Guide to the Western Agricultural Economics Research Council Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Western Agricultural Economics Research Council
Title: Western Agricultural Economics Research Council Records
Dates: 1947-1973 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 microfilm reels
Collection Number: MSS WAERC
Summary: The Western Agricultural Economics Research Council (WAERC) Records document the activities of the Council which was established in 1947 for the purpose of cultivating research relationships in the field of agricultural economics with particular focus on issues facing western states.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

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 Western Agricultural Economics Research Council (WAERC) was organized in 1947 under a memorandum of agreement between the agricultural experiment stations of the eleven western states and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics of the United States Department of Agriculture. The general purpose of the Council was to facilitate, strengthen, and integrate "research relationships in the field of agricultural economics, with particular reference to those economic and marketing problems of special concern to the western states."

During the early years, the council concentrated its efforts on evaluating research projects and making recommendations for funding of regional projects. In the late 1970s or early 1980s several changes occurred: The name was changed to the Western Agricultural Economics Council (WAERC). The Council ceased to be sanctioned and supported by the Western Directors of Experiment Stations, but department chairs met under their own auspices. The Council addressed questions of research, teaching, and extension in agricultural economics as well as support for agricultural economics work and overall departmental organization and management.

Content Description

These records include allocations and authorizations, budgets, committee records, correspondence, and minutes.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Western Agricultural Economics Research Council Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

These materials were microfilmed on contract in 1974 during the time that Oliver Wendell Holmes, a courtesy faculty member at Oregon State University, was secretary of the Council. See central file for additional information.

Related Materials :  

See the College of Agricultural Sciences Records (RG 158) (series 3) for additional materials pertaining to WAERC.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Allocations
1 2 Authorizations
1 3-11 Budgets, 1949-1970
1 12 Commercial Agriculture Committee
1 13-14 Committee on Human and Community Resource Development
1 15-20 Farm Management Committee, 1952-1968
1 21-22 Marketing Research Committee, 1956-1970
2 22-28 Marketing Research Committee, 1956-1970
2 29 Committee on Economics of Natural Resources
2 30 Outdoor Recreation
2 31-35 Range Committee, 1952-1970
2 36-42 Water Committee, 1950-1968
2 43 Correspondence, 1947-1973
3 44-49 Correspondence, 1947-1953
3 50 WE-59, Economic Study of Demand for Outdoor Recreation. Las Vegas meeting, 23-24 March 1972
3 51 WE-61, Western Regional Research Marketing. Las Vegas, 2-4 December 1970
3 52 WE-62, Livestock
3 53 W-104
3 54 W-113
3 55 W-114
3 56 W-115
3 57 W-118
3 58 W-120
3 59 W-125
4 60-65 Council General, 1948-1971
4 66-87 Council Minutes, 1948-1972
5 88-91 Council Minutes, 1948-1972
5 92-96 Research Proposals, 1951-1966
5 97 Treasury
5 98 Western Directors Meeting, April 1952
5 99-100 Writing Workshop, 1952-1955


    • Subject Terms :
    • Agriculture and state--West (U.S.)
    • Agriculture--Economic aspects--West (U.S.)
      • Other Creators :
      • United States. Bureau of Agricultural Economics
      • Western Agricultural Economics Council

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