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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 San Jose 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.

New Awards for Regional Archives at UC Merced Library
Author: Emily S. Lin

May 14, 2022

In October 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded UC Merced Library a grant from American Rescue Plan funds to support the California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) project. In April 2022, the NEH announced it would award a $750,000 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to UC Merced to fund a renovation project in the library that will expand its capacity to house archives and special collections documenting the Sierra Nevada and Central Valley regions.

Cooperative Extension Firsts in Modoc County
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

April 7, 2022

Additional material from the Modoc County, UC Cooperative Extension Records, part of the UC Cooperative Extension Archive at UC Merced, have been digitized and made available on Calisphere. Found in the collection are copies of Modoc County Ranch Roundup, a newsletter dedicated to Cooperative Extension activities in the region.

From the Mariposa County, UC Cooperative Extension Collection: The 1988 Beef Checkoff
Author: Rebecca Gourevitch

March 2, 2022

The California Agricultural Resources Archive (CARA) team digitized and placed online over one hundred items from the Mariposa County, UC Cooperative Extension collection including materials related to the 1988 Beef Checkoff referendum.