A Guide to the 4-H Clubs of Connecticut Records, undated, [1906]-1977

A Guide to the 4-H Clubs of Connecticut Records

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the 4-H Clubs of Connecticut Records
Creator
University of Connecticut.
Inclusive Dates
undated, [1906]-1977
Extent
84.0 Linear feet
Abstract
The 4-H Clubs of Connecticut originated in 1913 with the establishment of the first club in Mansfield, Connecticut. A part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension System, 4-H clubs have aimed to educate Connecticut's youth in agriculture, home economics, and new technologies. The 4-H Clubs of Connecticut also strives to imbue its members with important life skills, building character through the teaching of a variety of practical skills. The records consist of the papers of Connecticut 4-H club leader Augustus Jackson Brundage, who helped expand the clubs in the state following World War I, as well as numerous club publications, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, film, and administrative records.
Call Number
1987.0027
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Krista Miller and Mark Roy. (November 2010)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], 4-H Clubs of Connecticut. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], 4-H Clubs of Connecticut. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • 4-H Youth Development Program (U.S.).
  • University of Connecticut.

Genre(s)

  • Administrative records
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Records
  • Fliers [printed matter]
  • Newsletters
  • Notes
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Scrapbooks
  • Slides

Geographic Name(s)

  • Connecticut

Personal Name(s)

  • Brundage, Augustus Jackson, b. 1890

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History

The 4-H clubs of Connecticut are a part of the  United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Cooperative Extension System. The  Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network with an office at each state's land-grant university. The program's goals are to provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others is rural areas and communities of all sizes throughout the United States.

The U.S. extension program began in the early nineteenth century as informal organizations and associations were formed by American farmers. The early organizations came together to improve upon farming practices, doing so initially through publications such as the American Farmer, which allowed farmers to share new ideas and techniques. In 1862 the federal governement passed the  Morrill Act, establishing land-grant universities to educate American citizens in agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts, and other practical professions. The cooperative extension system was formed through the  Smith-Lever Act of 1914, linking the  United States Department of Agriculture with land-grant agricultural colleges. The act mandated that the federal government allocate population based funds to each state in order to further research and instruction.

The extensions first practical application test came during World War I, as the war necessitated that the  USDA use its authority to increase agricultural production and labor. The extension's role during the war helped expand the program and secure its educational reputation. During the  Great Depression the extension emphasized farm management and household production, helping many Americans through difficult times and ensuring the survival of individual farms. With American entry into the Second World War the extension once again advocated for increased agricultural production. Through programs such as Victory Gardens the extension was able to increase domestic food production and contribute desperately needed food stuffs to the war effort.

While the number of farms in America has decreased dramatically between 1950 and 1997 the average farm size has actually increased, and due in large part to the work of the extension agricultural production has become more effiecent than ever. Providing education about new technologies, fertilizers, and seeds, the extension has proven to be at the vanguard of this increased productivity in American agriculture.

The 4-H program of the extension has focused on youth education in agriculture, home economics, and new technologies. The  4-H program also aims to cultivate important life skills in youth that builds character and assists in teaching a variety of practical skills. The first  4-H club in Connecticut was founded in 1913 in  Mansfield, Connecticut and began as a way to educate youth in the different aspects of agriculture. By 1915 there were more than three thousand youths enrolled in various  4-H clubs throughout the state, and by 1918 there was a club in every county of the state.

Connecticut's 4-H clubs grew rapidly following  World War I, especially in relation to the poulty industry. By 1930 the state was holding regional and national competitions, with Connecticut clubs participating in all of them. By 1958 Connecticut had more than six hundred seperate clubs throughout the state, with enrollment surpassing seventy-five hundred youths. By the late 1960s  4-H clubs had been introduced into the urban areas of the state with clubs being formed in Waterbury, Hartford, and New Haven.  4-H club enrollment reached its peak in Connecticut in 1975, when there were 122,158 youths active in the organization.

As of 2000 participation in 4-H clubs is down to approximately 25,000 youths throughout the state, with the majority of participation located in rural areas. The organization continues to promote the education of youths in agricultural practices through hands on activity, as well as the teaching of important life skills.

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Scope and Content Note

The 4-H Clubs of Connecticut originated in 1913 with the establishment of the first club in Mansfield, Connecticut. A part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension System, 4-H clubs have aimed to educate Connecticut's youth in agriculture, home economics, and new technologies. The 4-H Clubs of Connecticut also strives to imbue its members with important life skills, building character through the teaching of a variety of practical skills. The records consist of the papers of Connecticut 4-H club leader Augustus Jackson Brundage, who helped expand the clubs in the state following World War I, as well as numerous club publications, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, film, and administrative records.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers 1910 - 1949 

Box

Achievement Awards, 1925-1947 

1

Administration, 1929-1948 

1

Art Education, 1932 

1

Birdsongs, undated, 1936 

1

Boys and Girls Week, 1937 

1

Census Data [Agricultural], 1919-1946 

1

Club Agents, undated, 1944-1949 

1

Conferences, 1919-1946 

1

Correspondence, 1918-1947 

1

County Club Committees, 1945 

1

Extension Service, undated, 1923-1925 

1

Fairfield County 4H, undated, 1921-1944 

1

Family, [1920-1939] 

1

Famine Relief, 1946 

1

The Fire Bringer [story], undated 

1

Fish, 1936 

1

Food for Victory, 1942-1945 

1

Forestry, 1920-1933 

1

Game Birds, undated, 1936 

1

Grange, 1931 

1

Hartford County 4H, undated, 1922-1941 

1

History of 4H, undated, 1910-1947 

1

Insects, undated, 1936-1937 

1

Junior Achievement, 1917-1925 

1

Leadership Training, undated, 1927-1947 

2

Lecture Aids, undated, 1917-1944 

2

Lectures on Success, undated, 1922-1928 

2

Litchfield County 4H, undated, 1922-1949 

2

Mailing List, 1947 

2

Mansfield Youth Profile, 1930 

2

Manual, undated, 1919-1945 

2

Maps: Connecticut, undated, 1930-1942 

2

Maps: Out of State, undated 

2

Membership, undated, 1929-1947 

2

Middlesex County 4H, undated, 1922-1945 

2

Miscellaneous, 1947 

2

Nature Program, undated 

2

New Haven County 4H, undated, 1922-1947 

2

New London County 4H, undated, 1930-1935 

2

Nutrition and Health Center (Ackerman Photos), 1929-1931 

2

Objectives, undated 

2

Older Youth, undated, 1910-1947 

2

Parents, 1946-1947 

2

Plans of Work, 1921-1947 

2

Plant Diseases: Insects and Remedies, undated 

2

Poetry, undated 

2

Programs, undated, 1940-1946 

2

Publications, undated, 1941-1947 

2

Recognition (Awards), 1926-1932 

3

Reports, undated, 1914-1948 

3

Round-up, 1931 

3

Rotary Clubs, undated 

3

Sociology Materials, 1931-1934 

3

Songs, undated 

3

Snakes, 1936 

3

Speeches, undated, 1914-1947 

3

Statistics, undated, [1920]-1946 

3

Storrs Grammar School and Community, 1945 

3

Tolland County 4H, undated, 1929-1943 

3

Town Organization, undated 

3

Trees, undated, 1938 

3

Wildflowers, undated 

3

Wildlife, undated, 1936-1939 

3

Windham County 4H, undated, 1932-1946 

3

Writing Contest, undated, 1934 

3

Writings, undated, 1924-1941 

3

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Series II: Administrative Records 1911-1977 

Box

Annual Reports, 1914-[1938] 

4

Awards & Recognitions, 1925-1964 


    Box
Mixed materials   5
    Box
Mixed materials   4

Box

Winifred Cheney, undated, 1936 

5

Financial, 1926 

5

Financial: Connecticut Federation of Rural Youth Scholarship, 1948-1957 

5

Financial: Daughters of the American Revolution, 1940-1949 

5

Financial: Development Fund, 1969-1977 


    Box
Mixed materials   6
    Box
Mixed materials   5

Box

Financial: Esso Scholarships, 1947-1952 

6

Financial: Expense Accounts, 1928-1965 

6

Financial: Farm Youth Development Fund, 1942 

6

Financial: General Fund, 1961-1970 

6

Financial: Moses Foundation Scholarships, 1949-1953 

6

Financial: Prize Fund, 1961-1964 

6

Financial: Sears-Roebuck, 1948-1960 

6

Financial: Student Aid, 1927 

6

Foreign, undated 1932-1935 

6

4H Clubs of the Air [Radio Scripts], 1937-1939 

6

4H Club Statistics, 1920-1961 

7

Grange, undated 

7

History, undated, 1911-1953 

7

Institute of Women's Professional Relations, 1935-1936 

7

Mimeographs, 1935-1936 


    Box
Mixed materials   7
    Box
Mixed materials   8

Box

Miscellaneous, undated, 1922-1958 

8

National Club: Commemorative Stamp, 1952 

9

National Club: Committees, 1947-1971 

9

National Club: Conferences, 1927-1972 


    Box
Mixed materials   9
    Box
Mixed materials   10

Box

National Club: Congress, 1945-1970 

10

National Club: Economy, 1932-1938 

10

National Club: 4-H Newsletter, 1950 

10

National Club: Programs, 1939-1960 

10

National Club: Reports, 1924-1954 


    Box
Mixed materials   10
    Box
Mixed materials   11

Box

Project Agreements, [1914]-1928 

11

Regional Conferences, 1939-1954 

11

Regional Programs, undated, 1950-1957 

11

Speakers, undated, 1936-1937 

11

State and County Conferences, undated, 1915-1970 


    Box
Mixed materials   11
    Box
Mixed materials   13
    Box
Mixed materials   12

State and County Programs, undated, 1914-1958 


    Box
Mixed materials   14
    Box
Mixed materials   15
    Box
Mixed materials   13

State and County Reports, 1914-1970 


    Box
Mixed materials   16
    Box
Mixed materials   18
    Box
Mixed materials   20
    Box
Mixed materials   19
    Box
Mixed materials   17
    Box
Mixed materials   21
    Box
Mixed materials   15

Box

State and County Statistics, 1916-1955 

21

State Club Senior Conference, 1930-1934 

21

Elsie Trabue, 1920-1940 

21

University Club, undated, 1925-1961 

21

Who's Who, undated, [1914]-1968 


    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   22Abate-Cox
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   28Stratton-Zolla
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   23Crandall-Gardner
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   25Kahn-McNulty
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   24Giddings-Juniver
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   26Meader-Pullar
    BoxFolder
Mixed materials   27Racker-Stotler

Box

YWCA, 1933-1935 

28

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Series III: Short Course 1919-1956 

Junior Short Course, 1919-1955 


    Box
Mixed materials   31
    Box
Mixed materials   29
    Box
Mixed materials   30

Box

Junior Short Course: Newsletter, 1924-1952 

31

Junior Short Course: Statistics, 1919-1940 

31

Tractor Short Course, 1945-1956 

Box
31

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Series IV: Activities and Events 1916-1966 

Eastern States Exposition, undated, 1916-1966 


    Box
Mixed materials   32
    Box
Mixed materials   34
    Box
Mixed materials   33
    Box
Mixed materials   35

National Club: Camp, 1927-1956 


    Box
Mixed materials   36
    Box
Mixed materials   37

Box

Round-up, 1929-1931 

37

State and County Camps, 1929-1949 

37

National Dairy Show, 1935-1941 

38

National Poultry Show, 1919-1940 

38

National Club: World Poultry Congress, 1937-1939 

38

National Club: Social Progress Program, 1936-1937 

Box

National 4H Club Week, 1945-1957 

38

National Club: World Agricultural Fair, 1959-1960 

38

Regional: 4-H Sunday, 1951-1952 

38

Regional: Meat Animal Show, 1951-1954 

38

State and County Exhibits, 1924-1947 

38

State and County Festival, 1934 

38

State and County Silver Jubilee, 1938 

38

State Fairs and Exhibits, 1923-1960 

39

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Series V: Subject Files 1914-1962 

Box

County Organizations, 1921-1946 

40

Dairy Farm Account Book, 1925-1929 

40

Farm Bureau, 1922-1957 

40

Farmers Clubs, 1923-1934 

40

A.B. Graham, 1926-1944 

40

History, 1914-1948 

40

Junior Achievement, 1929 

40

Miscellaneous, [1919]-1948 

40

Publicity, 1917-1919 

40

Recreation, undated, 1916-1962 


    Box
Mixed materials   41
    Box
Mixed materials   42
    Box
Mixed materials   43
    Box
Mixed materials   40

Box

Vernon Alumni Club and Rural Youth Federation, 1934-1948 

43

Vocational Guidance, 1948-1949 

43

Young Men and Women Committee, 1945-1950 

43

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Series VI: Publications 1910-1969 

Box

Building America, 1936-1937 

44

Connecticut Publications, 1913-[1969] 

44

Connecticut Four Leaf Clover, 1928-1945 

44

National 4-H News, 1941-1968 


    Box
Mixed materials   44
    Box
Mixed materials   45

Box

Handicrafts, [1930]-[1939] 

45

National Publications, 1910-1956 

45

Out of State Publications, 1922-1963 

45

Recreation Publications, [1930]-[1939] 

45

Rural Life Sunday, 1943-1962 

45

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Series VII: Photographs, Scrapbooks, Slides, Films, undated, [1906]-1975 

Box

S-series Index, undated, 1923-1932 

46

S-series Legend, 1925 

46

S-series photographs, undated, 1923-1940 

46

G.W. Ackerman, undated, 1927-1940 

46

Alumni Recognition, 1964 

46

American Country Life Meeting, 1945 

46

American Institute of Cooking - Cornell, 1954 

46

Analysis of Club Questionnaire, undated 

46

Andover Tree Planting Ceremony, 1932 

46

Annual Report, 1925 

46

Automobiles, undated, 1914-1937 

46

Avon Potato Club Boys, 1916 

46

Awards and Recognition, undated, 1948-1975 

46

Birds, 1913-1915 

47

Beef, undated, 1938-1942 

47

Bridgeport, 1917 

47

Buildings, undated, 1922-1939 

47

Calf Club, undated 

47

Camp Woodstock, undated, 1929 

47

Camps, 1942 

47

Canning Clubs, undated, 1917-1932 

47

Career Exploration, 1960 

47

Chicken of Tomorrow Contenst, 1959 

47

Clubwork outline, undated, 1917-1934 

47

Conferences, 1930-1933 

47

Congresses, 1926 

47

Cooking Clubs, undated, 1921-1932 

47

Corn Clubs, undated, [1906]-1926 

47

Corn Field, 1913-[1914] 

47

Corn Plant, [1913] 

47

Correspondence, 1961-1971 

47

[Country Fair], 1936 

47

Coventry, 1932-[1951] 

47

Dairy Clubs, undated, 1918-1949 

47

Dairy Food Council, 1926 

47

Danbury Fair, 1920 

47

Demonstrations, undated, 1918-[1953] 

47

Development 1916-1919 

47

Dress Review, undated, 1930-1956 

47

Eastern States Exposition, undated, 1916-1967 

47

Eagleville School Fair, 1915 

47

Education, undated 

47

Effect of 4-H Club Members, 1918-1945 

47

Electrical Projects, undated, 1956 

47

Ellington Field Day, 1918 

47

Emblem, undated, 1949 

47

Exhibits, undated, [1914]-1936 

47

Extension Service, 1916-1938 

47

Fairfield County, 1917-1925 

48

Farm and Home Week, [1928]-[1941] 

48

Farm Bureau, [1932] 

48

Farmers Week, 1920 

48

Fashion, 1931 

48

Field Trips, undated 

48

Financial, undated, 1952-1953 

48

Fire Fighters, 1947 

48

Flags, undated 

48

Flower Garden, 1913 

48

Foreign Exchange Student, 1949 

48

Forestry, undated, 1931 

48

4-H Camp, undated 

48

4-H Club Fair, 1960 

48

4-H Club Weekend, 1942 

48

4-H Radio, 1934 

48

Four Leaf Clover Newsletter, undated, 1925 

48

4-H Television, undated 

48

Garden Clubs, undated, 1917-1932 

48

Garden Contest, 1949 

48

Garder Diseases Chart, 1963 

48

Gardens, undated 

48

Goats, undated 

48

Granby Grange Fair, 1932 

48

Handicraft Clubs, undated, 1925-1928 

48

Hartford County, undated, 1914-1939 

48

Health Clubs, undated, 1931-1932 

48

History, 1914-1916 

48

Home Making Clubs, undated, 1921-1962 

48

Home Nursing Clubs, 1928 

48

Hop River Classroom, 1931 

48

Hurricane, 1938 

48

International Farm Youth Exchange, undated, 1948-1950 

48

Junior Club Work Campaign, 1923 

48

Junior Food Army, 1917-1918 

48

Junior Short Course, undated, 1919-1951 


    Box
Mixed materials   49
    Box
Mixed materials   48

Box

Lantern Slides, undated 

49

Leaders Conference, [1945]-1963 

49

Leadership, 1927-1956 

49

Leadership Training School, undated, 1916-1952 

49

Lebanon Agricultural Club, [1915] 

49

Liberty Ships, [1942]-[1945] 

49

Lime Rock Agricultural Club, 1915 

49

Litchfield County, 1933-1960 

49

Livestock Clubs, 1923-1932 

49

Mansfield, 1913-1961 

49

Maps, 1922 

49

Meetings, 1924 

49

Meriden Achievement Club, [1916] 

49

Middlesex County, undated, 1924-1926 

49

Miscellaneous, undated, 1932 

49

Model School, 1913 

49

National Club, undated, 1925-1977 


    Box
Mixed materials   50
    Box
Mixed materials   49

Box

Negatives, undated, 1925-1939 

50

New Haven County, undated, 1918-1941 

50

New London County, undated, 1931-1938 

50

Newsclippings, undated, 1916-1944 

50

Newsletters, 1919-1933 

50

North Haven, undated, 1926-1930 

50

Notes, undated, 1947-1964 

50

Norwalk Achievement Club, undated 

50

Own Your Own Room Club, undated 

50

People, undated, 1914-[1975] 


    Box
Mixed materials   50
    Box
Mixed materials   51

Box

Personnel, undated, 1917-1957 

51

Picking Contest, [1920] 

51

Pig Clubs, [1918] 

51

Plainfield Exhibit, 1918 

51

Potato Clubs, undated, 1919-1923 

51

Poultry Clubs, undated, 1916-1963 


    Box
Mixed materials   51
    Box
Mixed materials   52

Box

Prize Fund, undated, 1931-1956 

52

Professional Improvement Committee Report, [1941] 

52

Profiles of Clubs, undated, 1921-1960 

52

Publications, undated, 1912-1946 

52

Publications Workshop, undated 

52

Publicity, 1958-1967 

52

Rabbit Bar-B-Q, 1947 

52

Record Book, undated 

52

Ridgefield Boys Potato Club, 1917 

52

Rural Electrification Contest, [1948] 

52

Rural Youth, 1934-1947 

52

Sears Roebuck Foundation, 1949-1953 

52

School Gardens, 1913-1919 

52

Scrapbooks, undated, 1916-1973 

52

Scripts to Accopany Pictures, undated, 1934-1941 

52

Senior Conference, undated, 1930-1975 

52

Sewing Clubs, undated, 1914-1932 

52

Sheep, undated, 1917-1959 

52

Short Course, undated, 1950-1969 

52

Silver Jubilee Celebration, 1938 

52

Song and Dance Festival, undated, 1939-1949 

53

Stamford, [1918] 

53

State Club Exhibit, 1926-1941 

53

State Fair, undated, 1914-1958 

53

State 4-H Council, 1960 

53

State 4-H Week, undated, 1954 

53

Stunts, undated 

53

Summer Camp, undated 

53

Telegraphic Report, 1935-1941 

53

[Tent Caterpillars], [1914]-[1915] 

53

Tolland County, undated, 1931-1966 

53

Thrall's Turkey Farm, undated 

53

Trees, undated 

53

Turkey Scholarship Project, undated, 1946 

53

United Nations, [1950] 

53

University of Connecticut, undated, [1925] 

53

Vegetable Garden, [1913] 

53

Waterbury, 1918 

53

Wild Flowers, undated 

53

Wildlife, undated 

53

Willimantic, 1917 

53

Windham County, undated, [1916] 

53

Y.M.C.A., undated 

53

Youth Activity Round Table, 1937 

53

National Club Congress [Oversize photographs], undated, 1924-1956 

54

Club Charters [oversized documents], undated 

54

National Club Camp [oversized photographs], 1927-1957 

55

Camp Vail [oversized photographs], 1926-1947 

55

University of Connecticut Banner [oversized], undated 

56

4-H Clubs, [oversized photographs] undated, 1940 

56
BoxFolder

57
Box

4-H Clubs [slides], undated, 1953 

58

4-H Clubs [slides], undated, 1946-1948 

59

4-H Clubs, [films], undated, [1930]-1941 

60

4-H Clubs, [films], 1936-1945 

61

4-H Clubs [films], 1933-1943 

62

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