Creator
M.D. Snodgrass
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Snodgrass Collection

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Snodgrass Collection

M.D. Snodgrass was greatly involved in locating and managing the Matanuska Experiment Farm and remained associated with farming for the rest of his life in the Valley. This collection of 126 photos includes images of early days of the Matanuska and Fairbanks Experiment farms and early homesteaders of the Valley. It also includes images of a number of the Snodgrass family.

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.
Image shows a man carrying a pitchfork and a large turnip in front of a building at the experiment farm.
Image shows a partially harvested grain field with several grain shocks and a man at the edge of the standing grain, possibly cutting it by hand. A different grain plot appears beyond and plots of other plants, possibly berries, are evident in the middle ground. A bluff and forest are in background.
Image shows two men in a field of harvested hay in the foreground, lifting loose hay with pitchforks to place it over upright wooden stakes to form haystacks.  A harvested grain field is just beyond with grain shocks evident. Fences, pasture land and trees are in far middle ground.
Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond.
Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond and mountains in background. A man is evident walking in the field in middle ground.
Image shows Experiment Farm director M.D. Snodgrass standing in a fenced enclosure with three Hampshire hogs. A forested hill is in background.
Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind.
Image shows a partially harvested potato field with three men digging potatoes by hand using long-handled forks. Two rows of dug potatoes and several wooden tote boxes are evident in the foreground. A hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.
Image shows a partially harvested potato field with a man digging potatoes by hand using a long-handled fork. Two rows of dug potatoes and an old truck are evident in the foreground. A harvested hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.
Image shows a man riding a cultipacker machine drawn by a team of two white horses in a field of tilled ground on the Matanuska Experiment Farm. A forest is in background.
Image shows berry test plots in foreground & middle ground surrounded by chicken wire fence on wood posts. Newly cleared ground & stumps show in the right foreground with a planted field in middle ground. Forest occupies far middle ground, mountains in background.
Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.
Image shows the back of the main barn at Matanuska Experiment Farm and a pole barn partly filled with hay, wire fencing on wood posts in foreground, trees in middle & background.
Image shows a man, identified as “Wingfield”, standing in a field of harvested grain in shocks in the foreground, buildings of the Matanuska Experiment Farm are behind in middle ground, Pioneer Peak in background.
Image shows a man standing in a field of harvested hay formed in haystacks in stakes in the foreground, trees in middle ground and mountains in background.
Image shows a man, identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing among shrubby that appears to be berry bushes in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.
Image shows three men, center man identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing in a field of grain with a different crop in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.
Image shows a field of harvested grain formed into shocks, a man stands beside a shock in middle ground, buildings are at the base of a bluff in far middle ground with forest beyond.
Image shows a man riding a tilling machine drawn by a team of two brown horses in a field of prepared ground in the foreground. A forest of mixed birch & spruce trees is in middleground.
Image shows a field (probably at the Matanuska Experiment Farm) of harvested grain formed into shocks at the left & harvested hay formed into stacks on vertical poles at right. Forest is in middle ground & mountains in background.
Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in fore & middle ground. A two story log house is prominent in middle ground with another log building and pole barn beside. Two men and a woman stand in middle ground. A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken.
Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in foreground with two men standing in a field of grain behind. A two story log house is evident in middle ground with the top of a pole barn at left.  A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken. The men are identified as Al Walters at left & John Bugge at right.
Image shows pole fencing and large wood pole gate in near foreground, a log cabin with a frame addition behind in mid-foreground, another small log cabin in middle ground with fields and forest beyond.
Image shows homesteaders Al Walters (left) & John Bugge standing with three unidentified women next to a log building. A white horse harnessed to a cart is at right, a wash tub and washboard are evident on the cabin wall.
Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a man carrying a pitchfork and a large turnip in front of a building at the experiment farm.
Title

Experiment Farm 10

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Turnip Harvest

Description

Image shows a man carrying a pitchfork and a large turnip in front of a building at the experiment farm.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a partially harvested grain field with several grain shocks and a man at the edge of the standing grain, possibly cutting it by hand. A different grain plot appears beyond and plots of other plants, possibly berries, are evident in the middle ground. A bluff and forest are in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 11

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Grain Field

Description

Image shows a partially harvested grain field with several grain shocks and a man at the edge of the standing grain, possibly cutting it by hand. A different grain plot appears beyond and plots of other plants, possibly berries, are evident in the middle ground. A bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows two men in a field of harvested hay in the foreground, lifting loose hay with pitchforks to place it over upright wooden stakes to form haystacks.  A harvested grain field is just beyond with grain shocks evident. Fences, pasture land and trees are in far middle ground.
Title

Experiment Farm 12

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Building Haystacks

Description

Image shows two men in a field of harvested hay in the foreground, lifting loose hay with pitchforks to place it over upright wooden stakes to form haystacks. A harvested grain field is just beyond with grain shocks evident. Fences, pasture land and trees are in far middle ground.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond.
Title

Experiment Farm 13

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Hogs

Description

Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond and mountains in background. A man is evident walking in the field in middle ground.
Title

Experiment Farm 14

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Hogs

Description

Image shows several Hampshire hogs and piglets in a stubble field with buildings of the Matanuska Agricultural Experiment Farm in far middle ground and forest beyond and mountains in background. A man is evident walking in the field in middle ground.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows Experiment Farm director M.D. Snodgrass standing in a fenced enclosure with three Hampshire hogs. A forested hill is in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 15

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Man & Hogs

Description

Image shows Experiment Farm director M.D. Snodgrass standing in a fenced enclosure with three Hampshire hogs. A forested hill is in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind.
Title

Experiment Farm 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with three men digging potatoes by hand using long-handled forks. Two rows of dug potatoes and several wooden tote boxes are evident in the foreground. A hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 20

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Digging Potatoes

Description

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with three men digging potatoes by hand using long-handled forks. Two rows of dug potatoes and several wooden tote boxes are evident in the foreground. A hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with a man digging potatoes by hand using a long-handled fork. Two rows of dug potatoes and an old truck are evident in the foreground. A harvested hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 21

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Digging Potatoes

Description

Image shows a partially harvested potato field with a man digging potatoes by hand using a long-handled fork. Two rows of dug potatoes and an old truck are evident in the foreground. A harvested hay field with several haystacks is in middle ground and a bluff and forest are in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a man riding a cultipacker machine drawn by a team of two white horses in a field of tilled ground on the Matanuska Experiment Farm. A forest is in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 22

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Cultipacking With A Horse Team

Description

Image shows a man riding a cultipacker machine drawn by a team of two white horses in a field of tilled ground on the Matanuska Experiment Farm. A forest is in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows berry test plots in foreground & middle ground surrounded by chicken wire fence on wood posts. Newly cleared ground & stumps show in the right foreground with a planted field in middle ground. Forest occupies far middle ground, mountains in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 23

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Berry Test Plots

Description

Image shows berry test plots in foreground & middle ground surrounded by chicken wire fence on wood posts. Newly cleared ground & stumps show in the right foreground with a planted field in middle ground. Forest occupies far middle ground, mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Matanuska Experiment Farm

Description

Image shows fields & experimental plots in foreground, buildings of the experiment farm in middle ground with forest behind, and mountains faintly in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows the back of the main barn at Matanuska Experiment Farm and a pole barn partly filled with hay, wire fencing on wood posts in foreground, trees in middle & background.
Title

Experiment Farm 4

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Barns

Description

Image shows the back of the main barn at Matanuska Experiment Farm and a pole barn partly filled with hay, wire fencing on wood posts in foreground, trees in middle & background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as “Wingfield”, standing in a field of harvested grain in shocks in the foreground, buildings of the Matanuska Experiment Farm are behind in middle ground, Pioneer Peak in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harvested Grain

Description

Image shows a man, identified as “Wingfield”, standing in a field of harvested grain in shocks in the foreground, buildings of the Matanuska Experiment Farm are behind in middle ground, Pioneer Peak in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a man standing in a field of harvested hay formed in haystacks in stakes in the foreground, trees in middle ground and mountains in background.
Title

Experiment Farm 6

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Haystacks

Description

Image shows a man standing in a field of harvested hay formed in haystacks in stakes in the foreground, trees in middle ground and mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a man, identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing among shrubby that appears to be berry bushes in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.
Title

Experiment Farm 8

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Man & Berry Plants

Description

Image shows a man, identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing among shrubby that appears to be berry bushes in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows three men, center man identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing in a field of grain with a different crop in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.
Title

Experiment Farm 9

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men In Field

Description

Image shows three men, center man identified as M.D. Snodgrass, standing in a field of grain with a different crop in the foreground, fields and forest are beyond.

Location

Matanuska, Alaska

Image shows a field of harvested grain formed into shocks, a man stands beside a shock in middle ground, buildings are at the base of a bluff in far middle ground with forest beyond.
Title

Farm 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harvested Grain

Description

Image shows a field of harvested grain formed into shocks, a man stands beside a shock in middle ground, buildings are at the base of a bluff in far middle ground with forest beyond.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a man riding a tilling machine drawn by a team of two brown horses in a field of prepared ground in the foreground. A forest of mixed birch & spruce trees is in middleground.
Title

Farming 5

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Tilling With A Horse Team

Description

Image shows a man riding a tilling machine drawn by a team of two brown horses in a field of prepared ground in the foreground. A forest of mixed birch & spruce trees is in middleground.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows a field (probably at the Matanuska Experiment Farm) of harvested grain formed into shocks at the left & harvested hay formed into stacks on vertical poles at right. Forest is in middle ground & mountains in background.
Title

Haystacks 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Harvested Grain & Hay

Description

Image shows a field (probably at the Matanuska Experiment Farm) of harvested grain formed into shocks at the left & harvested hay formed into stacks on vertical poles at right. Forest is in middle ground & mountains in background.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in fore & middle ground. A two story log house is prominent in middle ground with another log building and pole barn beside. Two men and a woman stand in middle ground. A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken.
Title

Homestead 1

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Hickey/Walters Homestead

Description

Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in fore & middle ground. A two story log house is prominent in middle ground with another log building and pole barn beside. Two men and a woman stand in middle ground. A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in foreground with two men standing in a field of grain behind. A two story log house is evident in middle ground with the top of a pole barn at left.  A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken. The men are identified as Al Walters at left & John Bugge at right.
Title

Homestead 2

Creator

Unknown

Subject

Men on Walters Homestead

Description

Image shows wire fence on wooden posts in foreground with two men standing in a field of grain behind. A two story log house is evident in middle ground with the top of a pole barn at left. A cleared hillside and forest fringe are in background. This is the homestead originally built by Mr. Hickey and owned by Al Walters at the time the photo was taken. The men are identified as Al Walters at left & John Bugge at right.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows pole fencing and large wood pole gate in near foreground, a log cabin with a frame addition behind in mid-foreground, another small log cabin in middle ground with fields and forest beyond.
Title

Homestead 3

Creator

Unknown

Subject

John Bugge Homestead

Description

Image shows pole fencing and large wood pole gate in near foreground, a log cabin with a frame addition behind in mid-foreground, another small log cabin in middle ground with fields and forest beyond.

Location

Palmer, Alaska

Image shows homesteaders Al Walters (left) & John Bugge standing with three unidentified women next to a log building. A white horse harnessed to a cart is at right, a wash tub and washboard are evident on the cabin wall.
Title

Homesteaders & Friends

Creator

Unknown

Subject

People

Description

Image shows homesteaders Al Walters (left) & John Bugge standing with three unidentified women next to a log building. A white horse harnessed to a cart is at right, a wash tub and washboard are evident on the cabin wall.

Location

Matanuska Valley, Alaska

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