Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station Records

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0239

Scope and Contents

Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station Records contains records of the Agricultural Experiment Station and agricultural issues. The majority of the collection is Experiment Station material. Included are annual reports, 1925-1949, and discontinued projects, 1953 - 1966. These records document the progress and results of various projects, the results of the research, and publication. They include graphs, photographs, and correspondence. In addition, there are 1943 Dairy Reports listing information on individual dairies; miscellaneous information on Nevada counties, 1921-1953; Nevada Economic Surveys of various areas, 1927-1941; and preliminary manuscripts, 1931-1942, created to "...catch and hold the knowledge and judgment of various study personnel..."; and miscellaneous publications and reports, 1927-circa 1942, on a variety of topics including economics, flood control, a history of grazing, irrigation, flood control, and Nevada communities. Some "Farm Management Bulletins" are included.

Also received with this collection were records of the United States National Resources Planning Board, Land-Use Planning Reports, Nevada, 1934-1935; Resettlement Administration surveys and reports, 1935-1936; Carson Indian Agency Land Acquisition Reports, 1935; Agricultural Planning Program in Nevada, 1936; and the Nevada Land-Use Planning Committee, 1938-1943.

In addition, this collection contains ledgers documenting ranching in Elko County, 1928-1944. These have the statement lists for sheep and cattle which include the physical factors, feed records, costs, receipts, taxes, and profit and loss. One ledger lists account for automobiles, man labor days, board and lodging, 1928-1930. The individual ranches were identified by number, but the key that identifies ranch by either location or rancher is missing.

Dates

  • 1921-1966

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Administrative History

In 1887, when the Hatch Act provided federal funds, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station was created by the Board of Regents. From the beginning, there was an emphasis on experimental work and extension services. It expanded its services under the Adams Act in 1906, and in 1925 the Purnell Fund was established for the further endowment of the experiment stations. A substantial part of this fund was devoted to the study of economic problems of agriculture. In Nevada, problems in agricultural economics fell into two groups: those of the small farms of western Nevada and those of the great cattle and sheep ranches of eastern Nevada. Studies included investigations of cost of production, farm management, credit, land use and values, credit, and taxes. In the Bulletin series, the Experiment Station reported the results of its investigations of farm needs and problems. The largest portion of each issue was mailed out to farmers, with additional copies going to research specialists and teachers in other experiment stations and colleges of agriculture, and to government agencies.

For many years the Experiment Station was separate from the College of Agriculture. In the 1950s, it was consolidated with the College and the Cooperative Extension Service.

The staff of the Experiment Station also acted as consultants for other agencies and were involved in a variety of agricultural and ranching issues. They worked in close cooperation with the Nevada Agricultural Extension Service, the Farm Bureau, and Federal agencies such as the Bureau of Entomology, the U. S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Plant Industry, and the U. S. Grazing Service.

Extent

7 Linear Feet (6 boxes, 5 volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

In 1887, when the Hatch Act provided federal funds, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station was created by the Board of Regents. From the beginning, there was an emphasis on experimental work and extension services. It expanded its services under the Adams Act in 1906, and in 1925 the Purnell Fund was established for the further endowment of the experiment stations. The collections contains records of the Agricultural Experiment Station and agricultural issues. The majority of the collection is Experiment Station material. Included are annual reports, 1925-1949, and discontinued projects, 1953-1966.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following series: 1) Annual Reports; 2) Discontinued Projects; 3) Dairy Reports; 4) Nevada Counties; 5) Nevada Economic Surveys; 6) Preliminary Manuscripts; 7) Miscellaneous Publications and Reports; 8) National Resources Board; 9) Resettlement Administration; 10) Carson Indian Agency Land Acquisition Reports; 11) Agricultural Planning Program in Nevada; 12) Land Use Planning Committee; 13) Map of Nevada Grazing Sections; 14) Oversized Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Don Kennedy in the College of Agriculture in 1988.

Separated Materials

The following publications were transferred to Special Collections as non-university publications.

  1. Soil Associations of the United States, USDA, 1938
  2. Water Facilities Area Plan for Sierra Valley Area California, USDA, June 1940
  3. Water Facilities Subarea Plan for Pahranagat Valley Subarea of Virgin River Watershed Nevada, USDA, November 1940
  4. Water Facilities Area Plan for Walker River Watershed Nevada and California, USDA, January 1941
  5. Soil Type Descriptions of the Agricultural Lands of the Carson Valley Soil Conservation District, Nevada, Soil Conservation Service, April 1, 1942
  6. Report of the Colorado River Commission of Nevada, 1935-1937
  7. A Description of the Procedures used by the Soil Conservation Service for Field and Compilation Work in the Elko County Range and Economic Survey, USDA, April 14, 1939
  8. An Economic Study of the Virgin Valley, USDA & University of Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, 1941
  9. Agricultural Loans in Nevada, USDA, February, 1942
  10. Better Land Use in the Moapa Valley, Moapa Soil Conservation District & USDA, March 1944
  11. Range Lands of Northeastern Nevada Their Proper and Profitable Use, USDA, June, 1938
  12. Reconnaissance Report of Flood Control and Storage in Muddy River, Meadow Valley Wash and Tributaries, King & Malone Engineers, April 10, 1927
  13. A Graphic Summary of Grazing on the Public Lands of the Intermountain Region, Part I, USDA, January 15, 1940
  14. A Graphic Summary of Grazing on the Public Lands of the Intermountain Region, Part II, USDA, June 15, 1941
  15. Nevada State Planning Board, February 1937
  16. Report on Carson River Upstream Storage, Nevada State Planning Board, June 1939
  17. Report on Muddy River, Clark County Nevada, State of Nevada & Deputy State Engineer, January 1940
  18. Underground Leakage from Artesian Wells in the Las Vegas Area, Nevada, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1938
  19. An Analysis of National Forest Range Problems in Northeastern California, USDA, March 1942
  20. The Purnell Act, W.R. Dodson & E. W. Allen, 1925
  21. Farmstead Water Facilities Proposal for the State of Nevada, USDA, August 1941
  22. An Economic Analysis of Range Reseeding in Northern Nevada by Garland I. Wood, Thesis from the University of Wisconsin, 1958
Title
Guide to the Max C. Fleischmann College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station Records
Status
Completed
Author
Karen Gash
Date
Approximately 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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