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Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, UC Cooperative Extension Records
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The University of California Cooperative Extension Records for Humboldt County span the years of 1914-2000. Records include reports and information on wildfire management, the 1955 and 1964 floods, disaster response, farm management, soil and timber surveys, floriculture, and plant management. A large portion of the records are related to livestock and animal husbandry in Humboldt County, Del Norte County, the North Coast, and California and include trial reports and reference material on ranch water quality, pest control, grazing, cattle reproduction and management, horse breeding and management, and dairy management. This collection also includes reports and information on the work of the Home Demonstration Agents, who later became the 4-H advisors. Home demonstration and 4-H subjects include: home economics, nutrition education, home gardens, home beautification, and youth development. The collection includes a wide variety of formats: typed reports, data sets, local newsletters and press releases, maps, audiovisual material, photographs, slides, scrapbooks, and a variety of publications from the county, state, and national level. Portions of this collection are currently being processed.
At the turn of the previous century, growing concern over the quality of life for rural Americans prompted President Theodore Roosevelt to appoint a Commission on Country Life in 1908. One of the direct outcomes of the Commission's recommendations was the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914, which established a national extension service to place the knowledge generated at land-grant universities into the hands of farmers and rural citizens. The Agricultural Extension Service formalized and built upon existing efforts of land-grant universities to enhance the knowledge of farmers and apply scientific discoveries for improved agricultural practices.
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This collection is intended to support teaching, research, and private study. Copyright belongs to the Regents of the University of California. Use of the materials beyond that allowed by fair use or by any Creative Commons licenses assigned requires the written permission of the copyright owner(s). For further information, please contact the University of California, Merced Library at library@ucmerced.edu.
This collection is open for research. A portion of the records have been digitized and are freely available online. Per the request of the Humboldt County, UC Cooperative Extension office, materials in this collection are located at their office. There is an exception, however, for Series 5: Photographs and Audiovisual Materials. These objects (except for the scrapbooks) are located at the UC Merced Library. For help locating archival materials at the Humboldt County, UC Cooperative Extension office, please contact (707) 445-7351. For help locating photographic materials, contact archives@ucmerced.edu.