Jump to Navigation

The Land Institute Collection

Siphon Irrigation SystemManuscript Collection No. 777




Research institution, educational organization, ecological agriculture foundation; of Salina, Kansas. Non-profit research and educational organization devoted to the development of alternative forms of agriculture. Established near Salina, Kansas in 1976 by Wes and Dana Jackson. Devoted to finding a type of agriculture that mimics the native prairie of Kansas, does not deplete natural resources, and promotes prosperous communities. Major programs include: natural systems agriculture research, Sunshine Farm, rural community studies, and graduate research fellowships.

Contains correspondence, itineraries, financial records, newspaper and magazine articles, and speeches. Research materials include those used by staff in conducting experiments and writing articles. Notes and reports on experiments are also present.




84 boxes (70 cubic feet)


Land Institute records


Ms. collection no. 777
Shelf location: 123-1-1-1 to 123-1-4-12; 123-2-5-2 to 123-2-5-8; 108-2-8-2; 113-02-05-07/08,
110-05-01-10 to 12
Consult the “Detailed Description of the Collection,” below, for location & folder numbers of individual series.


This finding aid describes materials held by the Kansas State Historical Society. Materials may be used in the Research Room in the society’s Center for Historical Research during regular research hours. Support for telephone, mail, and online reference and research is limited.

In a continuing effort to improve the completeness and accuracy of finding aids, revisions are made as more or new information becomes available. Consequently, this finding aid may differ slightly from what appears in paper form.

Descriptions are often based on a preliminary inspection of the material. As such, they may contain misspellings or other inaccuracies based on folder headings and other sources within the materials. As the collections are arranged and as time permits, these finding aids are improved and corrected. If you spot an error, please feel free to report it to the reference staff or an archivist.


Kansas State Historical Society (Topeka)


Founded in 1976 by Wes and Dana Jackson, The Land Institute (LI) is a non-profit education and research organization located near Salina, Kansas. Recognizing the strain that current agricultural practices put on the land and its resources, LI is devoted to seeking out alternatives in agriculture, energy, shelter, and waste management. Its purpose is to develop an alternative system of agriculture that mimics the native prairie of the region, with the hope that this practice will lead to a resilient, economical, and ecologically responsible form of agriculture. In this system, the crops are comprised of a mixture of perennial plants that are native to the prairie, the soil is left untilled for years, and few or no chemicals are used. The ultimate goal is to establish crops that produce a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops while maintaining the ecological stability of the prairie. Work at LI is carried out by staff members and graduate students educated in ecology, botany, agriculture, environmental studies, and various disciplines within the humanities. Their findings, as well as information about LI and sustainable agriculture, are published quarterly in The Land Report and yearly in the Land Institute Research Report. The Land Report has been published since 1976, the Research Report since 1984.

After its founding in June of 1976, LI took on its first class of interns in September. However, true research into sustainable agriculture did not begin until 1978, as the first year of LI was devoted more to establishing itself as an organization. After that year of establishment, LI planted its first crop of twenty-five native prairie wildflowers in the spring of 1977. This was followed the next year (spring 1978) by what would essentially become the first experimental plots at LI. These were plots of potential alternative grain candidates, containing thirty-five varieties of perennial forbs and grasses.

LI began on three acres of land. Over the next decade, it expanded by purchasing and acquiring land in the surrounding area. In the spring of 1982, the organization purchased a 160-acre quarter section of land that it used to enlarge its plant-breeding program. Four thousand accessions of wild perennial grasses were planted. This was followed in the fall of 1985 by the acquisition of a fifty-year lease with an option to buy eight acres of unplowed prairie. Shortly thereafter, LI purchased a neighboring farm and nine acres of land in October 1986. The farmhouse was used to set up new offices. Finally, in July 1987, LI purchased seventy-two acres of bottomland on Ohio Street in Salina. Additional research plots were established on this land.

In addition to expanding in terms of acreage, LI also expanded its areas of research and programs. The graduate intern program began in September 1976 with seven students. Originally, the program followed a semester schedule much like that of a university. This schedule was augmented in February 1983 to a ten-month program more closely oriented to the growing season. Moreover, interns were then allowed to conduct their own agricultural experiments, rather than just aiding those on which the staff was working. In recent years, LI has also added an intensive weekend course in natural systems agriculture for undergraduate students. In 1998, the internship program was discontinued. It was replaced with a Natural Systems Agriculture Graduate Research Fellowship. This program allows students at the master’s and doctoral levels to conduct research projects on university campuses.

Experimentation also expanded beyond the research plots located on the original three acres at LI. In the spring of 1980, an herbary was established. It features perennial native and naturalized grasses and wildflowers of the prairie states that are used for research and education. A greenhouse opened in 1987.

Two of The Land Institute’s largest projects began in the early 1990s. The first of these is the Sunshine Farm Research Project. This project involves collecting data on the energy, materials, and labor expended on fifty acres of conventional crops plus one hundred acres of prairie pasture grazed by cattle. With its last field season in 2001, the goal of the experiments of Sunshine Farm is to determine the amount of productive capacity a sustainable farm must devote to its own fuel and fertility if it does not use fossil fuels, fertilizers, or pesticides. The desired outcome of this project is a national policy for the transition of agriculture to renewable energy sources.

The second of LI’s large research projects, known as the Rural Community Studies Program, takes place in a small town in Chase County called Matfield Green. LI, Wes Jackson, and other individuals associated with LI began buying land and properties there in the early 1990s. In 1994, they opened a refurbished brick school for community functions and meetings, as well as activities and programs sponsored by LI. The goal of the program at Matfield Green is to use ecology as the organizing principle for human community. Instead of relying on non-renewable resources, people hopefully would learn to adapt to the environment as it naturally exists. Jackson calls this plan “ecological community accounting.” Recently, LI began a “place-based” curricula program that involves three school districts, including 183 teachers and over 2000 students.

The Land Institute is also working to share information about sustainable agriculture with a wider audience. In 2001 they began the Prairie Writers Circle. Involving writers in Kansas and across the nation, this program produces newspaper op-ed commentary to increase public awareness of the ecological and sustainability issues related to LI’s mission. Articles written by Kansas authors run in Kansas newspapers, while those produced by national authors run in both large and select smaller markets.

Work at The Land Institute has not gone without acknowledgement. In the 1980s, Wes Jackson received a Lindisfarne Fellowship. The Lindisfarne Association is a counter-culture think-tank made up of an international community of scholars, artists, and students. They award fellowships to people working to recreate the image of nature, society, and self. A decade later, Wes and Dana Jackson received a grant from the Pew Scholars Program in Conservation and the Environment, which supports outstanding early- to mid-career scholars who are dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of earth’s resources. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recognized Jackson’s work in 1992. Fellowships from this organization are awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-dedication. More recently, in 2000, Jackson received a Right Livelihood Award. Known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” the award is given to people whose work promotes respect for others and the natural world.

Research and education at The Land Institute continues. Their work may well be a glimpse into the future of agriculture in Kansas.

Scope and Content

Land Institute Records Group, 1971-2004 (65 CU. FT.)
This group of records includes all documents retained by The Land Institute from its inception in 1976 to the time of the donation of the records to the archive. The documents include, but are not limited to, correspondence, financial records, travel records, manuscripts and articles, research materials, notes on projects taking place at LI, and minutes from board and staff meetings. Additionally, the group contains similar documents from the Friends of the Earth and Save the Tallgrass Prairie, organizations with which Wes Jackson has been active for many years.

The eight series are titled Correspondence, Dana Jackson’s Papers, Internship Program, On the Road and Travel, Research Materials, Subject Files, Writings, and Environmental Organizations. Records in the first seven series include all those produced directly by activities at the organization. The last series contains records that are related to The Land Institute but because the materials were not created as a direct result of the activities at LI, the documents were separated from the other records.

Most of the documents within this collection are typewritten, but some of the correspondence and notes on experiments and research are handwritten. Depending on the nature of the materials they hold, the files are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically by name or subject. Within most of the folders the materials are organized chronologically. In some cases, specific dates of documents are unknown. Such records were placed in folders designated for unspecified dates. Correspondence is arranged with the original letter and the reply together when possible.
This collection will be of particular interest to researchers desiring information about alternative forms of agriculture and the environment, as well as those interested in the history and development of The Land Institute.

Correspondence Series, 1974-2004 (11 CU. FT.)
The correspondence includes letters sent to and from staff at The Land Institute between 1974 and 2004. Within the series there are two types of documents, General Correspondence and Topical Correspondence. Most of the letters are General Correspondence, which includes inquiries about alternative agriculture, research, Wes Jackson’s publications, and internship and job opportunities at LI. Many of the letters were sent to either praise or criticize the work carried out by the staff. Although people involved in environmental or conservation issues sent some of these letters, average people from across the country sent many. Such letters give insight into the perceptions people have of LI, its activities, and goals, as well as an indication of the reputation and fame of the organization.

Among the General Correspondence are letters from personal friends and acquaintances of Wes Jackson who assisted him with his work. Of particular interest are letters from such individuals as author Wendell Berry; economist E.F. Schumacher; author and native Kansan Harry Morgan; Amish farmer and author David Kline; LI scientist Marty Bender; writer and farmer Gene Logsdon; author and environmental studies professor David Orr; executive chef and owner of Chez Panisse Alice Waters; environmental historian and author Donald Worster; and scientist and Wes Jackson’s daughter Laura L. Jackson. While these letters are, in part, personal in nature, they also contain discussion of environmental and agricultural issues, as well as information on scientific research done by others that could be applied to activities at The Land Institute. They provide the researcher an understanding of the methods used at LI and the collaborative nature of scientific research and writing.

The Topical Correspondence includes letters that were exchanged about specific subject matter. Most of the letters concern articles or interviews that Jackson contributed to specific publications. Included are files on the Sierra Club Book Review, Whole Earth Review, Blue Moon Productions, and Island Press.

Dana Jackson's Papers Series, 1970s (10 CU. FT.)
This series includes documents written and gathered by Dana Jackson, the co-founder of The Land Institute. One cubic foot of the series pertains to an agricultural tour the Jackson’s made in Southeast Asia in the late 1970s. They include educational information on the countries they visited, as well as a spiral notebook and a few loose-leaf pages that Dana used to document the trip. These notes include a detailed itinerary of the events of the trip, as well as her impressions about living and farming conditions, people they met, etc. Additionally, there are a few pieces of correspondence about the trip. Also found in this series are files concerning speaking engagements or conferences, organizational development materials, and photographs.

Internship Program Series, 1980s-1998 (5 CU. FT.)
Included in this series is a wide range of materials pertaining to the internship program at The Land Institute. Most of the materials consist of correspondence sent to LI from prospective interns, responses to these inquiries from LI staff, and applications for intern positions. Additionally, there are syllabi and curricula for each session. Several notebooks document intern activities, including a journal for daily entries and notebooks describing planting, harvesting, etc. in the intern garden. Finally, several files contain evaluations written by interns to critique their experiences. These evaluations give insight into the reasons behind the canceling of the intern program in 1998. The records in this series date from the 1980s to 1998. They are arranged chronologically.

On The Road And Travel Series, 1978-2004 (16.5 CU. FT.)
In addition to his responsibilities at LI, Wes Jackson also frequently traveled across the country, and sometimes around the world, to deliver lectures or attend conferences on college campuses and for environmental, agricultural, or ecological organizations. Records in this series document these trips and include letters, brochures, itineraries, and notes pertaining to speaking engagements and conferences attended by Wes Jackson. Speaking engagements include lectures given on college campuses; talks given at institutions similar to LI, such as the Rodale Research Center and the Campbell Farm; and speeches given for state and national organizations, such as the Kansas Natural Resource Council, the Nebraska Organic Agriculture Association, and the Montana Department of Agriculture. Also included are documents on seminars like the Ecosystem Caucus in California, a conference at the Royal Botanical gardens in London, and the Fate of the Earth conference in Washington, D.C. At many conferences, Wes Jackson was a speaker while others he attended as a spectator.

A final type of materials found in this series are documents pertaining to trips made by Wes Jackson to attend meetings of organizations for which he served as a board member. These include the Kerr Foundation, Meadowcreek, and the Powell Center. Materials in these files include correspondence concerning the meetings, itineraries, memos, and meeting minutes. Copies of many of the speeches that Jackson gave can be found in the Writings series.

Research Materials Series 1971-1996 (7.5 CU. FT.)
Documents used by LI staff and interns in conducting research and experiments are organized in the Research Materials series. This series includes Journal Articles, Maps, Newsletters, Newspaper and Magazine Articles, Numbered Research Files, Poetry and Literature, Press Releases, Sources/Bibliographies, Specific Book Research, Specific Research Topics and Resources, Statistics, and Miscellaneous Research Materials. Each is organized alphabetically by either topic or author’s last name.

Many of the Journal Articles appear to have come from the library at The Land Institute where they would have been used as an educational resource for interns. Most were taken from the journal Science. Maps are of Kansas, the United States, and Canada and focus on agriculture (e.g. types of farming by region, types of soil, native vegetation, livestock, etc.), plant life, landforms, and land resources. Newsletters are from organizations such as the Center for Rural Affairs and The Climate Institute. Articles about sustainable agriculture, the environment, ecology, etc. can be found in the Newspaper And Magazine Articles materials.

The Numbered Research Files contain notes that Wes Jackson presumably used in writing speeches, articles, and/or books. Jackson numbered each of these notes (1 through 380), and an index to each folder was attached to the front. Some of the notes consist of entire articles, while others are simply a quote or several ideas written or typed on a piece of paper. A guide to each file’s contents is located at the front of each folder. The notes are filed numerically.

Copies of poems and a few short stories comprise the Poetry and Literature in this series. Wes Jackson probably used them in his writings or as educational tools with the intern program. One file used by The Land Institute contains the Press Releases, which date from 1980 to 1991. Most of the press releases announce the publication of the results of experiments focusing on environmental and agricultural issues. The National Science Foundation, the Council on Environmental Quality, and Cornell University are among those with documents in this file. The Sources/Bibliographies include lists, handwritten and annotated, of books and articles that were compiled as potential sources of information for the staff and interns at The Land Institute.

Articles and resources used by Wes Jackson in writing one or more of his books are in the Specific Book Research material. Jackson placed each article in its own folder and numbered it in a detailed and specific manner. The topics include ecological and environmental issues, genetics, evolution, natural selection, and ecosystems. Topics relating specifically to plants include articles on annuals, perennials, and biennials; plant diversity; succession; senescence; and disease. These files are arranged according to the numbering system implemented by Jackson. Please note: It is unknown as to which of Jackson’s books this material applies.

The Specific Research Topics And Resources materials consist of newspaper, journal, and magazine articles about certain topics of interest such as community, genetics, hybrid corn, and world hunger. Also included is a file containing congressional papers concerning agricultural issues. Lists of facts and figures associated with genetic crosses of grains, insect and weed control, value of production, grain use and consumption, and yield information can be located in the Statistics material. Last but certainly not least the Miscellaneous Research Materials include articles and papers that in many cases lack titles and authors.

Subject Files Series, 1977-2001 (13.5 CU. FT.)
This series contains a wide variety of materials. It includes Associates/Contacts of LI, Board Meetings, Book Reviews, Donor Reports, Financial Reports, Funding and Development, Lindisfarne Association, MacArthur Fellowship, Magazine and Newspaper Articles about LI, Management Team Meetings, Pew Scholars Program, Related Organizations, Research and Projects at LI, and Staff Meetings. The types of records include budgets, meeting minutes, memos, letters, articles, brochures, and research notes and findings. This series would be most beneficial to researchers looking for information about the Land Institute, its activities, and day-to-day operations.

The Associates/Contacts are people with whom The Land Institute had connections. This includes former interns, scientists and researchers at similar organizations, editors, authors, and friends of Wes Jackson with interest in LI. Some files of interest include Wendell Berry, David Kline, F.M. Lappe, Amory Lovins, Harry Mason, David Orr, Jeremy Rifkin, Robert Rodale, E.F. Schumacher, John M. Simpson, and Donald Worster. Contents consist of correspondence between the contacts and Wes Jackson, articles written by the contacts, information about their organization, etc.

Information on meetings of the LI board can be found in The Board Meetings material. The files contain some correspondence between board members, memos and minutes from specific meetings, and lists of who sat on the board. Copies of reviews of Wes Jackson’s books that appeared in magazines and newspapers are in the Book Reviews material and date from 1985 to 1997. Included are reviews of Meeting the Expectations of the Land (1985/1986), Altars of Unhewn Stone: Science and the Earth (1988/1989), Becoming Native to This Place (1996/1997), and Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place (1997).

The Financial Reports contain records on the budget, spending, and income of The Land Institute. The file has two types of documents: Budgets and Donor Reports. The Budget documents contain copies of the yearly budget, which are itemized to show from where money was coming in and on what it was spent. There is also a file on audits and accounting and one on a management assistance group that helped the organization get its affairs in order. Materials in the Donor Reports include lists of people and organizations that gave money to LI. Information found in the lists includes the name and address of the donor, how they learned about LI, the amount of their donation, and a history of their donations over the past five years including date and amount given.

Funding and Development documents the fundraising efforts of the staff at The Land Institute. Found within the files are itineraries from trips made to solicit funds; information about grants and how to build an endowment; and letters of inquiry sent to potential donors. Additionally, there is also a file on a large grant proposal developed by LI.

William Irwin Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association in 1972. It is a counter-culture think-tank made up of an international community of scholars, artists, and students. The group believes that pre-industrial images of nature, society, and self are no longer applicable to the modern world, and that it is time for them to be recreated. Fellowships are awarded to people whose work promotes these ideas. Wes Jackson was awarded a Lindisfarne Fellowship around 1981. Materials include correspondence about Fellows conferences, symposia, and activities; copies of speeches and articles that Jackson contributed to conferences and anthologies compiled by Thompson; and a file of information about William Irwin Thompson.

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards fellowships to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Potential fellows have to meet three criteria: they have to show exceptional creativity; their work has to show promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment; and they have to show potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. Wes Jackson was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. The materials include correspondence regarding Fellows meetings and reunions and requests for recommendations for other potential fellows, as well as biographies of some of the Fellows.

The Magazine And Newspaper Articles files include articles written about The Land Institute. There is also a file entitled “Rodale Editorial,” and another containing an article entitled “What America Grows” by D. Luten. Memos and minutes from staff meetings at The Land Institute are in the Staff Meetings materials. The management team at LI consists of appointed staff members, and they meet to discuss issues and problems in the day-to-day running of the organization. This includes everything from formulating a budget to recruiting interns to ensuring the care of the grounds and equipment. The contents consist of memos and minutes from LI’s management team meetings, including information about the creation of the committee.

The Pew Scholars Program in Conservation and the Environment was created to support outstanding early- to mid-career scholars who are dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of our planet’s natural resources. The award is meant to assist scholars in working on opportunities for conservation through a plan that combines problem solving, research, education, and action in ways tailored to their opportunities and capabilities. Wes and Dana Jackson were named Pew Scholars in 1990. Records include information about the scholars program, correspondence concerning meetings, gatherings, and workshops, and biographies of some of the scholars.

Documents from organizations with interests similar to those of The Land Institute or with whom LI coordinated activities are in the Related Organizations materials. The materials include annual reports, brochures, correspondence, and articles. Some organizations of interest include the Center for Rural Affairs, Great Plains Institute for Sustainable Water Resources, Kansas Land Trust, Land Stewardship Project, New Alchemy Institute, Ogallala Aquifer Working Group, and the Schumacher Society.

Experimentation and research by both staff members and interns are documented in the Research and Projects at LI materials. Found within are files on experiments; plans for future experiments; descriptions of the seeds planted at the beginning of the institute, as well as information about the greenhouse and the herbary; documents concerning LI’s activities at Matfield Green and Sunshine Farm; Prairie Festival programs; and tables concerning yield.

Writings Series 1982-1996 (1 CU. FT.)
This series is comprised of articles, manuscripts, and speeches about sustainable agriculture written by people at or associated with The Land Institute. The documents include Wes Jackson’s Works, Marty Bender’s Works, Laura Jackson’s Works, Collaborative Efforts of LI Staff, Authors with LI Connections, and Unknown Authors. Items in the Wes Jackson’s Works file include manuscripts for several of his books, including Altars of Unhewn Stone, Becoming Native to This Place, New Roots for Agriculture, and Rooted in the Land; correspondence pertaining directly to the books; and copies of lectures and short articles. The other materials are all short articles, except for a copy of the manuscript of Harry Mason’s Life on the Dry Line: Working the Land. This series provides insight into the science behind sustainable agriculture, as well as presenting a more philosophical approach to environmental issues.

Environmental Preservation Organizations Series, 1971-1997
(.5 CU. FT.)

This series contains records from organizations with which Wes Jackson had contact independent of his involvement with The Land Institute. These documents were not produced as a direct result of activities at LI. The series contains material from The Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc. This series will be of particular interest to those concerned with environmental issues or with an interest in environmental organizations.

Wes Jackson served as the Mid-Western Vice President of FOE in 1986. The records date from 1980 to 1997 and contain letters, financial records, memos, newsletters, newspaper articles, and board meeting agendas and minutes, relative to Jackson’s involvement with the organization. It also includes court papers concerning Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. David Brower. Brower was the founder and CEO of Friends of the Earth, and was accused of activities that hindered the fulfillment of the goals of the organization. The court papers from Brower’s counter suit of FOE are also present.

The Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc. records include letters, brochures, articles, newsletters, and event fliers concerning the Tallgrass Prairie in Kansas and Oklahoma. A majority of the documents pertain to efforts made to preserve the tallgrass prairie, as well as potentially turning the land into a national park.

Contents List

Organization of the Collection

Organized into 8 series corresponding to the format of the materials. Accretions added as they come in.

Contents: Series 1. Correspondence, 1974-2004 -- Series 2. Dana Jackson’s Papers, 1970s -- Series 3. Internship Program, 1980s-1998 -- Series 4. On the Road and Travel, 1978-2004 -- Series 5. Research Materials 1971-1996 -- Series 6. Subject Files, 1977-2001 -- Series 7. Writings 1982-1996 -- Series 8. Environmental Preservation Organizations 1971-1997.

Box List

Click the highlighted description notes below to see a list of folders or items in that box.

Series 1. Correspondence Series, 1974-2004 (11 CU. FT.)

Box Number







1977 - 1985



General; 1978-1987






General; 1987-1990



General; 1991-1994






1994 -1995



General; 1994-1998; Topical; Alphabetical

















Series 2. Dana Jackson’s Papers, 1970s (10 CU. FT.)

Box Number




Agricultural Tour to Southeast Asia



LI Administration, Board Meetings, Management Team Notes, etc






Photographs, Articles about LI, The Land Report












Prairie Festival












Series 3. Internship Program 1980s-1998 (5 CU. FT.)

Box Number




Applications from Ghana, evaluations, curricula, and correspondence



Assigned Readings



Curriculum, calendars, etc; 1988-1993, 1998



Correspondence, applications, evaluations, Matfield Green, Sunshine Farm, etc…



Correspondence and applications, early 1990s



Handouts, articles, potential interns, correspondence, applications, and evaluations



Notebooks on intern Garden



Series 4. On the Road and Travel, 1978-2004 (16.5 CU. FT.)

Box Number













1982 -1983

































1983, 1998, 1999






1991, 1992, 2000









1978-1980, 2000




Series 5. Research Materials, 1971-1996 (7.5 CU. FT.)

Box Number





Newspaper and Magazine Articles: 1974-1978

Numbered Research Files: 23-71



Journal Articles: Authors Abell, Dana L. to Johnson, Frederick



Journal Articles: Authors Jones, David A. to Steindl-Rast, Brother David



Journal Articles: 1989-1993

Newspaper and Magazine Articles: 1980-1993



Journal Articles



Journal Articles



Maps: Kansas, the United States and Canada

Newsletters: Alphabetical

Newspaper and Magazine Articles: 1971-1996

Numbered Research Files: Missing

Poetry and Literature: Alphabetical

Press Releases: 1980-1991

Sources/Bibliographies: Alphabetical



Specific Book Research: Research from IA 1 to Acknowledgements



Specific Book Research: Research from VF 1-2 through Acknowledgements

Specific Research Topics and Resources: Alphabetical

Statistics: 1972-1989

Miscellaneous Research Materials: 1971-1996



Series 6. Subject Files, 1977-2001 (13.5 CU. FT.)

Box Number




Associates/Contacts of LI: Alphabetical



Associates/Contacts of LI: Alphabetical

Board Meetings: 1987-1997

Financial Reports: Donor 1985-1998

Speaking Engagements: 1989



Board Meetings: 1986

Book Reviews: 1985-1997



Board Meetings: 1987-1988

Financial Reports: 1993

Management Team Meetings: 1992-1993

Research and Projects at LI: Prairie Festival, The Land Report, Sunshine Farm



Financial Reports: 1977-1999



Financial Reports: 1990 Budget

Lindisfarne: 1981, 1987

McArthur Fellowship: 1992, 1996

Management Team Meetings: 1996

Pew Scholar’s Program: 1991-1994

Research and Projects at LI: Prairie Festival, Herbary, Sunshine Farm, Research

Speaking Engagements: 1995



Financial Reports: Taxes 1992

Magazine and Newspaper Articles: 1986-1989

Research and Projects at LI: Matfield



Funding and Development: 1980-1997

Lindisfarne: 1981-1997

McArthur Fellowship: 1993-1996

Magazine and Newspaper Articles: 1982-1999

Management Team Meetings: 1989-1993

Pew Scholar’s Program: 1991-1994

Related Organizations: Alphabetical



Funding and Development: 1988-1998

Research and Projects at LI: 1988, 1989, 1996



Funding and Development: 1981

Macarthur Fellowship: 1981-2001

Pew Scholar’s Program: 1981-2001



Macarthur Fellowship: 1987-2001



Magazine and Newspaper Articles: 1980-1992

Staff Meetings: 1980-1992



Research and Projects at the Land Institute: Alphabetical



Research and Projects at LI: The Land Report



Research and Projects at LI: Matfield Green, Rockefeller, Flagstaff course, research articles, etc



Research and Projects at LI (Oversize)



Series 7. Writings Series, 1982-1996 (1 CU. FT.)

Box Number




Wes Jackson; Materials from Altars Book to Gastronomy Paper



Wes Jackson: Materials from The Good News Is…through Misc. Writing

Marty Bender: 1986, 1989, 1996

Laura Jackson: 1986-1987

LI Staff: 1982-1990

Authors with LI Connections: Alphabetical by Author

Unknown Authors: Alphabetical by Title


Series 8. Environmental Preservation Organizations, 1971-1997 (.5 CU. FT.)

Box Number




Friends of the Earth: 1980-1997

Tallgrass Prairie: 1971-1997


Accretion: 2008-075.01 (3 cubic feet).

Box Number




Papers used for Wes Jackson's book

110-05-01-10 to 12

Accretion: 2009-019.01, 2007-2008 (2 cubic feet).

Box Number




Miscellaneous Subjects and Correspondence


Related Records and Collections

Related Materials
In addition to the materials listed below, see the following card catalog headings:

Agricultural Ecology
Botany - Ecology
Man -- Influence on Environment
Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc.

Jackson, Wes. Altars of Unhewn Stone. GL333. 1. J139
Jackson, Wes. Becoming Native to This Place. K363.7 J139
Jackson, Wes. “Living Nets in a New Prairie Sea” in T.H. Evans, Prairie, p. 9-11. 574.5 Ev16 p.9
Jackson, Wes. Man and the Environment. 301.3 J139
Jackson, Wes. Meeting the Expectations of the Land. 630 J139
Jackson, Wes. New Roots for Agriculture. 333.76 J138
Jackson, Wes. Rooted in the Land. HM 131. R697 1996

Land Institute, Salina. The Land Report, no. 1- 62. 333. 005 L23
Land Institute, Salina. Research Report, no. 1-10. 333. 005
Land Institute, Salina. Prairie Festival Program. 333. 005 L23f
Land Institute, Salina. Peace the Kansas Dream. 172. 4 Pam. v.1 no.1
Land Institute, Salina. Misc. Pamphlets. 333. 005 L23 Pam v.1
Land Institute, Salina. Annual Report. 333. 005 L23a

Mason, Harry Morgan. Life on the Dry Line: Working the Land. 630.1 M381

Smith, Nancy Mary Eyster. Tallgrass Prairies: An Ecological Analysis of 77
Remnants. (Microfiche) no. 182

U.S. National Park Service. Midwest Region. Special Resource Study: Z-Bar
(Spring Hill) Ranch, Chase Co., Kansas. K711 T145s

Jones, Bruce A. Archaeological Overview and Assessment for Tallgrass Prairie
National Preserve, Chase Co., KS. K711 .558 R145j

General Management Plan and Environment Impact Statement: Tallgrass Prairie
Preserve, KS. K711 T145

Collins, Scott L. and Linda L. Wallace, eds. Five in North American Tallgrass
Prairies. 574 .5 F514

United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Subcommittee on Public Lands, National Parks, and Forests. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Public Lands, National Parks, and Forests on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, Second Session on S.1967 to provide for the establishment of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the state of Oklahoma, and for other purposes, May 26, 1988. 328.7304 Un3s 100-871

Fletcher, Wendell. The American Cropland Crisis: Why U.S. Farmland is Being Lost and How Citizens and Government Are Trying to Save What is Left. HD205. F48 H5

Peterson, Pam, ed. Biological Soil Crusts: Ecology and Management. KSHS Fed. Microfiche I53. 35:1730-2

Beeman, Randall S. A Green and Permanent Land: Ecology and Agriculture in The 20th Century. 333. 76 B392

Larrabee, Aimee. Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie. Oversize K577. 44 L328

Sherow, James E. A Sense of the American West: An Anthology of Environmental History. 33. 7Se59

McIsaac, Gregory and William R. Edwards. Sustainable Agriculture in the American Midwest: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future. 630. 977 Su82

Malin, James Claude. History and Ecology: Studies of the Grassland. 333. 74 M295

“Land Institute Sows Seeds of New Agriculture” in Kansas Business News v.2,
no. 12, Nov. 1981, p. 8, 10. 381. 05 K13b v.2 no.12 p.8

Smith, Roger C. “Upsetting the Balance of Nature, with Special Reference to
Kansas and the Great Plains” in Science, v. 75, no. 1956, June 24, 1932, p. 649-654. GL505 Sc2 v.75 no.649

Evans, Terry. Prairie: Images of Ground and Sky. 547. 5 Ev16

Albertson, Frederick William. Ecology of Mixed Prairie in West Central Kansas. 580 Pam.v.2

Duncan, Patricia D. Tallgrass Prairie: The Inland Sea. 581 .5 D912

Farney, Dennis. “Restoring Prairies is Tougher Than Just a Planting Job…” in Smithsonian, July 1965, p. 61-65. 711 Un3 Pam. V.1 no.6

Haden, Gary. “Konza Prairie is Ecological Gem for Scientific Study of Grasses in Kansas State University Clippings, v.8, p.139-141. SP630. 7Kl3 clipp. v.8 p.139

Hetzer, W.A. “An Ecological Study of the Prairie and Pasture Lands in Douglas and Franklin Counties, Kansas” in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Sept. 1951, v. 54, no. 3, p. 356-69. SP506 Kl3 v.54 no.3 p.356

Madson, John. Where the Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie. GL574 .5 M267

Weaver, John Ernest. Prairie Plants and Their Environment: A Fifty-Year Study in the Midwest. GL581. 52 W379

Saving the Prairie Two Days at a Time. 711 Un 3s

Wooster, Lyman C. “The Scientist on the Farm” in Kansas Academy of Science
Transactions v. 28 p. 319. SP 506 Kl3 v.28 p.319

Ham, George E. The Rise of the Wheat State: A History of Kansas Agriculture. 630. 6H17

Keifer, Ben. “ACP (Agriculture Conservation Program) in Kansas” in Land Improvement v. 2, no. 11, Nov. 1955, p. 17, 28. 631. 45 L229 v.2 no.11 p.17

Reichman, O.J. Konza Prairie: A Tallgrass Prairie National History. SP630. 7 Z B521r

Tomanek, Gerald Wayne. Effects of Climate and Grazing on Mixed Prairies. GL506 Am3a

“Types of Tallgrass Prairies in Kansas” in Kansas Wildlife an Parks v. 48 no. 1 Jan./Feb. 1991 p. 31. SP639 Kl3k v.48 no.1 p.31

Perry, Stephen M. Limestone, Oak and Bluestem. (Note: “A character study of the Flinthills Region of Kansas.”) F687. F55 P47

“Prairie Acre Preserves Virgin Land on KU Campus” in Kansas University Clippings, v.12, p.229. (Article originally ran in the Lawrence Journal World Aug. 26, 1963). SP378 K13 clipp. v.12 p.229

Popper, Joe. “Life on the Konza: Searching for the Ultimate Answers in the Tallgrass Prairie” in Kansas State University Clippings, v.10, p.221-230. SP630. 7 K13 clipp. v.10 p.221

Dewing, Rolland. “Introduction: Environment Versus Culture” in Kansas History. v. 12, no. 3, Autumn, 1989. p. 148-9. SP906 K13qh v.12 p.148

Separated Material

Photographs: Removed and transferred to the Photograph collection.
Books: Removed and transferred to the Library collection.

Other Finding Aid

Copies of this finding aid are available in the Research Room of the Center for Historical Research and on its web site, http://www.kshs.org.


Alphabetical card index to correspondents by name available in the repository.


The Land Institute Home Page. Ed. Granberg, Elizabeth. 13 Feb. 2001. The Land Institute. 15 June 2002 http://www.landinstitute.org.

Index Terms

Subject Headings

The terms listed below may include names, places, subjects, occupations, titles, and other words describing this collection. These terms are used in the ATLAS catalog used by the Kansas State Historical Society and affiliated libraries in Topeka, http://lib.wuacc.edu/search, as well as libraries and archives subscribing to OCLC, a national library/archives database. Searches on these words should produce a description of this collection as well as other books and collections that may be of interest. Names in SMALL CAPS are cataloging added entries (co-creators); names in regular type are subjects. Topical terms are Library of Congress subject headings unless indicated otherwise.

Personal Names

Bender, Marty
Berry, Wendell, 1934-
Brower, David Ross, 1912-2000
Jackson, Dana L., 1937-
Jackson, Laura L.
Jackson, Wes
Kline, David
Logsdon, Gene
Mason, Harry Morgan, 1908-
Orr, David W., 1944-
Schumaker, E.F.
Waters, Alice
Worster, Donald, 1941-

Corporate Names

Friends of the Earth – United States
Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Land Institute
Lindisfarne Association
John D. and Catherine R. MacArthur Foundation
Pew Charitable Trusts
Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc.

Geographic Names

Salina (Kan.)
Saline County (Kan.)
Matfield Green (Kan.)
Chase Co. (Kan.)
Middle West


Agricultural conservation -- Kansas
Agricultural diversification -- Kansas
Agricultural ecology -- Kansas
Agricultural systems -- Kansas
Agriculture -- Study and teaching -- Kansas
Agriculture -- Kansas
Agriculture -- Kansas -- Experimentation
Agriculture -- Kansas -- Experimentation Periodicals
Agriculture -- Kansas -- Research
Agriculture -- Kansas -- Research -- Periodicals
Agriculture and ecology -- Kansas
Agriculture -- Study and teaching -- Kansas
Crops -- Kansas
Crop science – Kansas
Environmental responsibility -- Kansas
Land use, Rural -- Kansas
Plant biotechnology -- Kansas
Plant ecological genetics
Permaculture -- Kansas
Rural development -- Kansas
Soil conservation -- Kansas


Jackson, Wes, Altars of Unhewn Stone.
Jackson, Wes, Becoming Native to This Place.
Jackson, Wes, Man and the Environment.
Jackson, Wes, Meeting the Expectations of the Land.
Jackson, Wes, New Roots for Agriculture.
Jackson, Wes, Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place.
Mason, Harry Morgan, Life on the Dry Line: Working the Land.


Agriculturalists -- Kansas
Agricultural research managers -- Kansas
Environmentalists -- Kansas
Scientists -- Kansas
Plant geneticists
Botanists -- Kansas


Experimentation (aat)

Additional Information for Researchers

Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

Notice: This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The user is cautioned that the publication of the contents of this microfilm may be construed as constituting a violation of literary property rights. These rights derive from the principle of common law, affirmed in the copyright law of 1976 as amended, that the writer of an unpublished letter or other manuscript has the sole right to publish the contents thereof unless he or she affirmatively parts with that right; the right descends to his or her legal heirs regardless of the ownership of the physical manuscript itself. It is the responsibility of a user or his or her publisher to secure the permission of the owner of literary property rights in unpublished writing.

Wes Jackson retains the copyright to all materials written by him (published or unpublished) until his death. Copyright at that point would transfer to the Kansas State Historical Society. Requests for copies or permissions should be directed to: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute, 2440 E. Water Well Rd., Salina, KS 67401-9941.

Alternate Form Available

Book manuscripts by Wes Jackson; Available in book form.

Preferred Citation

Note: [document and/or series description], Land Institute Records, 1974-[ongoing] (bulk 1981-1998), ms collection 777: Library and Archives Division, Kansas State Historical Society.
Bibliography: Land Institute. Land Institute Records, 1974-[ongoing] (bulk 1981-1998), ms collection 777: Library and Archives Division, Kansas State Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift; The Land Institute, 1999 -2003; Accession Numbers 1999-098, 2001-206, 2003-123, 2004-103.01, 2004-103.02, 2008-075.01, 2009-019.01

Processing Information

Collection processed by Nikaela J. Zimmerman, Lela Barnes Intern, 2002-2003, and Nicole Roberts, intern, 2007.


Additions of similar materials to this collection are expected as The Land Institute no longer needs them for current operations.


Letters from Wendell Berry to Wes Jackson were photocopied at the Kansas State Historical Society, 1998. Originals in private hands.