Guide to the Farm Crops Department Photographs

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State College. Dept. of Farm Crops.
Title: Farm Crops Department Photographs
Dates: 1919-1960 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.1 cubic foot, including 43 photographs (1 box)
Collection Number: P 130
Summary: The Farm Crops Department Photographs illustrate research activities on crops, such as grasses, and the use of agricultural machinery.
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

Organized in 1916, the Farm Crops Department was established to coordinate research efforts in crop experimentation at the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Prior to 1916, Experiment Station research had been directed by the Department of Agronomy, which was established in 1907. Among the projects undertaken by the Farm Crops Department was the management of the Seed Testing Laboratory, cereal investigation, cooperative extension work with farmers, and research in chemical weed control. Many of these projects were joint cooperative arrangements with the USDA. In 1971, the Department was renamed Agronomic Crop Science and again, in 1977, to Crop Sciences. In 1990, the Crop Science and Soil Science Departments merged to form the Department of Crop and Soil Science.

Content Description

This collection consists of photographs from the Farm Crops Department. Most of the photographs are identified and half are dated. Six of the images listed on the original inventory are missing and noted in the updated inventory. The images primarily depict plants such as barnyard grass seedlings, phorium, and fescue undergoing experimentation and land under cultivation by both horse drawn and mechanical farm equipment at the Oregon Experiment Station. Department staff, such as Ritchie Cowan, H.A. Schoth and Dr. Frakes, are also depicted in these photographs.

All of the photographs are black and white prints and there are three negatives.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Farm Crops Department Photographs (P 130), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The photographs are numbered P130:01-P130:47.

Related Materials :  

OSU's status as Oregon's designated land grant college has placed agricultural research as a primary focus for the university. In addition to the photographs and records of the Crop Science Department (RG 95), materials relating to OSU's role in agricultural research include the records and photographs of the Agricultural Experiment Station (RG 25, P 29), College of Agricultural Sciences (RG 158, P 36), and the Bioresource Engineering Department (RG 1, P 106).

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 P130:01-P130:02: Barnyard grass seedlings; Jean Dawson's file, circa 1955
1 P130:03-P130:04: Phorium plants, circa 1960
Brief article on phormium cultivation on the Oregon Coast taped to the back of P130:3
1 P130:05: Barn and hay loading, circa 1960
1 P130:06: Grass seed plants, circa 1960
1 P130:07: Harvesting; harvesters; grass seed, circa 1960
1 P130:08: Irrigation, circa 1960
1 P130:09: Grass seed packaged, circa 1960
1 P130:12: Field with grass seedlings, circa 1960
1 P130:13: Bull eating alta fescue, circa 1960
Graffiti on front of photo in pen: that is a lot of bull
1 P130:14: Apparatus used for exposure of seedlings to EPTC vapors consisting of a ring jelly mold, 1 quart oil can, and a plastic bag, circa 1955
1 P130:15: Barnyard grass seedlings germinated on the surface of firmly packed soil under sealed plastic bag, circa 1955
1 P130:16: Representative 7-day-old seedlings germinated in rolled paper towels moistened with water, indicated ppm EPTC, circa 1955
1 P130:17: Seventeen day old barnyard grass seedlings with emerged from soil having 3-6 ppm of EPTC, circa 1955
1 P130:18: Set-up used to germinate barnyard grass seeds in solution containing EPTC, circa 1955
1 P130:19: Twin flat fan spray and single flat fan spray, circa 1955
1 P130:20: Quentin Zielinski, Bob Storm, Tex Fraser, Huge Kruger, Lyle Calvin, Wilson Foote, Ernst Doernfeldt, Jerry Li, J.R. Cowan, Paul Bernier, and Ralph Bogart, circa 1960
Another print of this image, labeled P130:20cn, was made from a copy negative of the original print
1 P130:21: Oregon Experiment Station, 1923
field scales.
1 P130:22: Mr. H.A. Schoth standing in the original planting of alta fescue on the West Farm, Oregon State College, Corvallis, Oregon, 1955
Another print with this number, labeled P130:22, Tall fescue: showing bagging and tagging procedures by J. R. Cowan in controlled breeding experiment.
1 P130:23: Dr. J.R. Cowan examining nine days regrowth on culture 237. Picture taken January 11,1955. Plant was clipped on January 2
1 P130:24: Cutting Vetch, June 4, 1919
horse drawn equipment
1 P130:25: Vetch, 1919
horse drawn equipment
1 P130:27: Horse drawn equipment, 1922
1 P130:28: Coos County 1925, home-made machine (horse drawn equipment)
1 P130:29: Coos County 1925, home-made machine (horse drawn equipment)
1 P130:31: Horse drawn flatbed wagon, 1926
1 P130:32: Horse drawn equipment, 1926
1 P130:33: Mower equipped with swather and buncher, 1927
horse drawn equipment
1 P130:34: Horse drawn equipment and tractor, 1927
1 P130:35: Horse drawn equipment and tractor, 1927
1 P130:36: Horse drawn equipment, 1929
1 P130:37: Artichoke digger, 1929
horse drawn equipment
1 P130:39: Horse drawn equipment, 1944
1 P130:41: Farm machinery for haying, 1929
1 P130:42: Combine, 1929
1 P130:43: Precision seeder banding fertilizer and sowing seed above the fertilizer bands, June 1960

photo mounted with corner tabs with caption
Negative no. S-236-6-60
1 P130:44: Close-up of seeding and fertilizer banding units of precision seeder as set up to seed in two 36-inchrows, June 1960

photo mounted with corner tabs with caption
Negative No. S-237-6-60
1 P130:45-P130:47: Dr. Frakes, circa 1955

negatives only
Frakes in laboratory and green house


  • Personal Names :
  • Cowan, J. Ritchie (John Ritchie)
  • Schoth, H. A. (Harry August), b. 1891
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon Agricultural College. Experiment Station
  • Oregon State College. Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Subject Terms :
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Crops--Research--Oregon
  • Grasses--Oregon
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Film negatives
  • Photographic prints
    • Other Creators :
    • Oregon Agricultural College. Dept. of Farm Crops

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