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Map of farm centers in the county, from the 1920 annual report of the county agricultural agent.
A Look Back: The Farm Bureau Organization 100 Years Ago
Author: Emily S. Lin

November 20, 2020

“Merced County was what might be termed virgin territory for rural organization work before the farm bureau came into this county,” wrote County Agent J.F. Grass in his November 30, 1920 Narrative Report. But Grass reported that with a few “good men” of experience placed in office who were “willing workers,” and with ongoing attention to “developing individuals” to be “trained to act as leaders,” “the program of work idea is working out satisfactorily in this county.” As of December 1st of that year, the Farm Bureau of Merced County had fifteen farm centers and 1,075 members.

Map of farm centers in the county, from the 1920 annual report of the county agricultural agent. 

Map of farm centers in the county, from the 1920...

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Processing Obsolete Media in CARA
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

October 27, 2020

In this post, the CARA team assesses its significant sets of audio-visual objects in the University of California Cooperative Extension collections. We examine a box of ¼-inch open reel audio tapes, a type of magnetic media, that contain radio show segments from Humboldt County. To begin processing these AV materials, we consider the condition of the tapes, collect information about their content, and discuss ways to preserve and digitize the tapes in order to provide public access.

CARA Project makes strides during challenging times
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

September 1, 2020

The CARA project team continues to process and digitize archival materials from Merced, Ventura, Humboldt, Fresno, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo county offices, providing the public with increased access to documents, manuscripts, photographs, and other objects dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Merced County Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors
Merced County Cooperative Extension Tours CARA
Author: Emily Lin

December 20, 2019

On Thursday, December 12, 2019 the UC Merced Library hosted a visit from the Merced County Cooperative Extension office. The visit was an opportunity for the Cooperative Extension staff, some of whom had not previously been on campus, to tour the library as well as to see the archives and our digitization process.

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Congressman Costa Visits the CARA Project
Author: Donald Barclay

August 28, 2019

On August 27, 2019, Congressman Jim Costa paid a visit to the Library’s Digital Curation and Scholarship Center to see for himself the work we are doing on CARA, the California Agricultural Resources Archive.

Collection Highlight - May 2019
Author: Kelsey Raidt

May 13, 2019

In honor of the graduating class of 2019, we’d like to take a moment to highlight an item from our University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno collection. This item is part of a 1950s era handout for 4-H advisors. It contains several recreational games for 4-H students to play, including this example of a homemade board and dice game called “School Days.” We hope our Bobcats finish their studies without encountering any of the challenges faced by the players of this 4-H game! Class of 2019, we wish you all the luck with your future endeavors! #GoBobcats, #UCM2019


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CARA and Agricultural Education at the World Ag Expo
Author: Emily Lin

February 21, 2019

“Do you want to test your knowledge of California agriculture?” we asked visitors at the World Ag Expo last week. Young and old, students and seniors, teachers and parents, journalists and farmers, the confident and the hesitant, drew near and took part in our quiz game. Their task? To match three pictured items to the appropriate California county: Humboldt, in the North; Merced, in the Central Valley; and Ventura, in southern CA. As some participants guessed lemons in Humboldt, avocados in Merced, and timber in Ventura, we prompted them to consider regional geography and climate.

When we revealed the answers, visitors learned about the Klamath beetle, introduced by UC Cooperative Extension advisors and entomologists in Humboldt in the 1940s to combat a weed that had taken over 150,000 acres of rangeland and posed a danger to grazing livestock. The solution...

How to Use the UC Cooperative Extension Archive Collection Guides

October 30, 2018

This month’s blog post is the second video in our series on how to use and search UC Cooperative Extension Archival materials online. This video walks you through using Collection Guides on the Online Archive of California, OAC. Next month’s video will be on locating digitized content in Calisphere.



How to Find UC Cooperative Extension Archival Materials Online

August 28, 2018

This month’s blog post is the first video in our series on how to use and search UC Cooperative Extension Archival materials online.  Our first video focuses on defining and locating our Collection Guides on the Online Archive of California, OAC. Next month’s video will be using Collection Guides on OAC.



UC Cooperative Extension Archive: Past, Present, and Future
Author: Lisa Vallen

August 2, 2018

Things are heating up at the UC Cooperative Extension Archive! July marks the start of our $308,900 three year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for “A Century of Impact: Documenting the Work of the Cooperative Extension in California's Counties.” Over the next three years, we will appraise, process, and digitize historical material from 20 county offices, with the goals of:

  • Digitizing approximately 180,000 pages and 2,000 photographs from California Cooperative Extension reports.
  • Arranging and describing at least 100 linear feet of material from 20 county extension offices. (One banker box is the equivalent of a linear foot).
  • Creating a scalable demonstration project using the records to engage Merced County 4-H students in tagging and curating digital records.
  • Testing the use of natural language processing (NLP) tools to perform automated named entity recognition for use in creating controlled access...