Why Farmer Archives Matter: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Sep 05, 2018

Associate Professor Abby Dubisar will present "Why Farmer Archives Matter: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, 2018, at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. The presentation is based on farmer interviews, archival materials from the Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and the State Historical Society of Iowa. A reception is planned at 6 p.m.

Dr. Dubisar will describe what we can learn from farmers' archives and argue for a greater emphasis on collecting their artifacts. Doing so enhances our understanding of Iowa's history and teaches us about the diverse work performed by farmers, as well as their immense contributions to communities. Audience members will learn more about farmer archives and may be inspired to seek them out.

The lecture is provided in partnership with the Iowa State University Library, Ames Public Library, the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, Iowa State University Department of English and Iowa State University Department of History.

Dubisar's talk complements "Activist Agriculture: Farm Protest in Iowa, 1929-1969," the current SCUA exhibition on display in 403 Parks Library through January 2019.

M. Monica Gillen, communications specialist, 302 Parks Library, 515-294-1442
Susan Jasper, community engagement specialist, 150 Parks Library, 515-294-1920