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Extension Service Records, 1903-2011

Oregon Agricultural College Extension Service Demonstration Car announcement, 1915. During its first few decades, the OAC Extension Service often utilized appropriately equipped railroad cars to provide demonstrations to
				Oregonians on a variety of topics. The Fruit and Vegetable Canning Demonstration Car, operated in conjunction with the Southern Pacific railroad, included five different home-canning outfits, various types of canning
				containers, soldering facilities, and illustrative charts.

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RG 111

The Extension Service Records pertain to the administration and programmatic activities of the Oregon State University Extension Service. The records document policies and procedures, research activities, special events, and services provided to Oregonians at the state and county levels. They also document the service's relationship with the federal government and extension services in other states.


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Digital Resources: History of OSU Extension
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Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


137 cubic ft.; The Extension Service records are housed in 133 cubic foot boxes, 1 document case, 7 oversize boxes, five film cans and 1 oversize drawer.; 218 microfilm reels


The records are organized into six subgroups: 1. Reports, 2. Director's Office, 3. Home Economics Extension, 4. 4-H & Youth Program, 5. Extension Council, and 6. Records from Counties. Most of Subgroup 1 (Reports) and all of Subgroups 3 (Home Economics Extension) and 5 (Extension Council) are on microfilm. Most series/subseries are arranged chronologically.

The paper records component of Subgroup 2 consists of twenty series: I. Administration; II. Associations, Agencies & Organizations; III. Counties; IV. Economic Opportunity; V. Events & Activities; VI. Finance; VII. Higher Education Act; VIII. Housing; IX. Program Determination and Development; X. Projects, Extension Specialists; XI. Public Relations; XII. Publications; XIII. Reports & Statistics; XIV. Reports, Publications & Bulletins; XV. Teaching & Training; XVI. Theses, Dissertations & Class Papers; XVII. Plans and Drawings; XVIII. Oversize Materials; XIX. Commission on the OSU Extension Service; and XX. Programs.

Related Papers

Other record groups pertaining to the Extension Service include the Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 25); Extension and Experiment Station Communications Records (RG 69); Forestry Extension Records (RG 103); and the College of Agricultural Sciences Records (RG 158). Record groups of many academic departments, especially those in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also contain Extension Service records.

Photographic collections that include Extension Service related images are the Extension Bulletin Illustrations Photograph Collection (P 20); Extension Service Photograph Collection (P 62); Gwil Evans Photograph Collection (P 82); E. R. Jackman Photograph Collection (P 89); Home Economics Extension Photograph Collection (P 115); Agricultural Communications Photograph Collection (P 120); Arthur S. King Photograph Collection (P 131); and the 4-H Photograph Collection (P 146). Several Harriet's Collection files include Extension Service images, particularly #969-975.

Several manuscripts collections are associated with the Extension Service. Personal papers of extension agents and specialists include the James F. Bishop Papers; Helen Cowgill Papers; Edwin Russell Jackman Papers; Arthur S. King Papers; Buena Maris Mockmore Papers; Wallace L. Kadderly Papers Kenneth C. Minnick Papers; Bill Rogers Papers; Janet Taylor Papers; J. D. Vertrees Papers; Marvin Shearer Papers; and Esther Taskerud Papers.

Records of extension related organizations include the Malheur County 4-H Leaders' Council Records; the Clackamas County Jersey Cattle Club Scrapbooks; the Multnomah County Home Economics Extension Units Collection; the Oregon State University Extension Association Records; the Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA)/4-H Records; the Oregon State University Collegiate 4-H Club Records; and the OSU Steak and Chop Club Records.

Several publications groups (PUBS) and Memorabilia Collection (MC) files pertain to the Extension Service.

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