College of Agricultural Sciences Records (RG 158)
1895-1997 (inclusive) 1911-1986 (bulk)
21.5 cubic feet, 5 reels of microfilm
Agricultural Engineering students in front of Strand Agriculture Hall about to depart to World's Fair in
Chicago, Summer 1933 [OSU Archives: P36:205]
Scope and Content Note
The College of Agricultural Sciences Records consist primarily of the
college dean's office administrative records, organized into 14 series.
Series are usually arranged chronologically within subject categories.
Because of the close and sometimes indistinguishable relationship
between the School/College of Agricultural Sciences and the Agricultural
Experiment Station, many of the records in the record group pertain to
Series one includes administrators' and directors' meeting minutes.
Series two contains general administrative records of the college,
including college committees, policies, resident instruction,
scholarships, and short courses. Series three includes
correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes of organizations and
associations that the college participates in, such as the National
Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. Series four
includes correspondence and reports from the various academic
departments within the college. Series five documents the
relationship between the college and the federal government,
especially the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Series six includes records pertaining to the financial aspects of
the college, such as budgeting and state and federal
appropriations. Series seven documents college lands purchased and
leased. Series eight contains records of publications produced
wholly or in part by the college. Series nine contains reports of
the State Planning Board, the Oregon Rural Rehabilitation
Corporation, and other organizations on which college
administrators served. The series also includes miscellaneous
studies, reports, and surveys produced by the college.
Series ten documents the relationship between the college and
various state agencies, such as the Oregon Department of
Agriculture, the Oregon State Board of Forestry, the Oregon Water
Resources Board, and various commodity commissions, such as the
Oregon Wheat Commission. Many state agency committees and all
commodity commissions included a College of Agricultural Sciences
faculty member or administrator. Series eleven includes
correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes of other university
committees and organizations with which the college was associated.
Series twelve consists of a 1981 blue ribbon task force report and
review of the college's structure and function. Series thirteen
contains the college's long range planning records from the 1980s and 1990s.
Series fourteen is a 1930s scrapbook of clippings and photographs
pertaining to School of Agriculture banquets, picnics, shows and
other activities, and the naming of William Schoenfeld as dean.
Two complaints files in series two (Administration) are restricted
until Nov. 1, 2004 and June 1, 2006, respectively, because of the
personal nature of some materials.
In 1868, the Oregon Legislature designated Corvallis College as the
state's agricultural college, and in 1870 Corvallis College began
its agricultural curriculum. The next year the college acquired its
first farm (now Lower Campus), purchased for the school by the
citizens of Benton County. In 1873 the college issued its first
agricultural research bulletin, and a decade later the college
established a Department of Agriculture, which was the first in the
Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station was
established on the campus farm in 1888, and in 1894 the first
Farmers' Short Course was offered.
In 1908, the General Department of Agriculture was reorganized into
a professional School of Agriculture, and included departments in
Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, and Poultry Husbandry. Additional
departments were added in the 1910s and 1920s. By 1928, the School
included ten departments, and degree programs were offered in
General Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Landscape
Architecture, and Horticultural Products. The School established a
Ph.D. program in 1932, and conferred is first doctorate in 1935.
From 1931 until 1965, the dean of the School of Agriculture also
served as director of both the Agricultural Experiment Station and
the Extension Service. In 1983, the name of the School was changed
to the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Deans have included A. B. Cordley, 1908-1931; William A.
Schoenfeld, 1931-1950; F. E. Price, 1950-1965; Wilbur T. Cooney,
1965-1979; Ernest J. Briskey, 1979-1987; Roy G. Arnold, 1987-1991;
Conrad J. Weiser, 1991-1994; and Thayne R. Dutson, 1994-.
Because of overlapping duties, appointments, and events between several agricultural units, their
respective record groups contain related materials. Such groups include
Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 25); Extension and Experiment
Station Communications Records (RG 69); and the Extension Service Records
(RG 111). Record groups for individual departments also contain related materials.
The photograph collections of the College of Agricultural Sciences
(P 36), the Extension Service (P 62), the Extension and Experiment
Station Communications (P 120), and the Agricultural Experiment Station
(P 29) have agricultural and related subject matter. In addition, the photographs for the
Agriculture Collection (P 40) and for individual departments contain
images of many College of Agricultural Sciences events and personnel.
Several publication groups, including PUB 57 Agriculture Today
, PUB 196 Ag Leader (College of Agricultural Sciences
Newsletter), and PUB 248 Agricultural Conference Days, include information pertaining to the
College of Agricultural Sciences.
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oversize drawer 11
I. CAS Administrators' and Directors' Meetings, 1979-1987
II. Administration, 1895-1997
III. Associated, 1917-1973
IV. Departments, 1899-1975
V. Federal, 1927-1973
VI. Finance, 1900-1986
VII. Property, 1923-1963
VIII. Publications, 1924-1976
IX. Reports & Studies, 1917-1992
X. State, 1910-1974
XI. University, 1957-1973
XII. Program Review, 1981
XIII. Long Range Planning, 1983-1990
XIV. Scrapbook, 1931-1938
Inventory for Series I-VII
Inventory for Series VIII-XIV