The records in this collection comprise three distinct groups. The first group (Fr 1-37 and Fr55-58) are records of individual farms kept by different individuals and covering different areas ofthe region. They date primarily from the early twentieth century but some go back to themid-nineteenth century. The records were acquired by members of staff at the School of Agriculture.
The second group (Fr 38-54) apparently comprises records of the Schools' own farms.
A third group (Fr 76-87), a later accrual, consists of a number of fairly slight items withoutknown date, location or origin. One document comes from Hampstead and it is possible that others inthis miscellaneous group also have an origin quite outside the East Midlands.
In all, the collection provides only a partial record of the business and administration of thefarms in question. Together, however, they offer a range of evidence for the study of agricultureprimarily within the East Midlands.