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University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County, Collection
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  • Historical Sketch
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County, Collection
    Date: 1914-1994
    Date (bulk): 1914-1952
    Collection Number: Ms82
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 11.3 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: This collection documents the history of the University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin County from 1914 to 1994. It affords insights not only into the relationship between the U.S. government, the University of California, and San Joaquin County farmers, but also into the course of local agriculture during the first half of the twentieth century. Also of note is material related to the history of the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service throughout California, related legislative issues, and the history of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. The collection includes staff reports written yearly, monthly, and weekly; descriptions of projects and experiments; administrative files; published research; and photographs of staff members, projects, experiments, technologies, educational programs, and farm animals.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County, Collection, Ms82, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Related Material

    Title: John P. Underhill Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1967 (Ms39)

    Historical Sketch

    The University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service traces its origins to the Smith Lever Act of May 1914, federal legislation that established a system of cooperative agricultural services to work with public land grant universities throughout the United States. It was founded to facilitate the transfer of scientific knowledge from the classroom and laboratory to rural residents. One month later, the first representative from the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension set up residence in San Joaquin County. The program grew over the next half century, not only in the size of its staff and breadth of services, but also in popularity and the extent of its involvement in rural San Joaquin County. Activities of the advisors included troubleshooting diseases of plants and animals, conducting information sessions, demonstrating new farming techniques, engaging in experiments, offering advice for housekeepers, educating young people, and sponsoring summer retreats. The program proved crucial during World Wars I and II, not only for successful efforts to coordinate increased agricultural production, but also for the role it played in addressing labor shortages.

    Scope and Content

    The University of California Cooperative Agricultural Extension Papers for San Joaquin County span the years 1914 to 1994. The collection is arranged in six series: 1. Staff Reports, 2. Project Descriptions and Proposals, 3. World War II Initiatives, 4. Administrative Files, 5. Reference Material, and 6. Photographs. The bulk of the collection documents roughly fifty years of involvement by representatives from the University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension in one of the state's major farming counties. They afford glimpses into the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension itself, as well as rural society; agricultural practies, education, and technology; plant and animal diseases; building construction; labor; household management; and public administration.

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    Personal Names

    Adriance, J. Willis
    Anderson, Ivan E.
    Azevedo, Shirley
    Baskett, Ronald S.
    Benson, Lee C.
    Bevell, Shirley
    Burson, Ralph J.
    Charles, Fred M.
    Clayton, William F.
    Connell, Grace C.
    Cope, Helen P.
    Crocheron, Bertram Hanford, 1882-1948
    Courtney, Ruth P.
    Creighton, D. E.
    Dieter, Dan L.
    Drennan, Marie A.
    Dyer, Frank
    Ellis, Ken
    Estabrook, Loren A.
    Emperan, Robert V.
    Finley, Margaret
    Fischer, Bill
    Fleming, W. C.
    Gaines, Peter C.
    Garrison, Carl
    Glenn, Florence
    Gotelli, Rinaldo J.
    Grass, J. F.
    Harter, H. M.
    Helphenstin,Russell R.
    Henderson, May
    Holmberg, David M.
    Hutton, Granville A., Jr.
    Kegel, Franz R.
    King, Ray C.
    Kissler, James John, 1926-2006
    Kozeluh, Frank J.
    Lert, Peter J.
    Lyons, Frank F.
    McCarty, James A.
    McDonald, Ethel
    Mackenzie, Elizabeth W.
    Miller, Harry L.
    Miller, Vernon D.
    Mitchell, F. Gordon
    Mitchell, Woodrow W.
    Moore, Herbert A.
    Morey, Elizabeth M.
    Newberry, Ruby D.
    Norton, W. D.
    Patton, O. D.
    Paul, Herbert
    Peters, Ruth E.
    Peterson, Ruth
    Robertson, Ralph Denny, 1885-1919
    Rough, Donald
    Rue, Frank
    Sanborn, Ross R.
    Sciaron, Richard H.
    Schumacher, Ruth V.
    Serr, Eugene Frank, 1898-1968
    Spurrier, Frank M.
    Stewart, Ian
    Stewart, Jean W.
    Swanson, Clark H.
    Stiles, J. E.
    Tharp, George W.
    Underhill, John P., 1908-2009
    Van Schoik, Margaret
    Waller, Ben
    Weber, Albert E.
    Wick, Carl M.
    Williams, Carl J.
    Wills, Elizabeth M.
    Wilson, B. Craig
    Wimer, Bernette G.
    Winlow, Gordon
    Wood, Mabel A.
    Wurtsbaugh, Marguerite
    Yarnell, Louise L.
    Young, Robert D.


    Agriculture--California--San Joaquin County--History
    Farm Bureau (San Joaquin County, Calif.)
    4-H clubs--California--History
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History
    San Joaquin County Fair--History
    University of California (1868-1952)--History
    University of California Agricultural Extension Service. San Joaquin County (Calif.). Farm and Home Advisors Office.