Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Agricultural Sciences Records, 1895-1999

Scope and Content Note

The College of Agricultural Sciences Records consist primarily of the college dean's office administrative records. Series are usually arranged chronologically within subject categories. Because of the close and sometimes indistinguishable relationship between the School/College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural Experiment Station, many of the records in the record group pertain to both entities.

Series one includes administrators' and directors' meeting minutes. Series two contains general administrative records of the college, including college committees, policies, resident instruction, scholarships, and short courses. Series three includes correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes of organizations and associations that the college participates in, such as the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. Series four includes correspondence and reports from the various academic departments within the college. Series five documents the relationship between the college and the federal government, especially the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Series six includes records pertaining to the financial aspects of the college, such as budgeting and state and federal appropriations. Series seven documents college lands purchased and leased. Series eight contains records of publications produced wholly or in part by the college. Series nine contains reports of the State Planning Board, the Oregon Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, and other organizations on which college administrators served. The series also includes miscellaneous studies, reports, and surveys produced by the college.

Series ten documents the relationship between the college and various state agencies, such as the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon State Board of Forestry, the Oregon Water Resources Board, and various commodity commissions, such as the Oregon Wheat Commission. Many state agency committees and all commodity commissions included a College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member or administrator. Series eleven includes correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes of other university committees and organizations with which the college was associated. Series twelve consists of a 1981 blue ribbon task force report and review of the college's structure and function. Series thirteen contains the college's long range planning records from the 1980s and 1990s. Series fourteen is a 1930s scrapbook of clippings and photographs pertaining to School of Agriculture banquets, picnics, shows and other activities, and the naming of William Schoenfeld as dean.

An addition to the College of Agricultural Sciences Records (Accession 2010:045) is made up of reports collected by the College of Agricultural Sciences that contain information about student enrollment and new faculty hires from several U.S. universities (incl. OSU) with academic programs in agriculture, renewable natural resources, and forestry. Compiled through the Food and Agricultural Education Information System (FAEIS), these reports include statistics broken down by race/ethnicity, gender, and geographic region. The date span coverage represented in these reports goes from 1987 to 1998.

A second addition to the College of Agricultural Sciences Records (Accession 2013:092) consists of materials generated and collected by the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and is made up of plaques, a scrapbook, and survey materials. Containing photographs, newspaper clippings, and event brochures, the scrapbook documents annual recognition ceremonies organized by CAS in honor of students and faculty in agriculture.The survey materials consist of questionnaires completed by alumni in 1976 about their educational experience at OSU and their current vocational situation. There is no summary report for this survey. The four plaques honor the work of the OSU Agriculture Ambassadors and outstanding junior and senior students selected by CAS.

A third addition to the College of Agricultural Sciences Records (Accession 2014:011) includes correspondence, a directory of CAS staff, historical essays, newspaper clippings, handbooks, and reports. In addition to documenting long range planning at CAS, these records also pertain to the InterACTION! Project, policies/procedures, adviser guidelines, historical information compiled about CAS, endangered species act compliance in the Klamath area, Extension education, and communication strategy training for Extension Service staff. Much of the correspondence reflects budgetary management measures in 2002 and the reaction toward a proposal stemming from those discussions to eliminate the Rangeland Resources Department.

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