Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Bioresource Engineering Department Records, 1924-2004

Scope and Content Note

Series 4 documents the research activities of the department. Series 7 consists primarily of correspondence of faculty member John Wolfe, much of it concerning irrigation. Series 8 consists of reports and short features broadcast over radio station KOAC in the 1930s and 1940s. Series 9, annual reports of research, spans the years 1970 to 1983.

Series 10 consists of materials pertaining to the flax industry in Oregon from 1938 to 1954: references, reports, design specifications, and building and equipment plans and drawings. These materials resulted from state and federal fiber flax processing investigations between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Agricultural Engineering Department of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.

Series 11 consists of plans and drawings for homes; farm structures and equipment; selected campus buildings and structures including buildings at some Branch Experiment Stations; and plans for non-OSU buildings and/or sites designed by Agricultural Engineering Department faculty, primarily H. R. Sinnard. Most of the farm structures and equipment plans and drawings were published and distributed by the Extension Service.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2004:013) consists of materials generated by the Agricultural Engineering Department and includes correspondence, grant proposals, meeting minutes, reports, a publications list, and two videotapes. Primarily relating to research projects, these records also pertain to department accreditation, Gilmore Hall remodels and maintenance, policy/procedure development, and budgetary preparation. The videotapes are entitled: "The Stored Grain Management" and "NFPA Underground Storage Tanks." About one third of these records were generated by the Agricultural Engineering Research Foundation and include annual reports, correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, research proposals, and various documentation collected in notebooks.

A second addition to the collection (Accession 2007:006) consists of materials generated and collected by the Biological and Ecological Engineering Department (formerly known as Bioresource Engineering) and includes reports, budgetary records, bylaws, correspondence, historical essays, meeting minutes, membership rosters, photographs, tax records, and blueprints of farm structures. Primarily documenting the Agricultural Engineering Research Foundation (AERF), the materials in this transfer also include reports and radio broadcast scripts on rural electrification from the Oregon Committee on Electricity in Agriculture and the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Research project records relating to baled hay drying, fence post treatments, and oxygen free silo storage were also found in this transfer. The photographs (numbering about 120 in total-70 prints and 50 negatives) document AERF meetings and members receiving honors as well as a hay drying research project.

A third addition to the collection (Accession 2007:104) is made up of materials generated by the Agricultural Engineering Department and includes annual reports, an alumni newsletter, a list of publications by department faculty, and course materials for a soil and water conservation class (AE 471).

A fourth addition to the collection (Accession 2014:068) consists of materials generated and collected by the Bioresource Engineering Department (formerly known as the Agricultural Engineering Dept.) which document research published by department faculty, circulars and bulletins collected for distribution to the public, the tracking of alumni, a curriculum review of the department, and the Agricultural Engineering Research Foundation. This transfer includes article reprints, correspondence, event programs, newsletters, photographs, reports, and technical drawings. Published by OSU as well as other university Extension programs and the USDA, the circulars for distribution primarily relate to construction of structures and buildings such as greenhouses, beehives, food dehydrators, manure storage, sheds, smokehouses, cattle corrals, and water wheel hydraulics. The 22 photographs (14 prints and 8 slides) depict agricultural waste treatment facilities and students doing lab research. About half of this transfer is made up of 5x8 index cards containing information compiled by the department on Agricultural Engineering alumni from 1917 to 1984. In addition to date of graduation, employer, and home address, these cards also contain family information and death date. There are also business cards and newspaper clippings attached to some of the cards.


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