Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics records
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics was established in 1922 to provide students with decision-making abilities in the allocation and use of agricultural and natural resources. The collection contains reports, proposals, memoranda relating to the curriculum of the department, program reviews, policies, and materials relating to student enrollment.
Important Information for Users of the Collection
Yes. One file in Series I contains materials relating to students; access to this file is restricted for a period of seventy-five years or until the death of the individuals concerned.
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.
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The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, originally called the Department of Agricultural Economics, was established at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1922 with three faculty members. The department's main objective was to provide its students with decision-making abilities in the allocation and use of agricultural and natural resources.
In the 1920s, agricultural economists focused their efforts on the development of improved procedures for farm organization, recordkeeping, and accounting. In keeping with this emphasis on better economic management for farms, the earliest courses in agricultural economics were taught in conjunction with the Department of Farm Management in the College of Agriculture. The Department of Agricultural Economics was authorized to confer both the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1923.
During the 1930s, the focus of agricultural economics shifted from improvements in the profitability of individual farms to a broader issue--the national or regional overproduction of selected agricultural products. This emphasis, along with marketing and price concerns, continued over the next two decades. In 1948, the department changed its name to Agricultural Economics and Marketing.
The development of computers in the 1960s enabled agricultural economists to use more sophisticated research techniques and to consider new research methods, such as simulation. The 1960s also brought a growing concern about pollution and dwindling natural resources, including farm land.
In 1970, the department changed its name to Agricultural and Resource Economics, reflecting the field's broadened responsibilities, interests, and needs, such as global environmental concerns. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics continues to be a vital component of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; in 1997 there were more than twenty faculty and staff working in the department.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The records of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics span the years 1952 to 1990. The collection contains reports, proposals, and memoranda relating to student enrollment, curriculum issues, and the honors program.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics transferred their records to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries in May 1990.
Processed by Michelle DeMartino, February 1997.
The records of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics were processed in February 1997. Original file groupings were maintained and the folders were rearranged alphabetically. Staples and paper clips were removed from the collection and duplicates discarded. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine and Jennifer Evans.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection is organized as one series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Curricula and Student Enrollment, 1952-1990 (0.5 linear feet)
This series contains reports, proposals, and memoranda relating to the curriculum of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Program reviews, policies, and proposed courses are among the subjects covered. One folder of materials relating to student enrollment in the department is also included. NOTE: One file in the series contains materials relating to students; access to this file is restricted for a period of seventy-five years or until the death of the individuals concerned. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Curriculum Policy, 1969-1973||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Curriculum Review, 1975-1978||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Honors Program, 1964-1979 and undated [Restricted]||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Proposed Courses-DARE and others, 1952-1978||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Student Enrollment, 1963-1990 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
The University Publications collection contains materials produced by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, including curriculum guides, meeting proceedings, and working papers on topics of interest to department faculty. A department self-evaluation contains a history of the department from its founding through 1976. The call number for these publications is UPUB A28.
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Agriculture -- Economic aspects -- Maryland -- College Park -- Curricula
- University of Maryland at College Park. -- Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics -- Archives.