Guide to Oregon State University Collegiate 4-H Club Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Collegiate 4-H Club (Oregon State University)
Title: Oregon State University Collegiate 4-H Club Records
Dates: 1929-1985 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.7 cubic foot (3 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS 4-H Club
Summary: The Collegiate 4-H Club Records document the activities of this student organization at Oregon State University. The Campus 4-H Club was founded at Oregon Agricultural College in the 1920s and remained activie until 1985.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials inEnglish. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Oregon State University Collegiate 4-H Club, originally called the OAC (Oregon Agricultural College) Campus 4-H Club, was organized in the early 1920s. The Campus 4-H Club was established by ex-4-H Club members who were interested in maintaining contact with their 4-H friends and with the Extension Service. Through the Campus Club these college students were able to maintain friendships from 4-H Summer School, the State Fair, the Pacific International Livestock exhibition and other inter-county events. An undated history of the Collegiate 4-H Club proclaimed the club offered new and rewarding experiences to students on their entrance to college.

The Oregon chapter of Mu Beta Beta, the 4-H Club honorary society,was established in 1928 with 22 members, and the Campus 4-H Club was instrumental in getting the honorary society started. Within the School of Agriculture, the Campus 4-H club has operated much as a departmental club participating in Agricultural School activities such as dances, banquets, and the little Pacific International. Activities have varied over the years. For example, during the 1930s, square dancing was very popular. In 1950 and 1951 the Campus Club and Mu Beta Beta helped to establish the International FarmYouth Exchange Program (IFYE) in Oregon. The activities in the 1960s included providing leadership for 4-H clubs at the Children's Farm Home and providing teams for county visitations to provide instructions in record keeping, showmanship, officer training, recreation and other aspects of 4-H club work.

The club changed its name from Campus 4-H Club to Collegiate 4-H Club in the 1962, shortly after Oregon State College became Oregon State University. In the early sixties, Collegiate 4-H Clubs were also established, at Linfield College and at the University of Oregon. Their club activities have been similar to those at OSU with special work at Eola Village in McMinnville and the Pearl Buck home in Eugene.

The 1970s and early 1980s activities included participating in LABO - 4-H Exchanges, whereby Japanese students visited the campus and stayed with various 4-H families. However, in 1985 the club became inactive and remained so until 1999.

Content Description

The collection consists of four series. The first series, Business Records, includes minutes, committee lists, constitutions, brief history of Collegiate 4-H Club, various reports, cash book and bills paid. Series two, Correspondence, includes meeting notices, letters and news clippings. Series three, Activities, consists of ten subseries: newsletters of the club, 4-H Fortune and 4-H Gazette; National 4-H Congress; National Collegiate 4-H Association newsletters and reports; recreational ideas; county visitations, which includes workshops the club presented to various 4-H clubs; LABO-4-H exchange, an exchange program with Japanese students; International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE), including newsletters and correspondence; Ceremonies, including initiation, officer installation, and flag ceremonies; Community Pride program, which includes photographs and negatives; and a Scrapbook from the 1920-30s depicting the activities and members of the Campus [later Collegiate] 4-H Club. The final series, Ephemeral Materials includes an OSU Faculty Advisor Handbook, a blank certificate of award and an article on 4-H clubs published in the National 4-H News.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Oregon State University Collegiate 4-H Club Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon

Administrative Information

Related Materials :  

The Extension Service Records (RG 111, Subgroup 4) contain related 4-H materials. Several photograph collections also contain related materials: Harriet's Collection #1646 (4-H Club Group - Campus): Extension Service Photograph Collection (P 62); and 4-H Photograph Collection (P 146). Related manuscript collections (MSS) include the Esther Taskerud Papers, Helen Cowgill Papers, Oregon State University Extension Association/4-H (OSUEA/4-H) Records, and Malheur County 4-H Leader's Council Records. 4-H Club Leaders Letters (Pub 424) contain related records of the Collegiate 4-H Club and Mu Beta Beta.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Administrative Records, 1956-1985
1 Minutes of Collegiate 4-H meetings, 1953-1976, 1980, 1985
1 Drafts of meeting agendas, 1978-1980
1 Committees, members, goals, minutes, 1957-1981
1 Membership lists, potential members lists, meeting roll call lists, 1956-1982
1 Constitution and By-Laws of Collegiate 4-H Club, six editions, 1962-1979
1 Constitution and Guidelines of National Collegiate 4-H Clubs, four editions, 1979-1980, undated
1 History of Collegiate 4-H Club, circa 1970?
1 Annual Organizations Review Form, 1972-1978
1 " Position Analysis President Campus 4-H" , by Robert Youngman, 1961
1 Cash Book, with deposits, receipts and bills paid, 1959-1967, 1969-1977
Financial Records
1 Bills paid, 1971-1980
1 Check registry, 1973-1976

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Series II:  Correspondence, 1962-1985
1 General Correspondence, 1965-1985
1 Meeting notices, letters, news clippings, 1962-1982
1 Collegiate 4-H members authorized to drive state vehicles, 1967-1982

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Series III:  Activities, 1929-1933, 1958-1982
Newsletters of Collegiate 4-H Club
2 4-H Fortune, 1962-1964
2 4-H Gazette, 1958-1962
National 4-H Congress
2 Correspondence, including list of participants, 1976-1977
2 Brochure Oregon Cool, green vacationland, used for exchange with other participants, 1977
National Collegiate 4-H Association
2 Correspondence, 1972-1981
2 News letters from various Collegiate 4-H Clubs, 1976-1982
2 National Conference Report, Nebraska, first meeting, 1973
2 Minutes of the 1978 National Collegiate 4-H Conference Evaluations & Planning Session in Colorado, 1978
2 Song sheets, undated
2 Games and quizzes, undated
2 List of suggested activities, undated
2 Letter and brochure about 1st Annual Northwest Region Retreat, Wyoming, 1980
County Visitations
2 Summary of 4-H County Visitations, 1965-1966
2 Workshops held in various counties, 1976
2 Report and Recommendations, 1960
2 Correspondence with various counties, 1964-1980
2 Thank you notes, 1977-1981
2 Agendas for workshops, 1960-1981
2 4-H Leaders Newsletter, Multnomah County, 1979
2 4-H Leaders Directory, Multnomah County, 1979-1980
3 Participants in workshop, undated
8 negatives
stored separately
LABO - 4-H Exchange, foreign exchange program with Japanese students
2 Correspondence, 1972-1982
2 List of participants, 1980-1981
2 Bills paid, 1981-1982
2 Request for funds, 1982
3 Six photographs of exchange students, sponsors and chaperones, 1981?
stored separately
2 International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE)
2 News clipping, 1965
2 News letters, 1962, 1968-1969
2 Correspondence, 1962-1969
2 Collegiate 4-H Club Initiation Ceremony, 1970 and undated
2 Officer Installation Ceremony, undated
2 Flag Ceremony, undated
3 Community Pride Program
3 A meeting, scenery, basketball game, groups of unidentified people, 1982
26 photographs and 23 negatives
stored separately
Scrapbook, Activities of Campus 4-H Club Members
2 List of members and campus activities they have participated in, circa 1929
2 News clippings of Campus 4-H Club activities, 1929-1933
2 Publication, The 4-H Collegian, 1929

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Series IV:  Ephemeral Materials, 1968-1976 and undated
2 Article from National 4-H News publication, 1968
2 OSU Faculty Advisor Handbook, 1976
2 Blank Certificate of Training, undated

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  • Corporate Names :
  • International Farm Youth Exchange
  • Subject Terms :
  • 4-H clubs--Oregon
  • Clubs--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
    • Other Creators :
    • Campus 4-H Club (Oregon Agricultural College)
    • Campus 4-H Club (Oregon State College)

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