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Rural Newspapers and Periodicals

A wide variety of Canadian publications was aimed primarily at a farm and rural readership. There is an extensive collection of such materials in the University of Guelph Library (and Archives). They tell us much about the ideas and information sought by readers and provide extensive visual and textual evidence of the lifestyles, business, and social dynamics of rural Canada. As well, most 19th and many 20th century newspapers and magazines were aimed at least in part at rural readers; for example, several major Canadian newspapers published special weeklies particularly intended for this readership.

In 1985 Edwinna von Baeyer compiled an extensive thematic index of rural Ontario agricultural periodicals spanning the period 1867-1930. More information about this index is available here.

Other periodicals available in the Tri-University Collection include:

Agricultural and Industrial Progress in Canada (1945-1947)
Call Number: S 1.A15

The Agriculturist & Canadian Journal (1848)
Call Number: MFCL 3646 no. 04332

Canadian Farm Economics ( 1966-1991)
Call Number: HD1401 .C3

Family Herald & Weekly Star [ Montreal Star] (1859? to 1968)
Call Number: AP 5.F3

Farmers’ Sun (1892-1930)
Call Number: S 1.F3825
continued as Rural Co-operator, then as Farm & Country

Grain Growers’ Guide (1908-28)
Call Number: S 1.G73
continued as Country Guide (1928- )

Massey's Iillustrated : A Journal of News and Literature for Rural Homes (1884-1895)
Call Number: s0579b01-s0579b14
This periodical, first published in 1882 by the Massey Manufacturing Company and, printed in English, French and German editions, provides stunning illustrations along with customer testimonials relating to Massey agricultural equipment.

The Ontario Agricultural College Review
This periodical which was published monthly from the later 1880s has been indexed up to December 1933 in the University of Guelph Archives. It can be searched by inputing the phrase "OAC Review Index" and additional search terms in the Trellis search page.

The Rural Canadian ( 1881-1887)
Call Number: MFCL 3646 no. 04801

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Rural History, Farming, Farm, Food, Agriculture, Rural Life, Countryside, Canada, History, Harvesting, Settlement, Rural, Culture, Veterinary, Agricultural science, Farm labourer, Farmer, Children, Gender, Rural Industries, Victorian, Edwardian, Twentieth century, Nineteenth century, Eighteenth century  

This research was undertaken, in part, thanks to funding
from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canada Research Chairs Program.
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