Agricultural Engineering Station Project Reports, 1924-45, 1948-83
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Brief Description:

Experiment Station Projects Reports contain project statements, notes, studies, reports, surveys, statistics, graphs, drawings, & blueprints related to corn borer control (304), weed control (305), stationary spraying plant design (406), apple washing (507), grading of hybrid seed corn (409), hay crushing (409), heavy gases for preserving hay silage (410), farm sewage disposal (501), grain drying & storage (601), corn drying (1024, 1948-49), crusher-mower studies (1032), stationary spraying time studies (1933), viscosity measurements of spray solutions (34), seed corn drying (1936-38), soybean hay drying (1936), heating of bran bait (1938), thermal volumetric efficiency (1938), barn curing of hay (1945), carotene preservation in alfalfa (1954), hay flaming tests for carotene preservation (1954-55), drying of high-moisture grain in quonsets (1956), ball mill moisture testing, corn grading, maternity barn hay drying, & tests on Rex nozzles.  The series includes graduate problem in ME112 on a dew joint recorder & reports, drawings & statistics for cooperative projects with the Food Machinery Corp. of San Jose, CA; Starline, Inc. of Harvard, IL; Dixon Springs Pasture Project, Hobbs, IL; & Chain Belt Co., Milwaukee, WI.

Station Projects, Book II (first item in Box 1) lists descriptions of Projects 502-601 (missing), 700, 702, 703, & "miscellaneous studies."

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University of Illinois Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0798
Fax: (217) 333-2868
Email: illiarch [at]
Record Series Number: 8/5/10
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Volume: 2.3 cubic feet
Acquired: 3/86; 1/18/2007; 9/5/2007
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Arrangement: by project number; followed by dated reports/studies in chronological order, undated materials alpha
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering :

The Department of Agricultural Engineering began as courses in Farm Mechanics.1 In 1921, the courses were elevated to the status of the Department of Farm Mechanics, which offered instruction in the principles of engineering as applied to use in agriculture.2 The departmental name was changed to Agricultural Engineering in 1932.3 It offered courses in farm mechanics, drainage, buildings, construction, machinery and farm home equipment.4 Later, courses in rural electrification and soil and water engineering were added.5 Although the Department of Agricultural Engineering is in the College of Agriculture and receives its appropriations from that College, since 1933 the Agricultural Engineering curricula has been administered by, or in cooperation with, the College of Engineering.6 Students are allowed to work for their degree from either college or opt for the five-year program and receive degrees from both colleges. The Department of Agricultural Engineering offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in agricultural engineering. Candidates for the Master's degree must have the equivalent of the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Illinois. The doctoral program provides for a major in agricultural engineering with a minor in other graduate departments of engineering, or other disciplines in the physical sciences.7 In 2003, the name of the Department was changed to the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, to reflect its increased emphasis on research in biomaterials, biofeuls, biosensors, bioprocessing, and bioenvironmental engineering.8

1. Richard G. Moores, Fields of Rich Toil, (Urbana: 1970), p. 222.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 31st Report, July 6, 1921, p. 6.

3. Registers and Catalogs, 1932-1933, p. 216.

4. Ira O. Baker and Everett E. King, A History of the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois 1868-1945, Vol. II (Urbana), p. 688.

5. Catalogs and Registers, 1950-51, p. 98.

6. Catalogs and Registers, 1932-33, p. 135.

7. Graduate College Catalog, 1971-72, p. 68.

8. Board of Trustees Agenda Items, July 16-17, 2003

Subject Index
Agricultural Experiment Station
Corn Borer
Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
Farm Sanitation
Grain Drying
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]