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Purdue Libraries digitize 'Indiana Farmer' issues

WEST LAFAYETTE — A project that's digitized an early Indiana farming publication is giving researchers a glimpse into the 19th century mindset of agriculture.

Purdue University Libraries recently finished digitizing all of the issues of "Indiana Farmer" from the years 1851 to 1917. The issues chronicle Indiana agriculture during and after the Civil War era. The collection will become part of the Indiana Memory project.

Students, researchers and enthusiasts now have relatively easy access to articles, editorials and even advertisements about the routine life of farmers and their families.

Agricultural research conducted during the 66-year time period answered such questions as: Do rabbits bite? Daniel Fiskel of Logansport concluded that they do after his nose was bitten while holding the research subject.