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Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay

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Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay


Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station.


Carter, Robert McCrillis, 1902-

Published: October 19, 2008,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections


This film is one of three produced In the 1940’s by Robert M. Carter and the University of Vermont Agricultural Expriment Station, as part of a study of hay harvesting techniques and costs in Vermont. This film documents hand methods of harvesting hay.

Preservation and digitization of this film was made possible through a generous grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Source Document

Original version: 16mm film, Special Collections, University of Vermont

Date of Source Document


Digital Format: moving image/mpeg4



Time period: 1940's

Format: moving image


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Hand Methods of Harvesting Hay, Original version: 16mm film, Special Collections, University of Vermont, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library, (accessed November 26, 2015)


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great video. maybe my boys will realize that a small tractor is adequate.

- Guest

see we do need a hay loader...and a tractor...happy scything.

- Guest

Love this!

- Guest

Dear CDI Users: To learn more on this subject, listen to Lucien Paquette's narrated version of this film. Paquette, a retired UVM Extension faculty member, was interviewed by UVM Extension Annual Fund Officer Kurt Reichelt on January 21, 2010 in Middlebury, VT. The narrated "Using the One-Man Pick-Up Baler" video is available online at Enjoy! -- Robin M. Katz, CDI Outreach Librarian

- Guest

Interesting glad they saved these.

- laree

Most of these scenes are exactly like we hayed in the 1940s on our farm in Connecticut. I can almost "see" myself mowing, pitching hay, raking, etc. This is a wonderful reminder of the slow, hard work New England farmers had to do every summer. Note the women and kids working in several scenes. No child labor laws on the farms in those days !

- Fred Humphrey, Guilford

Is it possible to either download this film or obtain it as a PDF?

- Charlie Greene