Agricultural Economic Survey and Studies, 1912-1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Agricultural Economic Survey and Studies
Dates
1912-1965 (inclusive)
Quantity
48 linear feet, ( 41 containers)
Collection Number
Archives 224
Summary
Includes records, responses, questionnaires, surveys, farmers' notes and production studies.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

The Collection is open for research use.

Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

A variety of agricultural studies of an economic nature have been conducted at Washington State University over a lengthy period that precedes the creation of a Department of Agricultural Economics about 1925.

Over the years, these efforts encompassed various studies, particularly those associated with the evaluation of federal reclamation projects and undertaken in conjunction with various agencies under the USDA, including the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, the Farm Security Administration, the Cooperative Extension Services, and the Agricultural Experiment Stations, and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. Another group of surveys pertained to part-time farming taken by the Federal Works Administration during the era of the Great Depression in 1933 and 1934; these surveys included comments and remarks concerning all family members including women and children. Further project involved various agricultural associations, gathering information on production and marketing matters. The Dairy Association, for example, was involved with a comprehensive and informative study.

precedes the creation of a Department of Agricultural Economics about 1925.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Farmers themselves interspersed notes throughout the records, with a particularly good set in the 1949 irrigation surveys, where the backs of survey sheets include notes on farmer attitudes. Some of the orchards surveys include information concerning amounts of pesticides sprayed on the fruit, with especially good data in the Grower Records from Chelan County, 1947-1965. The dairy series contains original records of 1950 production studies from the Seattle milkshed. The agricultural associations series contains a rich body of materials that synthesize data and ideas concerning production of crops grown throughout Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-4
Crop Research, Washington
1929
1 5-6
Washington State Farm Machinery & Labor Survey
1943
1 7-9
An Economic Study of Farming in Thurston County, USDA/WSC
1940
1 10-11
Thurston County, (Stanley W. Schwartze)
1939-1940
2 12
Thurston County, (Stanley W. Schwartze)
1939-1940
2 13-17
Western Washington Farm Organization and Valuation Study
1939
2 18-21
Survey of Farm Operations & Family Living of Recent Settlers in Western Washington
1939
3 22-29
Survey of Farm Operations & Family Living of Recent Settlers in Western Washington
1939
3 30-32
Farm Capital and Credit Study, Yakima Region
1948
4 33-34
Farm Capital and Credit Study, Yakima Region
1948
4 35-37
Spokane County Study
1939
4 38-41
Chelan County, WSC
1926
5 42-44
Chelan County, WSC
1926

Survey of Part-Time Farming, Federal Civil Works Administration , 1934Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 45
Lewis County
5 46
Thurston County
5 47
Douglas County
5 48-49
Spokane County
5 50
Chelan County
5 51
Walla Walla County
5 52
Clallam County
5 53
Mason County
5 54
Cowlitz County
5 55
Pierce County
6 56
Miscellaneous Washington Counties
n.d.
6 57
Supplemental Instructions & Data Compilations
6 58-64
Survey of Farm Operations & Settlement Experience, Vale-Owyhee Projects, USDA
1944
6 65-66
Farm Operation & Family Living, Vale-Owyhee Projects
1938

Irrigation Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 67-75
Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin
1954-1957
8 76-86
Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin
1954-1957
9 87-97
Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin
1954-1957
10 98-108
Settler Progress Study, Columbia Basin
1954
11 109
Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin
1956
11 110
Settler Progress Study, Columbia Basin
1956
11 111-114
Central Washington
1938
11 115
Miscellaneous Districts
1949
11 116
Selah
1949
11 117
Grandview
1949
11 118
Kennewick Highlands
1949
11 119
Mabton
1949
11 120
Granger & Emerald
1949
11 121
Sunnyside Area
1949
11 122
Toppenish & Wapato
1949
11 123
Selah Heights
1949
11 124
Moses Lake
1949
11 125
Kittitas Area
1949
11 126
Badger Pocket
1949
12 127-128
Foster Creek Study
1948
12 129
Crop Yield Report, Yakima Project
1913-1937
12 130
Columbia Basin
1948-1953
12 131
Results, Comparison of Sprinkler & Surface Irrigation Methods, Columbia Basin
1954
12 132-133
Census Data, Water User Census, Bureau of Reclamation
1956
12 134-138
Electrification, Washington
1949

Wheat-Fallow Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 139
Farm Expenses and Related Data, Oregon
1962
13 140-141
Farm Expenses and Related Data, Oregon
1962
13 142-147
Farm Expenses and Related Data, Washington
1962

Wheat-Pea Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 148-154
Expenditures, Machines, & Related Data, Whitman, Latah, Spokane & Nez Perce Counties
1958-1959
14 155-158
Farm Expenses & Related Data, Whitman, Latah, Spokane & Nez Perce Counties
1958-1959

Wheat Disticts , 1936Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 159
Pomeroy
15 160
Kahlotus
15 161
Neppel-Odessa
15 162
Wilbur
15 163-164
Tekoa
15 165-166
Endicott
15 167-169
Miscellaneous, Incomplete Records Omitted From Study

Wheat-Summer Fallow Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 170-174
Farm Business, USDA/Ed Hurd
1942-1943
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 175
Whitman & Spokane Counties
1938

Grain Growers Associations Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
16 176-177
Financial Records
1932
17 178
Financial Records
1932
17 179
North Pacific, Miscellaneous
1932-1946
17 180
Wheat Statistics
1923-1935

Land Use, Pierce County Plats , 1934Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17 181
Value of Improved Land
17 182
Acres of Assessed Timber Land
17 183
Acres of Improved Land
17 184
Ownership Conflicts
17 185
Subdivision Values
17 186
Valuation of Timber
17 187
Value of Unimproved Land
17 188
Official Area Plats
17 189
N.F. Area Plats
17 190
Portland Ownership Plats
17 191
Delinquency Maps
17 192
Ownership
17 193-194
Farm Machinery & Labor Survey, Washington State, Forms
1943
17 195-197
Farm Machinery & Labor Survey, Washington State, Data
1943

Orchards Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17 198
Okanogan County
1959
18 199
Okanogan County
1954-1958
18 200
Douglas County
1959
18 201
Miscellaneous Counties
1954-1965
18 202
Chelan County
1959
18 203
Yakima County
1954-1955
18 204-208
Yakima County
1927

Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Apples in Washington , 1953Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
18 209
Yakima County
18 210
Douglas County
18 211
Okanogan County
18 212
Chelan County
18 213
Comment, Papers Delivered at Fruit Marketing Institute, WSC
1939
18 214
Census Report, Agriculture, Washington
1935

Orchards Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
19 215-217
Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Fruit in Washington
1960

Chelan County, Grower Records Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
19 218
1947-1948
19 219
1949-1950
19 220
1951-1952
19 221
1953-1954
19 222
1955-1956
19 223
1957-1958
19 224
1959-1960
19 225
1961-1963
19 226
1964-1965
19 227
Soft Fruit, Production Costs
1943
20 228
Fruit Practices Study, Greater Wenatchee Area
1949
20 229
Cost of Production Study, Washington Apples
1944
20 230
Washington Apple Production Cost Survey
1945-1946
20 231
Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Apples in Washington
1956
20 232
Central Washington Apple Production Costs
1954
20 233
Orchard Practices & Costs of Producting Apples in Washington
1953
20 234-237
Apple & Soft Fruit, Cost of Production 1954-1958 (C.H. Zuroske)

Berry Schedules Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21 238-246
Pierce County
1934-1935
21 247
Pend Oreille County
1936
21 248
Whitman County
1936
21 249
Grant County
1936
21 250
Lewis County
1936
21 251
Kitsap County
1936
21 252
Skamania County
1936
21 253
Skagit County
1936
21 254
Klickitat County
1936
21 255
Snohomish County
1936
22 256-257
Clark County
1936
22 258-260
Thurston County
1936
22 261
Spokane County
1936
22 262-263
King County
1936
22 264
Benton County
1936
22 265
Lincoln County
1936
22 266
Ferry County
1936
22 267
Mason County
1936
22 268
Stevens County
1936
22 269
Whatcom County
1936
22 270
Cowlitz County
1936
23 271
Walla Walla & Okanogan Counties
1936
23 272
Douglas, Chelan, & Kittitas Counties
1936
23 273
Franklin & Island Counties
1936
23 274
Asotin & Yakima Counties
1936

Alfalfa Hay Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
23 275-278
Field Practices & Costs of Producing Alfalfa Hay in Washington
1954

Potatoes Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
23 279-281
Field Practices & Costs of Producing Potatoes in Washington
1954-1956
24 282
Field Practices & Costs of Producing Potatoes in Washington
1954-1956
24 283
Hops, Hop Survey
1942-1945
24 284
Poultry, Poultry Management Questionnaire for Economic Land Use Study
1944
24 285
Hogs, Hog Enterprise
1931

Ranching Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
24 286
Preliminary Ranch Questionnaire
1963
24 287-290
Range
1963
24 291
Ranching Questionnaire
1962
25 292
Ranching Questionnaire
1962
25 293
Master Lists & Averages
n.d.
25 294
Washington Cattle Ranch Organization & Operation
1962-1963
25 295-297
Questionnaire Supplement
1962
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
25 298-301
Seattle Milkshed Production Study
1950
26 302-311
Seattle Milkshed Production Study
1950
27 312-317
Seattle Milkshed Production Study
1950
27 318-320
Yakima County Milk Production Study Questionnaire
1950
28 321-325
Yakima County Milk Production Study Questionnaire
1950
28 326
Dairy Cost Study
n.d.

Dairy Farm Study , 1954Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
28 327
Cost of Production
28 328
Labor
28 329
Land Use & Feed
28 330
Cattle Inventory
28 331
Equipment
28 332
Miscellaneous Expenses
28 333
Dairy Cost Study
1930-1935
28 334
Whatcom County
1927-1931
28 335
Peppermint Production Costs
1953
29 336
Peppermint, Cost Analysis Sheets
1947-1948
29 337
Irrigation, Data
n.d.
29 338
Irrigation, Data
n.d.
29 339
Miscellaneous Data
1909-1927

Agricultural Associations Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
29 340
Apple Growers
1923-1925
29 341
Cooperative Marketing of Dairy Products in Washington
1923
29 342
Wenatchee District Cooperative
1929
29 343
Kale Canning Company
1932-1937
29 344
Yakima Horticultural Union
1924
29 345
Wool
1923-1925
29 346
Priest Rapids Valley Growers Association
1924
29 347
Cranberries
1918-1924
29 348
Dairy Associations
1934-1948
29 349
Berry Growers
1933
29 350
Grain Growers
n.d.
29 351
Yakima Fruit Exchange
1924-1925
29 352
Egg & Poultry
1930
29 353-354
Dairy
1913-1942
29 355
Fruit
1923-1940
29 356
Background
1920-1933, n.d.
30 357
Berry Growers
1924-1934
30 358
Miscellaneous Crops
1932-1933
30 359
Grain Growers
1920-1976
30 360
Bulb Growers
1940, n.d.
30 361
Miscellaneous
1924-1950
30 362
Miscellaneous
1918-1924
30 363
Apples, Private and Coop
1923-1925
30 364
Hatcheries
1935
30 365
Canning
1928-1933
30 366
Fruit
1922-1924
30 367
Local Wheat Coops
1923-1928
30 368
Apple Crop
1924-1933
30 369
Grange
1928, n.d.
30 370
Potatoes
1923-1924
30 371
Pacific Supply Coop
1941-1943
30 372
Whatcom County
1928-1930
30 373
Dairy Association, Annual Reports
1930-1943
30 374
Miscellaneous
1921-1936

Farm Management Surveys Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
31 375
Washington Farm Records, TVA Farms
1954
31 376
Individual Farm Record Summary by Years, Clark County
1937-1941

Data Sheets Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
31 377
Yakima County
1927
31 378
Douglas and Chelan Counties
1928
31 379
Wahkiakum County
1914
31 380
Wahkiakum County
1914-1916
31 381
Wahkiakum County
1915
31 382
Whatcom County
1923
31 383
Whitman County
1920
31 384
Whitman County
1919
31 385-386
Erosion Control Survey
1934
32 387
Chelan and Douglas Counties
1926
32 388
Pierce County
1923
32 389
Whatcom County
1924
32 390
Yakima County
1928
32 391
Yakima County
1926
32 392
King County
1914
32 393
Yakima County
1922-1929
32 394
Yakima County
1921
32 395
Spokane County
1915
32 396
Spokane County
1914-1915
32 397
Yakima County
1915
32 398
Yakima County
1922
32 399
King County
1915
32 400
Whatcom County
1930
32 401
Spokane County
1915
32 402
Whitman County
1921
32 403
Washington Farm Record
1938

Farm Business Reports , 1944Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
32 404
Whatcom County
32 405
Spokane County
32 406
Grays Harbor County
32 407
Garfield, Lincoln, & Spokane counties
32 408
Lewis County
32 409
Whitman County
32 410
Clark County
32 411
King County
32 412
Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, and Thurston counties
32 413
Snohomish, King, and Skagit counties
32 414
Snohomish County
32 415
Thurston County Study
1940
32 416
Location Maps Used for Surveys, Land Class (Farm Business) Survey 1944 & Others
32 417
Unpublished Data, Washington, Statistical Tables for 1945 Census of Agriculture
32 418
Northwest Daily Produce News
1935
32 419
Average Wheat Yields, State of Washington
(Maps)
n.d.
33 420
Cooperative Extension Work & Miscellaneous Data
1934-1953
33 421
Inventories, W.J. McLean, Walla Walla
1912-1913

Consumer Cooperative Buying , 1935Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
33 422
Returns from Cooperative Stores
33 423
Returns from Stores that have Ceased to Operate
33 424
Unclaimed Letters
33 425
Cooperative Marketing Associations
33 426
Letters from County Agents
33 427
Miscellaneous Letters & Statements
33 428
Miscellaneous Letters and Forms

Real Estate Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
33 429
Farm Real Estate Transfers
n.d.
33 430
Farm Real Estate Transfers, Whitman County
1947
33 431
Farm Real Estate Transfers
1945
33 432-433
Farm Real Estate Transfers, Lewis County
n.d.

Farm Management Record Cards Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
34 434
Poultry, Pierce County
1924
34 435
Dummeir's Cooperative Study
1929-1939

Farm Management Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
34 436
Walla Walla
1915-1916
34 437
Grays River
1914
34 438
Enumclaw
1916
34 439-440
Northeast Washington
1914-1916
35 441
Sunnyside
1915
35 442
Tolt/Fall City
1915
35 443
Whitman
1915-1920
35 444
Fairfield
1916
35 445
Enumclaw
1915
35 446-447
Real Estate Information
n.d.
36 448
Irrigation Survey, Labor & Produce
1919-1923
36 449
Real Estate Information, Whitman County
1948
37 450
Western Washington
1915, 1920
37 451
King and Pierce Counties
1915, 1920
37 452
Potato Production, Spokane & Yakima Counties
1913
37 453
Cooperators, Palouse Area
1919-1921
38 454
Yakima County
1921-1923
38 455
King & Pierce Counties
1915, 1921
38 456
Skagit County
1916
39 457
Skagit County
1916
39 458
Labor Reports, Walla Walla
1912-1914

Real Estate Transfer Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
39 459
Washington
1948
40 460
Lewis County
1944
40 461
Lewis and Whitman Counties
1941-1949
40 462
Whitman County
1941-1949
40 463-487
Photographs and Negatives, Miscellaneous (chiefly of transition from bagging to bulk in grain handling)
Includes one negative in good condition of a 33-mule team drawn combine operation.
c. 1928-1930

Farm and Home Planning Reference Materials , 1959Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
41 488
Index
41 489
Business Management
41 490
Crops
41 491
Livestock
41 492
Farm Buildings and Equipment
41 493
Housing
41 494
Family Living
41 495
Notebook

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agricultural colleges--Washington (State)--Administration--Archives
  • Agricultural surveys--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture--Economic aspects--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.
  • Farm management--Records and correspondence
  • Fruit-culture--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Archives (creator)
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Records and correspondence
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • State College of Washington. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Archives (creator)