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Wallace L. Kadderly Papers, 1931-1963

Collection Overview

Title: Wallace L. Kadderly Papers, 1931-1963

ID: MSS Kadderly

Primary Creator: Kadderly, Wallace L. (Wallace Ladue) (1892-1983)

Extent: 5.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is divided into five series, divided by the regions of the world in which Kadderly worked.

Languages of Materials: English [eng], Spanish;Castilian [spa]


The Kadderly Papers consist of agriculture-related materials produced or collected by Kadderly during his work overseas as a farm broadcaster on the radio.

Scope and Content Notes

Series I consists of maps, pamphlets,photographs, radio programs on various agricultural subjects, handbooks, notes,and other correspondence from Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and South Wales. Series II contains photographs of agricultural events, agricultural booklets, and workshop reports from several European countries that were part of the recovery program included in the Marshall Plan after World War II. Series III contains books, pamphlets and photographs of agriculture in Japan. Series IV consists of pamphlets relating to agriculture, a map, and two sets of slides about farming in Taiwan, Republic of China. Series V contains final reports of Kadderly's Costa Rica assignment, field trip reports from each country he visited, correspondence, workshop materials, photographs, seminar information on thirteen South American countries, information on Brazilian history and pamphlets published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, both in Spanish and English. Some of the pamphlets were published in Costa Rica. Of special interest are the personal comments Kadderly noted on some of the reports.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Wallace Kadderly was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 7, 1892. After he received his degree in agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916, he began working for the Cooperative Extension Service as a county agent in Multnomah County, Oregon. In 1922 Kadderly was transferred to the central office at Corvallis, where he was in charge of information and exhibits. In 1926 he was appointed program director of KOAC, the college-owned radio station, advancing to manager in 1932. In 1933 Kadderly left KOAC to develop the Western Farm and Home Hour for the United States Department of Agriculture, serving as Radio Program Manager of the West Coast Division, headquartered at San Francisco. From 1937 until 1945 he was chief of radio service for the United States Department of Agriculture's office of information in Washington D.C. Kadderly returned to Oregon in 1945 and became the first farm director for radio station KGW in Portland.

In 1947 Kadderly began his foreign work. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation requested his services as an expert on radio farm broadcasting, and he spent several fact-finding months in Australia and New Zealand, on leave from KGW. From 1950 to 1955 he served as agricultural information specialist with the Economic Cooperation Administration (ECA) in Paris. This post-war period took him to European countries to observe the progress in recovery under the Marshall Plan. From 1955 to 1958, Kadderly did special contract work under the auspices of the International Cooperation Administration (ICA, successor to the ECA), in agricultural information methods in Japan, Taiwan, and numerous Latin American countries, where he was based in Costa Rica.

In 1958 Kadderly returned to Portland, Oregon and was employed by KUIK Radio in Hillsboro. In 1949, he served as President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB), an association affiliated with radio broadcasting. In July of 1963 Kadderly received the highest honor given by the American Association of Agricultural Editors, the Rueben Brigham Award, for outstanding contributions to agricultural communications. Kadderly was the first Northwest recipient of this honor.

Kadderly retired in 1969. He was married to the former Alice Cornwall, a 1919 Home Economics graduate of OAC. He later married Ada Jeanette Reed, OAC class of 1918 in Home Economics, who survived him, along with his stepson, Donald Mayne. Kadderly died in Bend on 9 October 1983.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: The OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) file of Wallace Kadderly contains news clippings dated 1933 announcing his departure from KOAC. The KOAC Records (RG 015) contain annual reports and other materials that Kadderly authored. The Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photograph Collection (P 120) contains numerous photographs of Kadderly and others taken by him. Other photographs of Kadderly are located in the Extension Service Photographs (P 062) and in Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC) HC0269.

Preferred Citation: Wallace L. Kadderly Papers (MSS Kadderly), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 19, 2015.


Kadderly, Wallace L. (Wallace Ladue) (1892-1983)

People, Places, and Topics

Agricultural extension work--Australia.
Agricultural extension work--Europe.
Agricultural extension work--Japan.
Agricultural extension work--Latin America.
Agricultural extension work--Taiwan.
Agriculture--Economic aspects--Europe.
Kadderly, Wallace L. (Wallace Ladue), 1892-1983
Natural Resources
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Radio programs.
University History

Forms of Material

Maps (documents)
Photographic prints.
Radio scripts.
Sound recordings.
Tourist maps.

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