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New York State Education Department Division of Agricultural and Industrial Education Enlistment Papers and Reports of the New York State Boys' Working Reserve (Farm Cadet Program)

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The series consists mostly of narrative final reports of participants in the State Boys' Working Reserve, also known as Farm Cadets, as well as occasional daily logs of cadets' activities, a few enlistment forms by which high school students joined the cadets, and correspondence by district superintendents transmitting reports to the Education Department. This program was created to alleviate a shortage of farm labor caused by mobilization during World War I, and allowed certain high school boys and girls to obtain school credit for their work.
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4 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1918
Series Number:
A3112

Administrative History

To alleviate a shortage of farm labor caused by mobilization during World War I, the Board of Regents authorized the release of certain high school students (boys and girls) from school in 1917 and 1918 to serve as farm laborers in a program sponsored by the New York State Food Commission. In 1918 the Department allowed school credit for time spent working, required weekly and final reports of all participants, and provided for on site supervision by district superintendents of schools.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists mostly of narrative final reports of participants in the State Boys' Working Reserve, also known as Farm Cadets.

Also included are occasional daily logs of cadets' activities, a few enlistment forms by which high school students joined the cadets, and correspondence by district superintendents transmitting reports to the Department.

The final reports submitted by cadets give: period of service; location of service; number of hours per day worked; general type of work completed; and a statement of the cadets' impressions of the value and usefulness of the work. The occasional daily logs usually describe in detail the type of work and hours spent by a cadet. The enlistment forms included provide a cadet's name, address, height, weight, age, religious preference, prior farming and mechanical experience, a personal reference, location and type of work preference, and signed approval of parent or guardian.

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