The James F. Bishop Papers were created and assembled by Bishop during his career as an Extension Agent with the Oregon State College Extension Service. The bulk of the materials document his role as the first City Extension Agent for Salem from 1949 to 1955. The collection includes manuscripts, reference data, event records, correspondence, reports, and ephemera. The manuscripts include news releases, notes, census statistics, and 4-H program materials pertaining to conservation. The reference data include detailed guides and project notes for 4-H members and leaders, especially for 4-H clubs in the City of Salem.
The event records document 4-H contests, award ceremonies, recreational events, and tours as well as 4-H leaders' meetings and Extension Conferences. The correspondence pertains to 4-H club meetings and promotion. The reports include a 1951 plan of work for boys and girls 4-H clubs in Salem and materials assembled for monthly and annual reports. Promotional materials for a proposed municipal auditorium in Salem are also included. Two ephemeral items -- a patch with the name "Jim" and a plaque with a Guernsey cow and calf -- are also part of the collection.