Farley, George L.

George L. Farley Papers, 1936-1937.
1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: FS 056

George Lewis Farley helped build the model for extension services before the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which mandated federal funds to land-grant Universities for supporting local agriculture. Referred to as “Uncle” George, Farley lead the Massachusetts 4-H Club for 25 years beginning in 1918 and was the first to create a 4-H clubhouse on a University campus. Born in Lynn, Mass. in 1873, Farley worked as the superintendent of schools in Brockton, Mass. before joining the University extension service. Farley died in 1941.

The George L. Farley Papers document the 4-H and Massachusetts extension service’s appreciation of Farley’s leadership through two books presented to Farley in 1936 and 1937. The first book contains the signatures of the members of all the Massachusetts 4-H clubs, organized by county and town. The second book is a scrapbook of letters of appreciation from friends, colleagues, farmers, senators, among which is a letter from then-president Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Subjects

  • 4-H Clubs
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Extension Service

Contributors

  • Farley, George L

One Response to “Farley, George L.”

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    Barbara Young Says:

    I was a 4-H member from age 8 to 21 and my Dairy Club, Plymahico, in Plymouth County; used to take judging trips and stay overnight at the 4-H Club houses at Mass State College.
    I remember the girls staying in the Farley club house. The boys stayed in the other.

    What was the name of the other?

    Thank you very much,
    Sincerely,
    Barbara (O’Neil) Young

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