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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

March 2004

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: What is a Land Grant college and what does it have to do with ILR?


According to the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC):

A land-grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanic arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education. Click here for more on the history of the Land-Grant College.

Here is a listing of all Land-Grant Colleges.

Cornell University was created as a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State in 1865, years before separate colleges were created at Cornell. Cornell's Contract Colleges are the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Cornell is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

Currently, Francille M. Firebaugh is the Vice Provost for Land-Grant Affairs. Click here for more information on current activities at Cornell.

The School of Industrial and Labor Relations was founded at Cornell in 1944. Then and now it remains a unique institution, a one of a kind. Within two years, the Division of Extension and Public Service was formed to provide practical skills training and application to advance the world of work. ILR Extension's mission is to translate relevant research into forms that are useful to managers and employees, to their companies and unions, and to policymakers.

Click here for more information on today's ILR Extension Division activities.