Histories of Centers and Departments

Agricultural Bacteriology/Bacteriology

Bacteriology University of Wisconsin-Madison Celebrating 100 years (a three-page timeline of department, published for the 2014 Raper Symposium)

Timeline up to 2007

Agricultural Chemistry/Biochemistry

One Hundred Years of Agricultural Chemistry and Biochemistry at WisconsinD.L. Nelson and B. C. Soltvedt, eds., Science Tech Publishers, Madison, 1989

Agricultural Economics/Agricultural and Applied Economics

The Story of the Department of Agricultural Economics 1909-1972 Marvin A. Shaars 1972

Agricultural Engineering/Biological Systems Engineering

Agricultural Engineering Department Research History 1933-78 H.D. Bruhn

Agricultural Journalism/Life Sciences Communication

The First 75 Years: Agricultural Journalism Department at UW-Madison by Richard Powers in 1983


University of Wisconsin Agronomy Department, the First One Hundred Years: 1903-2002 Rohweder, Peterson, and Lauer 2003 

Animal Husbandry/Animal Sciences

Early History of Animal Husbandry and Related Departments of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Gustav Bohstedt 1973

History of the Department of Animal Sciences

Cooperative Extension

Fifty Years of Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin, 1912-1962 Circular 602 (January 1962) UW Extension Service, College of Agriculture

History of the Agricultural Extension Service of Wisconsin. 1935.

Cooperative Extension 100 Years of Growing a Strong Wisconsin.  Brochure by Cooperative Extension in 2012

Transplanting Extension. A New Look at the “Wisconsin Idea” J.W. Gooch 1995

Dairy Science

History of the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: A Memoir L.H. “Bud” Schultz 2009

Experimental Breeding/ Genetics

Chronology of the Laboratory of Genetics

History of the Departments of Genetics (CALS and Medical School); Nelson has a copy. Good photos, brief research descriptions)

Early Genetics at Wisconsin Arthur Chapman, Oliver Nelson, Ray Owen, and James Crow. A Contribution to the Centennial Celebration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. (Unpublished 19-page history; Nelson has a copy)

Farm and Industry Short Course

History of Farm and Industry Short Course 1885-2010 

Food Research Institute

Food Research Institute Historical Timeline

Food Research Institute Alumni

Home Economics/Human Ecology

Home Economics to Human Ecology: A Centennial History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (a digital collection of photographs and ephemera illustrating aspects of the past 100 years at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison).

The Challenge of Constantly Changing Times: From Home Economics to Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 1903-2003 Rima D. Apple 2003


1889-1989 A Century of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison M. N. Dana 1988

Landscape Architecture

History of the program

Meat Science and Muscle Biology

An 85-Year History of the Meat Science and Muscle Biology Program (a 30-page document by Robert Kauffman, from May 2012. There is a copy “MBL” in the Muscle Biology Lab, and Nelson has a copy.

History of the Meat Science and Muscle Biology programs, 1927-1999 R.W. Bray 1999

Photographs of the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame.

Plant Pathology

History of Plant Pathology at University of Wisconsin 1851-1964 J.C. Walker; Call Number: SB950.73 U6 W58

With One Foot in the Furrow: A History of the First Seventy-five Years of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Paul H. Williams and Melissa Marosy 1986

And One Hand on the Bench: The First Century of the Department of Plant Pathology at the UW-Madison J. H. Andrews 2010

Poultry Husbandry

UW Poultry 1909-1996 by Milt Sunde (an 80-page typescript with many photos and departmental CVs. Nelson has a copy)

Rural Sociology

Early History of the Department of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arthur F. Wileden 1979

Soil Science

Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: A History of the Department 1889-1989 M.T. Beatty 1991

Veterinary Science

Barnie Easterday has written an account of the beginning of the School of Veterinary Medicine. (Nelson does not have a copy)

General Histories of CALS and UW

Farm and college; the College of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin, a history W.H. Glover UW Press 1952

A Centennial History: A History of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison J.W. Jenkin 1991

University, Madison USA R.E. Gard 1970

The Jubilee of the University of Wisconsin Jubilee Committee 1905

A Resourceful University: The University of Wisconsin-Madison in its 125th Year UW Press 1975

University of Wisconsin: A History M. Curti and V. Carstensen 1949 (volumes 1 and 2), E.D. Cronon and J.W. Jenkins 1994 (volumes 3 and 4)

Contributions of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station to crop production Arthur Kelman, L. R. Jones Professor of Plant Pathology and Bacteriology 1983

Wisconsin’s Agricultural Experiment Station: 100 Years of Research R. Powers 1983

Agriculture in the University of Wisconsin J.G. Moore 1955

University of Wisconsin. Title: [Decennial reports by campus departments for North Central Association review] One archive box, Steenbock

Biographies of CALS Faculty and Friends

My Half Century at the University of Wisconsin Ira L. Baldwin adapted from an oral history interview by Donna Taylor Hartshorne 1995

John Steuart Curry’s Pageant of America L.E. Schmeckebier 1943

William Arnon Henry: Educator, seer, farm leader A.S. Alexander

Harry Russell and Agricultural Science in Wisconsin E.H. Beardsley 1969

Missing Departmental Histories


Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Continuing and Vocational Education (CAVE)

Dairy Forage Research Center


Environmental Resources Center

EnvironmentalToxicology Center

Food Microbiology and Toxicology

Forestry and Wildlife Ecology

International Agriculture

Land Tenure Center

Nutritional Science

Urban and Regional Planning