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Controlled Burns and Fire Management Practices found in the UC Cooperative Extension Archive
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

August 2, 2023

This summer, we are looking at ways UC Cooperative Extension has played a role in wildfire prevention and management across California. UC Merced Library’s California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) contains archival resources created by UCCE advisors and specialists over the last 100 years.

UC Merced Library Completes UCANR Film Preservation Project
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

July 13, 2023

This Spring, the UC Merced Library concluded its multi-year project to preserve, digitize, and make accessible films produced by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR).

UC Merced Library shares archival holdings with Cooperative Extension partners
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

June 5, 2023

On May 5th, the UC Merced Library held a reception for UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) staff and community partners to view the Library’s photography exhibit, A Century of Impact in California's Counties: Highlights from the University of California Cooperative Archive.

Headshot of Sophia LaMonica
Unearthing California's Agricultural History: CARA Highlights Inspire a Closer Look at Archives
Author: Sophia LaMonica

June 1, 2023

Sophia LaMonica, graduate student at the SJSU School of Information and CARA communications assistant, reflects on her experience working with Digital Curation, Archives & Special Collections at the UC Merced Library.

The San Joaquin Experimental Range Photo Archive
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

February 21, 2023

The UC Merced Library receives photographic collection depicting Cooperative Extension work at the San Joaquin Experimental Range (SJER).

Student Assistant Chelsy Bautista reflects on CARA project
Author: Chelsy Bautista

December 12, 2022

Chelsy Bautista, an undergraduate at UC Merced, works on the California Agricultural Resources Archive project as a student assistant at the UC Merced Library. This month, as she prepares to graduate, she shares her reflection on what the project has meant to her.

Exploring the imagery of UC Cooperative Extension in Mariposa County
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

November 10, 2022

This past month, the UC Merced Library made 1,133 digitized photographs from the UC Cooperative Extension, Mariposa County collection available in the UC Cooperative Extension Archive.

A Century of Impact in California's Counties: Highlights from the University of California Cooperative archive
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

September 26, 2022

A new photography exhibit has opened on the 4th floor of the UC Merced Library. A Century of Impact in California's Counties: Highlights from the University of California Cooperative archive features photographs from the California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA), showcasing the University of California’s work over the past 100 years to improve agricultural practices, support youth development, and promote broader civic engagement.

Problem Solving in San Joaquin County: early twentieth century UC Cooperative Extension projects
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

July 27, 2022

Over 300 additional items were uploaded to Calisphere, our online repository, that reveal the ways in which work carried out by UC Cooperative Extension, since 1914, reached residents and supported rural communities in San Joaquin County.

Group with prize-winning cow, circa 1963. Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Records.
Highlights for National Dairy Month
Author: Sophia LaMonica

June 17, 2022

June has been celebrated as National Dairy Month since 1937 to promote drinking milk and to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus.

A search for "dairy" in UC Merced Library's California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) yields nearly 400 digitized resources documenting the state's history of research and development in the dairy industry. Annual narrative reports of county agents, milk flavor and production cost surveys, cow census records, and dairy industry newsletters provide a picture of how California's dairy boom came to be.