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The Lancaster Farmer

As part of Lyrasis' Mass Digitization Collaborative, we have digitized our complete run of The Lancaster Farmer, spanning the years 1869 to 1884 (volumes 1-16). The Farmer began publication as a monthly journal in 1869 under the auspices of the Lancaster County Agricultural and Horticultural Society. Edited by Simon S. Rathvon and published by Wylie & Griest in the City of Lancaster, the The Lancaster Farmer was "devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture, Mechanics, and general correlative Miscellany" and was meant to be "a gatherer and disseminator of facts, relating to these specialities, rather than the promulgator of more theories...." As such, the editorial and publishing committees invited individuals throughout Lancaster County to submit "such facts as it may be profitable for the public to know." The reader will find useful information on a wide variety of topics, ranging from "Advice to Working Men," to "Edible Fungi," to "The Cellular Tissue of Plants."

    Instructions for using The Lancaster Farmer

Click on the title of the volume you wish to view.

On the left you will have a list of choices for modes of viewing the item. The larger files will take longer to load. If you wish to conduct a full-text search of the volume, select either the Read Online or PDF mode. To search in Read Online mode (this will download quicker than the PDF), simply enter your search term in the search box and the upper right of the screen. To search the PDF, click on the binoculars icon on the left and enter your search term in the box that appears.


The Lancaster Farmer (vols. 1-16) was digitized as part of the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Collaborative, a project funded by the Lyrasis membership and supported in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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