Arkansas Extension Circulars

The Arkansas Extension Circulars were intended to provide Arkansas working farmers and families education and support for raising crops, livestock, and farm buildings, making a living, planning for the future, and creating a better life for themselves.

The Arkansas Extension Circulars were intended to provide Arkansas working farmers and families education and support for raising crops, livestock, and farm buildings, making a living, planning for the future, and creating a better life for themselves, through clothing and decorative arts, gardening and canning, farm management and financial education.

They provided consistent guidance for 4-H activities, including rubrics for judging, and included lessons on budgeting, preparation and recordkeeping for corn clubs, dairy clubs, swine clubs, sheep clubs, and more. If you wanted to plant corn, raise pigs, improve your wardrobe, be able to retire, or just make sure that you had enough of your favorite jam to last the winter, these publications could help supply the answers in a concise and convenient way. Want to study historical and social aspects of the life and work of rural and farm families in the 1910’s, including WWI, the 1920’s, 1930’s or 1940’s? That’s represented here, too.

Note: The Cooperative Extension Service is still in operation in Arkansas. Check with your local agents for current information on many of these topics.


This digitization project was funded in part by an award from Project Ceres, in cooperation with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) and the Agricultural Information Center (AgNIC).

We digitized the original Extension Service Circulars nos. 1-438 (1914-1945) and have placed the resulting pdf files online, in order to provide easier accessibility and full search capabilities. Appropriate metadata accompanies each record and a URL will be placed in the existing OCLC records to facilitate access to the materials. Necia Parker-Gibson, the Agriculture Librarian, has supervised the project as principal investigator. A complementary project, to be funded by the institution, will digitize the remaining circulars (nos. 439-561, 1946-1991).

This project is a continuation of the “State and Local Literature Preservation Project,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and USAIN in 1999.The resulting Arkansas Agriculture and Rural Life Project microfilmed over 130 titles, including the first 438 extension circulars, which were identified by an historian and Special Collections librarians as being historically significant to the study of agriculture, history, and sociology in Arkansas.

Arkansas Extension Service circular cover for circular number 388
Arkansas Extension Service circular cover for circular number 86
Arkansas Extension Service circular cover for circular number 64
War Measures for Food Production in Arkansas

Project and Technical Notes

The Arkansas Extension Circulars digital collection is a project sponsored by Project Ceres, with funding from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). The University Libraries project team was composed of Necia Parker-Gibson, Agriculture Librarian and Principal Investigator; Deborah E. Kulczak, Head of Technical Services and Database Maintenance and Music Cataloging Unit Head ; Angela I. Fritz, Interim Head of Special Collections; and Martha Parker, Digital Services Librarian.

Images were digitized and processed by the Digital Services Unit personnel, including Lee A. Holt, Rebekah Garrett, Alexa Shepard, Bharat Bhushan Chivukula, Michael Davis, and Wendy McLean, using an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner, an image access Bookeye 4 Book scanner, and Silver Fast Scanning software. Optical character recognition (OCR) was added using ABBYY FineReader. Image optimization was performed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat. CONTENTdm digital asset management software from OCLC was used to create metadata, using Dublin Core standards, Library of Congress Name Authorities, the Art and Architectural Thesaurus, and the University of Arkansas Libraries CONTENTdm Cookbook.

Dylan Hurd, and Beth Juhl from Web Services contributed to the webpage design. The project was completed September, 2016.