The Literature of the Subject
NO exhaustive treatises of American agricultural history have been written for the period since 1860, like those of Gray on the South and Bidwell and Falconer on the North for the earlier years, but there is a great mass of monographic literature, in addition to an almost inexhaustible supply of documentary material. The most complete guide to this information is Everett E[ugene] Edwards, A Bibliography of the History of Agriculture in the United States (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Miscellaneous Publication No. 84, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1930). Dr. Edwards has included many additional suggestions in a mimeographed circular entitled A Guide for Courses in the History of American Agriculture (U.S. Department of Agriculture Library, Bibliographical Contribution No. 35, Washington: September, 1939). A brief but very useful bibliography is Louis Bernard Schmidt, Topical Studies and References on the Economic History of American Agriculture ( Philadelphia: McKinley Publishing Company, rev. ed., 1923). This also has been supplemented by a short mimeographed list entitled Topical Studies and References on the History of American Agriculture ( Ames, Iowa: Department of History and Government, Iowa State College, 1937).
The Agricultural Index ( New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1916-) includes references to many secondary contributions on the earlier periods. Published monthly, with cumulations, it lists by subject