 1950’s, when a special project to convert Georgia newspapers to microfilm was established.  From 1987 through 1991, the National Endowment for the Humanities funded a large portion of retrospective microfilming as well as cataloging all Georgia newspaper holdings in the OCLC union catalog.  More than 2500 titles altogether have been preserved on microfilm, including over 200 current newspapers that continue to be filmed on an ongoing basis.  Microfilming of Georgia newspapers is performed on site in the Libraries' reprographics unit in accordance with all ANSI/AIIM standards for preservation microfilming.  The Libraries make all microfilm of Georgia newspapers available to the public through in-house use, interlibrary loan, or purchase of archival silver halide copies.

In addition to microfilming Georgia newspapers, the Libraries also perform preservation microfilming for special collections materials held by the Libraries or on a contract basis for other educational institutions within the state.  While preservation microfilming in-house is an ongoing part of the Libraries' activities, the Libraries have also participated in three cooperative preservation microfilming projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and coordinated by the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET).  Through these projects approximately 4000 brittle volumes relating to Georgia history and culture, British local history, and World War I memoirs were preserved on microfilm by commercial vendors.

Project Staff

Anne Hurst, Agricultural and Consumer Sciences Bibliographer and Coordinator of the Agricultural Research Facilities, will coordinate the project to compile the bibliography.  She received a BA degree in English and French at the Mississippi University for Women and an MS degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University.   Prior to her current position, she was a catalog librarian at the University of Tennessee, Martin, a Humanities Reference Librarian at Louisiana State University, and User Education Coordinator at the University of Georgia Main Library.

Nan McMurry, Bibliographer for History and coordinator of the UGA Libraries’ Preservation programs, will assist with the identification of materials proposed for microfilming and plan for actual filming in subsequent years.  She has a Ph.D. in history from Duke University and an MS in library and information science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  In addition to her current responsibilities, she served as project manager for three cooperative preservation microfilming projects coordinated by SOLINET.

Skip Hulett, Head of the Georgiana Collection, received Masters degrees in library science and English from Simmons College and the University of Georgia, respectively.  He holds an AB in journalism from the University of Georgia.   Prior to heading the University of Georgia Libraries Georgiana Collection, he was a cataloging assistant in the Harvard College Library Preservation and Imaging Department.

 This team will also be assisted by a scholarly panel of historians and scientists with extensive experience in Georgia agriculture and rural life.

Scholarly Review Panel

Edward Cashin received his B.A. at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, M.A. and his Ph.D. from Fordham University.  He joined the faculty at Marist College and served as Academic Vice President from 1963 – 1968.  He joined the faculty of Augusta College (now Augusta State University) in 1969.  From 1975 to 1996 he served as chair of the History Department.  Since 1996 he has been Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.  Dr. Cashin is the author of 16 books, most recently William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier (University of South Carolina Press, 2000), Paternalism in a Southern City, Race, Religion, and Gender in Augusta, Georgia (with Glenn Eskew, University of Georgia Press, 2001), and Beloved Bethesda:  the History of George Whitefield’s Home for Boys, 1740-2000  (Mercer University Press, 2001).  Among the awards he has received are:  The Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Hugh McCall Award by the Georgia Association of Historians, and the John M. Berrien Award by the Georgia Historical Society.

Michael Price received his B.A. in History from Kansas State University and his M.A. in History and Ed.D. in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia.  His specialty is the history of the American South, with special emphasis on Georgia.  He is also project director of the Savannah Images Project.  He is the author of Stories with a Moral: Literature and Society in Nineteenth-Century Georgia (University of Georgia Press, 200).

Barry W. Jones received his B.A. degree in history/journalism from Baylor University, an M.A. degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. degree in journalism/management from Ohio University.  His specialty is journalism history.  Currently Dr. Jones is Coordinator of Education, Communication and Technology at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.  Over a 30-year career as a practitioner and manager, he has held communication positions at three universities including the University of Georgia, Texas A&M University and Mississippi State University.  He has been a regional and national leader in agricultural communications.  He has served as a member of  five national communications committees and is past president of the Agricultural Communications Section of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists.  He is the author of more than a dozen papers presented at regional and nation meetings, most of which focus on the role technology plays in communications work management.

Richard N. Westmacott received his B.S. degree at the University of Reading, England, in 1964 and the M.LA. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.  He was with Land Use Consultants, London, England from 1966-1968, and in private practice, London, England 1968-1977.  In 1977 he joined the faculty at the University of Georgia becoming full professor in 1991.  He was a Senior Teaching Fellow in 1998.  Among his many publications are New Agricultural Landscapes (1974), Agricultural Landscapes: A Second Look (1984), and Agricultural Landscapes: A Third Look (1998), all Countryside Commission, UK.  He is also author of African American Gardens and Yards in the Rural South (University of Tennessee Press, 1992, 2nd ed. 1998), as well at the articles “The Conservation of Farmed Landscapes,” Landscape Design, 144:11-14;   “Pattern and Practice in African American Gardens in Rural Georgia,” Landscape Journal, 10(2): 86-104, and “Yards and Gardens of African Americans as Vernacular Art,” Southern Quarterly, 32(4): 45-63.  Of Mr. Westmacott’s numerous awards are the American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award for Research: New Agricultural Landscapes, 1985; the Council for Educators in Landscape Architecture Outstanding Educator Award, 1986; and the Georgia Trust Ramble to Oglethorpe County, 1998 which featured his house as an example of restoration of a historic house and garden.

Plan of Work and Project Budget

The University of Georgia Libraries, in cooperation with other libraries in the state, will develop a comprehensive bibliography of published materials important to the study of agriculture and rural life in Georgia.  We estimate that the bibliography will contain approximately 4,000-5,000 titles.  The scholarly review panel will select and rank the most important 25%.  Cataloging and microfilming for preservation will occur in a subsequent project.


The UIUC Library has a long and successful history of microfilming projects including NEH, CIC and self-supported projects.  All microfilming projects undertaken by the UIUC have been completed on schedule.  As reported in the FY2000 ARL preservation Statistics the UIUC Library has a total of 23 total staff involved in preservation activities with a total preservation expenditure of $1,076,354.

The UIUC Library is very capable and committed to undertaking a serious bibliographic project of this scope, and will commit the services of Professor Pat Allen, Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Librarian who will have specific responsibility for compiling a comprehensive bibliography of the relevant state and local agricultural literature.  He will also supervise the scholarly review process for the bibliography, with four project participants identified from the university community.  This review will be in accordance with the model set forth by the Mann Library, “Cooperative preservation of state-level publications: preserving the literature of New York State agriculture and rural life”, Library Resources and Technical Services, 37(4): 434-443.  Professor Allen posses a wealth of expertise in this area.

Project Staff

The University Librarian, Paula Kaufman has designated Sharon Clark, Newspaper Librarian, and Associate Professor of Library Administration, Principal Investigator of the NEH INP and manager of the NEH CIC.6 (CRL) and NEH ICON (CRL) grant projects to lead this project with Professor Pat Allen as Co Manager.  Professor Clark will be responsible for ensuring that administrative details are carried out, deadlines are met and both UIUC Grants and Contracts and the Library policies governing grants and contracts are fully adhered to.

Graduate student assistants from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be hired to:  conduct extensive online searching of publications of historical importance to Illinois agriculture; create bibliographic database of items found through the search process; examine materials and annotate items so that the scholarly review panel may make informed decisions; create an electronic bibliography document; identify available copies of publications that may potentially be preserved; and aid in planning methods of access to publications to be preserved.

Scholarly Review Panel

James F. Evans, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Communications, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1968.  His work has included scholarly historical research; numerous studies on how farm families receive and understand Extension information; and pesticide labeling.  He is also founder and intellectual leader of the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Professor Evans has published extensively in the area of agricultural communications and is a recognized expert on agricultural publishing in Illinois, both historical and recent.

Robert G. Spitze, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics.  Professor Spitze earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1960.  He has published numerous articles, and is an expert in agricultural policy.  He taught Agricultural History at the university for many years.

Lowell Hill, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics and L. J. Norton Professor of Agricultural Marketing.  Professor Hill received his Ph. D. from Michigan State University and has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1963.  He is an expert on sources of historical agricultural data and has been instrumental in reforming grain grades and standards.  His testimony before the House and Senate Agricultural Committees influence the formation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act of 1976.  His historical research in grain grades and standards dates back into the 1800's’.

Plan of Work

The UIUC Library is well positioned to carry out this project. UIUC is working hard to address its responsibilities in the area of preservation and access and has become proactive in developing and participating in preservation projects at the local, state, national and international levels.  With the strong leadership of University Librarian, Paula Kaufman, preservation of and access to the UIUC Library’s vast and rich collections have become a top priority with several initiatives in progress.  A new remote storage facility, which will include a preservation unit on site, has received top placement in the Library’s strategic plan.  The search for a Head of Preservation to lead a full-scale preservation program is underway.  UIUC also received funding from the Mellon Foundation to support preservation program development with strong approval from the campus.

The Library of the UIUC campus currently participates in several NEH funded projects.  These projects provide evidence of our success in conducting preservation microfilming and the attendant processing and bibliographical control necessary to meet national standards.  Of major importance is the Illinois Newspaper Project (INP), part of the U. S. Newspaper Program, which moved its base of operations from the Illinois Historical Society Library in the state capitol to the UIUC Library in 1995.  The Library has also gained considerable experience with collaboratively funded projects at the regional and international levels.  UIUC has successfully participated in preservation and access projects administered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) as well as the recently formed International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON).  This project is administered by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

There is significant historical literature available for Illinois agricultural and rural life worthy of preservation.  The UIUC campus has a very large library collection of potential material, as well as an extensive archive of important documents in historically important areas in agriculture.  The Illinois State Library, various agricultural associations, state agencies, and historical societies will also be reviewed for potential resources.


Michigan State University, as a premier land-grant institution, is well positioned to undertake the identification and preservation of state and local literature on Michigan agriculture and rural life in conjunction with the national USAIN project.  The strength of the agricultural collections, in addition to strong cooperative ties with the Library of Michigan and other state higher education institutions, provides a strong basis for developing the bibliography. Preservation of these titles correlates well with the overall preservation mission of the MSU Libraries. The Preservation Department of the Michigan State University Libraries was established in 1991, drawing together the already established units of book repair, collection renewal, and bindery preparation with a disaster prevention committee. In 1997 the Access and Preservation Division was created as part of a library-wide reorganization. The division includes the Preservation Office, Book Repair, Binding Preparation, Circulation, Stacks Maintenance, and Special Collections. In the 1997/98 ARL Preservation Statistics, MSU Libraries reported thirteen FTE staff engaged in preservation activities with expenditures of $582,433.

The Libraries’ first microfilming effort was a two-year project begun in 1982 as part of a cooperative program with the National Agricultural Library to preserve all publications from the state of Michigan which were issued by the Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension Service, and other campus organizations.  Subsequently, Michigan State University Libraries have participated in four CIC cooperative microfilming projects to preserve a large collection of African studies materials that had become brittle and would have otherwise been lost.  Each of the four grant projects was completed on time and, in at least one case, the goal set for volumes to be microfilmed was exceeded by more than 200 volumes.  Since the first project began in 1988, a total of 4425 volumes have been microfilmed and more than 400 additional volumes conserved. Other reformatting options currently in use include preservation photocopy and digitization. Most recently the Libraries have been awarded two preservation grants to provide digital access to portions of the Vincent Voice Library and a collection of historic Sunday school primers.

Project Staff

Jeanne Drewes, Assistant Director for Access and Preservation, will manage Michigan’s project.  Ms. Drewes has managed both microfilming and digital preservation projects and has published in the area of preservation.   The project team will include Anita Ezzo, Food Science and Technology Librarian, and Amy Blair, Head of Outreach Services and Agriculture Bibliographer. Ms. Ezzo is a member of the USAIN Executive Council and the book review editor for the Journal of Agricultural & Food Information.  She will take the lead in developing and refining the scope of the bibliography, compiling the citations, and coordinating the work of the scholarly reviewers.

Amy Blair has served as the Agriculture Librarian since 1991 and participated in Cornell University’s project to identify the Core Literature of the Agricultural Sciences.  She is well versed in the literature supporting agriculture in Michigan and in the United States.  Support staff will assist in the verification and location of titles and the compilation of selected citations. A scholarly panel of historians and scientists will also assist the project team.

Scholarly Review Panel

Kenneth E. Lewis, Jr. received both his B.A. and his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in the late 60s.  His Ph.D. was awarded in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma.   After working in Oklahoma and South Carolina teaching and making archaeological investigations relating to those areas, he joined the Michigan State University Department of Anthropology in 1984.  Since that time he has amassed documentary data for a study of settlement patterning in Michigan during the first half of the nineteenth century.  Dr. Lewis has a large body of publications on settlement patterns covering diverse areas. His most recent works accepted for publication include “Farmsteads and Landscapes in Antebellum Michigan” (in Retrieving Michigan’s Buried Past), Frontier Studies: An Approach to Michigan’s Past, and “Imagination and Archaeological Interpretation: A Methodological Tale” (in Historical Archaeology).  Lewis served on the Michigan Bureau of History, State Historic Preservation Review Board, from 1985-91, and is an active member of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

Terry Shaffer is Assistant Curator and Extension Specialist with the Agricultural Heritage Program of Michigan State University Museum and MSU Extension. He is also a core faculty member of the Bailey Scholars Program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In these roles he has developed a variety of exhibits and programs concerning Michigan's agricultural heritage. He was one of the key people responsible for the creation of a highly successful series on barn rehabilitation, funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Michigan Humanities Council. The presentation on the history of Michigan barns and agriculture developed for the workshop continues to be offered through the Chautauqua Program of the Michigan Humanities Council. Dr. Shaffer has curated exhibits and developed programs on a variety of agricultural topics including historic apple varieties, agricultural tourism, Centennial farms, the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, plank frame barns, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and heritage livestock. He is currently serving as Project Scholar for the Michigan Humanities Council venue of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling exhibit, “Barn Again: Celebrating an American Icon.”  He has conducted sessions and initiated collaborative efforts concerning Michigan's agricultural heritage with the Michigan Museums Association, the Association for Living History Farms and Agricultural Museums, the Michigan Oral History Association, the Michigan Centennial Farm Association, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan State Fair, and numerous local museums and historical groups.

Thomas Summerhill received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, in 1993.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Program in Agrarian Studies of Yale University’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies in 1997, he joined the Michigan State University Department of History.   He has taught seminars relating to America’s rural past and will be team-teaching two courses in Michigan agricultural history in the near future.  Dr. Summerhill has presented several conference papers and written numerous reviews of monographs relating to agricultural and rural history.   He is currently preparing a manuscript entitled Harvest of Dissent: Agrarian Movements and the Emergence of Capitalism in Nineteenth Century New York.  He has served as a consultant for the New York State Historical Association’s Farmer’s Museum and for the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, New York.  He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Agricultural History Society.

David E. Wright received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University.  His research focuses on the history of agriculture, particularly the development of agricultural science and technology since 1880.  He is currently completing a study of the Farm Chemurgic Movement, a coalition of scientists, agriculturists, and industrialists who, between the World Wars, laid the foundation for what is now called biotechnology.  He has served as the Program Officer, Humanities Science and Technology, at the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Dr. Wright currently teaches in the Department of Resource Development, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at Michigan State University.  He also serves the University as Assistant Vice President for Research and as the University Intellectual Integrity Officer.

Plan of Work and Project Budget

Over the course of the project, Michigan State University Library, in cooperation with other libraries in the state, will develop a comprehensive bibliography of published materials important to the study of agriculture and rural life in Michigan.  This will include coordination with the University of Michigan concerning its forestry and natural resources collections.  The project will employ a four-person scholarly review panel to rank titles according to their priority as research resources for humanities studies.  The most important 25% of the estimated universe of 1,800-2,200 volumes will be targeted for preservation in this project.


Throughout this decade, the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries have developed preservation programs that benefit not only its own collections, but also the preservation efforts of the state and the nation. In 1995, the Libraries established its Preservation Program as a separate administrative unit. Since it was formally constituted, the program has met or exceeded nearly all of the applicable preservation benchmarks established by the Association of Research Libraries. Currently, the program contains three administrative units: collection repair, commercial binding preparation, and shelf preparation. The program also provides preservation photocopying and rehousing. Program staff have participated in a project with NCSU’s department of Wood and Paper Science to develop selection guidelines for using the Bookkeeper mass deacidification process by assessing its effects on early- and mid-twentieth century books.

The NCSU Libraries’ efforts to develop statewide preservation efforts predate even its own formal preservation program. In 1989, the Libraries helped found the North Carolina Preservation Consortium, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to developing preservation programs for the state’s libraries, historical societies, and documents repositories. The consortium has built a reputation throughout the state for delivering quality preservation training, and serves as a model for other statewide preservation efforts.

As part of our contribution to the national preservation effort, the Libraries has participated in SOLINET’s Cooperative Preservation Microfilming Projects 4, 5 and 6(CPMP 4, 5 and 6). Project 4, which preserved one thousand titles from the Libraries’ entomology collection, was notable for the use of color microfilm. Although color microfilm is unusual as a preservation medium, plates were filmed in color to preserve the information necessary for use by entomologists and historians of science. Project 5 preserved the periodical literature documenting the South’s industrialization following the Civil War. Project 6 will continue to preserve important items from the South’s post Civil War period and will focus on the textile industry.

The Libraries is also a founding member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a consortium of the four major university libraries and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Through TRLN, the Libraries has advocated and developed a consortium-wide disaster response plan that includes a formal agreement to assist participating libraries, a common disaster response document, and joint training exercises.  This program heightens the region’s ability to respond to emergencies that affect libraries.

The Collections

While the bibliography will draw primarily from the collections at North Carolina State University, Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the collections of the North Carolina Department of Archives and History, it is especially important that other, less traditional, views be represented. Therefore, we also anticipate working with collections throughout the state. The sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system includes several historically black schools whose collections should give additional insight into the rural and agricultural life of the state. By working with the universities that served initially as women’s colleges, we hope to document elements such as the home economic and the state’s efforts in rural education.

We estimate that the bibliography will develop a collection of some 1200 titles, including monographs and serials. Only the NCSU Libraries’ collection has been totally converted to an online catalog.

North Carolina State University Plan of Work

North Carolina State University Libraries is applying for a grant to microfilm rural agricultural material from 1820 to 1950. This grant will allow the Libraries to film approximately 600 items identified in a bibliography of significant material related to the agricultural history of North Carolina. North Carolina participated in the Rural Agricultural Grant Phase 3, which resulted in the creation of a bibliography of over 1200 items related to the development of agriculture within the state.  A panel of three historians has reviewed the bibliography and ranked each title in terms of its historical importance and relevance to the field.

Over the course of the proposed grant period, the NCSU Libraries will microfilm the top 50% of the ranked bibliography.  In addition, the Libraries will work to make the bibliography, a potentially valuable research tool, accessible through the Libraries web pages.

North Carolina State University Libraries will be preparing materials for microfilming, borrowing materials for microfilming, performing post-filming quality control checks and other clerical activities related to the project. Funds are requested for preservation microfilming and bibliographic control and record distribution.

North Carolina State University Project Budget

NCSU Libraries is requesting funds to pay for one FTE Library Technical Assistant I to assist in preparing materials for filming, perform post-filming quality control checks, and clerical activities related to the project. Funds are also requested for preservation microfilming and bibliographic control and record distribution. Extensive quantities of bubble wrap will be required to adequately protect the books selected for shipping to the microfilm company. As this is the only project of this nature currently underway, the bubble wrap materials purchased would be used exclusively for protection of these books during shipping, and tracked for accountability purposes. A requirement of this grant is that books related to the grant will be shipped to the microfilm company in small lots, which will require significant expenditures for shipping. The cost for this activity can be tracked and attributed directly to the project budget. NCSU Libraries will cost share the time spent by the manager on the project and photocopying costs.

North Carolina State University secured preliminary bid estimates for producing preservation microfilm from Preservation Resources, Inc. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Northeast Document Conservation Center of Andover, Massachusetts. Preservation Resources was the low bidder by approximately three cents per frame. North Carolina State University has previously participated in microfilming grants with SOLINET, who contract with Preservation Resources, Inc.; the company is experienced in preservation microfilming and follows AIIM/ANSI and RLG specifications.

North Carolina State University:  USAIN Scholarly Review

Peter A. Coclanis is the George and Alice Welsh Professor in the Department of History of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as the department’s chairman.  He has also served the Agriculture Historical Society in many roles, including president (1997/98), executive board member (current), and as a member of the editorial board for Agricultural History, the society’s journal. He has written extensively on the history of southern agriculture, including The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1929 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989; paperback edition, 1991), which was awarded the Allen Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians. His recent fellowships include The National Humanities Fellowship (1996/97), the Dickenson Fellowship in Economic and Business History (1997/98), and a Visiting Fellowship from the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (Summer 1997).

Lu Ann Jones is an assistant professor in East Carolina University’s Department of History, where she teaches North Carolina history and oral history methodology.  She also served as the director for “An Oral History of Southern Agriculture,” for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (1986-1991). She has been the Co-contributing Editor for Oral History for the Journal of American History and is an elected member of the Council of the Oral History Association. Her publications include co-author of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987), which won the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award and Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Award.

Anne R. Phillips is a visiting assistant professor in NCSU’s Department of History. She did a postdoctoral fellowship from Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History. She also served concurrently as the oral historian and project director for Washington Country and Falls County, Texas. She has been invited to present papers at the Oral History Association (1991 and 1996), The National Women’s Studies Association (1990), the Southern Association of Women Historians (1988) and the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (1988). She received a research fellowship from the University of Maryland and a North Carolina Humanities Council grant.  Her areas of research include North Carolina agricultural history, including the role of women in the farm economy.


Ohio State University Libraries has been actively involved in preservation of library materials since 1984, when the Libraries first appointed a Preservation Officer.  Ohio State University Libraries' Preservation Office includes an administrative component, Preservation Officer reporting to the Director of Libraries, and line components -- Collection Maintenance, Conservation, and Bindery Preparation divisions -- that report to the Preservation Officer.   These divisions receive materials from public and technical services, and general and special collections, for review and action, including single-item conservation, collections conservation, phased treatments, mass deacidification, library binding, replacement / reformatting, and other options.  The Collection Maintenance Division is supervised by a library conservation specialist who oversees two conservation technicians, a brittle books assistant, a shelf-processing assistant, and seven FTE student assistants.   The Conservation Division is headed by a collections conservator and includes one FTE student assistant.  Bindery Preparation Division includes a staff of three and one FTE student assistant, supported by an annual commercial library binding budget of $240,000.

Ohio State has been an active member of the Ohio Preservation Council since 1984, and participates in statewide preservation training and advocacy.  The Ohio Preservation Council involves research, academic, special and historical society libraries throughout the state of Ohio.

In addition to this statewide preservation effort, the Ohio State University Libraries have been involved in numerous other cooperative preservation initiatives through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the consortium of the Big Ten Universities and the University of Chicago.   Beginning in 1988, the CIC has undertaken a series of Coordinated Preservation Microfilming Projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Division of Preservation and Access.   This effort, in which Ohio State has participated in five out of six cycles, the CIC libraries have preserved over 70,000 volumes on high-quality microfilm.

Ohio State was also actively involved in the efforts of USAIN to begin and to sustain the USAIN preservation effort.

Ohio State did not participate in the first NAL cooperative program, which would have preserved all publications from the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension Service, and other Ohio organizations.  We plan to include these documents in this project.

Project Staff

Ohio's project will have co-managers: Constance Britton, Librarian at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Susan Logan, Head of the Ohio State University Libraries' Agriculture Library.  The project team will include Wesley Boomgaarden, Preservation Officer, who served on USAIN's Advisory Panel on Preservation during the 1992-93 period, and assisted in the writing of Nancy E. Gwinn's A National Preservation Program for Agricultural Literature (May 1993).   He also served as co-chair (with William J. Studer) of the USAIN Preservation Steering Committee from 1994-1997, the period when USAIN's first preservation grant proposal was submitted to NEH.  Connie Britton has been the Librarian at the OARDC library since 1981 and has been a cataloger on the OCLC system for nearly 25 years.  Susan Logan was appointed to her current post in 1999 after having served at the University Libraries for nearly 22 years as the Coordinator of Library Automation.

Scholarly Review Panel

 R. Douglas Hurt is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University.  Earlier in his career he was the Curator of Agricultural History and the Associate Editor of Timeline at The Ohio Historical Society.  Currently, he is the editor of Agricultural History.  Professor Hurt has authored numerous books, chapters in books and articles.  Included in his published portfolio are several articles on the history of agriculture in Ohio including:  "Dairying in Nineteenth Century Ohio, "The Sheep Industry in Ohio," "The Ohio Grange," "Pork and Porkopolis,"  "The Vineyards of Ohio,"  "The First Farmers in the Ohio Country," "Ohio Agriculture Since World War II," "Bettering the Beef: Felix Renick and the Ohio Company for Exporting English Cattle."

Linda M. Lobao holds a dual appointment as Professor in Rural Sociology and as Professor in the Department of Sociology and Department of Geography at The Ohio State University.  A specialist in women's issues in rural society, Dr. Lobao has authored two books, Beyond the Amber Waves of Grain: An Examination of Economic and Social Restructuring in the Heartland (with others) 1995 and Locality and Inequality: Farm Structure, Industry Structure, and Socioeconomic Conditions 1990, and numerous chapters, journal articles and conference presentations.  Many titles with her authorship address economic change and gender in Ohio, the Midwest and developing countries, e.g., "Restructuring the Ohio River Valley: 1800-1900", "Continuity and Change in an Old Industrial Region: The Ohio River Valley, 1980-1990".

Robert W. McCormick is Professor Emeritus of The Ohio State University.  His initial appointment in 1951 was as a County Extension Agent; during his last eleven years with the University, which he completed in 1977 he was Professor in Agricultural Education and Assistant Vice President for Continuing Education at The Ohio State University.  Among his recent publications is a chapter in 1994 on "Norton S. Townshend: A Reformer for All Seasons," and a 1984 book A.B. Graham: Country Schoolmaster and Extension Pioneer (co-authored with V.E. McCormick).   Dr. McCormick is a volunteer at the Ohio State University Archives where he processes faculty papers that have been donated to the Archives.

Benjamin R. Stinner is the Kellogg Professor in Agricultural Ecosystems Management (1999-) and Professor (1994-) Department of Entomology and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University. He joined Ohio State in 1982 and has worked at OARDC's Wooster campus ever since. He is the leader of the College Agroecosystems Management Program, a member of the OSU Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and co-organizer of and participant in the Extension On-Farm Research Program.  His research often focuses on whole-farm systems and incorporates farmers' knowledge and experiences.  He has used the early literature on soil management and farm inputs as background for his books and articles on sustainable agroecosystems and Amish agriculture, including Stinner, B. R. and G. J. House. 1989. "The search for sustainable agroecosystems" Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 44:111-116 and Stinner, D. H., M. G. Paoletti and B. R. Stinner. 1989. "Amish agriculture and implications for sustainable agriculture" Agricultural Ecosystems and Environment 27:77-90.

Plan of Work and Project Budget

Ms. Britton and Ms. Logan will develop a comprehensive bibliography of published materials important to the study of agriculture and rural life in Ohio and manage the review of the bibliography by the scholarly consultants.  New staff will be hired to do the searching of the OCLC WorldCat and the catalogs of the libraries in Ohio which are not available via OCLC, and to input entries into the bibliography database.  The project will have a four-person scholarly review panel to rank titles according to their priority as resources for humanities and social studies and target the most important 25-50% of the estimated universe of 2,700 to 3,700 volumes for preservation in a subsequent project

Grant Proposal, PHASE IV
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