Preliminary Guide to the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program.
Title: Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records
Dates: 2006-2010 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 cubic feet, including 220 photographs (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number: MSS.OrCFRP
Summary: The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records document farms and ranches in Oregon that have applied for and received recognition as Century or Sesquicentennial Farms or Ranches. The records consist primarily of application materials; a database listing all the farms and ranches accepted into the program is also included. The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program was established in 1958.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

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

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records document the recognition of Oregon family farms and ranches that have been been operated continuously by a family for a century or more. The records consist primarily of application materials for each farm or ranch. Lists of farms and ranches that received Century or Sesquicentennial designation in 2006-2009 are also included. The application materials included completed forms, correspondence, photographs, published narratives, maps, and copies of historical documentation of land ownership.

The records include about 220 photographs submitted with applications; most of these images are duplicates of original historical photographs of the farms and ranches. Some of the photographs are contemporary images of farm structures and family members. Color and b/w prints are included.

The collection also includes a database (in electronic form) listing all the farms and ranches that have been accepted into the program since its inception in 1958. The database includes the historic and current acreage of the property, structures currently residing on the property, the economic use of the farm or ranch, and whether the property was part of a donation land claim.

Historical Note

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958, just prior to the celebration of Oregon's statehood centennial in 1959, to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land and to recognize Oregon's rich agricultural heritage. The program introduced a Sesquicentennial Award in 2008, on the eve of Oregon's 150th anniversary. As of 2010, 1,117 families have received the Century designation and 22 families have been honored with the Sequicentennial award.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and is supported in part by a partnership of the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Department, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Oregon Travel Information Council.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The records were donated by the Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program in 2011.

Processing Note :  

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

Additional Reference Guides :  

Preliminary container list available online.

Related Materials :  

The Memorabilia Collection includes additional materials pertaining to the Century Farm and Ranch Program. The OSU Archives' holdings include numerous extensive collections documenting Oregon agriculture and farms and ranches throughout the state.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


  • Subject Terms :
  • Agriculture--Oregon.
  • Century farms--Oregon.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Photographic prints.

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