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Modoc County, UC Cooperative Extension Records

About this Collection

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. Beginning in 1913, the Agriculture Extension Service, later known as UC Cooperative Extension, placed farm advisors employed by the University of California in every county that formed a farm bureau and agreed to sponsor Extension Service work. The University of California Cooperative Extension Records for Modoc County spans from 1929 to the late-twentieth century. Records in the collection include annual reports that describe the history of UCCE work in the county. Other materials are organized by series named for projects like the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Project and the Goose Lake Fishes Working Group that detail UCCE’s partnership with private enterprises and land owners on environmental development projects. Another series, Ranch and Range, is comprised of documents regarding livestock management, grazing and mineral data, water and irrigation, weeds, and particular ranches located in Modoc County. A substantial portion of this collection contains audiovisual material. Negatives, photographic prints, 35mm slides, and reel-to-reel audio tapes depict images of 4-H activities, Youth in Action, livestock production, landscapes, and much more. These audiovisual items are currently being processed and will be made available when processing is complete. View collection guide.

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