MC 00212 Preliminary Inventory of the Future Farmers of America Scrapbooks, 1959-1962

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Future Farmers of America. Coats Chapter.


3.0 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

2 Flat Boxes


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Acquisition Information

Source unknown (Accession no. 2010.0014)


Processed by Judy Allen Dodson

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes two scrapbooks that contain photographs, newspaper clippings and letters from the Future Farmers of America Coats Chapter, Coats High School, Coats, North Carolina, documenting the organization from 1959 to 1962. The scrapbooks were created during the time when Murry O. Phillips taught vocational agriculture at Coats High School and contain letters to Phillips from business and civic leaders and from his state department of public instruction supervisors as well as other items documenting Phillips's life and career, especially his work with the Future Farmers of America organization.

Historical note

Future Farmers of America, later known as the National FFA Organization, was founded in 1928. The organization brings together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education in middle and high schools where members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities leading to career opportunities in agriculture.

The letters FFA stand for Future Farmers of America; however, in 1988 the official name of the organization was changed from Future Farmers of America to National FFA Organization to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture, including future farmers, biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs.

FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national. At the national level, FFA is led by a board of directors and six student national officers. The programs are funded through sponsorships and private donations at the local, state and national level. National dues for each member are $5 per year.

The National FFA Convention is held each October where members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more.

There was an active chapter of Future Farmers of America in at Coats High School in Harnett County, North Carolina, during the time when Murry O. Phillips taught vocational agriculture there.

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[Identification of item], Future Farmers of America Scrapbooks, MC 00212, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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