Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs

Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Posters Collection

19 items
Call no.: MS 169

With one of the first agricultural fairs in the country taking place in Massachusetts in 1807, the state has a special place in the history of agricultural fairs in the United States. Twenty antebellum posters promoting agricultural fairs in western Massachusetts, primarily from agricultural societies in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Nineteen oversized printed posters announcing agricultural fairs in Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island, in the years immediately prior to the Civil War.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Posters Collection (MS 169). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from: Cambridge Bookbinding Co.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, July 1987.

Additional Information

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Contents List
Amherst, MA
1852-1853, 1855-1857, 1859, 1860
Essex, MA
Fitchburg, MA
Great Barrington, MA
1854 (2), 1859
Greenfield, MA
New Bedford, MA
Northampton, MA
1853, 1859
Pittsfield, MA
Providence, RI
Springfield, MA
1854, 1859


  • Agricultural exhibitions--Massachusetts--Posters
  • Agricultural exhibitions--Rhode Island--Providence--Posters
  • Agriculture--Social aspects--Massachusetts--History
  • Agriculture--Social aspects--Rhode Island--History

Types of material

  • Posters

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.