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History, Biological Systems Engineering Records

Identifier: RG-08-07-12

Scope and Contents

The records contain publications and photographs related to the history of the Biological Systems Engineering Department. Significant photograph subjects include Agricultural Engineering class photos, staff and faculty portraits, L.W. Chase Hall, Energy Farm (Mead, Nebraska), Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, and Tractor Power and Safety Day.


  • 1904-1994


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The records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Biological Systems Engineering Department got its start when Oscar Van Pelt Stout established the Department of Agricultural Engineering in 1895. A four year agricultural engineering degree was officially created in 1908 (as Farm Mechanics) and accredited in 1937. In the 1980s, the Department of Agricultural Engineering was divided into several programs including farmstead, soil and water, power and machinery, food, measurements, and expert systems engineering. It was renamed the Department of Biological Systems Engineering in 1990, and is the first accredited program of its kind in the United States.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States