Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.

Agriculture

Firmly rooted in Michigan State University's land-grant mission, the collection of agricultural works at Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections contains hundreds of manuscripts and printed books dating from the 15th to the present. All aspects of farming and other agricultural pursuits are represented, from land management and the cultivation of crops to disease in cattle and hobby farming. There are dozens of farming handbooks from as far back as the 1500s, providing a glimpse into the evolution of agricultural practices over the centuries. The bulk of the collection is made up of items from Europe and North America, including some that are early printed editions of ancient Greek and Roman texts. There is significant overlap with our strong collections in horticulture, botany, zoology, and veterinary medicine.

For more information, please contact Tad Boehmer, Rare Books Curator.

Resources

Agricultural Equipment Catalog Inventory