The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society

The Proceedings of the Rural Economy and Agricultural Society of Västerbotten County

As part of the utilitarian and scientific thinking of the time, the first Swedish rural economy and agricultural societies were formed around the turn of the 19th century. In 1811 the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture was also established and this meant further encouragement to organize the promotion of agricultural activities in the provincial counties. Thus, in the following years a number of rural economy and agricultural societies were founded and in Västerbotten County this occurred in 1814. The statutes stated the objective that the society would strive for as "the improvement of husbandry through enlightenment, examples, encouragement or rewards." The archive of the Rural Economy and Agricultural Society of Västerbotten County is now held at the Popular Movements Archive in Umeå. 

The Society made a few early attempts to issue a publication to disseminate knowledge and expertise, but none of these first attempts was long-standing. In 1866 another attempt was made with the issuance of Westerbottens Läns Kongl. Hushållningssällskaps Handlingar  (The Proceedings of the Rural Economy and Agricultural Society of Västerbotten County). It was a journal which was not only directed at the members of the society, but also at the peasantry in general. Bo Enander, in his monograph on the society's history, described the content as "highly variably and easily accessible." This publication, however, came to an end in 1878 and was succeeded by yet another couple of short-lived titles, but, in 1890, the Proceedings was resumed and then published continuously until 1998. 

Among the content of the Proceedings are protocols, reports of weather and harvests, descriptions of various activities arranged by the society, lists of prizes that have been awarded, and reports from various officials, including the County Agronomist, the County Dairyman and the County Gardener. There are also smaller informative essays of various kinds. The topic is agricultural, but this also includes the many and important ancillary livelihoods, such as flax-growing, cheese-making, gardening and livestock breeding. The statistical material in the documents is abundant. 

The texts for the years 1866-1878 and 1890-1940 are below accessible as searchable PDF-files (OCR). Thereby it is possible to easily and quickly search the vast material for personal names, toponyms and individual phenomena. All files are available for free download. 

Westerbottens Läns Kongl. Hushållningssällskaps Handlingar
1866
 Första årgången. 4 häftet. 
1867 Andra årgången. 1, 3-4 häftena. 
1868 Tredje årgången. 1, 3-4 häftena. 
1869 Fjärde årgången. 1-4 häftena. 
1870-1871 Femte årgången. 1-4 häftena. 
1871-1872 Sjätte årgången. 1-4 häftena. 
1872-1874 Sjunde årgången. 1-4 häftena. 
1875 Åttonde årgången. 1-4 häftena. 
1876-1877 Nionde årgången. 1-2, 4 häftena. 
1878 Tionde årgången. 1 häftet. 

Westerbottens Läns Kungl. Hushållningssällskaps Handlingar
1890 
Handlingar
1891 Handlingar
1892 Handlingar
1893 Handlingar
1895 Handlingar
1897 Handlingar
1898 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1899 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1900 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1901 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1902 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1903 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1904 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1905 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1906 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1907 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1908 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1909 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1910 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1911 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1912 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1913 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1914 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1915 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Matrikel
1916 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2 - Handlingar del 3
1917 Handlingar
1918 Handlingar
1919 Handlingar
1920 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1921 Handlingar - Verksamhetsberättelse
1922 Handlingar
1923 Handlingar - Statistiska uppgifter
1924 Handlingar
1925 Handlingar - Matrikel
1926 Handlingar
1927 Handlingar
1928 Handlingar
1929 Handlingar del 1 - Handlingar del 2
1930 Handlingar
1931 Handlingar
1932 Handlingar
1933 Handlingar - Matrikel
1934 Handlingar
1935 Handlingar
1936 Handlingar - Matrikel
1937 Handlingar
1938 Handlingar
1939 Handlingar
1940 Handlingar - Matrikel