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Historic Agriculture and Extension Resources

Assistance with finding historical agricultural information

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Photograph (lantern slide) showing Chemawa Indian School students picking hops in Senator Charles McNary's hop yard, circa 1909.

Chemawa Picking Hops in Charles McNary Hop Yard, circa 1909. Yakima Community Public Access. Plateau Peoples' Web Portal.

Multi-Resource Sites

The following sites have many different types of resources (such as books, photographs, moving images, etc.)

National & WSU Extension Publications

Historically, Extension programs provided a means of reaching farmers and homemakers while avoiding the time and hazards involved in travel.  Today they cover a wide range of topics from agriculture, forestry, animal science, health and nutrition, gardening, home economics, and much more. Extensions are run out of the land-grant universities across the United States. 

You can find extension publications at the following sites:

United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) Extension & Experiment Station Publications -  A large collection of links to multidisciplinary online extension resources from nearly every extension in the United States. Includes extension reports, peer-reviewed publications, newsletters, images, etc.

Washington State University Digital Extensions Collection - A wide range of topics are covered within these materials. Various Extension publications are compiled within this collection dating back to 1892. The collection is currently being constructed. You can also find Extension materials, both physical and eResources, within the library's catalog.   

Washington State University Manuscripts & Special Collections (MASC) - MASC has an extensive collection of University and regional publications. Many are online.  

You can find contemporary WSU Extension publications via the WSU Extensions Publications website.

Additionally, you can find Extension impact reports using this link. An impact report provides assessment and participation data from many Extension programs over the years. 

Historic Photographs


National Collections with Regional Content

Regional Content

First Nations and Peoples 

Maps & Satellite Images


*You can find maps by using the WSU Search It library catalog and limiting your results to display to display just maps. View this image demonstrating how to limit your searches to display just maps


Satellite Images 

  • Google Satellite Time Lapse - Allows users to look at time lapse satellite images going back, in some instances, thirty-five years. 
  • NASA Worldview - Allows users to create time lapse imagery of geographic locations taken from satellite images. 


Land and Title Records

Soil Surveys

Soil Surveys

Newspapers, Books, Trade & Publications

Newspapers and Trade Publications

For a full list of newspapers available to WSU affiliates, please read this WSU research guide.

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