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Abstract



The collection contains the records of the NERC from its formation in 1922 until its dissolution in 1955. Included are the council's constitution adopted in 1922 and unaltered throughout the life of the organization, proceedings of annual meetings, publications, and reportson such topics as milk marketing and fruit and vegetable marketing.

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New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply Records
1955-1966
2 boxes (1 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 028
Background on New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply

The New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply was established in April 1922 after Lloyd S. Tenny of the U.S. Bureau of Agricultural Economics disclosed that federal funds would become available for research in marketing. Tenny requested that an advisory council be organized to prevent duplication of research, and the resulting organization was charged with attempting "to stimulate and coordinate the studies of economic problems connected with the supply of foods and other agricultural products of New England." Prominent among the early members of the Council were representatives from the Massachusetts Agricultural College, including President Kenyon Butterfield and the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Alexander E. Cance.

Throughout its thirty-three year existence, the Research Council played a role in supporting and coordinating research for agricultural marketing and production. At various times, the Council sponsored annual conferences on the regional outlook and occasional meetings on individual commodities, and they sponsored a New England crop reporting service, a New England radio news service, and opportunities for professional improvement. Having weathered the Depression years, however, the council found itself "overshadowed," as a history of the organization suggested, by the products of the Research and Marketing Act of 1946, and between 1946 and 1955, the Council's Executive Director split time between the Research Council and a number of regional and interregional projects.

In 1955, the Council reorganized after USDA support for the Executive Secretary was terminated. A subsequent organization, the New England Agricultural Economics Council was formed with representation from each of the six state universities in the region, carrying out a broadly similar mission.

Contents of Collection

The surviving records of the New England Research Council document the official activities of an early regional effort to coordinate research into production, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Minutes and proceedings
1922-1955
Constitution
1922
Box 1: 1
Council minutes
1922
Box 1: 2
Council minutes
1923
Box 1: 3
Council minutes
1924
Box 1: 4
Council minutes and reports
1926-1929
Box 1: 5
Council minutes and reports
1930-1934
Box 1: 6
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1929
Box 1: 7
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1930
Box 1: 8
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1931
Box 1: 9
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1932
Box 1: 10
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1935
Box 1: 11
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1936
Box 1: 12
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1937
Box 1: 13
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1938
Box 1: 14
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1939
Box 1: 15
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1940
Box 1: 16
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1941
Box 1: 17
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1942
Box 1: 18
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1944
Box 1: 19
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1946
Box 2: 20
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1947
Box 2: 21
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1948
Box 2: 22
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1949
Box 2: 23
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1950
Box 2: 24
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1951
Box 2: 25
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1952
Box 2: 26
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1953
Box 2: 27
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1954
Box 2: 28
Proceedings of the annual meeting
1955
Box 2: 29
New England Research News
1953
Box 2: 30
New England Research News
1954
Box 2: 31
New England Research News
1955
Box 2: 32
Series 2. Papers and publications
1934-1955
Statistical data on agricultural commodities
1934
Box 3: 33
Milk marketing
1935
Box 3: 34
Brief history of the New England Research Council
1938
Box 3: 35
Census Committee report
1938
Box 3: 36
Retail milk distribution
1944
Box 3: 37
Bibliography
1952
Box 3: 38
Guide for Northeast research
1952
Box 3: 39
Fruit and vegetable marketing
1955
Box 3: 40
Administrative information
Provenance

Provenance unkown.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Aug. 2013.

Related Material

The Papers of Kenyon Butterfield (RG 3/1 B88) in SCUA contain additional materials relating to the Research Council in its early years.

The Records of the New England Agricultural Economics Council (MS 031) in SCUA document the activities of the Research Council's successor organization.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: New England Research Council on Marketing and Food Supply Records (MS 028). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Agricultural economics--New England.
Names
  • Dana (Mass.)--History.
  • Dana (Mass.)--History.
Genre terms
  • Minutes (Administrative records)