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Madera County, UC Cooperative Extension Records
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Organizational History
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Merced Library
    Title: University of California Cooperative Extension Records, Madera County
    Identifier/Call Number: UCCE.MAD
    Physical Description: 65 Linear Feet
    Date (bulk): 1914-2000
    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.


    The phsyical order of this collection is based on its original order at the time of accession. Intellectually, the collection is arranged into 6 series and 21 subseries. The series and subseries are arranged alphabetically with the exception of the Plant Science subseries. The arrangement of this subseries is based on the numerical order of the folders and boxes in which the materials reside.
    Series 1. 4-H
    Subseries 1. Activities and Administrative Files
    Subseries 2. Leadership
    Series 2. Administrative Records
    Subseries 1. Departments and Organizations
    Subseries 2. Reports, Correspondence, Administrative Records
    Series 3. Audiovisual Material
    Subseries 1. Audiotapes
    Subseries 2. Born-Digital Material
    Subseries 3. CD-Rs
    Subseries 4. Photographic Slides
    Series 4. Master Gardener Program
    Series 5. Phoebe Gordon Records
    Series 6. Subject File
    Subseries 1. Alfalfa
    Subseries 2. Animals, Birds, Fish
    Subseries 3. Cotton
    Subseries 4. Farm Management
    Subseries 5. Farm Safety and Regulations
    Subseries 6. Insects and Pests
    Subseries 7. Livestock Management
    Subseries 8. Miscellaneous Crops and Subjects
    Subseries 9. Plant Science
    Subseries 10. Soil
    Subseries 11. Weather, Climate, and Pollution
    Subseries 12. Viticulture
    Subseries 13. Weeds