Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State

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Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State papers
Creator: Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State
Call Number: BH.A28
Dates: 1911-1917
Physical Description: 7 boxes, 2 bound volumes of unused stock certificates, 1 embosser
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Correspondence to W.C. Brown from various people seeking or giving advice concerning the formation of the association
Subseries II: Correspondence of Henry Cargill, Executive Secretary of the association
Subseries III: General correspondence
Series II: Business papers on the formation of the Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State
Collection Overview
Title: Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State papers
Creator: Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State
Call Number: BH.A28
Dates: 1911-1917
Physical Description: 7 boxes, 2 bound volumes of unused stock certificates, 1 embosser
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State was organized by a group of prominent gentlemen: W.C. Brown, President of the Grand Central Terminal; Ralph Peters, President of the Long Island Railroad; E.G. Miner, businessman and civic leader, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pfaudler Company (now Pfaudler Permutit Inc.) and W.C. Barry, President of Western New York Horticultural Society, both of Rochester, NY; George Frisbie, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Utica , NY; Frank A. Vanderlip, President of National City Bank of New York; W. McCarroll, President of New York Board of Trade and Transportation. J.W. Dwight, Member of Congress, (Thirteenth District) and E. Pfarrius and Welding Ring of the New York Produce Exchange, associated as directors or officers.

The purpose of this organization was to diffuse useful and accurate information regarding the agricultural resources and possibilities of New York, to arouse public interest in land matters, and to promote increased settlement upon the farms. The primary object was to aid deserving persons of small means, and especially selected immigrants who could not otherwise secure properties, to locate on the land; the Association bought abandoned or semi-abandoned farms and sold them to such settlers on the installment plan, at an advance only sufficient to pay the interest on the preferred stock and the operating expenses. The new farm owners were given advice on the best way to mange their land, of selecting their stock, of buying their tools and fertilizers and of marketing their products. The company was capitalized on the basis of a common stock with voting power.

The association formed in 1911 and dissolved in 1916 when the work was taken over by the New York State and the United States Department of Agriculture.

The remaining balance of stock ($10,000), with the approval of the stockholders, was given to the University of Rochester as an endowment fund. These monies were to be used for the promotion of agriculture or aiding in some other way such interests in the region.

Within this short period, the leaders of the association were able to revive interest and commitment to rural life. The high prices of food and the increase in population provided not only a golden opportunity to bring back dying farms, but also for immigrants and people with unstable incomes to begin a productive and self-satisfying life. The organization was instrumental in providing information and guidance concerning the principles of scientific agriculture and stock raising to the new farmers.

Scope and Content
The collection is comprised of correspondence of mainly W.C. Brown, Henry Cargill, and E.C. Miner during the time they were active in the formation and activities of the association. The collection includes records of the organization (minutes of general and stock holders meetings) and detailed descriptions of the farms that were sold. It also has two bound volumes of unused stock certificates and one embosser.

Subject(s):
New York (State)
Agriculture
Correspondence
Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented to the University of Rochester Library by the Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State, 1917.Access
The Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Subseries I: Correspondence to W.C. Brown from various people seeking or giving advice concerning the formation of the association
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, November 1909-April 25, 1910
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, April 26, 1910-April 30, 1910
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, May 1, 1910-May 12, 1910
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, May 13, 1910-May 18, 1910
Box 2, Folder 1Correspondence, May 18, 1910-May 31, 1910
Box 2, Folder 2Correspondence, June 1, 1910-June 15, 1910
Box 2, Folder 3Correspondence, June 16, 1910-June 30, 1910
Box 2, Folder 4Correspondence, July 1910-August 1910
Box 2, Folder 5Correspondence, September 1910-December 1910
Subseries II: Correspondence of Henry Cargill, Executive Secretary of the association
Letters dealing with the sales of different farms

Box 4, Folder 1Correspondence, January 1, 1911-February 17, 1911
Box 4, Folder 2Correspondence, February 18, 1911-February 28, 1911
Box 4, Folder 3Correspondence, March 1, 1911-March 31, 1911
Box 4, Folder 4Correspondence, April 1, 1911-April 30, 1911
Box 4, Folder 5Correspondence, May 1, 1911-May 31, 1911
Box 4, Folder 6Correspondence, June 1, 1911-June 30, 1911
Box 5, Folder 1Correspondence, July 1, 1911-July 15, 1911
Box 5, Folder 2Correspondence, July 16, 1911-July 31, 1911
Box 5, Folder 3Correspondence, August 1, 1911-August 31, 1911
Box 5, Folder 4Correspondence, September 1, 1911-September 15, 1911
Box 5, Folder 5Correspondence, September 16, 1911-September 30, 1911
Box 5, Folder 6Correspondence, October 1, 1911-October 31, 1911
Box 6, Folder 1Correspondence, November 1, 1911-November 30, 1911
Box 6, Folder 2Correspondence, December 1, 1911-December 31, 1911
Subseries III: General correspondence
Includes letters of E.G. Miner requesting the Association's headquarters to move from New York to Rochester, NY (correspondence from January 1, 1912-December 1912) upon which the Rochester Chamber of Commerce would take charge of the Association's activities; and letters of E.G. Miner and stockholders transferring stocks over to the University of Rochester for the purpose of its work in agricultural research. Includes correspondence with Rush Rhees, President of the University of Rochester and also Henry Cargill, Executive Secretary of the Association explaining that his services were no longer required. (January 1, 1913-December 31, 1916).

Box 3, Folder 2Correspondence of Brown and potential members of the committee to help formulate the organization
Includes E. G. Miner, Welding Ring, Roland B. Woodward. Minutes from the meeting on May 27, 1910 for committee members

Box 6, Folder 3General correspondence, January 1, 1911-October 31, 1911
Box 6, Folder 4General correspondence, November 1, 1911-December 31, 1911
Box 7, Folder 1General correspondence, January 1, 1912-February 28, 1912
Box 7, Folder 2General correspondence, March 1, 1912-December 31, 1912
Box 7, Folder 3General correspondence, January 1, 1913-December 31, 1913
Box 7, Folder 4General correspondence, January 1, 1914-December 31, 1916
Series II: Business papers on the formation of the Agricultural Improvement Association of New York State
Box 3, Folder 1Report of proceedings of a conference held April 27th 1910 at the New York Produce Exchange: "for the purpose of formulating a definite plan of action for the improvement of agricultural conditions in the Stare of New York."
Box 3, Folder 3Statistics of New York Central and Hudson River Railroad practical farms, December 1910, 1912
Blue print of Drainage and Orchard Location for Farm No. 1

Box 3, Folder 4Certification of stocks, first meeting, January 12, 1911
Box 3, Folder 5First meeting of stock holders, February 9, 1911
Box 3, Folder 6Bank statements, receipts, and subscriptions of stock
Box 7, Folder 5Reports from different agricultural organizations
Box 7, Folder 6Blank stationary and leaflet of Association with Grand Central Terminal address
Box 7, Folder 7Postcards of farms from T. E. Martin, Superintendent of farms New York Central Lines
Box 7, Volume 1-2Financial ledgers
Box 7, Volume 3-4Unused stock certificates
Box 7Embosser


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