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Food Science and Technology Department Photographs, 1900-1963

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

Collection Overview

Title: Food Science and Technology Department Photographs, 1900-1963

Predominant Dates: 1914-1945

ID: P 142

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Department of Food Science & Technology

Extent: 0.65 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 10 series: I. Glass Negatives, 1914-1921; II. Quartermaster Project, circa 1942; III. Rogue River Valley Canning, circa 1940; IV. Food Technology Production Equipment and Machinery, circa 1900-1940; V. Food Industries Experimental Laboratory Equipment, circa 1920-1940; VI. Relief Canneries, 1932-1933; VII. Food Processing and Packing Plants, circa 1915-1935; VIII. Dehydrator Plants and Works, circa 1917; IX. Italian Swiss Colony Vineyards Postcards, circa 1940; and X. Food Processing Equipment and Facilities, Faculty, and Students, 1914-1963. The prints and film negatives are arranged by series and thereunder by number; the nitrate negatives are arranged numerically.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]

Abstract

The Food Science and Technology Department Photographs depict the department's food processing and canning laboratories and equipment; research and testing activities of the department; faculty and students; and commercial food packing and processing facilities and equipment throughout Oregon.

Scope and Content Notes

The Food Science and Technology Department Photographs document the department's food processing and canning laboratories and equipment; research and testing activities of the department; faculty, staff, and students; and canners' and frozen food packers' short courses offered by the department. Several images of the Food Technology Building (now Hovland Hall) are included in the collection. Faculty members Ernest H. Wiegand, Thomas Onsdorff, and H.W. Schultz are depicted in the collection. Postcards of the Italian Swiss Colony Vineyards in Asti, California depict the winery, vineyards, sampling room, and wine vaults.

The collection includes many photographs of commercial food packing and processing facilities and equipment throughout Oregon as well as in Washington, California, and British Columbia, such as those used for walnut and fresh fruit packing, prune drying, and fruit and vegetable canning. Images of packaged food products and of mobile relief canneries in the early 1930s sponsored by organizations such as the Extension Service are also included.

Several images from the collection are available online in the Best of the Archives digital collection. Photographers include Angelus Commercial Studio, Ball Studio, Drake Brothers Studio, Robert W. Henderson, and Wilfley Studio. The collection includes 465 prints, 167 nitrate negatives, 46 film negatives, 44 glass negatives, and 7 lantern slides.

An addition to the Food Science and Technology Photograph Collection (Accession 2010:079) is made up of 27 photographic negatives depicting the construction of Wiegand Hall and includes one shot of Food Science and Technology Department faculty Ernest Wiegand and Borgstrom.

Biographical / Historical Notes

In 1919, a horticultural products processing program, the first of its kind in the United States, was begun at Oregon Agricultural College by Ernest H. Wiegand. The modern maraschino cherry was developed by this program in the 1920s. In 1937 the program was established as a department, Food Products Industries. A seafoods lab in Astoria was established in 1940. The department was renamed several times; in 1962 it became the Department of Food Science and Technology. Research efforts have involved nearly every food product produced in Oregon including tree and cane fruits; nuts; vegetables; and meat, dairy and seafood products.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 756 photographs; 6 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Most of the materials in the collection were received by the Archives prior to 1985.

Related Materials: The Food Science and Technology Department Records (RG 176) and Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 025) contain significant materials documenting the research activities of the department. Additional photographs are part of Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC), and the Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photograph Collection (P 120), the Gwil Evans Photographic Collection (P 082), and the Robert W. Henderson Photograph Collection (P 098). Materials pertaining to the industrial processing of strawberries are part of the Dean E. Booster Papers (MSS Booster). Extensive information about canneries in Oregon and Washington in 1914-1915 is available in the USDA Northwest Cannery Survey Collection (MSS Cannery).

Preferred Citation: Food Science and Technology Department Photographs (P 142), 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.

Creators

Oregon State University. Department of Food Science & Technology
Ball Studio
Drake Brothers Studio
Henderson, Robert W. (Robert Wesley) (1914-)
Oregon State College. Department of Food and Dairy Technology
Oregon State College. Food Products Industries Department
Wiegand, Ernest Herman (1886-)

People, Places, and Topics

Agricultural processing--Oregon.
Canneries--Oregon.
Cherry--Preservation.
Food--Drying.
Food industry and trade--Oregon.
Food processing machinery--Oregon.
Food processing plants--Oregon.
Fruit processing plants--Oregon.
Hops and Brewing
Italian Swiss Colony
Natural Resources
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Oregon State University. Department of Food Science & Technology
Pear--Preservation.
University History
Walnut--Drying.
Wiegand, Ernest Herman, 1886-

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Glass plate negatives.
Lantern slides.
Nitrate negatives.
Photographic prints.
Postcards.


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