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Agricultural Technology

1100 linear feet of materials from 1795 to the present

Most of the materials focus on research and development in the United States and are in the English language, though a small portion of the materials deal with European machines and concerns. Formats represented include pamphlets, correspondence, drawings, blueprints, photographs, microfiche, ledgers, and audiovisual materials. Related collections can be found under the headings of Agriculture, Plant Science, and California History.


  • Agricultural Technology Collection: Brochures.

    Promotional and descriptive published materials relating to agricultural technology.
  • Agricultural Technology Collection: Manuals.

    Manuals created by manufacturers to assist in the operation, maintenance, repair, or restoration of agricultural machinery.
  • Bainer, Roy (1902-1990). Papers.

    Curricula development, organizational conference agendas, and minutes for the College of Agriculture; manuscript (untitled) for a textbook on farm machinery (by Bainer, Kepner, Barger); miscellaneous journals and reports. Professor of Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis (1935-1969).
  • Bakken, Anthony W. (1908-1978). Collection.

    Catalogs, dealer-only publications, advertising scripts, memoranda, speeches, reports, and photographs relating to agricultural technology, centering on the Oliver Corporation and its antecedents. Bakken worked for over thirty years in agricultural advertising, primarily for Oliver Corporation, Minneapolis-Moline, and other companies associated with White Farm Equipment Division, White Motor Corporation.
  • Blackwelder Manufacturing Co. Records.

    Business records, correspondence, photographs, patent information, manuals, bills of material, drawings, blueprints, and specifications. Manufacturing firm located in Rio Vista, California since 1902 whose work focused on the development of tomato harvesters and other agricultural equipment.
  • Briggs, Clifford E. Agricultural Technology Photographs

    Photographs, negatives, and slides taken by Clifford E. Briggs of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment and aerial photographs of farms.
    Briggs was head of Advertising and Sales Promotion for the Allis-Chalmers Farm Equipment Division.
  • Brooks, Frederick A. (1895-1967) Papers.

    Correspondence, typescripts, notes, and reprints pertaining to Brooks' teaching and agricultural engineering research at the University of California, Davis. Professor of Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis (1931- 1962).
  • Buescher, Walter M. Collection.

    Columns written by Buescher for Antique Power, Belt Pulley, Famers Advance and Old Allis News. Author of Plow Peddlar (1992).
  • Caterpillar 20. Collection.

    Blueprints for the Caterpillar 20 tractor.
  • Curley, Robert G. Collection.

    Reprints and reports on agricultural machinery. Agricultural Engineer, Cooperative Extension, University of California, Davis.