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Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
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Archives 275
CAHNRS and Extension Marketing and News Services
Biographical Files and Slides, 1969-2009


These materials were given to MASC by H. Dennis Brown of the Marketing and News Services unit of WSU's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and WSU Extension on March 17, 2009, and retained as UA2009-05. The collection was processed by University Archivist Mark O'English from April-July, 2009.


Number of containers: 10 boxes
Linear feet of shelf space: 9


The College of Agriculture began as one of six divisions of the Washington Agricultural College, Experiment Station, and School of Science in 1892. The Division of Agriculture became the Department of Agriculture in 1894 when the departmental system was organized. In 1917, that departmental system was reformed into a system of schools and colleges, one of which was the College of Agriculture. WSU's Institute of Agricultural Sciences combined Agriculture, Extension, and other departments in 1946, but was dissolved into its component departments in 1965. In 1982, Agriculture and Home Economics merged to form CAHE (College of Agriculture and Home Economics), and in 2002 CAHE became CAHNRS (College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences).

Extension work at WSU (then WSC) was authorized in 1913 by state legislation. Originally refered to as Agricultural Extension, it was renamed as Cooperative Extension in 1965 and simply as WSU Extension in 2003.

History of the state of Washington's Extension programs can be found in Russell M. Turner's The first 45 years : a history of cooperative extension in Washington State (Pullman, Wash.: [Washington State University Extension Service], 1961). and in Felix Entenmann's The next 25 years : 1960-85 : an update of the history of cooperative extension, Washington State University (Pullman, Wash.: Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Washington State University, 1989).


The collection consists primarily of biographical files covering employees past and present in WSU's Extension-oriented programs, as well as selected significant WSU administrators and other personnel. Also included is a CD containing an Excel file listing all Extension employees from beginning to early 2009, a small number of photographs, and approximately 1000 slides collected by CAHNRS & Extension.

The first series consists of biographical files ordered alphabetically by last names, and runs from boxes 1 through 7. It should be noted that the biographical files were carefully parsed by Extension/CAHNRS personnel before their transfer to MASC so as to remove private information including but not limited to identification numbers, salary information, home contact information, and hire/termination files. The remaining files usually consist of basic professional histories and photographs. It appears that the department began keeping the files in the late 1960s; coverage of employees who left before that period is limited.

The second series consists of the CD of Extension personnel (name, title, work location, and hire and termination dates), as well as a printout of the spreadsheet. This covers all Extension employees dating to the beginning of the program.

The third series consists of images sorted by format: one small subseries consisting of four CDs containing photographs of Extension personnel and another subseries of 60 photographs, followed by one large subseries of the slide files accumulated by Extension/CAHNRS News Service. The majority of the slides date from the early to mid 1980s.


This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions apply.


The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
WSU CAHNRS and Extension Marketing and News Services Biographical Files and Slides, 1969-2009 (UA 275)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA


Earlier Extension photographs can be found in PC 54: WSU Agricultural Extension Service Photographs, 1915-1958. Many other records from Extension and Agriculture programs can be found in the University Archives' collections.

Box Folder  Description
Series 1: Biographical Files & Portraits
1Abell to Church
2Claesgens to Gerlitz
3Gibbs to Ketchie
4Kidwell to Murray
5Nagel to Ryder
6Salusso to Waad
7Waanen to Zuiches
Series 2: Extension Personnel Listings
81Compact disc
Series 3: Images
Subseries 3.1: CDs
8314 "New hire" portraits on 4 CDs, 2004
Subseries 3.2: Photographs
4Miscellaneous Ag/Extension photographs, 4"x5" and 5"x7". Primarily agricultural research.
5Miscellaneous Ag/Extension photographs, 8"x10". Includes Morty Moose, bear research, and Pullman campus images.
Subseries 3.3: Slides
91Advisory Councils and Groups
2Agriculture - Cranberries
3Agriculture - Grapes
4Agriculture - Hay
5Agriculture - Hops
6Agriculture - Miscellaneous crops
7Agriculture - Nectarines
8Agriculture - Ornamentals
9Agriculture - Tree Fruit & Orchards
10Animal Sciences (inc. Goats)
11Animals - Cattle, sheep, swine
12Animals - Horses
13Animals - Primates
14Awards, 1987
18Facilities - WSU Pullman buildings
19Facilities - WSU Pullman, Alumni center construction
20Facilities - WSU Pullman, FSHN Building construction
21Facilities - WSU Pullman scenes
101Facilities - Off campus. Includes Research Centers
2Faculty & staff
3Farms & Farm buildings
4Field days & state
5Food Science & food technologies
6Harvesting (primarily wheats)
7Historical images, misc.
8Home Economics
12Mt St Helens ash
13Pests & diseases
15Research - Sudan
16Teleconference on Agricultural Trade, 1986
19Town Halls, 1984-1988