© 2010 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell
Farm Family Decision
Making Project oral histories and records,
Farm Family Decision Making
recordings.594 transcripts (21,362 pp.)
Forms of Material:
Audio Recordings, Printed
Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library
Biannual conversations with adults and
children eight and older, individually and in family groups, in a panel of
thirty-three New York and Iowa farm families concerning how the occupation of
farming is organized and conducted.
Collection material in
Biannual conversations with adults and children eight and older,
individually and in family groups, in a panel of thirty-three New York and Iowa
farm families concerning how the occupation of farming is organized and
conducted. Topics include activities of family members and employees, daily and
weekly, by season; aspirations, expectations, and responsibilities attributed
to the self, other family members, and employees; obtaining and evaluating
information; extent of involvement in decisions attributed to self, other
family members, and employees; conflict between generations in the family and
its resolution; reproducing the stem family; establishing and maintaining
boundaries between in-laws and stem family, between family and outsiders, and
between rural and urban culture; conflict between rural and urban culture;
connections and barriers between production and family within occupation; means
for evaluation in production and family sectors; mate selection; determining
priorities; meaning of work, labor, tasks, chores, and recreation; task
differentiation by gender; using and compensating hired and family labor;
reserve labor; programs and forms of emotional and financial support; capital
formation; credit; sources of income; marketing farm commodities; land use and
conservation; record keeping; adoption and use of production and household
technology; apprenticeship education; and values attached to consumption.
Other topics discussed are the form, timing, and quantity of rewards
to family members and employees; distinction between ownership and control of
farm resources; religious participation; farm maintenance; soil conservation;
formal and informal training; dairy farming; poultry farming; apple production;
4-H clubs; farm organizations; U.S. agricultural colleges; the United States
Department of Agriculture; Cooperative Extension; and related topics.
Also includes "The Game," with playing board, markers, cards, money,
and rules, used in facilitating interviews, January, 1971; and files of Gould
P. Colman including drafts of case studies, memos to project leaders, memos to
farm family participants, planning exercises, checklists, and other papers,
Farm Family Decision Making
United States.Dept. of
Agricultural laws and
Conflict of generations.
Employees, Training of.
Farm management--Records and
Farms, Size of.
Home economics extension
Land use, Rural.
Landlord and tenant.
Quality of work life.
Saving and investment.
Women in agriculture.
Work and family.
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