USDA Soil Conservation Service Photograph Collection, circa 1963-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

United States. Soil Conservation Service
USDA Soil Conservation Service Photograph Collection
circa 1963-1970 (inclusive)
6 photographic prints (1 folder)
Collection Number
Photographs documenting people and events associated with conservation efforts in Washington County, Oregon
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Soil Conservation Service (SCS), formed in 1935, was an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Its function was to promote and lead efforts to protect against soil and watershed degradation as part of a broader concern for conservation, maintenance and improvement of the nation’s natural resources and environment. The SCS was renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1994.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are subdivisions of state governments which work independently or in conjunction with the USDA to promote conservation.

West Coast Tree Farms was a group of privately-held tree farms in Oregon and Washington which worked together to enforce forestry science standards, resource conservation techniques, and which invested heavily in fire prevention equipment. It existed under the auspices of the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association, later known as the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The photos document conservation activities primarily in the Tualatin SWCD, which covers Washington County in the northwest portion of Oregon.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Preferred Citation

The required credit line for use of images from Special Collections is: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, [plus the negative number].

The negative number is provided with the image and is a letter + number combination such as UW13452; Hegg 1234; or NA1275. A typical credit line would be, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW13452.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Erosion damage to roadside ditch 1963
2 Soil erosion tour showing severe erosion on young orchard 1964
3 Soil erosion tour--winter oats cover crop in strawberry fields 1964
4 Alfalfa field being cut for green chop feed 1965
5 Young couple checking soil conditions on lot in a new subdivision prior to building 1970
6 Presentation of West Coast Tree Farms certification undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Soil erosion--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Soil Conservation Service (creator)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington County (Or.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs