Western Illinois University

A Foundation for Sustainable Rural Community Development

The Country Life Commission

President Theodore Roosevelt created the Country Life Commission in 1908. It is a foundation for rural community development to strengthen people and their towns. This web page celebrates the 100th anniversary of the commission and studies its impacts over time.


The Report of the Country Life Commission - 1909,

Text only version

Summaries of the Report


Rural Community Development and Sustainability by Timothy Collins



Two Essays on Country Life in 20th Century America by Gene Wunderlich

Please report broken links to Timothy Collins at iira@wiu.edu