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Mariposa County, UC Cooperative Extension Records
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Organizational History
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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Merced Library
    Title: University of California Cooperative Extension Records, Mariposa County
    Identifier/Call Number: UCCE.MPA
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1914, 1948, 1955 - 2012, undated
    Language of Material: English

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research. A portion of the records have been digitized and are freely available online.

    Conditions Governing Use

    This collection is intended to support teaching, research, and private study. Copyright belongs to the Regents of the University of California. Use of the materials beyond that allowed by fair use or by any Creative Commons licenses assigned requires the written permission of the copyright owner(s). For further information, please contact the University of California, Merced Library at library@ucmerced.edu.

    Organizational History

    At the turn of the previous century, growing concern over the quality of life for rural Americans prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to appoint a Commission on Country Life in 1908. One of the direct outcomes of the Commission's recommendations was the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, which established a national extension service to place the knowledge generated at land-grant universities into the hands of farmers and rural citizens. The Agricultural Extension Service formalized and built upon existing efforts of land-grant universities to enhance the knowledge of farmers and apply scientific discoveries for improved agricultural practices. Beginning in 1913, the Agriculture Extension Service, later known as UC Cooperative Extension, placed farm advisors employed by the University of California in every county that formed a farm bureau and agreed to sponsor Extension Service work. While arrangements have evolved, advisors continue to work in all California counties today and address problems ranging from soil conditions and land reclamation to irrigation; from livestock breeding to improved varietals; and from mechanization to disease and pest management, to enable farms to increase efficiency and productivity.


    This collections consists of two series and eleven subseries:
    Series 1. Fadzayi Elizabeth Mashiri Records
    Subseries 1. Administrative File
    Subseries 2. Historical Records
    Subseries 3. Livestock
    Subseries 4. Maps
    Subseries 5. Trees
    Subseries 6. Viticulture
    Subseries 7. Water and Soil
    Subseries 8. Weather and Climate
    Series 2. 4-H Records
    Subseries 1. Public Relations
    Subseries 2. Scrapbooks
    Subseries 3. Photographs