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Guide to the 4-H Clubs of Idaho Records 1913-1985

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: 4-H Clubs of Idaho
Dates: 1913-1985
Quantity: 11.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Annual reports, manuals, programs from state congresses, information on several 4-H camps, photographs, and club scrapbooks maintained by the state 4-H club historian.
Identification: MG364
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this record group was received over several years and was in no apparent order, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.The first series consists of the paper records which were arranged in alphabetical order. Included in this series are programs and songs from the state congresses, information on the Alpine and Heyburn 4-H Camps, excerpts from early agricultural extension annual reports, minute books from the Collegiate 4-H club, manuals for 4-H projects, newsletters, reports and statistics on Urban 4-H, and Youth enrollment reports for Idaho counties.The photographs are contained in the second series. Included are snapshots, negatives, negatives with contact prints, and prints. Typical of the subjects covered are county fairs and animal judging, special projects such as dog obedience or homing pigeons, camps and camp activities, and group photographs taken at club congresses. The photographs are arranged by subject and most are contained in archival file boxes, however there is a group of 21 large mounted photographs.The final series consists of the scrapbooks maintained by the state club historian. Each book contains photographs and newspaper clippings of the activities of the various 4-H clubs in the state for the year.

Scope and Content

The Records of the Idaho 4-H clubs span the years 1913 to 1985, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1940 to 1975.

The papers include agricultural extension annual reports, 4-H manuals, programs from congresses, information on several 4-H camps, photographs, and club scrapbooks.

Some of the material in this record group is concerned with the College of Agriculture at the University of Idaho, not the 4-H program. However, since 4-H is part of the agricultural extension program this material was not separated from the group.


Administrative/Biographical History

The 4-H program is part of the nationwide educational system of the Cooperative Extension Service -- a three way partnership of the county governments, the state land-grant universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The early development of the 4-H program had its roots in the last decade of the 19th century. Progressive educators in town and city schools were introducing nature study into the curriculum. Cornell University was encouraging nature study as the basis of a better agricultural education, and school gardens were attracting attention in many places throughout the country. Rural educators, in response to a demand from farm people, introduced subjects which taught boys and girls to appreciate rural life and emphasized rural opportunities.

In 1898 professor Liberty Hyde Bailey of Cornell University introduced junior naturalist leaflets for use in rural schools and helped organize nature study clubs. Since many of the rural teachers had little preparation for teaching agricultural subjects, the experiment stations of the various state agricultural colleges furnished information.

When, in the early part of this century, professors at the agricultural colleges were organizing "Farmers' Institutes" to bring the latest scientific agricultural information to farmers, they also realized the need to provide instruction in agriculture for the children of these farmers. Various activities were organized and clubs were formed where students learned by doing.

The first Boys' and Girls' Clubs were officially organized in Idaho schools in the 1911-1912 school year. By the end of the first year there were thirty potato clubs and nineteen sewing clubs, with a total enrollment of 570 members. The movement gained new stimulus with the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which established the Cooperative Extension Service jointly among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state land-grant universities and the counties. The Boys' and Girls' Clubs were transferred to the Extension Service from the Dept. of Public Instruction at this time. The modern 4-H clubs are an integral part of this cooperative extension work.

Although the Boys' and Girls' Clubs were the same as the 4-H Club of today, it was usually not referred to by that name. The four-leaf clover was used as an emblem, and reference was made to the four H's -- head, heart, hands, and health. In the mid-twenties the clubs gradually took up the name Boys' and Girls' Four-H Clubs, but it was not until 1948 that Congress authorized the use of the 4-H name and emblem.

The first 4-H shortcourse was held on the University of Idaho campus in 1923. Classes taught by extension personnel occupied the morning, while the afternoon was taken up with recreational activities and field trips. This shortcourse, now called the 4-H Congress, is still held at the U of I campus each summer.

Congressional support for 4-His evidenced by the 1970 funding of the 4-H expanded Food and Nutrition Education Programs for low income city youth, and 1973 appropriations for 4-H urban and community development programs. Two non-governmental organizations, the National 4-H Service Committee and the National 4-H Foundation, coordinate private support to 4-H nationally and assist in carrying out various programs for 4-H youth.

The national headquarters for 4-H is in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. State headquarters are at each state land-grant university. Each state has a state leader and a youth development staff administered by the state director of extension. Work in the counties is directed and supervised by county extension agent. Volunteer local leaders are the backbone of 4-H and assist agents by providing direct leadership and educational support to youth in the local neighborhoods and communities.

Today's 4-H program is for all youth, urban as well as rural. A variety of methods are now used to reach youth through 4-H: membership in the traditional 4-H clubs, participation in special interest groups, enrollment in short-term projects, 4-H educational TV, and special 4-H nutritional programs for low income city youth. Through the years the objective of 4-H has remained the same -- the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Agriculture
Idaho

Idaho. State 4-H Office

4-H clubs -- Idaho -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The Records of the Idaho 4-H Clubs were donated to the University of Idaho Library by state leader Maurice Johnson between January 1985 and February 1992.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Alphabetical Files 1917-1983
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1/11/14-H Congress 1970 1 item
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1/21/24-H Congress, General information 1980 1 item
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1/31/34-H Congresses, Programs 1956-1983 30 items
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1/41/4Songs 1974-1981 6 items
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1/51/5Agriculture, College of Cooperative Extension 1976-1983 14 items
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1/6-81/6-8Alpine 4-H Club Camp, Alpine, Wyoming 1953-1965 21 items
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1/91/9"An American 4-H Adventure: Down on the farm Soviet Style." National Geographic June 1979 1 item
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1/10-121/10-12Annual report excerpts 1920-1941 201 items
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1/13-161/13-16Annual reports and related material 1977-1980 21 items
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1/171/17Boys' and Girls' Clubs, Record books ca. 1920 1 item
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1/181/18Club helps no. 2-11 1917-1919 1 item
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1/19-221/19-22Collegiate 4-H Club, Minutes, etc. 1954-1980 20 items
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1/23-241/23-24The Communicator, 4-H section 1968-1979 88 items
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1/251/25Correspondence 1956-1979 5 items
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1/261/26County agent newsletter 1942 2 items
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1/271/27Demonstration guides 1958 3 items
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1/281/28Essays by and about 4-H members 1952-1967 13 items
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1/291/29Extension bulletins on 4-H program 1935-1961 32 items
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1/301/30Farm Bureau Junior Club Manual ca. 1920 1 item
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1/311/31Farm electrification lessons ca. 1950 6 items
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1/321/32Farm projects 1942 4 items
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1/331/33Feature stories ca. 1959 5 items
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1/341/34Food, canning, and freezing projects 1939-1957 40 items
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1/35-361/35-36Gem State 4-H News 1954-1983 30 items
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2/37-382/37-38Guides and manuals 1968-1979 43 items
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2/392/39Health education project, Progress report 1969 1 item
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2/402/40Heyburn Youth Camp and Heyburn Camp Association 1947-1958 2 items
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2/412/41Annual Statement of Corporation 1960-1964 6 items
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2/422/42Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, etc. 1949-1961 5 items
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2/432/43Calendars 1963-1975 12 items
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2/442/44Camp plans 1947-1967 23 items
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2/452/45Correspondence 1975-1978 165 items
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2/462/46Financial Statements 1955-1973 18 items
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2/472/47Lease and related material 1950-1973 7 items
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2/482/48Long range plan 1971 1 item
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2/492/49Minutes and related material 1949-1976 85 items
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2/502/50Permanent file 1950-1951 20 items
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2/512/51Recognition of exemption 1975-1976 29 items
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2/522/52History of 4-H undated 4 items
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2/532/53Idaho 4-H Club Leader 1959-1968 10 items
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2/542/54Idaho 4-H history 1961 4 items
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2/552/55Idaho 4-H in the 70s ca. 1973 2 items
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2/562/56Idaho 4-H materials list 1971 1 item
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2/572/57Idaho 4-H safety activity (films and pamphlets available) 1961 1 item
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2/582/58Idaho Annual Report. State 4-H club leader 1948 1 item
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2/592/59Idaho Junior short course 1928-1940 3 items
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2/602/60Idaho state politics 1971-1982 2 items
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2/612/61Miscellaneous 1953-1969 3 items
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2/622/62Miscellaneous publications 1943-1983 6 items
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2/632/63Mu Beta Beta, honorary 4-H club fraternity 1930-1953 20 items
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2/642/64Natural resources workshop 1976 1 item
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2/652/65New agent training manual 1963 1 item
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2/66-672/66-67Newspaper clippings 1957-1981 86 items
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2/682/68North Idaho 4-H Club News 1927 1 item
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2/69-782/69-78Plan of work, Cooperative Extension Service 1971-1982 31 items
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2/79-802/79-80Plan of work, State 4-H 1957-1970 12 items
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2/812/81Rural electrification record book ca. 1940 1 item
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3/823/82Score cards used in judging fair exhibits ca. 1940 1 item
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3/83-883/83-88State 4-H Office Newsletter, 1-116 July 1970-December 1979 161 items
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3/893/89Statistical information 1978 28 items
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3/903/90"Status of EFNEP in Idaho," by Lois W. Pace 1974 1 item
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3/913/91Urban 4-H 1972-1973 12 items
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3/923/92Charts 1969-1975 22 items
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3/93-963/93-96Quarterly reports (by county) 1977-1979 71 items
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3/973/97Reports by Corinne Rowe 1973-1978 16 items
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3/983/98Statistics by county 1968-1978 1 item
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3/993/99Miscellaneous 1978 4 items
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3/1003/100USDA. 4-H publications 1939-1980 15 items
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3/1013/101Honor awards 1972-1980 3 items
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3/1023/102Warren, Dan E., Retirement 1968 7 items
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3/1033/103Youth Advisory Committee 1947-1972 1 item
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3/1043/104Youth enrollment report 1972 2 items
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3/105-1113/105-111Youth enrollment reports, Ada-Clearwater counties 1969-1975 102 items
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4/112-1204/112-120Youth enrollment reports, Custer-Washington counties 1969-1975 156 items
Series II. Photographs 1913-1985
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4/1214/121Awards ca. 1959-1965 4 items
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4/1224/122Camp for low-income children 1974 26 items
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4/123-1244/123-124Camps: Alpine 4-H Camp, Alpine, Wyoming 1960-1974 61 items
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4/1254/125Central Idaho 4-H camp ca. 1974 4 items
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4/1264/126Heyburn Youth Camp 1958-1959 13 items
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4/1274/127Camps and camping activities 1960-1966 52 items
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4/1284/128Chatcolab 1961 19 items
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4/1294/129Club activities ca. 1959-1968 71 items
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4/130-1354/130-135Club Congresses, Moscow 1931-1975 148 items
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4/136-1384/136-138County 4-H activities 1956-1960 116 items
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4/1394/139Demonstrations 1961-1985 15 items
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4/1404/140Displays ca. 1940-1965 15 items
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4/1414/141Easley camp site undated 14 items
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4/1424/142Eastern Idaho State Fair 1973-1978 60 items
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4/1434/143Eldon Kearl and his robot 1960 5 items
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4/1444/144Fairs and contests ca. 1968 98 items
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4/1454/145Grangeville achievement contests Oct. 4, 1963 1 item
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4/1464/146Historical pictures 1913-1933 33 items
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4/1474/147Idaho Pride Day, tree planting with Lt. Gov. Jack Murphy, Boise 1968 6 items
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4/1484/148Kiwanis career day ca. 1965 4 items
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4/1494/149Leaders and others involved in the 4-H program 1940-1971 36 items
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4/1504/150Miscellaneous 4-H pictures 1922-1964 21 items
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4/1514/151National 4-H delegates 1949-1970 23 items
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5/1525/152Photos used for display 1923-1941 15 items
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5/1535/153Projects: Agriculture 1960-1965 13 items
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5/1545/154Beef cattle 1943-1966 21 items
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5/1555/155Clothing (sewing) ca. 1951-1965 17 items
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5/1565/156Cooking, baking ca. 1955-1963 17 items
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5/1575/157Crafts ca. 1960-1965 12 items
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5/1585/158Dairy cows 1930-1960 74 items
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5/1595/159Dog obedience (Nampa 4-H group) ca. 1962 13 items
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5/1605/160Homing pigeons (Caldwell 4-H group) ca. 1962 4 items
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5/1615/161Horses ca. 1960 4 items
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5/1625/162Insects ca. 1962 2 items
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5/1635/163Lambs 1928-1962 17 items
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5/1645/164Mechanical ca. 1960-1962 5 items
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5/1655/165Other home economics ca. 1960-1962 5 items
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5/1665/166Pigs 1929-1960 3 items
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5/1675/167Rocks ca. 1958-1960 3 items
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5/1685/168Publicity pictures 1968-1973 62 items
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5/1695/169Sandpoint contest October 5, 1963 1 item
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5/1705/170Short-courses 1930-1961 24 items
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5/1715/171Slides, possibly national congress ca. 1957 11 items
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5/1725/172College of Agriculture personnel 1950-1983 61 items
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5/1735/173Non 4-H pictures from Maurice Johnson 1952-1963 36 items
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os/174os/174Boy with steer undated 1 item
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5/175-1765/175-176D.E. Warren at 4-H Congress breakfast 1957, 1967 2 items
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5/177-1835/177-183Idaho 4-H Congress group pictures ca. 1935-1964 7 items
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5/1845/184The 4-H Club "Where citizenship grows" ca. 1940 1 item
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5/1855/185Bannock County 4-H Fair, Downey 1969 1 item
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5/186-1875/186-187Bannock County 4-H horse project ca. 1970 2 items
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5/188-1905/188-190Power County 4-H projects ca. 1968-1972 3 items
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5/1915/191Alpine 4-H camp ca. 1972 1 item
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5/1925/192Idaho Pride conference ca. 1972 1 item
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5/193-1945/193-1944-H Club Congress, University of Idaho ca. 1972 2 items
Series III. Scrapbooks 1945-1981
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5/1955/195Ag Science Day 1959 1 item
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5/1965/196Idaho 4-H through the years 1945-1963 1 item
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5/1975/197Scrapbook 1952-1953 1 item
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5/1985/198Scrapbook 1954-1955 1 item
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5/1995/199Scrapbook 1955-1956 1 item
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5/2005/200Scrapbook 1956-1957 1 item
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5/2015/201Scrapbook 1958-1959 1 item
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5/2025/202Scrapbook 1960-1961 1 item
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5/2035/203Scrapbook 1961-1962 1 item
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5/2045/204Scrapbook 1962-1963 1 item
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5/2055/205Scrapbook 1963-1964 1 item
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5/2065/206Scrapbook 1964-1965 1 item
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5/2075/207Scrapbook 1965-1966 1 item
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5/2085/208Scrapbook 1966-1967 1 item
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5/2095/209Scrapbook 1967-1968 1 item
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5/2105/210Scrapbook 1968-1969 1 item
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5/2115/211Scrapbook 1969-1970 1 item
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5/2125/212Scrapbook 1970-1971 1 item
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5/2135/213Scrapbook 1971-1972 1 item
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5/2145/214Scrapbook 1972-1973 1 item
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5/2155/215Scrapbook 1973-1974 1 item
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5/2165/216Scrapbook 1974-1975 1 item
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5/2175/217Scrapbook 1977-1978 1 item
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5/2185/218Scrapbook 1978-1979 1 item
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5/2195/219Scrapbook 1979-1980 1 item
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5/2205/220Scrapbook 1980-1981 1 item

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