RG 004 Agriculture and Land Stewardship

    The State Agricultural Society was organized in 1853. Records in the State Archives begin in 1862. The Agricultural Society promoted Iowa agriculture and managed the State Fair until the legislature created the Iowa Department of Agriculture in 1900. In 1923, the departments responsibilities were substantially increased when an act was passed creating the office of Secretary of Agriculture and transferring the functions of several smaller state divisions relating to agriculture to the department. A separate State Fair Board was established in 1924. The following is a partial list of the records in this record group in our holdings. A complete list of record series is available at the Research Center in Des Moines.

    GeneralDate Span
    Applications for State Certificates of Registration for Stallions 1906-1911
    Century Farms Applications 1975
    Correspondence, County and District Agricultural Societies 1883-1909
    Correspondence, Crop Conditions 1883-1902
    Correspondence, Farmers Institutes 1904-1909
    Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1871-1889, 1905-1910
    Correspondence, Registration of Stallions 1905-1910
    County Auditors Reports of Crop and Farm Statistics 1910-1912
    County Auditors Reports of Owners of Stallions 1906
    Fertilizer Tonnage and Analysis Sheets 1945-1975
    Grange Quarterly Reports 1873-1878
    Import Registers of Animals Brought into State 1912-1916
    Index to Correspondence Received 1883-1884
    Iowa State Grange Business Agency, Day Book 1875-1877
    Journals 1884-1894, 1905-1906
    Ledgers 1878-1879, 1884-1894
    Pesticides Performance Grants 2001-2004
    Record of Grange Delegates by County 1873-1874
    Reports of Crop Conditions 1885-1913
    Speeches 1986-1998
    Records of County and District Agricultural Societies 1906-1918
    Records of Fairs Held by County and District Agricultural Societies 1883-1913
    Reports of District and County Agricultural Societies 1883-1913
    Yearbooks: Iowa Yearbooks of Agriculture 1901-1949
    Yearbooks: Reports of Iowa Books of Agriculture 1952-1953
    Yearbooks: Yearbooks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture 1896-1917
    Horticulture DivisonDate Span
    Garden Clubs 1979-1980
    Iowa Fruit Growers, Correspondence 1975-1980
    Iowa Nut Growers 1974-1980
    Newsletters, Iowa Florists 1979-1980
    Iowa State Horticulture Society, Awards, Board Meetings and Correspondence 1968-1981
    Newsletters, Chrysanthemum, Dahlia, Gladiolus, Lily and Rose Societies 1969-1981
    Newsletters, Iowa Nurserymens Association 1977-1981
    Iowa State Agricultural SocietyDate Span
    Correspondence 1862-1865
    Letter Books 1865-1904
    Minutes 1864-1907
    Secretary of AgricultureDate Span
    Executive Correspondence 1975-1983
    Speeches 1986-1998
    State Dairy CommissionDate Span
    Annual Reports 1901-1948
    State FairDate Span
    State Fair, Accounts 1876-1878, 1889, 1905-1907
    State Fair, Bids, Contracts and Proposals 1884-1996
    Reports of Miscellaneous Committees 1884-1890
    Reports of Premium Awards Committee 1873-1886
    Reports of Superintendent of Horses and Cattle 1884, 1889
    Reports of Superintendent of Fine Art Hall 1884
    Reports of Superintendent of Fruit and Flowers 1884
    Reports of Superintendent of Machinery Department 1901-1903
    Reports of Superintendent of Sheep and Poultry 1884
    Reports of Superintendent of Speed
    Reports of Superintendent of Vegetable Hall 1884
    State Fair, Applications for Space 1884
    State Fair, Correspondence, Advertising and Printing 1882-1911
    State Fair, Correspondence, Attractions and Privileges 1883-1912
    State Fair, Correspondence, Entries and Premiums 1883-1916
    State Fair, Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1883-1909
    State Fair, Correspondence, Passes 1883-1912
    State Fair, Entry Registers 1894-1913
    State Fair, Memorandum of Bill Poster 1884
    State Fair, Premium Books 1914, 1917, 1920
    State Fair, Premium Registers 1876-1893
    State Fair, Premium Warrant Registers 1889-1925
    State Fair, Race Registers 1882-1918
    State Fair, Ticket Registers 1884-1913
    Iowa Agricultural Development AuthorityDate Span
    Minutes 1984-1994