The Memo Archive

The Memo Archive

Wednesday June 12, 2019 Written by Nadia

Aaron James Draplin from Field Notes has been collecting agricultural crop notebooks for over 15 years and painstakingly scanning and documenting them on the Field Notes Memo Archive.

Issued by seed companies in the early 20th century, the jotters were used by U.S. farmers to record corn notes, suggestions, projections, measurements, guides and gauges - basically anything that helped them live easier on the land. And thanks to Draplin, we can continue to take design (if not horticultural) inspiration from them today.

From 'The Farmer's Favorite' to 'Peach Sweet Snuff', the collection provides an awesome visual history of rural America and its stationery.