Organized and Curated by
Special Collections and University Archives,
Rutgers University Libraries
February 13-April 30, 2008
The Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture
Garden State Harvest: New Jersey's Agricultural Heritage, is a celebration of New Jersey's dynamic agricultural history from the pre-colonial period to the present, and an illustration of its impact on our state's history and culture. The exhibition built upon a wealth of printed materials held by Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, such as NJ state fair posters, farm equipment manufacturers’ catalogs, and product brochures for horses, cows, oysters, and fruit and vegetables from the Sinclair New Jersey Collection. Items from the Manuscripts Collection include diaries from farm women, account books by farmers, and the personal papers of George H. Cook. The exhibit also includes rare maps and drawings from the Map Collection, including turn of the century county farm maps. Historic material from the University Archives includes photographs from the past 100 years of farms from throughout the state as well as the records of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station from 1889-1962.
The exhibit is also enriched immeasurably by the input and insights we’ve received from our co-sponsors: the Office of the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University. In addition, we are pleased to note the many valuable contributions to the exhibition from the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, and the New Jersey State Archives.
- National Agricultural Statistics Service--New Jersey.
- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University
- New Jersey Agricultural Society.
- New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
- New Jersey Farm Bureau.
- New Jersey State Archives
- School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
- Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries