Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Bioresource Engineering Department Records, 1924-1995

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.

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.

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.

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).


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