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Joseph W. Ludwig papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0311

Scope and Content

This collection (1939-1987, undated) contains the record books of Joseph Ludwig. Each record book is dated and contains feed checks, receipts, and livestock inventories, lists of expenditures, crop records, and yearly summaries of expenditures, receipts, and net income by the Ludwig farm. Also included is biographical information about the Ludwig farm in the form of a news clipping and photographs of the farm, Joseph Ludwig, and his sister Agnes Ludwig.


  • 1939-1987, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Joseph Ludwig and his sister Agnes ran a century farm outside of Spillville, Iowa. The farm was originally purchased by Joseph and Agnes' grandfather, Jon, in 1858, ten years after he arrived in America from Germany. He left the farm to his son Albert who raised hogs and cattle, in addition to making several improvements to the farm buildings and equipment. After his death in 1928, his wife continued to run the farm with their children, Joseph and Agnes, who eventually took over operations of the now 425 acres of land.

The Ludwig family proudly owned and operated the farm themselves until Joseph’s death in 2002. The farm stayed in the Ludwig family for 144 years.


2.14 Linear Feet (2 document boxes and 1 records center carton)


The collection is organized Chronologically with Biographical information at the front.

Items in related collections

MS-0086. Holten Family Century Farm records, 1936-1942 MS-0355. Wayne O. and Gayle Carns Burchett papers, 1855-2009, undated

Related collection materials

The Department holds a number of Iowa century farm collections including:

Iowa Century Farms Collection (MS 96)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0311. Joseph W. Ludwig papers, 1939-1987, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672