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Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Subject Photographs

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Scope/Content:

Dates covered: 1920-1970. This is one series, Subject Photographs, within collection. Organized alphabetically. Documents the Alabama County Agents and their jobs as well as the economic lives of rural Alabamians. Many photographs of agents and the [white] Cooperative Extension Service headquarters, Auburn University. Also many photographs of County Agents and their farm clients at work and play. Other photos show how people in rural and small-town Alabama lived.

Historical Sketch of Agency:

Created in 1914 by the Alabama Legislature and Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API, now Auburn University) in response to the Smith-Lever Act of that year. Smith-Lever defined agricultural extension work as "the giving of instruction and practical demonstration in Agriculture and home Economics to persons not attending" the various State land-grant colleges. Such instruction was to be carried out through, but not limited to, publications and field demonstrations. For this purpose, the Federal and State governments provided funds to create a network of county agricultural agents.

The following is a list of Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Directors with their dates of service.

[Click on name for photograph and short biography]
John F. Duggar 
Luther N. Duncan 
P. O. Davis 
E. T. York 
Fred Robertson 
Ralph Jones 
William Taylor 
Michael J. Sprott 
A. Ray Cavender 
Ann Thompson 
Gaines Smith 
Stephen B. Jones
1914-1920 
1920-1937 
1937-1959 
1959-1962 
1962-1971 
1971-1974 
1974-1975 
1975-1980 
1980-1984 
1984-1994 
1994-1997 [Interim Director] 
1997-
 

Record Group: 544 Accession: 80-1027
Number of Boxes: 9 DOC Boxes Cubic Feet/Number of Items: 4.5 cu ft.

Acquisition Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn University

Acquisition Date: 2-15-1980

Access: Open 


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