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University of California, Davis Library, University Archives
Title: Department of Agronomy and Range Science Records
of California, Davis. Department of Agronomy and Range Science
Identifier/Call Number: AR-053
31 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1899-1974
Abstract: Minutes, memoranda, reports, correspondence,
budgets, and photographs related to the departments's courses, research, and operations of the Department of Agronomy and
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special
Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
The Department of Agronomy and Range Science began in 1904 as the Division of Experimental Agronomy in the College of
Agriculture of the University of California, Berkeley. In 1906, the division was largely moved to the University Farm at
Davis, which was better suited to researching agricultural practices of the Central Valley. The two-year non-degree program
included practical work in agronomy and experiment station research focused on developing improved cereal and range crop
In the early years, faculty members focused on specific crops or specialties. Plant breeding was a major part of the
department's research, with an active program in cereals, forage and food legumes, and oil crops. Following World War II,
division was renamed the Department of Agronomy. In 1968, Range Science was added to the department name to reflect the
inclusion of a program devoted to management of range lands.
In 2004, the department was consolidated with three other departments (Environmental Horticulture, Pomology, and
Vegetables Crops) to form the Department of Plant Sciences.
Scope and Contents
Minutes, memoranda, reports, correspondence, budgets, and photographs related to the departments's courses, research, and
Collection is open for research.
Liz Phillips encoded this finding aid with help from student assistant Aditi Sinha.
[Identification of item], Department of Agronomy and Range Science Records, AR-053, Archives and Special Collections, UC
Davis Library, University of California, Davis.
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Agronomy -- Research -- Study and teaching (Higher)
California, Davis. Department of Agronomy and Range Science -- Archives