This collection documents the history of the University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin County
from 1914 to 1994. It affords insights not only into the relationship between the U.S. government, the University of California,
and San Joaquin County farmers, but also into the course of local agriculture during the first half of the twentieth century.
Also of note is material related to the history of the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service throughout California,
related legislative issues, and the history of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. The collection includes staff reports written
yearly, monthly, and weekly; descriptions of projects and experiments; administrative files; published research; and photographs
of staff members, projects, experiments, technologies, educational programs, and farm animals.
The University of California Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service traces its origins to the Smith Lever Act of May 1914,
federal legislation that established a system of cooperative agricultural services to work with public land grant universities
throughout the United States. It was founded to facilitate the transfer of scientific knowledge from the classroom and laboratory
to rural residents. One month later, the first representative from the U.C. Agricultural Cooperative Extension set up residence
in San Joaquin County. The program grew over the next half century, not only in the size of its staff and breadth of services,
but also in popularity and the extent of its involvement in rural San Joaquin County. Activities of the advisors included
troubleshooting diseases of plants and animals, conducting information sessions, demonstrating new farming techniques, engaging
in experiments, offering advice for housekeepers, educating young people, and sponsoring summer retreats. The program proved
crucial during World Wars I and II, not only for successful efforts to coordinate increased agricultural production, but also
for the role it played in addressing labor shortages.
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Collection is open for research by appointment.