Miscellaneous Publications (MP), Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

The Arkansas Extension Service's Miscellaneous Publications are just that — materials that represent subjects or information that might come out only once or irregularly, or that were of interest to a subset of their readers.
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Remodeling Garments into Victory Clothes, no.1, p. 8

The Arkansas Extension Service's Miscellaneous Publications (MP) are just that — materials that represent subjects or information that might come out only once or irregularly, like the list of films available for 4-H clubs, a pamphlet on forest fire prevention, or that were of interest to a subset of their readers, such as the recommended chemicals to spray for weeds. Other topics covered are related to publications in the Arkansas Extension Service's Circular series, or the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin, but are for a specific time frame or purpose, like the issue on "Remodeling Garments into Victory Clothes," MP no. 1, 1914, to make the most of a scarce commodity and show patriotic thrift, or "How Much Market, Where, To Whom, How, And What Price?" MP no. 19, 1949, to guide discussions on marketing of crop surpluses after World War II, to help prevent farmers from making the same economic and planting mistakes as after the first World War.

All of the publications were purpose-built, but some of the MPs were promotional, in the sense that the agents/authors were trying to convince the people of Arkansas to include dry milk or cheese (no. 47) in their diet (historically, deficiency diseases from low amounts of calcium and B vitamins in the diet had been a problem) or encourage a bit of self-reflection and individual improvement in personal hygiene in "How's Your Personality?", no. 45, 1957, which includes a list of further reading, such as a book titled "Blonds Prefer Gentlemen." Most are written or illustrated with a bit of engaging humor; often the illustrations are drawn by the local agents. Some of the MP titles were much larger (posters or maps) or smaller (promotional postcards or tips cards) than the average publication size.

Stop Woods Fires, no. 23, p. 3

Is There a Better Way? no. 54, p. 2

Project and Technical Notes

The MP 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; Lori Birrell, Head of Special Collections; Deborah E. Kulczak, Head of Technical Services and Database Maintenance and Music Cataloging Unit Head, and Martha Anderson, Digital Services Librarian. Rachel Paul and Alyssa Willis contributed metadata and other cataloging research support.

Images were digitized and processed by the Digital Services Unit personnel, including Lee A. Holt, Alejandra Rubio, Cameron Henley, Cassidy McManus, Dexter Fairweather, Hannah Rennell, Jessica McMichael, Pablo Peña, Ryan Goodwin, Samuel Collins, 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. This digitization project is a 2017 continuation and augmentation of the digital collections that include Arkansas Extension Circulars, which was funded in 2015 by Project CERES, the Bulletin (Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station), funded in 2016 by Project CERES, and expected to be completed by October, 2018. The MPs is an organic project, being added to over time, and expected to be completed by October, 2019.