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Experiment Station Publications Photographic Collection, 1949-1979

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Experiment Station Publications Photographic Collection, 1949-1979

Predominant Dates: 1950-1970

ID: P 132

Primary Creator: Oregon Agricultural College. Experiment Station

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: All of the images have been assigned individual item numbers (P132:1-P132:241). The bulk of the images are grouped by general subject as shown on the inventory.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Experiment Station Publications Photographic Collection document Agricultural Experiment Station research in Corvallis and at Branch Stations throughout Oregon.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of photographs of Station research both in Corvallis and at Branch Stations throughout Oregon. Subjects include Station personnel; Branch station and campus buildings and research facilities; and research projects in agricultural chemistry, agricultural engineering, animal sciences, dairy husbandry, entomology, crop and soil science, fisheries and wildlife, food technology, horticulture, irrigation, microbiology, nutrition, poultry science, and vegetable crops.

Many of the photographs were taken by Robert Birdsall, Agricultural Information Specialist (1952-1963) and later Journalism Department faculty (1963-1983). Other photographers include Bob Mason, Bill Reasons, and Len Calvert.

This collection consists almost exclusively of b/w contact prints and camera negatives (4x5 and 120). The contact prints are glued to 6x9 in. cards. There are also a few b/w 8x10 prints without camera negatives (P132:237-238) and several color prints and negatives (P132:239-241). One negative (P132:054) has been removed from the collection because of excessive buckling of the emulsion.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 500 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Many other photographs of Agricultural Experiment Station programs are part of the Agricultural Experiment Station Photographic Collection (P 029), Extension and Experiment Station Communications Photograph Collection (P 120), and Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin Illustrations (P 019).

Preferred Citation: Experiment Station Publications Photographic Collection (P 132), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information:

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement online.

SCARC describes the contents of its collections using the language and terminology of the collections themselves. Since culturally acceptable terminology shifts over time, some of the terms that appear in these materials are currently outdated or offensive.

Historically, "squaw" has been used as a misogynist and racist slur to disparage indigenous American women. Within this historic usage, it has been applied to place names, and scientific or colloquial names for plants. In this collection, the term "squaw" is used in the context of the Squaw Butte Experiment Station. This station is now known as the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center.

In order to provide historical context and to enable standardized searching and access across our collecctions, we have retained the use of this phrase in the collection description. We acknowledge the racism represented by this language and the harm it may cause our users. Providing access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitidues or behavior depicted therein. For more information on impacted collections, see the blog post.

[Date of Acknowledgement: December 2023]

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before Decemeber 11, 2015.


Oregon Agricultural College. Experiment Station
Birdsall, Robert Hill
Calvert, Leonard
Reasons, Bill

People, Places, and Topics

Agricultural chemistry--Oregon.
Agricultural engineering--Oregon.
Agricultural experiment stations--Oregon.
Hops and Brewing
Natural Resources
Oregon State College. Agricultural Experiment Station
University History

Forms of Material

Film negatives.
Photographic prints.

Creative Commons License
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