Edwin Russell Jackman Papers, 1917-1968
Jackman, Edwin Russell, 1894-1967
10 cubic feet
Scope and Content Note
The material in this collection consists of four series: I. Manuscripts and Reference Data; II. Correspondence; III. Meetings; IV. Personal Records.
The manuscripts series contains articles written for OSU publications and bulletins, articles written for national publications and specialized trade publications, news releases, radio and television talks, speeches, and manuscripts for his four books, "Gold and Cattle Country" (with Herman Oliver), "The Oregon Desert" (with Reuben A. Long), "Blazing Forest Trails" (with Charles Simpson), and "Steens Mountain" (with Charles Conkling and John Scharff). This series also contains research materials compiled by Jackman on a variety of subjects for use in his writing.
Correspondence includes letters written in conjunction with his work at Oregon State University, personal correspondence, and letters to and from publishers concerning the various articles and books. Meetings records include programs, papers, proceedings and other items from meetings of a few of the organizations that Jackman was associated with. Personal records include a diary from his tenure in the military, military commissions, his diploma from Oregon State, awards, a retirement scrapbook, autographed books from other authors, and income/expense ledgers. Photographs that were originally part of this collection were transferred to P 89, the photographic component of Jackman's personal papers.
New Accession, 2006
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Jackman was born in Stillwater, Minnesota, February 14, 1894. He lived on his father's 185-acre potato, grain and livestock farm in Flathead County, Montana, until 1917, when he entered the U.S. Army. Jackman served as 1st Lieutenant in the Field Artillery, and was stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Prior to this time, he attended Montana State College in Bozeman in 1913-1914 and 1916-1917. During the summer of 1917 he served as County Agent in Blaine County, Montana. Following World War I, he attended Oregon Agricultural College in 1919-1920 and received his B.S. in Agronomy. He was appointed County Agent for Wasco County, Oregon, and except for a short period (1926-1929, when he resigned to enter commercial business) he worked for Oregon State College and the Federal Cooperative Extension Service until his retirement in 1959. In 1929 Jackman was appointed Extension Specialist in Farm Crops; in 1953 he was appointed Range Crops Management Specialist.
Jackman helped organize the Oregon Seed Growers' League and served as secretary for this organization for many years. He was also instrumental in starting the Oregon Wheat League, an organization that has been widely copied throughout the country. As president of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Society of Range Management, Jackman instituted the society's "Youth Range Camp" in 1950. Since that year, the camp has been held annually. He was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national extension honorary fraternity, and in 1949 was awarded the fraternity's Western States Certificate of Recognition. In 1956 he received the United States Department of Agriculture's Superior Service Award "for outstanding success in promoting Oregon's widespread adoption of grassland agriculture and for leadership in developing the state's multimillion dollar seed industry." Jackman died on May 12, 1967 in Portland, Oregon, following a long illness. The E.R. Jackman Foundation, an affiliate of the Oregon State University Foundation located within the university's College of Agricultural Sciences, was formed in his memory.
Extension Service Records (RG 111); Edwin Russell Jackman Photographic Collection (P 89); Sarah Jackman Wilson Papers; MC - Jackman, Edwin Russell.
oversize box 7/1/3/L
oversize drawer 5