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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Books

Canadian AG Movement

Code-A-Phone

Correspondence

Directories

Financial Material

History of American Agriculture Movement

Incorporation Records

Journals

Legal Material

Meeting Minutes

Memorabilia

National Meeting Records

Newspapers

Photographs

Printed Material

Qwips

Reports

Scrapbooks

Start of American Agriculture Movement

Large Newspaper Scrapbook

Newspaper Collections

Artifacts

Audio

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

American Agriculture Movement:

An Inventory Its Records, 1968-1997 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator American Agriculture Movement
Title: American Agriculture Movement Records,
Dates: 1968-1997 and undated
Abstract: The American Agriculture Movement (AAM) Records contains a variety of materials concerning the history of the movement, particularly concerning its origins. They include correspondence, personnel directories, meeting minutes and other meeting accounts, financial material, newspapers, photographs, and several large scrapbooks. A small amount of audio and visual material is included.
Collection # S 1807.1
Quantity: 7 boxes; 1 linear foot of A/V material (8 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The American Agriculture Movement (AAM) was formed in 1977 in response to Congressional legislation entailing four years of farm prices below the cost of production. In many states, farmers organized protests, strikes, pickets, boycotts, and marches on state capitols and on Washington, D.C. (1977-1979). In February 1979, thousands of farmers converged on Washington, D.C., in a tractorcade organized by AAM. Following this event, the AAM established a Washington office to bring farmers' voices to Congress and the Administration. Many of the materials relate to Norman and Mary Harper of Kansas, who were involved with the movement.

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Scope and Content

The American Agriculture Movement (AAM) Records contains a variety of materials concerning the history of the movement, particularly concerning its origins. A variety of personnel and organizational directories are also present, as are meeting minutes and accounts of local, regional, and national AAM meetings. A small amount of financial material is present, including incorporation records. Newspapers published by the AAM, as well as a number of mainstream newspapers, are present, along with several folders of photographs, several large scrapbooks, and a small amount of audio and visual material. Finally, many folders of correspondence are included, mostly between Norman and Mary Harper and various politicians, as well as significant AAM figures.

Our digital collections host 231 issues of the American Agriculture News, a newsletter published in Iredell, Texas, from the 1970s through the 1980s. Additional photo albums of American Agriculture Movement-related events, among them the 1979 Tractorcade, may also be found in that digital collection.

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Organization

The American Agriculture Movement Records are organized by the following series:
Books
Canadian Ag Movement
Code-A-Phone
Correspondence
Directories
Financial Material
History of the American Agricultural Movement
Incorporation Records
Journals
Legal Material
Meeting Minutes
Memorabilia
National Meeting Records
Newspapers
Photographs
Printed Material
Qwips
Reports
Scrapbooks
Start of American Agricultural Movement
Large Newspaper Scrapbooks
Newspaper Collections
Artifacts
Audio

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Harper, Mary
Harper, Norman
Subjects (Organizations)
American Agriculture Movement
Subjects
Agriculture
Agriculture--Kansas
Farmers

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Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

American Agriculture Movement digital collection

Harold Bob Bennett oral history interview [sound recording]

Mona Lee Brock, Ron Brock, Glen Wallace, and Joel Morton oral history interview [sound recording]

Carrie Bullock oral history interview [sound recording]

T. G. Caraway oral history interview [sound recording]

Steve Close oral history interview [sound recording]

Alvin Jenkins oral history interview [sound recording]

Fred Lundgren oral history interview [sound recording]

Lola Mask oral history interview [sound recording]

Gerald McCathern oral history interview [sound recording]

Gerald and Kolleen McCathern oral history interview [sound recording]

Don Presley oral history interview [sound recording]

Price Family Papers, 1970-1980 and undated

Reed Family Papers, 1948-1990 and undated

Harvey Joe Sanner oral history interview [sound recording]

Gene Schroder oral history interview [sound recording]

David Senter oral history interview [sound recording]

Glen Wallace oral history interview [sound recording]

Jess Weaks Photograph Collection, 1979

Note that many of the Southwest Collection's oral history abstracts and recordings may be found at: http://hdl.handle.net/10605/234 and http://www.digital.swco.ttu.edu/Oral_History/oralhistory.asp

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

American Agriculture Movement Records, 1968-1997 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gift, n/a

Processed by

Brian Smith, 2014

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Collection Inventory

Books

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1 1 Impeachment the Arizona Conspiracy, Evan Mecham, 1988
2 Parity the Key to Prosperity Unlimited Booklet, Charles Walters Jr., 1982

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Canadian AG Movement

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1 3 Canadian AG Movement Information and Other Related Materials,
4 Canadian Agriculture Info, Undated – June 12, 1984

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Code-A-Phone

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1 5 Code A Phone Messages, December 21, 1977 – December 30, 1978, A,
6 Code A Phone Messages, December 21, 1977 – December 30, 1978, B,
7 Code A Phone Messages Copies, December 21, 1977 – December 30, 1978, A,
8 Code A Phone Messages Copies, December 21, 1977 – December 30, 1978, B,

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Correspondence

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1 9 Amarillo Tri State Exposition, Lynn M. Griffin, Jerry Wright, October 4, 1977 – October 14, 1977
10 American Agriculture Movement, David Senter – National Director, undated
11 “Big First” Farm Report, Congressman Pat Roberts – First District, March 1981
12 Bob Dole – U.S. Senate, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Harper, February 25, 1981
13 Charlie L. Angell – Vice President of the Senate – Kansas, Mr. And Mrs. Norman Harper, February 3, 1981
14 Dan Thiessen – State Senator – Fifteenth District – Norman and Mary Harper, January 28, 1981
15 Devvy Kidd to CNC Networkers, February 1995
16 Ed C. Rolfs – State Representative – Sixty-Fifth District, Mr. And Mrs. Norman F. Harper, February 10, 1981
17 Executive Orders Sidestep Constitution, Micki Nellis, February 1995
18 Fax from Michael Boos to Dr. Eugene, Mexican Bailout, February 7, 1995
19 Fax from Micki Nellis to Gene Schroder, April 15, 1995
20 Fred L. Weaver – House Minority Leader – Kansas, Norman F. and Mary E. Harper, February 3, 1981
21 Gene’s Response to New American, Micki Nellis, February 1996
22 Harold Guldner – Representative – 122nd District,
23 Letters from Gary V. King, October 29, 1982 – January 13, 1983
24 Mary E. Harper, Western Front Editor – Hutchinson News, March 12, 1993 – April 28, 1993
25 Mary Harper, January 19, 1981
26 Maurice and Betty Huenergardt, Mr. and Mrs. Harper,
27 Meeting with Maxine Lenert, Maxine Lenert, George McLachlan, May 21, 1980
28 Nancy Landon Kassebaum – United States Senator, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Harper, January 27, 1981
29 Norman E. Gaar – State Senator – Seventh District, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Harper, January 28, 1981
30 Orrin G. Hatch – United states Senator, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Harper, February 5, 1981
31 Pat Roberts – House of Representatives – Kansas 1st District, Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Harper,
32 Personal Opinion Letter Sent to Senate AG Committee and Related Newspaper Clippings, August 15, 1977 – March 9, 1978
33 Producers Grain Corporation, July 25, 1978 – August 10, 1978
34 Richard G. Gannon – Senator Fortieth District, Norman and Mary Harper, January 26, 1981
35 Robert G. Frey – Majority Leader – House of Representatives - Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Harper, February 5, 1981
36 Ross O. Doyen – President of the Senate – Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. Norman F. Harper,
37 Topeka Legislative Office, All Regional Delegates, State Spokesman and Regional Offices, January 6, 1981
38 Topeka Legislative Office, State Legislative Committee Members, March 11, 1981
39 Western Union Mailgram, Jesse Jackson, Bernard and Ava Bates, January 26, 1984

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Directories

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1 40 American Agriculture Movement Directory,
41 American Agriculture Movement Directory, January 1984
42 American Agriculture Movement Directory, January 1984
43 American Agriculture Movement, Personal Directory and Other Related Materials, March 1981 – April 1981
44 Names from Derel Fillingim,
45 Undated Directory,

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Financial Material

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1 46 American Agriculture Foundation, Four Corners Grant, December 1979
47 American Agriculture Foundation, Four Corners Grant, December 1, 1979 – March 1, 1980
48 Gasohol Pricing Formulas, Bob Soleta,
49 Price Paid By Kansas Farmers and Prices Farmers Received,
50 W Royce Moffett, Diane Moffett, Commercial Loan Information,

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History of American Agriculture Movement

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1 51 5 points,
52 100 Percent Government Parity for Agri. Products Sought, October 1977
53 Ag. Strike Movement Born In Colo., December 4, 1977
54 Agriculture Strike,
55 Alvin Speech,
56 Am. Ag. Coffeeville, Miss.,
57 Am. Ag. Lenox, Iowa, Consumers and Farmers,
58 Am. Agri. Movement,
59 Am. Agriculture, Beaver, Okla.,
60 Baca Group Threatens farm Strike, September 1977
61 Beaver, Oklahoma, Farm and Planting Break-Down, Computer Print-Out,
62 Cheap Food Policy,
63 Colorado Farmers Fired Shot, December 11, 1977
64 Colorado Farmers Threaten Strike Prices, September 1977
65 Colorado Strike, October 1977
66 Discussion of Strike, September 1977
67 Easterners Join Cause, September 24, 1977
68 Farm Wife Denies Strike is Just an Empty Threat,
69 Farmers Fight Off Cold, Head For Rallies, December 9, 1977
70 Farmers Fume, September 23, 1977
71 Farmers Go Broke, October 6, 1977
72 Farmers Roll Out Rigs Ready to Meet Bergland, September 21, 1977
73 Farmers Stand Steadfast on Strike, September 23, 1977
74 Farmers Strike Back,
75 Farmers Threaten to Strike, October 1977
76 Farmers Unable to Pay for Equipment, September 25, 1977
77 Fence Talk, Herb Karner, Hansford Plainsman, March 27, 1978
78 Going Broke, September 22, 1977
79 History of Am. Agr. Movement, September 12, 1977
80 Tractors Leave Capitol Hill, Farmers Vow to Stay, Fight,
81 Why do Food Cost Change?,
82 Why Farmers Plan to Strike,

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Incorporation Records

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1 83 American Agriculture Trust, Corporate Records, November 17, 1977 – April 9, 1979

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Journals

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1 84 Visitors Register Book,

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Legal Material

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1 85 Affidavit,
86 Alvin Matze vs. John Block, May 5, 1983
87 Articles of Incorporation, Bacca Food and Fuel,
88 House CS for Senate Resolution No.7(STA), Legislature of the State of Alaska, Nineteenth Legislature – First Session, February 1995
89 In the Supreme Court of Oklahoma State of Oklahoma, Citizens of the Oklahoma Republic,
90 Information Regarding Parity Bill, 1977-1978
91 Janet Daniel vs. The State of Texas, November 1995
92 Kansas American Agriculture Movement, Proposals for the 1981 Farm Bill,
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2 1 People, For the Colorado Republic vs. State of Colorado, August 1995
2 Petition Against the Southeast Colorado Association, 1979
3 Signed Petitions, Colorado Farmers and Ranchers, April 24, 1996 – April 30, 1996
4 U.S. District Court v. Farmers Home Administration, November 2, 1983

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Meeting Minutes

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2 5 American Agriculture Movement, Kansas Legislative Committee, January 3, 1981
6 Baca County Meeting, May 5, 1979

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Memorabilia

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2 7 Back Dollar with Grain Bumper Sticker,
8 Sebelius Button,

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National Meeting Records

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2 9 American Agriculture Movement, National Convention Information and Other Related Materials, 1983-1984
10 American Agriculture Movement, National Meeting in D.C., June 1979 – July 1979
11 American Agriculture Movement, National Meeting in D.C., February 27, 1981
12 American Agriculture Movement, National Meeting in Washington D.C., July 14, 1979 – July 15, 1979
13 American Agriculture Movement, Reflections and Accomplishments and Other Related Materials, December 12, 1983 – January 8, 1984

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Newspapers

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2 14 American Agriculture Movement Related Articles, Undated – April 14,1983
15 Court Hearing,
16 Crisis of the Farmer!, The San Angelo Standard-Times, February 12, 1978
17 Farmland, Real Stamp Value Often in the Cancellations and Two Real Stamps Attached, March 16 1970
18 Fort Carson Expansion, August 12, 1980
19 Longmont Daily Time-Call, November 17, 1983
20 Newspaper Clippings Regarding County Fair, News Chronicle, May 2, 1968 – October 24, 1968
21 Newspaper Clippings Regarding Park Lane, May 2, 1968 – September 19, 1968
22 Newspaper Clippings Regarding Scott City Planning and Zoning, News Chronicle, May 30, 1968 – October 24, 1968
23 Newspapers Regarding the American Agriculture Movement, January 1987 – December 18, 1995
24 North American Farmer, April 25, 1984
25 North American Farmer, Vol.1 Issue 1, April 25, 1984
26 Paper Farm Strike, 1977-1978
27 Spotlight, the Farm Coalition Greatest of the Century, June 5, 1978
28 the Chieftain, Pueblo, Colorado, Page 3A, September 25, 1984
29 the Chieftain, Pueblo Colorado, September 25, 1984 – December 21, 1984
30 the Garden City Telegram, Vol. 68 Number 51, Farmers Dispute Tax System, March 1, 1997
31 the Oberlin Herald, the Great Debate, April 16, 1981
32 the Pueblo Chieftain, Undated – February 16, 1984
33 the Pueblo Chieftain, Vol. 129 Number 17, American Agriculture Movement Has Evolved Into a ‘Patriot’ Group, June 17, 1996
34 the Topeka Capital-Journal, Once Rambunctious AG Movement Coming of Age, April 26, 1981
35 U.S. Farm News, Vol. XXX No. 3, March 1981

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Photographs

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2 36 Alvin Photo Collection,
37 American Agriculture Movement, Information Stand,
38 American Agriculture Movement, Labor Day Photos, September 1997
39 American Flag Picture,
40 Collection of Photos from American Agriculture Movement,
41 Keith G. Sebelius Photo,
42 Photographs of Country Music Stars, Dallas Show,

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Printed Material

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2 43 Accomplishments of the American Agriculture Movement,
44 Acres, U.S.A., January 1981
45 Agriculture Newsletter, Bob Dole, May 1981
46 Alvin Jenkins Business Cards,
47 American AG Memoirs Books, 1981
48 American Agriculture, Agricultural Strike, 1977-1977
49 American Agriculture Foundation, INC., Membership Pamphlet and Application,
50 American Agriculture Movement Inc. Letter,
51 American Agriculture Movement, News from Washington, January 13, 1981 – March 20, 1981
52 American Agriculture Movement, Newsletter,
53 American Agriculture Movement, Raffle Tickets, February 1983
54 American Agriculture Movement, USDA Rolls Out Red Carpet For AAM,
55 American Agriculture Movement, Washington Newsletter, April 29, 1981 – May 13, 1981
56 American Agriculture Resolutions,
57 American Agriculture – Rural Office Update, Mexican Barter Bill Approved,
58 An Answer to an Honest Question,
59 Announcement from American Agriculture Movement,
60 Cooking and Mashing Process Lab,
61 Farm Futures, April 1981
62 Farm Journal, Outlook, Mid-March 1981
63 Farmer’s Prayer, Alvin Jenkins, December 1978
64 First Place Entry in a National Salute to Agriculture Contest, Jim Ramsbottom, 1978
65 Freedom Speaks Information,
66 Freehold Title Information,
67 From the Scratchpad at American AG,
68 History of the American Agriculture Movement,
69 In the News Card, Mr. and Mrs. Lavell Goodwin,
70 Joint Recess Hearing Committee of the 1981 Kansas Senate and House Hearings to be Held April 28, 1981, The Wheat Marketing Act,
71 Kansas American Agriculture Movement, Newsletter, May 14, 1980 – September 25, 1981
72 Kansas Farmer, A Rumor Out of Hand, April 4, 1981
73 Legislative News,
74 Management of the Poor and the Price of Corn, Benjamin Franklin,
75 Membership List,
76 My Hidden Strength, Emert J. Rose, 1982
77 Name and Address List,
78 News Release, USDA Calls for Comments on Bankrupt Grain Elevator Issue,
79 Pig Comic,
80 Plains Talk, Vol.12 No. 17, September 10, 1981
81 Scott County Leader, Wheat Figures for 1980 are Released,
82 Senate Calendar, No.63, April 30, 1981
83 Senate Judiciary Committee,
84 The Alliance Eagle, Wisconsin Farm Unity Alliance, April 25, 1984
85 USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service,
86 What’s Happening in Washington D.C., Howard Baker, January 1981

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Qwips

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2 87 Qwips, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978, A, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978
88 Qwips, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978, B, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978
89 Qwips, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978, C, February 2, 1978 – June 6, 1978
90 Qwip Originals, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978, A, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978
91 Qwip Originals, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978, B, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978
92 Qwip Originals, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978, C, January 30, 1978 – March 11, 1978

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Reports

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2 93 Cost of Producing Selected Crops in the United States and Other Related Materials, January 21, 1977 – September 27, 1977
94 Fuel Alcohol Production, William S. Hedrick,
95 Kansas American Agriculture Movement, 3-Day Study by Ed Petrowsky,
96 Kansas Legislative Research Department, Severance and Property Taxes on Oil and Gas, February 17, 1981
97 Legislative Committee Report, January 1981
98 Legislative Committee Report, January 31, 1981
99 Report of State Meeting, Campo, Colorado, June 16, 1979
100 State Legislative Committee Report, December 2, 1980

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Scrapbooks

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2 101 American AG Report and Other Related Material,
102 American Agriculture Green Scrapbook,
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3 1 Articles from Colorado, 1997
2 Articles from January 1978 through August 1978, A, January 1978 through August 1978
3 Articles from January 1978 through August 1978, B, January 1978 through August 1978
4 Articles from January 1978 through August 1978, C, January 1978 through August 1978
5 Articles from Nebraska, California, South Carolina, Washington, Georgia, New York, Illinois, Iowa, S. Dakota, Arkansas, N. Dakota,
6 Articles from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, Minnesota,
7 Colorado Misc. Articles and Related Materials,
8 Extra Copies Taken from Desk Books, 1978, A, 1978
9 Extra Copies Taken from Desk Books, 1978, B, 1978
10 Extra Copies Taken from Desk Books, 1978, C, 1978
11 Farm Bill Scrap Book,
12 Hi Plains Clippings and Other Related materials, 1987
13 Iraqi Scrapbook,
14 Kansas American Agriculture Movement, Clippings and Other Related Materials, 1997
15 Misc. Newspaper Articles and Other Related materials,
16 Newspaper Scrapbook, 1978
17 Original Copies Scrapbook,
18 Paper Farm Strike Articles and Other Related Materials,
19 Scrap Book, 1977
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4 1 Scrapbook #1, September 15, 1977 – October 12, 1978
2 Scrapbook #2, May 13, 1975 – July 24, 1978
3 Various Notepaper Writings,
4 Wheat Commission Information and Other Related Materials, Mary E. Harper,

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Start of American Agriculture Movement

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4 5 A.A.M., 1977 – 1978
6 Ag Strike Movement Born in Colorado,
7 American Ag. Movement,
8 American Agriculture 5 Points,
9 American Agriculture (KT),
10 American Agriculture News, Page 3, March 28, 1978
11 Americans Where are We Headed,
12 Bergland Hears Plea for Aid, September 23, 1977
13 Consumers Should Know,
14 Farmers Agree They May Have to Strike,
15 Farmers’ Revolt, September 19, 1977
16 Food Prices Today are a Bargain, Patty Stulp,
17 Full Parity Would Benefit Economy,
18 Hence Jack Parity, Herb Karner, Tulsa World,
19 Misc. News and Stems, 1978
20 Parity Equality,
21 Parity – (Scale),
22 Projection Wheat,
23 The national Democratic Platform 1976 Pamphlet,
24 To Whoever Eats,
25 Why Farmers Are on Strike,

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Large Newspaper Scrapbook

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5 1 Large Newspaper Scrapbook,

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Newspaper Collections

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6 1 American Agriculture News, Special Edition II – Volume 3 Number 48, Undated – January 20, 1981
2 American Agriculture News, Volume 4 Issue 3 – Volume 4 Issue 46, Issue 27 Missing, March 3, 1981 – January 5, 1982
3 Farm Tempo U.S.A., Special Edition,
4 North American Farmer, Vol. 1 Issue 1, April 25, 1984
5 The Pueblo Chieftain, Vol. 29 No. 17, June 17, 1996
6 The Reporter, American Agriculture Movement, Volume 10 Number 2, March 23, 1993
7 The Reporter, American Agriculture Movement, Volume 11 Number 4, December 23, 1993
8 United Farm Wives of America, Inc., April 28, 1981

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Artifacts

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7 1 Brown Business Card Holder with Business Cards,
2 Greeb Business Card Holder with Business Cards,
3 Red Business Card Holder with Business Cards,
4 Say “No” To The U.N.!!! Plaque for Gene Schroder,

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Audio

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8 1 45 RPM Records – 18 Total Records,
2 Audio Cassettes – 211 Total Cartridges,
3 Reel to Reel – 6 Total Reels,
4 Vinyl Records – 1 Total Record,
5 VHS Cassettes – 1 Total Cassette,

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