Food Science and Technology Department Records (RG 176)
1924-1998 (inclusive); 1940-1984 (bulk)
0.7 cubic feet and 7 reels of microfilm

Scope and Content Note

Organized into six series, most of which are roughly arranged chronologically. Series I, General Office Files, documents the activities of the departmental office and include correspondence, research files, minutes, day files, travel reports, grants and awards information, Extension reports, and Seafoods Lab reports. Series II, Faculty Member Files, includes correspondence, class materials, research project files, and progress reports of faculty members Donald Bill and Clifford Samuels.

Series III, Extension Dairy Processing Specialist Files, documents the work of extension specialist Floyd Bodyfelt in the area of dairy products between 1964 and 1984. Series IV, Publications, includes information about a departmental publication, Top Double Seaming Manual. Series V, Special Events Records, documents the department's participation in two conferences, Beverages: Today's Health Concern (1983), and the International Symposium on Cool Climate Viticulture and Enology (1984).

Series VI, Research Reports, includes reports of Agricultural Experiment Station research from 1924-1941 and two research publications from the 1990s.

Historical Note

In 1919, a horticultural products processing program, the first of its kind in the nation, was begun at Oregon Agricultural College by Ernest H. Wiegand. The modern maraschino cherry was developed by the program in the 1920s. The program was established as a department, Food Products Industries, in 1937. A seafoods lab in Astoria was established in 1940. The department was renamed several times; in 1962 it became the Department of Food Science and Technology. Research efforts have involved nearly every food product produced in Oregon including tree and cane fruits, nuts, vegetables, and meat, dairy and seafood products.

Department chairs have included Wiegand, 1937-1952; Earl M. Litwiller, 1952-1953; Harold W. Schultz, 1953-1973; Paul E. Kifer, 1973-1984; Richard A. Scanlan, 1984-1985 (acting); and Daniel Farkas, 1991-2000.

Related Materials

College of Agricultural Sciences, Dean's Office Records (RG 158); Agricultural Experiment Station Records (RG 25); Extension Service Records (RG 111); P 142 (Food Science and Technology Dept.); MC - Food Science and Technology Department; MC - Wiegand, Ernest H.

Shelf Location

microfilm cabinet


Inventory of Series 1
Inventory of Series 2-6

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