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United States history cannot fully be understood without studying its rural life and agricultural heritage. Agriculture fueled the social and economic engine, which built our nation, generated our state and local governments, and stimulated and regulated pioneering, farming, land tenure, and the trading of agricultural commodities. Much of what defines the national character of Americans, our cultural values and mores, is rooted in our agrarian past.

HARVEST provides access to 3 electronic collections of agricultural texts published in the United States between the early nineteenth and mid-twentieth century. CHLA is a collection of historical agriculture texts of national level importance. The collections from the University of Arizona and Colorado State University focus on historical agriculture in their respective states. Subjects covered include agricutlural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science, forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Collections from other states will be added as they are developed.