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About the Exhibit

This exhibit explores the American movement for the combination of higher educational institutions, agricultural research, and governmental subsidization resulting in the passing of the Hatch Act in 1887.  Although passed in 1887, the need for agricultural research in the United States can be traced to the colonial period.  As state-run experiment stations were established, the federal government decided to begin funding these facilities on an annual basis.  Established in 1890, the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (OAMC) and its Agricultural Experiment Station rose to become paramount in the agricultural future of Oklahoma.  The School of Agriculture at OAMC and the Agricultural Experiment Station’s impact upon OAMC, the state of Oklahoma, and the United States cannot be stated enough.  From the time of its inception in 1890, the numerous directors of the experiment station, faculty, staff, and students routinely instrumented agricultural methods that greatly aided in the growth of agricultural research across the state and nation.  From animal husbandry to horticulture to forestry, the experiment station stood as a bulwark for progress and scholarly achievement in the field of agriculture providing immeasurable aid for farmers across Oklahoma during the tragedies of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.


To view the exhibit, please click on the tabs at the top of the screen. You will then be able to view the powerpoints of the exhibit directly on those pages.


To learn about the First and Second Morrill Acts, please view our digital exhibit titled "The Only Plum in the Territory:" The First and Second Morrill Acts and Their Effects on OAMC/Oklahoma State University To learn more about the Smith-Lever Act, please view our digital exhibit titled The State Is Our Campus.


About the Exhibit Creator

Zachary S. Daughtrey is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in History at Oklahoma State University as well as the graduate assistant for the Archives at Oklahoma State.  Mr. Daughtrey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Missouri in 2006 and a Masters of Arts in History from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008.