This website is devoted to making the history of
the Rural Sociological Society and rural
sociology more accessible.
Additions and suggestions are always welcome!
Footprints on the Web:
Sociology's History Online
span of a single generation, the web has opened new worlds and
possibilities for access to information of all kinds.
One of the
resources we donít often think of is access to our own history.
The types of
documents that have been digitized or scanned range from the
photographs taken by the Farm Security Administration
report of the Country Life Commission to early textbooks in
restricted to dusty bookshelves, we now have unprecedented
access to our history as never before making it much easier
to use in
classroom assignments, research projects, or just to satisfy our
just a few of the websites where documents in the history of
rural sociology can be found.
Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA)
Developed by Mann Library at Cornell University, the
collection contains key books and documents in the history
of the agricultural
sciences, including rural sociology.
National Agricultural Library Digital Repository (NALDR)
access to historical USDA publications such as circulars,
bulletins, and yearbooks of agriculture.
the Farm Security Administration Ė Office of War Information
This is only one of the many collections that are part of the
Library of Congress, American Memory Project (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html).
This particular one has both black and white and color
photographs from 1935-1945,
including the iconic photographs of rural America during the
In addition to limited views of contemporary books, this site
also contains publications that are out of print; such as
the first textbook
in rural sociology written by John M. Gillette in 1916.
This website contains a diverse range of items both
historical and contemporary including documents, audio,
moving images and
archived web pages. Linking to both items on their own
website as well as those on others, the Internet Archive
Woman's Place in Rural Economy : A Study in Sociology
written in 1913 by Paul de Vuyst.
This information is from:
2009. "Footprints on the Web: Rural Sociology's History"
The Rural Sociologist.
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send suggestions, ideas, or changes to:
Professor, Rural Sociology
Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky
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