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Collection Number MS80-002
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Records of the New Farmers of America, Maryland Association; 1928-1960, Ms 80-002, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Intitute and State University.
The New Farmers of America (NFA), which called itself the "national organization for negro students studying vocational agriculture. The organization's stated purpose was to form a group with the same basic goals as the all-white Future Farmers of America (FFA). By 1938, when the first of their organzational manuals was published, the NFA had some 800 high school chapters and over 20,000 active members.
This collection contains photographs (most of which are annotated), newspaper clippings, letters, as well as several copies of the NFA Guide for New Farmers of America which was a guide book (located in Virginia Tech Special Collections Department's rare book collection).
The items in this collection are ordered alphabetically.
Approximately 9 images showing things such as a table-top farm model; outdoor exhibits of birdhouses and farm artifacts; working farms; and an animal husbandry class.
Approximately 15 images showing the Banneker High School NFA Chapter in Loveville, Maryland, as well as scenes of a school beautification project, various groups, and award ceremonies.
Approximately 3 images, with one type sheet describing them, showing the Banneker High School NFA Chapter on a week's camping trip in Ridge, Maryland.
Approximately 9 images, annotated on the back, showing NFA activities at the Douglas School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Approximately 29 images, many annotated, showing scenes of the Maryland NFA state convention activities, including group photographs, award presentations, and exhibit areas.
Approximately 5 images showing award winners and officers of the NFA.
Approximately 17 images showing farm scenes, tobacco crops, and a display of hams.
This file includes nine mounted newspaper clippings; five mounted photos on scrapbook pages with annotations; four 3" x 5" typed cards outlining a speech on the history of the NFA given on 11 April 1957; and one letter from David H. Smith (Banneker High School) to Professor J. A. Oliver (Princess Anne College, Maryland).
)An organizational manual for members, which contains information on such things as the NFA constitution, programs, and ceremonies. The first two editions are heavily annotated, indicating adaptations and alterations of the national organization taken by the Maryland Association of the NFA.