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Oregon Emergency Farm Labor Service Oral History Collection, 1992

Victory Farm Volunteer poster, 1945. Victory Farm Volunteers were made up of youth 11 to 17 years of age and was one of the largest groups in the Emergency Farm Labor Service work force.

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OH 08

The Oregon Emergency Farm Labor Service Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted in 1992 by Oregon State University students of five individuals familiar with farm labor in Oregon during World War II.

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Scope and Content Note


0.15 cubic foot, including 8 audiocassettes; 2 boxes


Materials are arranged into two series. An alphabetical view of the oral history interviewees whose recordings are held in this collection is as follows:

  • Adolf, Leonard
    • Two interviews: October 24, 1992; November 16, 1992
  • Bevens, Eldon
    • Two interviews: October 22, 1992; November 9, 1992
  • Burien, Lena (October 12, 1992)
  • Kalb, George
    • Two interviews: October 31, 1992; November 2, 1992
  • Kalb, June
    • Two interviews: October 31, 1992; November 2, 1992
  • Mikesell, O.E. (Oscar Edwin)
    • Two interviews: October 31, 1992; November 22, 1992

Related Papers

Extensive materials pertaining to the Emergency Farm Labor Program are part of the Extension Service Records (RG 111). The Braceros in Oregon Photograph Collection documents the activities of Oregon's Bracero workers during World War II. The Fighters on the Farm Front exhibit developed by the OSU Archives in 1993 is available online. The Extension Faculty and Staff Oral Histories (OH 14) include interviews with other Oregon State University Extension employees; the Soap Creek Valley History Project (OH 06) includes interviews with rural residents in Benton and Polk Counties.

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