Guide to the James F. Bishop Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bishop, James Franklin, 1912-1997
Title: James F. Bishop Papers
Dates: 1940-1956 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: These records were generated and collected by James Bishop while he served as City Extension Agent in Salem, Oregon.
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 in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

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.

Content Description

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, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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
1 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.
1 "For Good High Yielding Dairy Pasture", 1 April 1954
Notes taken from article in Western Dairy Journal.
1 The Vegetable Garden, undated
Outline of information used to grow asparagus, beans, brussels, sprouts, carrots, and sweet corn.
1 Statistics from Bureau of Census, 1950
1 Estimated Agricultural Income for Marion County, 1953
1 4-H Club Visitor, newsletter, June 1951
1 A Story of Wildlife Conservation for 4-H Club Members, 1951
Bulletin produced by Oregon State Game Commission in cooperation with Oregon State College Extension Service.
1 Conservation Programs and Projects for Classrooms and Clubs, 1955
Bulletin produced by Conservation Education Committee of the Oregon Division, Izaak Walton League of America.

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Series II:  Reference Data, 1949-1955 and undated
1 4-H Project file, ca. 1950
Series of 4-H project guides, record keeping forms, general 4-H information, used by 4-H Clubs in City of Salem.
1 4-H Project cover, green, undated
Name and address on inside cover.
1 4-H project notes, undated
Including Oregon Wildlife Project, Chicken project; used to promote various projects.
1 Speech materials, 1950-1953
Notes, ideas, quotations and data used in speeches.
1 Contacts for potential and interested 4-H members and leaders, school contacts, 1949-1955
1 4-H ideas, ca. 1950
Promotional and developmental, notes, talks given by Extension agents, on how to improve 4-H, and increase numbers of participants.
1 Rabbits for sale lists, 1953-1955

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Series III:  Event Records, 1949-1955 and undated
2 4-H Recreation events guides, ceremonies, 1950 and undated
2 4-H Contests, awards, dress revue, 1952-1954
2 Marion County 4-H Livestock and Crops Tour, 1955
2 4-H members citizenship activities conference, 1955
2 4-H Health and Achievement Day Program, 1956
2 4-H Extension Conference, notes, 1949, 1954
2 4-H Leaders meetings, 1953, 1955
Forestry camp participants, reference notes.
2 Group Dynamics Workshop, 1953
Agenda, notes, outline, held at Medford, Oregon.
2 Meetings to plan County Planning Conferences, 1955
2 Staff Conference materials, 1955
Notes, correspondence.

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Series IV:  Correspondence, 1940-1955 and undated
2 4-H news notes on clubs' meeting reports, 1951-1955
2 Requests to other states for information on 4-H and farm crops, 1940-1954
2 4-H project guides, orders, notes, loan list, 1954-1955 and undated
2 4-H promotional letters, ca. 1950s
2 Chamber of Commerce promotions, ideas, potential donors, plans, 1955
2 Family Service Award Certificates, recipient list, criteria for selection, 1953-1955

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Series V:  Reports, 1951-1955
2 Plan of Work, Boys and Girls 4-H Clubs, City of Salem, 1951
2 Monthly report materials, 1953-1955
Including 4-H achievement list, tour programs, attendance records, awards presented, financial statement.
2 Proposal for new City Hall, Salem, 1954
2 Annual report notes and drafts, 1955

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Series VI:  Ephemera, undated
2 Patch embroidered with the word "Jim", undated
2 Plaque of Guernsey cow and calf, undated

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  • 4-H clubs--Oregon.
  • Agricultural extension workers--Oregon.
  • Marion County (Or.)
  • Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service.
  • Salem (Or.)

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