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Kenneth C. Minnick Papers, 1945-2000

By Roxanne Edgar and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: Kenneth C. Minnick Papers, 1945-2000

Predominant Dates: 1950-1974

ID: MSS Minnick

Primary Creator: Minnick, Kenneth C.

Extent: 0.05 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Kenneth C. Minnick Papers document Minnick's career as the Benton County 4-H Extension Agent from 1947 to 1974 and his establishment of the roadside clean-up program in Benton County in the late 1960s.  Minnick earned B.S. (1939) and M.Ag. (1954) degrees from Oregon State College.

Scope and Content Notes

The Kenneth C. Minnick Papers document Minnick's career as the Benton County 4-H Extension Agent from 1947 to 1974 and, most notably, his establishment of the roadside clean-up program in Benton County in the late 1960s during a time of increasing environmental awareness and development of programs to address pollution and litter control. The collection includes certificates and awards, correspondence, Oregon State employment records, newspaper clippings, publications, and a photograph. Of special note are letters from U.S. Senator Bob Packwood and Governor Tom McCall thanking Minnick for his work in the cleanup program.

The correspondence is primarily communication received by Minnick, but does include carbon copies of several letters written by Minnick.  Some of the correspondence pertains to his establishment of the road-side clean-up program in Benton County in 1968 with 4-H members as volunteers and later expansion to include many more volunteers and cover all of Benton County.  Letters of appreciation and thanks for various projects as well as retirement congratulations are included with the correspondence.

The newspaper clippings (Box 1 Folder 4) document some of the various awards Minnick received and include an interview with him on his upcoming retirement. The photograph (Box 1 Folder 5) depicts the Oregon State Class of 1939 at their 50th reunion  in 1989.

The publications include an Extension publication "Your 4-H Club Sheep Project" written by Minnick (1955) and the program for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents 55th Annual Banquet in 1970 at which Minnick received the Association's Distinguished Service Award.  Minnick was recognized for his development of livestock projects and activities for environmental improvement as part of 4-H educational programs.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Kenneth C. Minnick earned a B.S. in Animal Husbandry in 1939 and an M.Agriculture in 1954 (with majors in animal husbandry, soils, and Extension education) from Oregon State College.  He began his career with the Benton County Extension Service in 1944 and served as Benton County 4-H Extension Agent from 1947 until his retirement in 1974.  Minnick received numerous honors and awards for his work with Benton County youth and especially for his establishment of the a roadside little clean-up program in Benton County in the late 1960s.  Minnick was an active community volunteer during his retirement; he died in 2002.

Author: Karl McCreary and Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 photograph; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The collection was donated in 2003 by Miriam Minnick, Kenneth's widow and reference and interlibrary loan librarian in the Oregon State University Library from 1957 to 1976,.

Related Materials: The Benton County (Or.) Extension Service Records (RG 249) document extension forestry activities in Benton County.  Additional information about Extension Service workers and 4-H programs are available in the Extension Service Records (RG 111).  The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings also include the papers and records of many Extension Service workers and organizations as well as state-wide and county 4-H leaders.

Preferred Citation: Kenneth C. Minnick Papers (MSS Minnick), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces information about the collection that was placed online in 2012.


Minnick, Kenneth C.

People, Places, and Topics

4-H clubs--Oregon.
Agricultural extension work
Agricultural extension workers--Oregon.
Benton County (Or.)
Class reunions--Oregon--Corvallis.
Local History
Minnick, Kenneth C.
Natural Resources
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Oregon State University. Extension Service
Roadside improvement--Oregon.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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