Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Rangeland Resources Department Photographs, 1934-1982

Scope and Content Note

The Rangeland Resources Department Photographs consist of images taken and assembled by the department staff depicting range landscapes in Oregon. The collection also includes images of ranges in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. The photographs document rangeland research, livestock grazing operations, wildlife, plants, dams, insects, and recreational activities. Research projects on juniper control, pesticide use, the impact of grazing on vegetation, range management planning, effective irrigation, and brush burning are reflected in the photographs. Some of the slides include research data presented in text, charts, and graphs. The images depict locales throughout Oregon, including Long Creek, the Strawberry Mountains, John Day River, Pass Creek, Rogue National Forest, Owyhee River, and Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

The collection consists predominantly of color slides (4651); 49 prints are also part of the collection. Most of the slides have been assigned a unique number, ranging from 1 to 4236. Two inventories accompany the slides and provide detailed descriptions of the images. One is arranged by subject and the other by number. The subject guide lists the numbers of slides that were assembled for particular presentations.

A report on state-owned rangelands that references research projects depicted in the photographs and a survey of range lands in Oregon Grazing District #7 (Gilliam, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties) are also included with the collection. The survey includes maps.

An addition to the Rangeland Resources Department Photographs (Accession 2013:079) is made up of photographic images taken by Rangeland Resource and Animal Husbandry Department staff. In addition to depicting various research projects involving pastureland vegetation, these images also document class field trips/tours, Range Club members, weed control projects, livestock grazing trials, soil studies, the impact of ants and views of research data/paperwork management. Numbering about 1880 images in total (950 prints, 910 negatives, and 20 slides), most of the prints are attached to envelopes with handwritten notes on the date, subject matter, location, and photographer of the image. Corresponding negatives to these prints are inside the envelopes. The photographs in six of the eight boxes are arranged chronologically by date while boxes 7 and 8 are organized by topic or project. Other than a "file guide" prepared in 1947 for a group of images currently housed in box 7, there is no comprehensive inventory for these photographs. Primarily reflecting landscapes east of the Cascades, some of these images also feature projects in Clatsop, Douglas, and Lane Counties as well. The photographers are identified as D W. Hedrick, C. E. Poulton, B.J. Schrumpf, and W.T. White.

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