Global Resources Agriculture Partnership–Project Ceres

In 2012, CRL formed a partnership with the United States Agriculture Information Network (USAIN) and the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) to support the ongoing preservation and digitization of collections in the field of agriculture  Project Ceres has two primary goals: 

  1. Sustain consensus-based, cooperative archiving of primary serial collections in the field of agriculture, defined broadly;
  2. Expand electronic access to digital and print resources from all world regions to support agricultural research.

The Collection

A list of complete Project CERES Titles is available through CRL's online catalog.


School Project Title
University of Arkansas Digitization of Arkansas Extension Circulars
University of Florida Increasing Accessibility to Rare Florida Agricultural Publications – Phase II
Iowa State University Iowa State University Experiment Station Publications (1903-1988) Digitization Project
Kansas State University Libraries Digitization of Selected Years of a Kansas Agricultural Newspaper, the Grass & Grain
University of Minnesota Extending Our Reach:Enhancing and Enabling Knowledge Transfer Through University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Documents
University of Missouri Columbia, Ellis Library 4-H Circulars
Regents of New Mexico State University Selected Poultry, Fruits and Vegetables, Cotton, and Livestock Serial Publications of the NMSU Agricultural Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station.
School Project Title
University of Florida & University of the Virgin Islands Collaboration of digitization for preservation
Kansas State University Libraries Digitization of Kansas youth-in-agriculture, agricultural education, and rural life publications
Louisiana State University Louisiana Digital BibliAgraphy: 100 Years of LSU Research Experiment Station Publications, 1888-1989
New Mexico State University Digitizing New Mexico State University Agricultural Extension Service’s Special Reports, Extension Leaflets, and Selected Serials
University of Minnesota Extending Our Reach: Enhancing and Enabling Knowledge Transfer Through University of Minnesota Extension Publications
Purdue University Digitization of Purdue University Agricultural Documents (1923-1988)
Washington State University Digitizing WSU Extension Bulletins, Circulars, and Pamphlets
West Virginia University West Virginia University Agricultural Experiment Station Circulars, 1903-69
University of Wyoming University of Wyoming Ag Experiment Station Bulletin Digitization
School Project Title
Auburn University Digitization of the 1820–1945 History of Alabama Agriculture and Rural Life
Dalhousie University Maritime Students Agriculturalist Digitization and Preservation Project
[CRL Digital Resource]  [Dalhousie Digital Resource]
Colorado State University Preservation of Colorado Agriculture Literature, Supplemental Colorado Experiment Station Publications
University of Idaho Idaho’s Agricultural History Online: Digitizing The Idaho Forester and Extension’s Current Information Series
Kansas State University Digitization of the Kansas Farmer, 1863-1954
[KSU Digital Resource]
Michigan State University Grange Visitor 1875–1896 Digitization Project
[CRL Digital Resource]  [MSU Digital Resource]  [MSU Dataset]
University of Minnesota Preserving Knowledge Transfer: Digitizing Minnesota’s Historical Agricultural Serials and Series
Mississippi State University Digitization of Archival Mississippi State University Experiment Station Bulletins
Missouri State University History of Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in Documents
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Preserving Nebraska’s Agricultural History: The Research Bulletins of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station
New Mexico State University Digitization of Historical Agricultural Records (NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station publications)
North Dakota State University Digitizing North Dakota Farm Research for the NDSU Institutional Repository
The Ohio State University Reformatting of Ohio State University’s Mimeograph Bulletin Series and Economics and Sociology Occasional Working Paper Series
Purdue University Digitization of Purdue Agricultural Publications (1910–1922)
Washington State University Digitizing Washington State University Extension Bulletins 1913–
University of Wisconsin-Madison Beekeeping Serials from the Charles C. Miller Memorial Apicultural Collection.


Initially, Project Ceres will focus primarily on digitization and archiving of three types of materials:

  • The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture:  The extensive body of serials and government publications on agriculture, rural life and home economics published between 1820 and 1975 that have been digitized and/or microfilmed under the USAIN program. 
  • Other agricultural and related trade and industrial journals published in the U.S. and Canada
  • Serial publications published by the U.S. agricultural extension services and experimental stations.

Eventually the program will expand to support preservation of, and electronic access to, a broader array of international agricultural resources. 

Planning and Governance

USAIN steering committee guides and sets priorities for Project Ceres. The committee establishes priorities and requirements for enhanced and expanded archiving and digitization of legacy agricultural collections. The committee considers how the conditions and terms of service of existing collections and archives might be improved, and how the holdings and/or number of those archives might be significantly expanded.