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Photographs, 1939 - 1965


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The New Farmers of America (NFA) Records provide an interesting look at the activities of an organization formed for African-American farmers during the 1930s. Although the records are not always complete, they contain information on how the organization operated, activities of the students, and its eventual merger with the National FFA Organization in 1965. Because the New Farmers of America was managed by the same individuals as the National FFA Organization, the records are closely connected and supplemental information about the NFA can be found in the National FFA Organization records.

Administration Records, 1930-1965, contain materials related to the management of the NFA. This includes board materials, correspondence, lists of national officers, financial audits, and information related to the merger with the National FFA Organization. Board information does not include minutes, but only a small amount of correspondence and committee materials. The records in the correspondence and board files are not comprehensive, leaving many gaps in the information. S.B. Simmons correspondence is the best place to look for information regarding the administration of the NFA because it covers the beginnings of the organization through its administrative reorganization. The convention proceedings also offer some insight into the administration in the student and adult officer reports describing the year's programs and successes.

The organization ended with its merger into the FFA in 1965. The merger reflects the influence of the social movements of the 1960s. The records dealing with the merger contain internal letters and publicity. The merger was not without its difficulties. To understand both sides of the issue, the information in the Board of Directors minutes and the History Records of the National FFA Organization need to be consulted.

National Convention Records, 1932-1965, include convention proceedings, convention locations, and award records. Convention records consist mainly of the programs and proceedings for the years after 1940 and are not complete. The proceedings also include donor information, speakers, and basic activities during the convention as well as officers elected and award winners.

The Award Records consist mainly of lists of winners that include names, city, state, and amount of cash award. In some cases there is further information such as applications and contest rules that provide insight to the types of projects that won awards.

Two sources for further information about the NFA award recipients are the National FFA Foundation Records and the NFA Awards Database, 1935-1965 (

State Association Records, 1929-1965, include information about six of the State NFA Associations. Consisting of short histories, programs, and newsletters, these items help to connect the national organization with the local ones.

Publications, 1940-1965, include published materials created for the NFA. NFA publications consist of their official handbook, called the NFA Guide, brochures, and handbooks for office holders. The NFA Guide, 1938-1965, was published irregularly and is the best source of information about the awards, policies, and ceremonies of the NFA. The set of guides is missing three issues (1938, 1946, and 1960).

Photographs, 1939-1965, contain a variety of images from the organization's history. These include award winners, officers, activities and projects, exhibits, and conventions.


  • 1939 - 1965

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.


From the Collection: 1.6 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 2 document boxes)


Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA