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Collection Number RG0721.AM
Collection Name RG0721 Nebraska Farmer
Identifier Business records
Size and Materials 0.3 cu.ft.; 1 box
Title Nebraska Farmer collection
Date or Date Span 1957-1958
Year Range from 1957
Year Range to 1958
Admin/Biographical History The Nebraska Farmer was founded in October 1859, by Robert W. Furnas in Brownville, Nebraska, to record "the experiences of those who have been cultivating our own soil." It was published for several years as a monthly, then discontinued because of a change in ownership of the printing plant. In 1872 the Farmer was revived in Lincoln and was issued weekly, with Abraham Deyo as editor. Personnel difficulties in 1874 led to the closing of the paper, which did not reappear until January, 1877, issued as a monthly and edited by J.C. McBride. In spite of difficulties in obtaining subscribers and in procuring advertisers, the periodical continued and in January 1898, moved to Omaha where it was consolidated with The Cultivator.

In 1905 publisher Frank O. Edgecomb of Geneva, Nebraska, offered the editorship to Samuel Roy McKelvie, who had been a field man with the Century Farmer. The plant was moved to Lincoln, largely to accommodate the new editor, and three years later McKelvie purchased the periodical's offices. He immediately undertook an energetic campaign to improve the paper, hired L.S. Herron as editor and increased the number of paid subscriptions by selling stock. Throughout the rest of his life until he died in January 1956, McKelvie was closely involved with the fortunes of the Nebraska Farmer.

McKelvie successfully expanded the newspaper by enlarging the staff with people familiar with Nebraska agriculture, and by consolidating the Farmer with other farm periodicals such as the Twentieth Century Farmer, which he acquired for $93,500 in January 1918, and the Nebraska Farm Journal, acquired in 1924 from Capper's. Other expansion projects included the launching Colorado Rancher and Farmer in 1947, the hiring of several hundred employees, and the remodeling of the printing plant to accommodate commercial printing contracts. For additional information see "A Century of History of the Nebraska Farmer, 1859-1959" by Homer Fine, Nebraska Farmer, January 17, 1959.
Level of description Fonds/Coll
Scope & Content This material is arranged in one series: 1) Sod House letters, 1957-1958. It consists of letters to the Nebraska Farmer written by pioneers in 1957 and 1958, relating their experiences in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The letters were printed in a series titled, "I Lived In A Soddy," and relate primarily to building and living in sod houses. Correspondents also wrote about contemporary social and religious life; discussed farming experiences, including crops raised and yields obtained for different years; and other related aspects of agricultural life. For copies of the letters consult the "Sod House Letters" volume in the Library Collections.
Finding Aids Nebraska Farmer finding aid
Related units of description For copies of the letters consult the "Sod House Letters" volume in the Library Collections.
Subjects Frontier & pioneer life
Pioneers
Sod buildings
People Austin, Cora
Babcock, Arthur (Mrs.)
Baker, Carrie W.
Baker, Charles Walter, 1890-1982
Bartz, Winnie (Baker), 1889-1977
Berry, Marvel B.
Berstrom, G.
Bickner, Harry (Mrs.)
Bishop, Sarah Evelyn (Alloway), 1884-1969
Bone, Jacob Clifford, 1890-1982
Bongers, Albert L.
Bowers, E.E.
Bures, Lulu May (Tooker), 1877-1952
Burkinshaw, Maude Josephine (Johnson), 1902-1970
Campbell, R.R.
Chrisman, Lee
Cook, Jennie Rose
Denison, Evva M. (Walker), 1886-1974
Downing, Flora E. (Davis), 1892-1987
Goding, Cora Lee, 1883-1976
Hansen, Herman (Mrs.)
Haseloh, Charles D., 1867-1959
Herndon, Albert D., 1873-1969
Hipsher, Helen Marle (Miller), 1917-2000
Keller, John F., 1885-1971
Kindle, Goldie L. (Gibson), 1902-1983
Lee, Alice Euretta (Lanning), 1877-1962
Lookhart, Ethel E. (Saylor), 1891-1982
Lovenburg, Isabel S. (Kelso), 1881-1970
McCain, Thane (Bever), 1875-1964
McPherson, H.B. (Mrs.)
Meyers, Isaac Newton, 1876-1957
Miles, Lester (Mrs.)
Racek, Mabel Eleanor (McDermott), 1904-1975
Rapp, Edna S.
Reynolds, Ed (Mrs.)
Rowon, M.L. (Mrs.)
Sanders, Elizabeth
Schmidt, Grace A., 1888-1982
Sydow, Henrietta (Abold), 1884-1960
Teaford, R.S. (Mrs.)
White, Leah Leona (Owen), 1907-2014
Wiler, Lydia
Wolf, Minnie Mae (Harvey), 1923-2011
Woosters, Cora Le
Search Terms Arthur County (Neb.)
Blaine County (Neb.)
Burton Creek (Neb.)
Butler County (Neb.)
Cherry County (Neb.)
Clay County (Neb.)
Custer County (Neb.)
Franklin County (Neb.)
Frontier County (Neb.)
Furnas County (Neb.)
Garfield County (Neb.)
Gosper County (Neb.)
Greeley County (Neb.)
Harlan County (Neb.)
Hitchcock County (Neb.)
Lexington (Neb.)
Lincoln County (Neb.)
Logan County (Neb.)
Loup County (Neb.)
McPherson County (Neb.)
Nebraska Farmer
Rock County (Neb.)
Saline County (Neb.)
Seward County (Neb.)
Sheridan County (Neb.)
Sherman County (Neb.)
sod houses
soddy
Thomas County (Neb.)
York County (Neb.)
Genre Form Newspapers
Correspondence/Letter