About the collection
The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES) collection contains hundreds of photographs depicting the service's programs, most from the first half of the twentieth century. It offers a unique and evocative glimpse into Alabama agriculture, education, rural life, and rural pastimes in the first decades of the last century, including the activities of the Negro Cooperative Extension System.
Although Alabama offered extension services to farmers during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the 1914 Smith-Lever Act formalized state organizations such as the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Service is headquartered at Auburn University and has offices in each of the state’s 67 counties.