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Alabama Cooperative Service (ACES) Collections

A digital collection provided by Auburn University Libraries containing photographs created by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES)

Group of children

The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) collections contain photographs and documents depicting the service's programs, most from the first half of the twentieth century. They offer a unique and evocative glimpse into Alabama agriculture, education, rural life, and rural pastimes in the first decades of the last century, including the activities of the Negro Cooperative Extension System.

Although Alabama offered extension services to farmers during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the 1914 Smith-Lever Act formalized state organizations such as the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Service is headquartered at Auburn University and has offices in each of the state’s 67 counties.

skirts are made to look like artichoke leaves

Artichoke girls from Miss Gatchell's pageant

Two girls who took part in Miss Gatchell's pageant, Auburn, Alabama, Lee County." April 16, 1925.

teenagers posing in front of backdrop

4-H members working on mural; 1980

This item has been aggregated as part of the Association of Southeastern Libraries (ASERL)'s "Deeply Rooted: The Agricultural & Rural History of the American South" project.

Sign says: Soil Redintegration Test

A. G. Eiland, the owner, stands by his sign with J. F. Jackson, agricultural agent, on the right

"left to right, A. G. Eiland, owner, and J. F. Jackson, agricultural agent. Lee Co." August 13, 1926.

African American Extension: Bullock County students, 1925

"Group portrait of African American students from Bullock County, Alabama, enrolled in summer short course at Tuskegee Institute. Agent M. B. Ivy in front row, on the left. Place: Tuskegee Institute, Macon County, Alabama." July 9, 1925.