Grundy County Farm Bureau Records, 1853-1989
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Brief Description:

The Grundy County Farm Bureau Records document a substantial portion of its history from its inception in 1914 to 1970.  A complete set of meeting minutes (1914-1970) details the business concerns of Bureau members providing advice and services to farmers in planning and organizing their farm businesses.  Topics discussed at these meetings ranged from improved crop-raising techniques and disease control to farm legislation being considered at the state and national levels.  Audit reports (1924-1970) comprise a second major series of the collection and contain income and expense information illustrating the annual financial condition of the Bureau.  Additional detailed financial data is recorded in a set of general financial ledger books for the Farm Bureau’s later years, 1950-1970.

The collection also includes records from The Grundy County Producers Supply.  Organized in 1961, this cooperative distributed serum and biological supplies for the Farm Bureau.  The meeting minutes (1961-1970), audit reports, and ledgers completely document this affiliate’s history until its demise in 1970.  Audit reports from a second affiliate, the Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association, contain financial data for this organization from 1949-1958.  Unfortunately, other Locker Association records are missing from the collection.  Finally, a minute book from the nineteenth-century Grundy County Agricultural Society traces the movement of that group toward advancing the mechanics of agriculture in Grundy County.

Researchers should note the collection provides very few supplementary materials such as booklets or programs.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/106
Volume: 5.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/28/1980. An addendum was added in June 1991.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Agriculture
American Farm Bureau Federation
Farm supply industries
Grundy County (Ill.)
Grundy County Agricultural Society
Grundy County Farm Bureau (Grundy County, Ill.)
Grundy Producers Supply
Grundy Refrigerated Locker Association
Morris (Ill.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are the Grundy County Farm Bureau; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mr. Milford Bjelland  Mr. Milford Bjelland deposited the Grundy County Farm Bureau Records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 28, 1980.
Related Materials: Related collections held by the Regional History Center include the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Records (RC 52), Kane County Farm Bureau Records (RC 76), Winnebago Farm Bureau Co-op Records ( RC 7 9) , DuPage County Farm Bureau Records (RC 87) , North Corn Belt Seed Growers, Inc. Records (RC 90) , Carroll County Farm Bureau Records (RC 96), Kendall County Farm Bureau Records (RC 103), and Kendall Grundy Service Company Records (RC 105).
Related Publications: John .J. Lacey’s Farm Bureau in Illinois: History of Illinois Farm Bureau (Illinois Agricultural Association: Bloomington, 1965) may also be useful to researchers.