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John Bartee Collection

Identifier: 2000.002

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of annual report documents (1914 through 1927) compiled by agricultural extension and home demonstration county agents. W.S. Baldwin, A.B. Harmon, and H.H. Jones served as agricultural extension county agents from 1916 to 1925. Carrie Lurton Johnson, Carrie Watkins, and Oma Worley acted as county home demonstration agents from 1914 to 1923. These annual reports showcase home economics and farming work being carried out in the communities of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Statistics recorded by the agents document community participation in all aspects of club work.


  • 1914 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

In January 2000, John Bartee donated this collection of Montgomery County Agricultural Extension documents to the Montgomery County Archives. Under the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Tennessee College of Agriculture set up home demonstration and agricultural extension services throughout Tennessee. Both an agricultural extension county agent and a county home demonstration agent served the Montgomery County area. As part of this service, the agents organized demonstrations in each community to serve as an educational model for others. These community organizations met regularly and also worked together to design exhibits for the county agricultural fair. Specialized clubs operated within each community organization.

Early twentieth-century Montgomery County was a large producer of tobacco, corn, and hay. Livestock, particularly beef cattle and hogs, were raised by county farmers. The agricultural extension county agent sought to improve and diversify both crop and herd production by instructing farmers in methods such as crop rotation and culling. Local dealers also showcased different machinery for farmers. Through community clubs, local children raised their own livestock, including pigs, cattle, and chickens, and crops for profit. In addition to county and state fair competitions, club members participated in rallies, parades, and contests.

In 1912, Montgomery County hired a home economist named Carrie Lurton Johnson to help instruct county residents in matters of domestic science. With the passage of the Smith-Lever Act, Johnson became the official Montgomery County Home Demonstration Agent. Johnson and her successors traveled throughout the county to educate local women and girls on food preparation, canning, sewing, floriculture, gardening, poultry raising, home improvements, and related subjects.


1.04 Linear Feet

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Arranged chronologically by material type.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Bartee donated these materials to the Archives in January 2000.

Related Materials

Julia M. Haynes Collection; Regina M. Hodges Collection; Dottie Williams McCauley Collection

Processing Information

The collection was originally stored in a single box without an identifiable method of organization. All photographs are housed in the Archives Photograph Collection.

John Bartee Collection
Jenna Stout
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States