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ENTS 110: Environment and Society

For professor Kim Smith, Spring 2019

Primary Sources to Consider

Some common primary sources you might encounter:

  • Journals, diaries, and memoirs.
  • Government documents like maps, yearbooks, or reports
  • Oral histories and interviews.
  • Photographs and films.
  • Pamphlets and other ephemera
  • Websites and social media posts.

Carleton Sources

Need to get a start on your research, or just looking for advice on how to search physical and digital archives? Check out the following research guides!

Archival Research at Carleton (other local sources included)

Northfield Area Data and Statistics

Northfield Sources


Rice County Sources

 Rice County Historical Society

The Rice County Historical Society has a physical research library as well as digital collections. Carleton alos hosts some of their resrouces as a part of the Northfield History Collaborative.


Census of Agriculture Historical Archive (Hosted by Cornell University)

Government sources like the agricultural census can be used to track changes at county-level over time. This is a great way to get a sense of shifting agricultural trends over time, such as crops planted or livestock raised, or even the amount of land used for agriculture in a given county.

We also have print copies of the agricultural census on the first floor of the Libe.

Federal Government Resources

The USDA publishes annual yearbooks and outlooks for the agriculture industry.

Previous yearbooks can provide useful information about the state of farming during a given year, as well as provide information on nation-wide trends.

Yearbook of Agriculture

Alternative link to issues in HathiTrust


The Agricultural Outlook/AMber Waves offers economic data to predict trends in agriculture. A good source for historical data.

Agricultural Outlook (ceased publ. in 2003)

Amber Waves (since 2003)