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Special Collections: Agricultural History at Penn State

Materials about agricultural history at Penn State found within the Special Collections Library

Agricultural History

Congressional passage of the Morrill Land-Grant Act in 1862 enabled states to sell federal lands, invest the proceeds, and use the income to support colleges. Penn State was designated as Pennsylvania's land-grant institution. 

Evan Pugh, Penn State's first President, used his scientific education to create a curriculum for agricultural studies that combined theory and practical applications. 

Evan Pugh portrait

First President of Penn State, Evan Pugh

Archival Collections