A Guide to the Records of the New Farmers of America, Maryland Association 1828-1960 New Farmers of America, Maryland Association, Papers, 1928-1960 Ms1980-002

A Guide to the Records of the New Farmers of America, Maryland Association 1928-1960

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1980-002


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms1980-002
Title
New Farmers of America, Maryland Association, Records 1928-1960
Physical Characteristics
This collection is 0.2 cubic feet and is comprised of 1 box and 8 folders as well as several books.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection is mostly comprised of photographs dating from the 1920s-1960s concerning the activities of the New Farmers of America (NFA).

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the Records of the New Farmers of America, Maryland Associaiton must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Records of the New Farmers of America, Maryland Association; 1928-1960, Ms 80-002, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Intitute and State University.


Biographical/Historical Information

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.

Scope and Content Information

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).

Arrangement

The items in this collection are ordered alphabetically.

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Photographs 1920s

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.

Box-folder 1-2
Photographs 1930s

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.

Box-folder 1-3
Photographs 1930s

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.

Box-folder 1-4
Photographs 1928-1941

Approximately 9 images, annotated on the back, showing NFA activities at the Douglas School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Box-folder 1-5
Photographs 1940s

Approximately 29 images, many annotated, showing scenes of the Maryland NFA state convention activities, including group photographs, award presentations, and exhibit areas.

Box-folder 1-6
Photographs 1941-1948

Approximately 5 images showing award winners and officers of the NFA.

Box-folder 1-7
Photographs 1950s

Approximately 17 images showing farm scenes, tobacco crops, and a display of hams.

Box-folder 1-8
Clippings and Miscellaneous 1939-1957

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).

Volume v.1-6
NFA Guide for the New Farmers of America 1938,1940,1946, 1952,1958,1960
Physical Location: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Special Collections Department, Rare Book Room (S1/N46a)

)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.