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James Franklin Bishop was born 5 September 1912 at Tigard, Oregon. He
graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in 1934 with a B.S. degree in
Agricultural Technology. As a student at OSAC, Bishop was affiliated with Alpha
Gamma Rho. In 1933, he was a charter member of the Phi Sigma, a recognition
society in biology.
Between 1943 and 1955 Bishop served as Assistant County Agent in Coos
County (1943-1944), County Club Agent in Marion County (1944-1947), Umatilla
County Club Agent (1947-1949), and as the first City Extension Agent for Salem
(1949-1955). Bishop then became a County Extension Agent at Large, a position
he held until he resigned in September 1956 to become Public Relations Officer
for George Fox College in Newberg. Later, he was employed by the Tigard School
District. He was married to Elizabeth O. Bishop, and died July 22, 1997.
Series one includes manuscripts written by Bishop and others. Series
two is comprised of reference data, including lists of rabbits for sale, 4-H
project notes, potential 4-H members, and 4-H ideas. Series three consists of
event records for staff meetings, 4-H leaders' meetings, 4-H members' meetings,
and various 4-H activities. Series four includes correspondence including
promotional letters, family award criteria, Chamber of Commerce activities, and
a proposal for a new City Hall in Salem. Series five consists of reports,
including a plan of work for boys and girls 4-H clubs, notes and drafts from
annual reports and monthly reports. Primarily, the papers were created while
Bishop was City Extension Agent in Salem, Oregon. Series six consists of
ephemera including an embroidered patch with the name "Jim" on it, and a plaque
of a Guernsey cow and calf.
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
James F. Bishop Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
Organized into 6 series: I. Manuscripts; II. Reference Data; III. Event
Records; IV. Correspondence; V. Reports; and VI. Ephemera.
Custodial History :
The James F. Bishop Papers were donated by Bishop in 1987.
Related Materials :
The 4-H Photograph Collection contains eight photographs (P
146:3512-3519) donated by Bishop; there is a photograph of Bishop in the
Presidents' Office Photographs (P 92:832).
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Manuscripts, 1950-1955 and undated
Charles Thompson, New Jersey
Extension Service agent, ca. 1955
News release about his visit to Salem, Oregon before leaving
for a two-year stay in Israel.
"For Good High Yielding Dairy
Pasture", 1 April 1954
Notes taken from article in Western
Vegetable Garden, undated
Outline of information used to grow asparagus, beans,
brussels, sprouts, carrots, and sweet corn.
Statistics from Bureau of
Estimated Agricultural Income
for Marion County, 1953
Club Visitor, newsletter, June 1951
of Wildlife Conservation for 4-H Club Members, 1951
Bulletin produced by Oregon State Game Commission in
cooperation with Oregon State College Extension Service.
Conservation Programs and Projects for Classrooms and
Bulletin produced by Conservation Education Committee of the
Oregon Division, Izaak Walton League of America.