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A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible
Gunby, Lise. Early Farm Life. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company, 1983.
An interesting general work for students that includes drawings and engravings from early farm magazines.
Johnson, Paul C. Farm Animals in the Making of America. Des Moines, Iowa: Wallace Homestead Book Company, 1975.
For all readers; includes illustrations and text materials from old farm magazines.
Lavine, Sigmund A., and Vincent Scuro. Wonders of Pigs. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1981.
An introduction with discussion of development, history, and folklore surrounding pigs; for intermediate readers.
These farming guides provide wonderful information about raising pigs in the nineteenth century.
Dawson, H.C. The Hog Book. Chicago: The Breeder’s Gazette, 1913.
Harris, Joseph. Harris on the Pig. New York: Orange Judd Co., 1885.
Shepard, S. M. The Hog in America. Indianapolis: Swine Breeders’ Journal, 1896.
Youatt, William, and W.C.L. Martin. The Hog. New York: C.M. Saxton, 1855.
Barnhart, John D., and Donald F. Carmony. Indiana From Frontier to Industrial Commonwealth. Vol. 2. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1954. Reprint. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1979.
Two excellent chapters on Indiana farmers and agriculture.
Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840. 2 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1950. Reprint. Bloomington: Indiana University Press in association with the Indiana Historical Society, 1978.
This is still a standard history of the early settlement period of the midwestern region of the United States.
Cockrum, William M. Pioneer History of Indiana. Oakland City, Indiana: Press of Oakland City Journal, 1907.
Many stories, customs, and incidents of the early pioneers.
Gates, Paul W. The Farmer’s Age, 1815-1860. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960.
A standard reference on early agriculture in the U.S.
Hudson, John C. Making the Corn Belt. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, August 1994.
Traces the geographical and agricultural evolution of the Midwest into the 1930s.
Johnson, Oliver. A Home in the Woods: Oliver Johnson’s Reminiscences of Early Marion County as Related by Howard Johnson. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1951.
A 1991 reissue by Indiana University Press is now available.
Latta, William Carroll. Outline History of Indiana Agriculture. Lafayette, Indiana: Alpha Lambda Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi in cooperation with Purdue University Agricultural Experiment Station and Department of Agriculture Extension and The Indiana County Agricultural Agents Association, 1938.
Extensive report of the early agricultural history of Indiana.
Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society, 1965.
The standard reference on Indiana for the Civil War era.
Towne, Charles Wayland, and Edward Norris Wentworth. Pigs: From Cave to Corn Belt. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950.
A good resource about pigs from prehistory to the late 1800s.