Preliminary Guide to the Rangeland Resources Department Photographs
1934-1982

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Creator: Oregon State University. Department of Rangeland Resources.
Title: Rangeland Resources Department Photographs
Dates: 1934-1982 ( inclusive )
1960-1982 ( bulk )
Quantity: 5.4 cubic feet, including 4700 photographs (6 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: P 288
Summary: The Rangeland Resources Department Photographs document ranges and rangeland research in Oregon and other western states and were taken and assembled by Department faculty and staff. Rangeland research began at Oregon State in 1934 and an undergraduate program in range management was established in the late 1940s.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
Special Collections & Archives Research Center

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2075
Email: scarc@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

The first course in range management at Oregon State, Range and Pasture Botany, was offered by the Botany Department in 1917. Additional courses were offered by the Farm Crops and Animal Husbandry Departments during the 1930s. In 1949, C.E. Poulton was hired to develop a 4-year undergraduate curriculum in range management; Poulton had a joint appointment in the Departments of Farm Crops and Animal Husbandry. In 1971, the rangeland curriculum was reorganized as the Rangeland Resources Program within the Department of Animal Science. The Department of Rangeland Resources was established 10 years later in 1981; in about 2007, it was re-named the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management. The former Animal Sciences and Rangeland Ecology and Management Departments were merged in 2012 to form the new Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department.

Range management research began at Oregon State in 1934 with the selection of the Squaw Butte Experimental Range near Burns. In 1953, E.R. Jackman was appointed the first Range Management Specialist for the Extension Service in Oregon.

Content Description

The Rangeland Resources Department Photographs consist of images taken and assembled by the department staff depicting range landscapes in Oregon. The collection also includes images of ranges in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. The photographs document rangeland research, livestock grazing operations, wildlife, plants, dams, insects, and recreational activities. Research projects on juniper control, pesticide use, the impact of grazing on vegetation, range management planning, effective irrigation, and brush burning are reflected in the photographs. Some of the slides include research data presented in text, charts, and graphs. The images depict locales throughout Oregon, including Long Creek, the Strawberry Mountains, John Day River, Pass Creek, Rogue National Forest, Owyhee River, and Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

The collection consists predominantly of color slides (4651); 49 prints are also part of the collection. Most of the slides have been assigned a unique number, ranging from 1 to 4236. Two inventories accompany the slides and provide detailed descriptions of the images. One is arranged by subject and the other by number. The subject guide lists the numbers of slides that were assembled for particular presentations.

A report on state-owned rangelands that references research projects depicted in the photographs and a survey of range lands in Oregon Grazing District #7 (Gilliam, Morrow, and Umatilla Counties) are also included with the collection. The survey includes maps.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Rangeland Resources Department Photographs (P 288), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary.

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were transferred to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Related Materials :  

The College of Agricultural Sciences Records (RG 158) include materials that document rangeland resources research and academic programs at Oregon State. The Experiment Station (RG 025) and Extension Service (RG 111) Records also provide additional information about the Rangeland Resources Department. The E.R. Jackman Papers and Photographs (P 089) include extensive documentation of rangeland issues in Oregon. A film about the effects of clearcut logging on the tributaries of the North Umpqua River is available in the Pass Creek Motion Picture Film Collection (FV P 273).


Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Plants--Effect of grazing on--Oregon.
    • Range ecology--Oregon.
    • Range management--Oregon.
    • Rangelands--Oregon.
    • Geographical Names :
    • John Day River (Or.)
    • Long Creek (Or.)
    • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (Or.)
    • Owyhee River.
    • Pass Creek (Douglas County, Or.)
    • Rogue River National Forest (Or. and Calif.)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Maps.
    • Photographic prints.
    • Slides.
      • Other Creators :
      • Oregon State University. Agricultural Experiment Station.

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