Collection of USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Farm Market Slides

Tables full of produce for sale at farm market

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Agricultural Marketing Service and Farm Market Slides cover the period from 1958 to 1985, with the bulk of the material produced in the 1960s and 1970s. The collection of 35mm slides occupies 24 linear feet of shelf space. From 2018-2020, Raymond Williams, Office Automation Assistant, transferred the slides from cabinet drawers, re-housed them in acid-free slide storage boxes, and described box contents in a spreadsheet. Sara Lee compiled the guide to the collection. Most of the slides are in good condition and may be used in the NAL Special Collections Reading Room. Some of the slides show evidence of color shift.

Historical Sketch

July 1, 1938:

Division of Transportation established in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics

July 1, 1939:

Divisions of Marketing and Transportation Research combined to form a single division, the Division of Marketing and Transportation Research

April 3, 1961:

Bureau of Agricultural Economics reorganized and reassigned to Agricultural Marketing Service. Marketing research related to the development of improved equipment, facilities, work methods, techniques and practices for efficient handling and movement of fruit and vegetables to consumers. The Agricultural Marketing Service administered the United Terminal Market Wholesale Division.

July 1, 1964:

Functions of the Market Quality Research Section and of the Transportation and Facilities Research Division transferred to the Agricultural Research Service.

Scope and Content Note

Slides depict food market distribution operations in thirty states throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico from 1958-1985. Additionally, the content shows food commodities and market operations in twelve foreign countries. Images frequently represent terminal markets, an organized market in a city into which large quantities of agricultural produce and livestock shipped for distribution and sale.

Additionally, images portray food distribution activities at ports and terminals; state distribution warehouses; storage facilities for dairy, produce, fish, and meat; orchards and fruit auctions; and farm and fish markets. Also included are slide presentations with tables and graphs.

The National Association of Produce Market Managers, founded in 1947 to help market managers improve facilities and increase services, is an example of an associated organization named on some slide captions.

Slides remain in original order and grouped in approximate alphabetical order by state. Foreign market slides are located in Boxes 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24.

Container List

Box 001 – Alabama
Box State/Country City Year
001 Alabama Birmingham 1960, 1963
001 Alabama Fort Payne 1963
001 Alabama Geneva 1970, 1973
001 Alabama Loxley & Mobile 1963
001 Alabama Macon , Tuskegee , Montgomery 1973
001 Alabama Montgomery 1980
001 Alabama Slocomb 1970, 1973
Box 002 – Alabama
Box State/Country City Year
002 Alabama Dothan 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1973
Box 003 – Arizona, Arkansas, and California
Box State/Country City Year
003 Arizona Cochise 1970
003 Arkansas Little Rock 1970
003 California Los Angeles 1970, 1971
003 California Oakland undated
003 California San Francisco 1963, 1965, 1966
Box 004 – California
Box State/Country City Year
004 California Indio 1963
004 California Salinas 1963
004 California San Diego 1983
Box 005 – California
Box State/Country City Year
005 California Los Angeles 1963, 1968
005 California Modesta undated
005 California Sanger 1963
Box 006 – California, Canada, Colorado
Box State/Country City Year
006 California Los Angeles 1983
006 Canada Toronto 1961, 1964
006 Colorado Denver 1963
006 Colorado Montezuma 1970
006 Colorado Paonia 1971
006 Colorado San Luis Valley 1963
006 Colorado Silverton 1971
006 Colorado Denver 1967, 1970, 1971
Box 007 – Colorado, Connecticut, Florida
Box State/Country City Year
007 Colorado Denver 1967, 1970, 1971
007 Connecticut Hartford 1972, 1974
007 Connecticut New Haven 1964, 1972, 1974
007 Florida Florida City 1964
Box 008 – Connecticut, District of Columbia
Box State/Country City Year
008 Connecticut Hartford 1975
008 District of Columbia [untitled] 1974
008 Florida Florida City 1972
008 Florida Immokalee 1965
008 Florida Lehigh Acres 1964
Box 009 – Florida
Box State/Country City Year
009 Florida Belleglade 1964, 1965
009 Florida Bushnell undated
009 Florida Bonifay 1964
009 Florida Collier County 1965
009 Florida Del Ray Beach 1964
009 Florida Fort Myers 1964
009 Florida Fort Pierce 1966
009 Florida Frostproof 1972
009 Florida Jacksonville 1967
Box 010 – Florida
Box State/Country City Year
010 Florida Jacksonville 1967
010 Florida Pompano 1963, 1978
010 Florida Sanford undated
010 Florida Starke 1964
010 Florida Tampa 1972
010 Florida Wabasso 1964
010 Florida Waucula & Arcadia 1964
010 Florida Waverly 1964
010 Florida Webster undated
Box 011 – Florida, Georgia
Box State/Country City Year
011 Florida Palatka 1964
011 Florida Palmetto undated
011 Florida Panokee 1965, 1979
011 Florida Miami undated
011 Georgia Cairo 1961
011 Georgia Albany 1973
011 Georgia Athens undated
011 Georgia Atlanta 1960s
Box 012 – Georgia
Box State/Country City Year
012 Georgia Atlanta 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972
Box 013 – Georgia
Box State/Country City Year
013 Georgia Atlanta 1974, 1978, 1979
013 Georgia Jessup 1960
013 Georgia Montezuma 1961
013 Georgia Macon 1973
013 Georgia Maultrie 1961
013 Georgia Glenville 1960
013 Georgia Ellijay 1964
Box 014 – Georgia
Box State/Country City Year
014 Georgia Ellijay 1964
014 Georgia Cordele 1960, 1961
014 Georgia Fort Valley 1964
014 Georgia Columbu, Fayetteville, Woodbury 1970
014 Georgia Columbus 1960, 1961, 1965, 1970, 1973
014 Georgia Macon 1965
014 Georgia Donaldsonville 1961
014 Georgia Savannah undated
014 Georgia Maultrie 1964
014 Georgia Augusta undated
014 Georgia Rochelle 1963
014 Georgia Dawson 1973
014 Georgia Columbus 1974
Box 015 – Georgia
Box State/Country City Year
015 Georgia Columbus 1974
015 Georgia Columbus 1975
015 Georgia Vidalia 1960
015 Georgia Tifton 1961, 1964
015 Georgia Thomasville 1961, 1965
Box 016 – Georgia, Hawaii
Box State/Country City Year
016 Georgia Savannah 1960
016 Georgia Rome 1960
016 Hawaii Honolulu 1966, 1968
016 Hawaii Honolulu 1975
Box 017 – Hawaii
Box State/Country City Year
017 Hawaii Honolulu 1975
017 Hawaii Honolulu undated
Box 018 – Hawaii, Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
018 Hawaii Honolulu undated
018 Hawaii Maui 1978
018 Pennsylvania Lancaster undated
Box 019 – Untitled
Box State/Country City Year
019 [untitled] [untitled] 1973, 1981
Box 020 – Florida, Germany
Box State/Country City Year
020 Florida [untitled] undated
020 Germany Hamburg undated
Box 021 – Rhode Island
Box State/Country City Year
021 Rhode Island Providence undated
Box 022 – Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain
Box State/Country City Year
022 Italy Sienna undated
022 Mexico Toluca undated
022 Netherlands Rotterdam undated
022 Spain Barcelona undated
022 Spain Bilbao undated
022 Spain Grenada undated
022 Spain Jerez undated
022 Spain Licante undated
022 Spain Palma undated
022 Spain Seville undated
022 Spain Zarogaza undated
Box 023 – Spain, Puerto Rico, New England, Austria, England, Italy, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France
Box State/Country City Year
023 Spain Zarogaza undated
023 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1964
023 New England New England 1961
023 Austria Vienna undated
023 England London (Covenant Garden) undated
023 Italy Bologna 1983
023 Brazil Sac Paula undated
023 Chile Santiago undated
023 Denmark Copenhagen undated
023 Denmark Odense undated
023 France Paris 1983
Box 024 – France, Germany, South Carolina, California
Box State/Country City Year
024 France Paris 1983
024 Germany Berlin undated
024 South Carolina Greenville undated
024 California San Diego undated
Box 025 – Germany, North Carolina, Mexico, Canada
Box State/Country City Year
025 Germany Berlin undated
025 North Carolina Asheville undated
025 North Carolina New Market, Raleigh undated
025 Mexico [untitled] undated
025 Canada Toronto undated
Box 026 – Mississippi, Massachusetts, New York, Washington
Box State/Country City Year
026 Mississippi Jackson undated
026 Massachusetts [untitled] undated
026 New York New York undated
026 Washington [untitled] undated
Box 027 – New York, Arizona, California, New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
027 New York Niagara Falls undated
027 Arizona Phoenix undated
027 California California undated
027 New Jersey Southern undated
Box 028 – Alabama
Box State/Country City Year
028 Alabama Montgomery undated
Box 029 – Idaho, Illinois
Box State/Country City Year
029 Idaho Burley 1963
029 Idaho Emmett 1971
029 Illinois East Alton 1964
029 Illinois Barrington 1964
029 Illinois Calhoun County 1964
029 Illinois Calumet City 1967
029 Illinois Carbondale 1967
Box 030 – Illinois, Indiana
Box State/Country City Year
030 Illinois Centralia 1967
030 Illinois Chicago 1973
030 Indiana Indianapolis undated
030 Indiana Vincennes 1964
Box 031 – Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky
Box State/Country City Year
031 Indiana Indianapolis 1961
031 Kansas Wichita 1973
031 Kentucky Louisville 1960, 1961, 1964, 1966
Box 032 – Louisiana
Box State/Country City Year
032 Louisiana New Orleans 1973, 1974, 1978
032 Louisiana Baton Rouge 1972
Box 033 – Louisiana
Box State/Country City Year
033 Louisiana New Orleans 1963, 1965
Box 034 – Maryland
Box State/Country City Year
034 Maryland Hancock 1964
034 Maryland Baltimore 1975-1978, 1983
Box 035 – Maryland
Box State/Country City Year
035 Maryland Baltimore 1970, 1975
Box 036 – Maryland
Box State/Country City Year
036 Maryland Baltimore 1960-1961, 1965-1966
Box 037 – Maryland
Box State/Country City Year
037 Maryland Jessup 1982, 1984
037 Maryland [untitled] 1967
037 Maryland Salisbury 1964, 1979
Box 038 – Massachusetts
Box State/Country City Year
038 Massachusetts Boston 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979
Box 039 – Massachusetts
Box State/Country City Year
039 Massachusetts Boston 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976
Box 040 – Massachusetts
Box State/Country City Year
040 Massachusetts Boston 1968-1970
Box 041 – Massachusetts
Box State/Country City Year
041 Massachusetts Boston 1960, 1962, 1963, 1967-1970
041 Massachusetts Milton 1965
041 Massachusetts New Bedford 1963
Box 042 – Massachusetts, Michigan
Box State/Country City Year
042 Massachusetts New Bedford 1961
042 Massachusetts Springfield 1969, 1972, 1974
042 Massachusetts Worcester 1973
042 Michigan Benton Harbor 1968
Box 043 – Michigan
Box State/Country City Year
043 Michigan Benton Harbor 1959, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967
Box 044 – Michigan
Box State/Country City Year
044 Michigan Benton Harbor 1958, 1959
044 Michigan Berrien Springs 1961, 1965
044 Michigan Belding 1962
044 Michigan Detroit 1968, 1969, 1976
Box 045 – Michigan
Box State/Country City Year
045 Michigan Detroit 1959, 1961, 1966
045 Michigan Hartford undated
045 Michigan Coloma 1964
045 Michigan Fennville 1961
045 Michigan Pearl Grange 1961, 1964
045 Michigan Benton Harbor 1974
045 Michigan Grand Rapids 1962, 1965, 1969
Box 046 – Michigan
Box State/Country City Year
046 Michigan Grand Rapids 1961
046 Michigan Grand River Valley 1968
046 Michigan Lansing 1966, 1968
046 Michigan Muskegon 1965
046 Michigan Shafer Lake 1968
046 Michigan Sparta 1961, 1964, 1965, 1968
Box 047 – Minnesota
Box State/Country City Year
047 Minnesota Minneapolis 1978, 1983
047 Minnesota St. Paul 1974
Box 048 – Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
048 Minnesota Minneapolis , St. Paul 1972
048 Minnesota Detroit Area 1965
048 Minnesota St. Paul 1964
048 Mississippi Jackson 1963
048 Missouri St. Louis 1980
048 New Jersey Elizabeth , Port Elizabeth 1977
048 New Jersey Southern 1983
Box 049 – New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
049 New Jersey Newark 1975, 1977, 1978
Box 050 – New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
050 New Jersey Newark 1975
050 New Jersey Northeastern 1977
050 New Jersey Newark 1978
Box 051 – New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
051 New Jersey Kearny 1977
051 New Jersey Newark 1976-1977
051 New Jersey Hammonton undated
051 New Jersey Millville 1968
051 New Jersey Highstown undated
Box 052 – New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
052 New Jersey Glassboro undated
052 New Jersey [untitled] 1975-1978
Box 053 – New Jersey
Box State/Country City Year
053 New Jersey Paterson 1975, 1976
053 New Jersey Port Elizabeth 1977
053 New Jersey Pittman undated
053 New Jersey South Brunswick 1977
053 New Jersey Sayerville Boro 1977
053 New Jersey Trenton 1975
Box 054 – New Jersey, New Mexico, New York
Box State/Country City Year
054 New Jersey Newark 1976
054 New Jersey Vineland 1960
054 New Mexico Chimayo 1970
054 New York Fulton undated
054 New York Albany undated
Box 055 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
055 New York Bronx 1975, 1979, 1982
055 New York Buffalo 1959
055 New York Brooklyn undated
Box 056 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
056 New York Fulton undated
056 New York Hunts Point 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979
Box 057 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
057 New York Hunt Point 1962
057 New York Elmsford undated
057 New York New York City 1957, 1974, 1976, 1978
Box 058 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
058 New York New York City 1965, 1978
Box 059 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
059 New York New York City 1960s, 1970s
Box 060 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
060 New York New York City 1960s, 1970s
Box 061 – New York
Box State/Country City Year
061 New York New York City 1960s, 1970s
Box 062 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
062 North Carolina Asheville 1975-1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
Box 063 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
063 North Carolina Asheville 1974, 1975
Box 064 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
064 North Carolina Asheville 1974
064 North Carolina Butner 1979
064 North Carolina Charlotte 1983, 1985
064 North Carolina Clinton 1960
064 North Carolina Faison 1960, 1964, 1967
064 North Carolina Gatesville 1960, 1964
064 North Carolina Hendersonville 1974
Box 065 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
065 North Carolina Hendersonville 1964, 1968
065 North Carolina Raleigh 1981
Box 066 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
066 North Carolina Raleigh 1980, 1981
Box 067 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
067 North Carolina Raleigh 1960, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1979, 1980
Box 068 – North Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
068 North Carolina Raleigh undated
068 North Carolina Western 1968, 1977
068 North Carolina Winston-Salem 1971, 1973
068 North Carolina [untitled] 1967
Box 069 – Ohio
Box State/Country City Year
069 Ohio Columbus 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969
069 Ohio Cleveland 1959, 1960, 1961
069 Ohio Cincinnati 1962
Box 070 – Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
070 Ohio Dayton 1965
070 Ohio Toledo undated
070 Oregon [untitled] undated
070 Pennsylvania Lancaster 1976
Box 071 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
071 Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980
Box 072 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
072 Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969
072 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 1981
Box 073 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
073 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh 1959, 1964, 1966, 1981
Box 074 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
074 Pennsylvania Scranton 1972
074 Pennsylvania Scranton 1972
074 Pennsylvania Hazelton 1972
074 Pennsylvania Thornburg undated
074 Pennsylvania Saint Thomas 1968
074 Pennsylvania Scranton 1971, 1972
Box 075 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
075 Pennsylvania Scranton undated
075 Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre 1972, 1974, 1978
Box 076 – Pennsylvania
Box State/Country City Year
076 Pennsylvania Wilkes-Barre 1972
076 Pennsylvania York 1972
076 South Carolina Blackville 1960
076 South Carolina Charleston 1967
076 South Carolina Columbia 1978, 1983
Box 077 – South Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
077 South Carolina Columbia 1960, 1965, 1967, 1974
077 South Carolina Florence 1982, 1983
Box 078 – South Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
078 South Carolina Florence 1982
078 South Carolina Pee Dee 1981, 1983
078 South Carolina Greenville 1973, 1978, 1980, 1981
078 South Carolina McBee 1968
Box 079 – South Carolina
Box State/Country City Year
079 South Carolina McBee 1968
079 South Carolina Pageland 1968
079 South Carolina Spartanburg 1973
079 South Carolina Gaffney (Sunny Slope) 1968, 1969
Box 080 – South Carolina, Tennessee
Box State/Country City Year
080 South Carolina Gaffney (Sunny Slope) 1965
080 Tennessee Chattanooga 1960
080 Tennessee Knoxville undated
080 Tennessee Memphis 1977, 1978
080 Tennessee Nashville undated
Box 081 – Tennessee, Texas
Box State/Country City Year
081 Tennessee [untitled] undated
081 Texas Dallas 1973
Box 082 – Texas
Box State/Country City Year
082 Texas Dallas 1964, 1972, 1973
Box 083 – Texas
Box State/Country City Year
083 Texas Dallas undated
083 Texas Houston 1964
083 Texas Jacksonville undated
083 Texas Panhandle 1970
083 Texas Raymondville 1972
083 Texas Rio Grande City 1972
083 Texas San Antonio 1978, 1979
Box 084 – Texas, Utah
Box State/Country City Year
084 Texas San Antonio 1967, 1972, 1974
084 Texas Tyler undated
084 Utah Salt Lake City 1971, 1978
Box 085 – Utah, Virginia
Box State/Country City Year
085 Utah Salt Lake City 1967, 1968, 1970
085 Utah [untitled] 1970
085 Virginia Alexandria 1962
085 Virginia [untitled] 1969
085 Virginia [untitled] 1968
085 Virginia Berryville 1964, 1968, 1969
Box 086 – Virginia
Box State/Country City Year
086 Virginia Berryville 1961, 1967
086 Virginia Cape Charles 1964
086 Virginia Cheriton 1964
086 Virginia Eastern Shore 1962
086 Virginia Exmore 1964
086 Virginia Harrisonburg 1968
Box 087 – Virginia
Box State/Country City Year
087 Virginia Mt. Jackson 1968
087 Virginia Norfolk 1960, 1969
087 Virginia Richmond 1974, 1980
087 Virginia Roanoke undated
087 Virginia Timberville 1967, 1968, 1971
Box 088 – Virginia
Box State/Country City Year
088 Virginia Timberville 1961, 1966
088 Virginia Virginia Beach 1976
Box 089 – Virginia, Washington
Box State/Country City Year
089 Virginia Winchester 1961, 1967, 1968
089 Virginia Woodstock 1967
089 Washington Wapato 1971
089 Washington [untitled] 1963, 1971
089 Washington Yakima 1971
Box 090 – West Virginia
Box State/Country City Year
090 West Virginia [untitled] 1968
090 West Virginia Charlestown 1961, 1967, 1969
090 West Virginia Berkeley Springs 1964
090 West Virginia, Charleston 1961
090 West Virginia Huntington 1961, 1972
090 West Virginia Inwood 1961, 1964
090 West Virginia Paw Paw 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968
Box 091 – West Virginia, Wisconsin
Box State/Country City Year
091 West Virginia Romney 1961
091 Wisconsin Bancroft 1963
091 Wisconsin Darien 1963
091 Wisconsin Gays Mills 1963
091 Wisconsin Madison 1964
091 Wisconsin Milwaukee undated


Selected Bibliography

Sources Used for Finding Aid:

Baker, Gladys L. Century of Service: The First 100 Years of the United States Department of Agriculture. Washington, D.C.: Centennial Committee, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1963.

Bowers, Douglas E. The United States Department of Agriculture, 1961-1989: [draft]. Washington, D.C.: Agricultural and Rural History Section, National Economy and History Branch, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1993. https://archive.org/details/unitedstatesdepa00bowe

Special Collections Film Collection

https://specialcollections.nal.usda.gov/film-collection

Food Markets – Transition to the Future

Tour of Atlanta Market

The National Archives and Records Administration. “Records of the Agricultural Marketing Service [AMS] Record Group 136.” https://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/136.html.