Agricultural Economic Survey and Studies 1912-1965
Archives 224

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Agricultural Economic Survey and Studies
ID
Archives 224
Date [inclusive]
1912-1965
General Physical Description note
48 linear feet  41 containers
Abstract
Includes records, responses, questionnaires, surveys, farmers' notes and production studies.

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History:

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Arrangement note

The records were arranged largely according to types of studies, although the subject order within these contexts varies according the order in which the records were received. Series are organized around irrigation, orchards, types of fruit,marketing, soils, production costs, land prices, and real estate transfers. Many of the surveys are labeled confidential inasmuch as they gather detailed information concerning capital investment, operating expenses, and net income. One good example that includes a "hired labor" category is a survey of irrigated land regarding operations and settler progress in the Columbia Basin during the 1950s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Records, responses, questionnaires and other surveys of agricultural management and economics were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries in 1977 by Dick Roberts of the Agricultural Economics Department. (Accession UA77-32).

Processing Information note

The records were retained as unprocessed, but accessible, until 1996 when they were surveyed and arranged. At that time, approximately 20 per cent of the materials were discarded as being of little documentary value.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Archives
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Archives
  • Washington State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural colleges--Washington (State)--Administration--Archives
  • Agricultural surveys--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Economic aspects--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Research--Archives
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Farm management--Records and correspondence
  • Fruit-culture--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

General 

Box Folder

Crop Research, Washington 1929 

1 1-4

Washington State Farm Machinery & Labor Survey 1943 

1 5-6

An Economic Study of Farming in Thurston County, USDA/WSC 1940 

1 7-9

Thurston County, (Stanley W. Schwartze) 1939-1940 

1 10-11

Thurston County, (Stanley W. Schwartze) 1939-1940 

2 12

Western Washington Farm Organization and Valuation Study 1939 

2 13-17

Survey of Farm Operations & Family Living of Recent Settlers in Western Washington 1939 

2 18-21

Survey of Farm Operations & Family Living of Recent Settlers in Western Washington 1939 

3 22-29

Farm Capital and Credit Study, Yakima Region 1948 

3 30-32

Farm Capital and Credit Study, Yakima Region 1948 

4 33-34

Spokane County Study 1939 

4 35-37

Chelan County, WSC 1926 

4 38-41

Chelan County, WSC 1926 

5 42-44

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

Box Folder

Lewis County 

5 45

Thurston County 

5 46

Douglas County 

5 47

Spokane County 

5 48-49

Chelan County 

5 50

Walla Walla County 

5 51

Clallam County 

5 52

Mason County 

5 53

Cowlitz County 

5 54

Pierce County 

5 55

Miscellaneous Washington Counties n.d. 

6 56

Supplemental Instructions & Data Compilations 

6 57

Survey of Farm Operations & Settlement Experience, Vale-Owyhee Projects, USDA 1944 

6 58-64

Farm Operation & Family Living, Vale-Owyhee Projects 1938 

6 65-66

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Irrigation 

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Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin 1954-1957 

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

Settler Progress Study, Columbia Basin 1954 

10 98-108

Summary of Operations, Settler Progress, Columbia Basin 1956 

11 109

Settler Progress Study, Columbia Basin 1956 

11 110

Central Washington 1938 

11 111-114

Miscellaneous Districts 1949 

11 115

Selah 1949 

11 116

Grandview 1949 

11 117

Kennewick Highlands 1949 

11 118

Mabton 1949 

11 119

Granger & Emerald 1949 

11 120

Sunnyside Area 1949 

11 121

Toppenish & Wapato 1949 

11 122

Selah Heights 1949 

11 123

Moses Lake 1949 

11 124

Kittitas Area 1949 

11 125

Badger Pocket 1949 

11 126

Foster Creek Study 1948 

12 127-128

Crop Yield Report, Yakima Project 1913-1937 

12 129

Columbia Basin 1948-1953 

12 130

Results, Comparison of Sprinkler & Surface Irrigation Methods, Columbia Basin 1954 

12 131

Census Data, Water User Census, Bureau of Reclamation 1956 

12 132-133

Electrification, Washington 1949 

12 134-138

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Wheat-Fallow 

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Farm Expenses and Related Data, Oregon 1962 

12 139

Farm Expenses and Related Data, Oregon 1962 

13 140-141

Farm Expenses and Related Data, Washington 1962 

13 142-147

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Wheat-Pea 

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Expenditures, Machines, & Related Data, Whitman, Latah, Spokane & Nez Perce Counties 1958-1959 

14 148-154

Farm Expenses & Related Data, Whitman, Latah, Spokane & Nez Perce Counties 1958-1959 

14 155-158

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Wheat Disticts 1936 

Box Folder

Pomeroy 

15 159

Kahlotus 

15 160

Neppel-Odessa 

15 161

Wilbur 

15 162

Tekoa 

15 163-164

Endicott 

15 165-166

Miscellaneous, Incomplete Records Omitted From Study 

15 167-169

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Wheat-Summer Fallow 

Box Folder

Farm Business, USDA/Ed Hurd 1942-1943 

16 170-174

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Grain 

Box Folder

Whitman & Spokane Counties 1938 

16 175

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Grain Growers Associations 

Box Folder

Financial Records 1932 

16 176-177

Financial Records 1932 

17 178

North Pacific, Miscellaneous 1932-1946 

17 179

Wheat Statistics 1923-1935 

17 180

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Land Use, Pierce County Plats 1934 

Box Folder

Value of Improved Land 

17 181

Acres of Assessed Timber Land 

17 182

Acres of Improved Land 

17 183

Ownership Conflicts 

17 184

Subdivision Values 

17 185

Valuation of Timber 

17 186

Value of Unimproved Land 

17 187

Official Area Plats 

17 188

N.F. Area Plats 

17 189

Portland Ownership Plats 

17 190

Delinquency Maps 

17 191

Ownership 

17 192

Farm Machinery & Labor Survey, Washington State, Forms 1943 

17 193-194

Farm Machinery & Labor Survey, Washington State, Data 1943 

17 195-197

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Orchards 

Box Folder

Okanogan County 1959 

17 198

Okanogan County 1954-1958 

18 199

Douglas County 1959 

18 200

Miscellaneous Counties 1954-1965 

18 201

Chelan County 1959 

18 202

Yakima County 1954-1955 

18 203

Yakima County 1927 

18 204-208

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Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Apples in Washington 1953 

Box Folder

Yakima County 

18 209

Douglas County 

18 210

Okanogan County 

18 211

Chelan County 

18 212

Comment, Papers Delivered at Fruit Marketing Institute, WSC 1939 

18 213

Census Report, Agriculture, Washington 1935 

18 214

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Orchards 

Box Folder

Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Fruit in Washington 1960 

19 215-217

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Chelan County, Grower Records 

Box Folder

 1947-1948 

19 218

 1949-1950 

19 219

 1951-1952 

19 220

 1953-1954 

19 221

 1955-1956 

19 222

 1957-1958 

19 223

 1959-1960 

19 224

 1961-1963 

19 225

 1964-1965 

19 226

Soft Fruit, Production Costs 1943 

19 227

Fruit Practices Study, Greater Wenatchee Area 1949 

20 228

Cost of Production Study, Washington Apples 1944 

20 229

Washington Apple Production Cost Survey 1945-1946 

20 230

Orchard Practices & Costs of Producing Apples in Washington 1956 

20 231

Central Washington Apple Production Costs 1954 

20 232

Orchard Practices & Costs of Producting Apples in Washington 1953 

20 233

Apple & Soft Fruit, Cost of Production 1954-1958 (C.H. Zuroske) 

20 234-237

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Berry Schedules 

Box Folder

Pierce County 1934-1935 

21 238-246

Pend Oreille County 1936 

21 247

Whitman County 1936 

21 248

Grant County 1936 

21 249

Lewis County 1936 

21 250

Kitsap County 1936 

21 251

Skamania County 1936 

21 252

Skagit County 1936 

21 253

Klickitat County 1936 

21 254

Snohomish County 1936 

21 255

Clark County 1936 

22 256-257

Thurston County 1936 

22 258-260

Spokane County 1936 

22 261

King County 1936 

22 262-263

Benton County 1936 

22 264

Lincoln County 1936 

22 265

Ferry County 1936 

22 266

Mason County 1936 

22 267

Stevens County 1936 

22 268

Whatcom County 1936 

22 269

Cowlitz County 1936 

22 270

Walla Walla & Okanogan Counties 1936 

23 271

Douglas, Chelan, & Kittitas Counties 1936 

23 272

Franklin & Island Counties 1936 

23 273

Asotin & Yakima Counties 1936 

23 274

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Alfalfa Hay 

Box Folder

Field Practices & Costs of Producing Alfalfa Hay in Washington 1954 

23 275-278

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Potatoes 

Box Folder

Field Practices & Costs of Producing Potatoes in Washington 1954-1956 

23 279-281

Field Practices & Costs of Producing Potatoes in Washington 1954-1956 

24 282

Hops, Hop Survey 1942-1945 

24 283

Poultry, Poultry Management Questionnaire for Economic Land Use Study 1944 

24 284

Hogs, Hog Enterprise 1931 

24 285

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Ranching 

Box Folder

Preliminary Ranch Questionnaire 1963 

24 286

Range 1963 

24 287-290

Ranching Questionnaire 1962 

24 291

Ranching Questionnaire 1962 

25 292

Master Lists & Averages n.d. 

25 293

Washington Cattle Ranch Organization & Operation 1962-1963 

25 294

Questionnaire Supplement 1962 

25 295-297

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Dairy 

Box Folder

Seattle Milkshed Production Study 1950 

25 298-301

Seattle Milkshed Production Study 1950 

26 302-311

Seattle Milkshed Production Study 1950 

27 312-317

Yakima County Milk Production Study Questionnaire 1950 

27 318-320

Yakima County Milk Production Study Questionnaire 1950 

28 321-325

Dairy Cost Study n.d. 

28 326

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Dairy Farm Study 1954 

Box Folder

Cost of Production 

28 327

Labor 

28 328

Land Use & Feed 

28 329

Cattle Inventory 

28 330

Equipment 

28 331

Miscellaneous Expenses 

28 332

Dairy Cost Study 1930-1935 

28 333

Whatcom County 1927-1931 

28 334

Peppermint Production Costs 1953 

28 335

Peppermint, Cost Analysis Sheets 1947-1948 

29 336

Irrigation, Data n.d. 

29 337

Irrigation, Data n.d. 

29 338

Miscellaneous Data 1909-1927 

29 339

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Agricultural Associations 

Box Folder

Apple Growers 1923-1925 

29 340

Cooperative Marketing of Dairy Products in Washington 1923 

29 341

Wenatchee District Cooperative 1929 

29 342

Kale Canning Company 1932-1937 

29 343

Yakima Horticultural Union 1924 

29 344

Wool 1923-1925 

29 345

Priest Rapids Valley Growers Association 1924 

29 346

Cranberries 1918-1924 

29 347

Dairy Associations 1934-1948 

29 348

Berry Growers 1933 

29 349

Grain Growers n.d. 

29 350

Yakima Fruit Exchange 1924-1925 

29 351

Egg & Poultry 1930 

29 352

Dairy 1913-1942 

29 353-354

Fruit 1923-1940 

29 355

Background 1920-1933, n.d. 

29 356

Berry Growers 1924-1934 

30 357

Miscellaneous Crops 1932-1933 

30 358

Grain Growers 1920-1976 

30 359

Bulb Growers 1940, n.d. 

30 360

Miscellaneous 1924-1950 

30 361

Miscellaneous 1918-1924 

30 362

Apples, Private and Coop 1923-1925 

30 363

Hatcheries 1935 

30 364

Canning 1928-1933 

30 365

Fruit 1922-1924 

30 366

Local Wheat Coops 1923-1928 

30 367

Apple Crop 1924-1933 

30 368

Grange 1928, n.d. 

30 369

Potatoes 1923-1924 

30 370

Pacific Supply Coop 1941-1943 

30 371

Whatcom County 1928-1930 

30 372

Dairy Association, Annual Reports 1930-1943 

30 373

Miscellaneous 1921-1936 

30 374

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Farm Management Surveys 

Box Folder

Washington Farm Records, TVA Farms 1954 

31 375

Individual Farm Record Summary by Years, Clark County 1937-1941 

31 376

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Data Sheets 

Box Folder

Yakima County 1927 

31 377

Douglas and Chelan Counties 1928 

31 378

Wahkiakum County 1914 

31 379

Wahkiakum County 1914-1916 

31 380

Wahkiakum County 1915 

31 381

Whatcom County 1923 

31 382

Whitman County 1920 

31 383

Whitman County 1919 

31 384

Erosion Control Survey 1934 

31 385-386

Chelan and Douglas Counties 1926 

32 387

Pierce County 1923 

32 388

Whatcom County 1924 

32 389

Yakima County 1928 

32 390

Yakima County 1926 

32 391

King County 1914 

32 392

Yakima County 1922-1929 

32 393

Yakima County 1921 

32 394

Spokane County 1915 

32 395

Spokane County 1914-1915 

32 396

Yakima County 1915 

32 397

Yakima County 1922 

32 398

King County 1915 

32 399

Whatcom County 1930 

32 400

Spokane County 1915 

32 401

Whitman County 1921 

32 402

Washington Farm Record 1938 

32 403

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Farm Business Reports 1944 

Box Folder

Whatcom County 

32 404

Spokane County 

32 405

Grays Harbor County 

32 406

Garfield, Lincoln, & Spokane counties 

32 407

Lewis County 

32 408

Whitman County 

32 409

Clark County 

32 410

King County 

32 411

Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, and Thurston counties 

32 412

Snohomish, King, and Skagit counties 

32 413

Snohomish County 

32 414

Thurston County Study 1940 

32 415

Location Maps Used for Surveys, Land Class (Farm Business) Survey 1944 & Others 

32 416

Unpublished Data, Washington, Statistical Tables for 1945 Census of Agriculture 

32 417

Northwest Daily Produce News 1935 

32 418

Average Wheat Yields, State of Washington n.d. 

General note

(Maps)

32 419

Cooperative Extension Work & Miscellaneous Data 1934-1953 

33 420

Inventories, W.J. McLean, Walla Walla 1912-1913 

33 421

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Consumer Cooperative Buying 1935 

Box Folder

Returns from Cooperative Stores 

33 422

Returns from Stores that have Ceased to Operate 

33 423

Unclaimed Letters 

33 424

Cooperative Marketing Associations 

33 425

Letters from County Agents 

33 426

Miscellaneous Letters & Statements 

33 427

Miscellaneous Letters and Forms 

33 428

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Real Estate 

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Farm Real Estate Transfers n.d. 

33 429

Farm Real Estate Transfers, Whitman County 1947 

33 430

Farm Real Estate Transfers 1945 

33 431

Farm Real Estate Transfers, Lewis County n.d. 

33 432-433

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Farm Management Record Cards 

Box Folder

Poultry, Pierce County 1924 

34 434

Dummeir's Cooperative Study 1929-1939 

34 435

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Farm Management 

Box Folder

Walla Walla 1915-1916 

34 436

Grays River 1914 

34 437

Enumclaw 1916 

34 438

Northeast Washington 1914-1916 

34 439-440

Sunnyside 1915 

35 441

Tolt/Fall City 1915 

35 442

Whitman 1915-1920 

35 443

Fairfield 1916 

35 444

Enumclaw 1915 

35 445

Real Estate Information n.d. 

35 446-447

Irrigation Survey, Labor & Produce 1919-1923 

36 448

Real Estate Information, Whitman County 1948 

36 449

Western Washington 1915, 1920 

37 450

King and Pierce Counties 1915, 1920 

37 451

Potato Production, Spokane & Yakima Counties 1913 

37 452

Cooperators, Palouse Area 1919-1921 

37 453

Yakima County 1921-1923 

38 454

King & Pierce Counties 1915, 1921 

38 455

Skagit County 1916 

38 456

Skagit County 1916 

39 457

Labor Reports, Walla Walla 1912-1914 

39 458

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Real Estate Transfer 

Box Folder

Washington 1948 

39 459

Lewis County 1944 

40 460

Lewis and Whitman Counties 1941-1949 

40 461

Whitman County 1941-1949 

40 462

Photographs and Negatives, Miscellaneous (chiefly of transition from bagging to bulk in grain handling) c. 1928-1930 

Scope and Contents note

Includes one negative in good condition of a 33-mule team drawn combine operation.

40 463-487

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Farm and Home Planning Reference Materials 1959 

Box Folder

Index 

41 488

Business Management 

41 489

Crops 

41 490

Livestock 

41 491

Farm Buildings and Equipment 

41 492

Housing 

41 493

Family Living 

41 494

Notebook 

41 495

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