Scope and Content
University of California, Davis. Library
Title: Agricultural Technology Manuals Collection
Date (inclusive): 1850-1982
73.2 linear ft.
Abstract: Manuals created by manufacturers to assist in the operation, maintenance, repair, or restoration
of agricultural machinery.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored
University of California, Davis. General Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: O-011
Language of Material: Collection materials in
The Agricultural Technology Manuals Collection began as a series in the F. Hal Higgins Collection. In 1927 F. Hal Higgins
began collecting materials relating to the history of combines and tractors. Over time the collection expanded to include
materials describing farm implements, farm commodities, and equipment for logging, earthmoving and construction.
The Library, University of California, Davis acquired Higgins’ collection in 1959. Regular patron use of the collection
indicated a strong interest in the manuals for tractors and other farm machinery. In order to better serve patrons, Library
staff shelved the manuals together as they were found in the collection. This arrangement also made it easier to acquire new
titles. In 1983, the manuals that had been accumulated in the F. Hal Higgins collection were removed from the collection and
organized as the Agricultural Technology Manuals Collection.
Scope and Content
For this collection, a manual is defined as an illustrated handbook used to assemble, operate, repair, or restore
machinery. It may include parts books if the parts are depicted together functionally. Except where noted, all manuals are
originals, not facsimiles or reprints. The collection is limited to farm machinery (from a simple garden plow to power
farming machines) and some construction machinery (primarily road construction). It does not include automobiles, urban
vehicles (i.e., milk trucks, delivery trucks, fire engines), or houseware (i.e., sewing machines, vacuum cleaners,
The collection is not limited by geography or by date. Though items date from 1865 to 1982, the bulk of the collection
covers U.S. manufacturers from 1930 to 1960.
O-005, Agricultural Technology Brochures Collection
O-012, Agricultural Technology Catalogs Collection
D-004, Anthony W. Bakken Collection
D-056, F. Hal Higgins Collection
D-116, F. Hal Higgins Papers
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access
Collection is open for research.
Original materials acquired from F. Hal Higgins, 1959.
Newly acquired manuals are regularly added to the Agricultural Technology Manuals Collection. Manuals have come from
donations from the National Agricultural Library, UCD Antique Mechanics Club, local farm equipment dealers, and private
[Identification of item], Agricultural Technology Manuals Collection, O-011, Department of Special Collections, General
Library, University of California, Davis..
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on
behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items
and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the