The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records are closed for research at this time for processing and digitization.
The Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records document the recognition of Oregon family farms and ranches that have been been operated continuously by a family for a century or more. The records consist primarily of application materials for each farm or ranch. Lists of farms and ranches that received Century or Sesquicentennial designation in 2006-2009 are also included. The application materials included completed forms, correspondence, photographs, published narratives, maps, and copies of historical documentation of land ownership.
The records include about 220 photographs submitted with applications; most of these images are duplicates of original historical photographs of the farms and ranches. Some of the photographs are contemporary images of farm structures and family members. Color and b/w prints are included.
The collection also includes a database (in electronic form) listing all the farms and ranches that have been accepted into the program since its inception in 1958. The database includes the historic and current acreage of the property, structures currently residing on the property, the economic use of the farm or ranch, and whether the property was part of a donation land claim.
The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program began in 1958, just prior to the celebration of Oregon's statehood centennial in 1959, to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land and to recognize Oregon's rich agricultural heritage. The program introduced a Sesquicentennial Award in 2008, on the eve of Oregon's 150th anniversary. As of 2010, 1,117 families have received the Century designation and 22 families have been honored with the Sequicentennial award.
The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program is administered by the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation and is supported in part by a partnership of the Oregon Farm Bureau, the State Historic Preservation Department, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Oregon Travel Information Council.
Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program Records, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.