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Alderman Farms Films, 1943-2001

By Finding aid prepared by Lawrence A. Landis; updated by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Alderman Farms Films, 1943-2001

Predominant Dates: 1943-1955

ID: FV 214

Primary Creator: Alderman Farms

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection consists of three series: I. Films, 1943-1950; II. Videotapes, 1996-2001; and III. Paper Records, 1952-1996.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Alderman Farms Films document the farming operations of the Alderman Farms, located near Dayton, Oregon, during the 1940s and 1950s. Items from this collection have been migrated to digital format and are available online.

Scope and Content Notes

The Alderman Farm Films were made by Urie S. Alderman. The films are 16 mm, silent, Kodachrome color. Aspects of the farming operation filmed include planting, harvesting, and processing of corn, beans, strawberries, peaches, and potatoes; irrigation; barbecues and other social activities; logging and sawmill operations; political campaigning; and general farm views. Of special note is footage of Mexican migrant farm laborers. Duplicate videotapes in VHS and Betacam SP formats are part of the collection. Digitized versions of the films have also been made available online. (Part 1; Part 2)

The manuscript materials include copies of newspaper clippings pertaining to farming operations, Urie S. Alderman, and L. S. Alderman, 1952-1965; a film list; and a copy of Last Harvest: The Story of Alderman Farms, published by Carlton Plants in 1996.

Digital video duplication masters and DVD use copies are available for all the films.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Alderman Farms had its beginning in 1847, when Albert Alderman settled, cleared and began farming a tract of land in Yamhill County. In 1893 one of Albert's sons, Ennis (1870-1939), began farming a small piece of land given to him by his father. In the 1920s, Ennis and his son, Urie (1898-1964), began expanding the farming operation. Urie, who attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1919-1921, experimented with new crops, constructed an on-farm frozen food plant and sawmill, and maintained his own airborne spraying operation. Alderman Farms peaked in the late 1950s, with at least 3100 acres under cultivation, as one of the largest row crop farms in Oregon. In addition to the primary farm in Yamhill County, Alderman Farms cultivated land in Benton, Linn, Marion, and Klamath Counties. After Urie's death in 1964, much of the Yamhill County farm was sold to the Carlton Nursery Company in 1971.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 13 films and 11 videotapes; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The films were donated to the Archives in 1996 by Peggy Childs, Jack Shelburne, and Mary Ann Wiser (nieces and nephews of U.S. Alderman.)

Related Materials:

Other films and videotapes pertaining to agriculture are located in the Agricultural Experiment Station Motion Picture Films (FV 029), Agricultural Engineering Department Motion Picture Films (FV 106), Experiment Station Communications Films (FV 132), and Extension and Experiment Station Communications Moving Images (FV 120).

The memoirs of Lewis R. Alderman, a long-time 4-H program extension agent and brother of Ennis Alderman, are located in the Extension Service Records (RG 111), Subgroup 4.

Preferred Citation: Alderman Farms Films (FV 214), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Alderman Farms
Alderman, Urie S.
Schmitz, John

People, Places, and Topics

Alderman Farms
Farm life--Oregon.
Field crops--Oregon.
Last harvest.
Migrant agricultural laborers--Oregon.
Natural Resources
Oregon Multicultural Archives

Forms of Material

Silent films.
Video recordings (physical artifacts)

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Films, 1943-1950
Series I consists of 16 mm silent color film footage of farming operations at the Alderman Farms near Dayton, Oregon. The reels vary in length from 100 feet to 450 feet. All are stored on 3-inch cores; new leaders were applied in 2010. Digitized versions of the films have been made available online (Part 1; Part 2). Duplication masters available.
Extent: 13 reels

Reel 1.1: Potato harvest, undated
Extent: 200 feet

Reel 2.1: Cattle, travel, barbecue, 1943
Extent: 175 feet

Reel 3.1: Water tower, garden, cattle train, 1943
Extent: 450 feet

Reel 4.1: Barbecue, Mexican migrant workers show, Dean Johnson, 1944
Extent: 350 feet

Reel 5.1: Corn, beans, barbecue, pump, bus travel, undated
Extent: 300 feet

Reel 6.1: Corn, helicopter, politics, employee cafeteria, undated
Extent: 375 feet

Reel 7.1: Aerial views, farm, sawmill, peaches, silo, undated
Extent: 375 feet

Reel 8.1: Sawmill, pump, cake, logging, undated
Extent: 350 feet

Reel 9.1: Stearman plane, bean planting, corn, 1950
Extent: 425 feet

Reel 10.1: Strawberries, planting, harvesting, packaging (processing plant), 1950
Extent: 250 feet

Reel 11.1: Strawberries, water, hoeing, processing plant, undated
Extent: 250 feet

Reel 12.1: Beans, freezing (processing plant), garden, undated
Extent: 100 feet

Reel 13.1: Stearman plane, bean planting, corn, 1950
Extent: 450 feet

Series 2: Videotapes, 1996-2001
Series II consists of videotape duplicates made from the original film reels. They include 9 VHS and 2 Betacam SP videotapes. One of the VHS videotapes includes all the reels; it was made in 1996. Seven videotapes include duplicates of individual reels (reels 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12); one VHS tapes includes reels 4 and 7. These 8 VHS videotapes were made in 1999. The Betacam SP videotapes include reels 1, 9-10, and 12. They were made in 2001.
Extent: 11 videotapes

Series 3: Paper Records, 1952-1996
Includes newspaper clippings pertaining to Alderman Farms, U.S. Alderman, and L.S. Alderman from 1952-1965; a film list; and Last Harvest: The Story of Alderman Farms, written by John Schmitz and published by Carlton Plants in 1996.

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