Martin Svedman was the first of the Svedman family to farm in Colorado. He arrived in Colorado in 1880, and in 1883 homesteaded land near what would become Windsor, Colorado. Over the years, he devoted portions of his land to both crops and livestock. His son Clarence Martin Svedman, born in 1906, took over management of the Svedman lands following his father's death in 1923. Clarence Svedman and his son Clarence James (Jim) Svedman, worked the land jointly until the elder Svedman's death in 1974. The land was initially sold to developers in 1969, with the last parcel sold for development in 1991. The collection contains information on farm operations related to crops and feed, as well as to livestock. Included are financial records, such as bank statements, bank loans, tax returns, bills, invoices, and financial ledgers. The majority of the collection consists of records related to Jim Svedman, although there are earlier items as well concerning both his father and grandfather. Materials from associations Jim was involved in are also present. There are also some photographs of the family and the farm, clippings related to the farm and materials gathered by Jim Svedman on farm prices and costs.

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  • Larimer County Atlas. Loveland, Colorado : Rocky Mountain Directory Co. 1956 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1956
    Two pages taken from the Larimer County, Colorado, 1956 Atlas. The first is page 19 showing property owners in the county for township 7, range 68. The second is page 20 of the atlas, showing the location of property owns ...
  • Svedman farm. Aerial. Undated 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:undated
    Aerial view of the Svedman farm showing topography, agricultural land features and roadways.
  • Svedman farm. Undated 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:undated
    Aerial view of the Svedman farm. The farm house, building structures, vehicles, livestock, and fields are shown. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains can be seen in the distance.
  • Svedman farm. Aerial. Undated 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:undated
    Aerial view of the Svedman farm. The farm house, building structures, vehicles, livestock, and fields are shown.
  • Mrs. Lowe selecting food 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1953
    Mrs. Lowe, Shirley Svedman's grandmother, selects food from a deep freeze chest.
  • Jim and Shirley Svedman with daughter Cindy 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:undated
    Shirley Svedman holds infant daughter Cindy while seated next to Jim Svedman. They are shown on a loveseat in a living room setting.
  • Jim Svedman and family at breakfast 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1952
    Shown left to right, Jim Svedman, his father Clarence Svedman, and Jim's wife, Shirley Svedman, are gathered around a table at breakfast time.
  • Shirley Svedman in her kitchen 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1952
    Shirley Svedman in her 1952 modern kitchen. She is shown placing a dish into a top-loading General Electric dishwasher. Nearby is a sink, an electric cookstove and oven, a refrigerator, and a countertop mixer.
  • Shirley Svedman in her kitchen 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1952
    Shirley Svedman in her 1952 modern kitchen. She is shown using a countertop mixer. Nearby is a sink, a General Electric top-loading dishwasher, an electric cookstove and oven, and a refrigerator.
  • Svedman home and barns 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1952
    The Svedman home and barns with trees and field in the foreground.
  • Shirley and Jim Svedman and farm home 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1952
    Shirley and Jim Svedman in front of their farm home. Route 4, Fort Collins, Colorado, is printed on the mailbox.
  • Svedman, Jim. Honored. 1960-1962 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1960?
    An Outstanding Young Farmers nomination form for James Svedman, outlining his achievements in farming. His education at Colorado State University is noted and that he was operating a farm for seven years overseeing 1480 ...
  • Svedman, Jim. Livestock inventory and loan balance control. 1961-1962 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1961
    A record of livestock inventory and loan balance control itemizing livestock purchased, sold, and on hand. Loan amounts advanced, amounts paid on the loan, and loan balances are listed.
  • Personal and partnership accounts. 1962-1963 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1963?
    A record of accounts showing distribution of farm expenses including those for repairs, fuel and oil, water, electricity, telephone, hauling, and miscellaneous.
  • Svedman farms. 1960-1968, 1973-1974 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1962
    Chattel mortgage form stamped 2594 in the amount of $5,000 documenting a loan agreement between Svedman Farms and The Greeley National Bank.
  • Svedman, Clarence. 1927-1971 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1949-10
    Chattel mortgage form no. 619322 in the amount of $46,500 documenting a loan agreement between Clarence Svedman and The First National Bank in Fort Collins.
  • Labor papers, beets. 1965-1966 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1965-06-01
    Letter from the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, addressed to "Sugar Beet Producer." The letter outlines the Larimer County ASC Committee's requirements to make ...
  • Personal and partnership accounts. 1962-1963 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1963
    A record of cash and checks paid out for farm expenses and purchases. Itemized expenses include those for labor hired, feed purchased for stock, and supplies.
  • Labor papers, beets. 1965-1966 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1965-06-30
    An "Authorization to Collect Wages" with Angelita Romo, as the head of family, to receive wages for herself and family members from James Svedman, farm operator.
  • Real estate deeds. 1898-1989 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1908-07-28
    Union Pacific Railroad Company warranty deed no. 2402 dated July 28, 1908, to Marten [Martin] Svedman referencing contract no. 20F for approximately 160 acres in Larimer County, Colorado.

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