Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 96
Iowa Century Farms Collection, 1837-1976, undated

Descriptive summary

title: Iowa Century Farms Collection
dates: 1837-1976, undated
extent: 1.5 linear feet
collection number: MS 96
repository: Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information

access: Open for research
publication rights: Consult Head, Special Collections Department
preferred citation: Iowa Century Farms Collection, MS 96, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Historical note

The Iowa Century Farms Program recognized and honors those families who have owned the farm land for one hundred years or more. The program began in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Program, when over 5,000 farms were recognized. Since 1976, over 15,000 families have been recognized.


Collection description

The collection consists of materials solicited from the owners of Iowa Century Farms, honored by the state of Iowa during the American Revolution Bicentennial observations. It contains correspondence from owners of Iowa Century Farms responding to a request for information, deeds, mortgages, journals, reminiscences, farm records, and photographs. Topics covered include immigration from European countries, breaking prairie sod, the grasshopper invasion, severe winters, drought and disease, and the joys of surviving the rigors of settlement.


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