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Alderman Farms Films, 1943-2001

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Alderman Farms.
Title
Alderman Farms Films
Dates
1943-2001 (inclusive)
1943-1955 (bulk)
Quantity
1 cubic foot, including 13 films and 11 videotapes, (1 box)
Collection Number
FV P 214
Summary
The Alderman Farms Films document the farming operations of the Alderman Farms, located near Dayton, Oregon, during the 1940s and 1950s.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alderman Farms had its beginning in 1847, when Albert Alderman settled, cleared and began farming a tract of land in Yamhill County. In 1893 one of Albert's sons, Ennis (1870-1939), began farming a small piece of land given to him by his father. In the 1920s, Ennis and his son, Urie (1898-1964), began expanding the farming operation. Urie, who attended Oregon Agricultural College from 1919-1921, experimented with new crops, constructed an on-farm frozen food plant and sawmill, and maintained his own airborne spraying operation. Alderman Farms peaked in the late 1950s, with at least 3100 acres under cultivation, as one of the largest row crop farms in Oregon. In addition to the primary farm in Yamhill County, Alderman Farms cultivated land in Benton, Linn, Marion, and Klamath Counties. After Urie's death in 1964, much of the Yamhill County farm was sold to the Carlton Nursery Company in 1971.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Alderman Farm Films were made by Urie S. Alderman. The films are 16 mm, silent, Kodachrome color. Aspects of the farming operation filmed include planting, harvesting, and processing of corn, beans, strawberries, peaches, and potatoes; irrigation; barbecues and other social activities; logging and sawmill operations; political campaigning; and general farm views. Of special note is footage of Mexican migrant farm laborers. Duplicate videotapes in VHS and Betacam SP formats are part of the collection.

The manuscript materials include copies of newspaper clippings pertaining to farming operations, Urie S. Alderman, and L. S. Alderman, 1952-1965; a film list; and a copy of Last Harvest: The Story of Alderman Farms, published by Carlton Plants in 1996.

Digital video duplication masters and DVD use copies are available for all the films.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Alderman Farms Films (FV P 214), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Films , 1943-1950Return to Top

13 reels

Series I consists of 16 mm silent color film footage of farming operations at the Alderman Farms near Dayton, Oregon. The reels vary in length from 100 feet to 450 feet. All are stored on 3-inch cores; new leaders were applied in 2010.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Reel 1: Potato harvest
200 feet
undated
1
Reel 2: Cattle, travel, barbecue
175 feet
1943
1
Reel 3: Water tower, garden, cattle train
450 feet
1943
1
Reel 4: Barbecue, Mexican migrant workers show, Dean Johnson
350 feet
1944
1
Reel 5: Corn, beans, barbecue, pump, bus travel
300 feet
undated
1
Reel 6: Corn, helicopter, politics, employee cafeteria
375 feet
undated
1
Reel 7: Aerial views, farm, sawmill, peaches, silo
375 feet
undated
1
Reel 8: Sawmill, pump, cake, logging
350 feet
undated
1
Reel 9: Stearman plane, bean planting, corn
425 feet
1950
1
Reel 10: Strawberries, planting, harvesting, packaging (processing plant)
250 feet
1950
1
Reel 11: Strawberries, water, hoeing, processing plant
250 feet
undated
1
Reel 12: Beans, freezing (processing plant), garden
100 feet
undated
1
Reel 13: Stearman plane, bean planting, corn
450 feet
1950

Series II:  Videotapes , 1996-2001Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

11 videotapes

Series II consists of videotape duplicates made from the original film reels. They include 9 VHS and 2 Betacam SP videotapes. One of the VHS videotapes includes all the reels; it was made in 1996. Seven videotapes include duplicates of individual reels (reels 1, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12); one VHS tapes includes reels 4 and 7. These 8 VHS videotapes were made in 1999. The Betacam SP videotapes include reels 1, 9-10, and 12. They were made in 2001.

Series III:  Paper Records, 1952-1996Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Includes newspaper clippings pertaining to Alderman Farms, U.S. Alderman, and L.S. Alderman from 1952-1965; a film list; and Last Harvest: The Story of Alderman Farms, written by John Schmitz and published by Carlton Plants in 1996.