University Museums

Title: Elvin L. Quaife (1887 - 1972, Swine extension specialist in 1917-1958)
Name: Portrait
Date: 1955-1956
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Signed: Signed Lower right corner "de Jori"
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Gift of Friends of Elvin Quaife. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: U2000.102
More Information
E.L. Quaife (1887- 1972) was named Iowa State College’s first swine extension specialist in 1917, a position he held until 1958. Quaife is believed to be the first swine extension specialist in the United States and is credited with developing the first farrowing stalls. Early journal articles written by Quaife demonstrate his extension efforts. In 1922, he wrote an article titled “Boys’ and Girls’ Pig Club Work” for the American Society of Animal Production in which he outlined three different types of clubs — the market pig club, the pure bred gilt club, and the sow and litter club. He wrote: “The great objective in pig club work should be to interest boys and even girls in better livestock, and furthermore, to build up the quality of hogs in a community. In my own state at least, there are many instances where pure bred herds have been established on farms where grades were kept before.” In 1931, Quaife had an article titled “How We Improve the Iowa Hog Crop” published in the same journal. He wrote: “Probably no piece of work has attracted more interest among our swine producers than has the Iowa Pig Crop Contest. … At some of the farms the past fall we had 50 to 300 men come to see the pigs weighed and hear the raising of hogs discussed.”