Introduction to the Extension Service
The mission of OSU's Extension Service has always been to engage with the people and communities of the state by focusing on livability and health, economic vitality, natural resources, and sustainability -- and the records in our collections include details that can help you understand more about the local economies, cultural environment, and social concerns.
The Extension Service Records pertain to the administration and programmatic activities of the Oregon State University Extension Service. The records document policies and procedures,research activities, special events, and services provided to Oregonians at the state and county levels. They also document the service's relationship with the federal government and extension services in other states. The county agents' reports and correspondence offer a unique and valuable "first hand" historical account of the history of the communities in our state.
- Extension Specialists' Reports from 1911 to 1973
- County Annual Reports from 1914 to 1998
- Wartime Extension Work
- Special Reports & Statistical Reports of 4-H
This subject guide will introduce you to specific records, personal papers, images, oral histories, and additional resources. If you would like more about the early history of Extension, you'll find a good read in Frank Ballard's The Oregon State University Federal Cooperative Extension Service : 1911-1961, which is available in full text on OSU Libraries' ScholarsArchive.
You might also like to explore some of our stellar digital exhibits
- Oregon State University Extension Service: 100 Years of Putting Knowledge to Work,
- OSU Extension Service Oral History,
- Fighters on the Farm Front: Oregon's Emergency Farm Labor Service: 1943-1947, and
- Flickr Commons Collection: OSU Extension Service Centennial.