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Collection Number: 460
Collection Name: National 4-H Camp Medal
Earliest Date: 1929
Latest Date: 1929
Bulk Dates: 1929
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: One bronze-toned medal measuring 1.5 inches x 2 inches. It is constructed of an unidentified metal. It has a plain (no lettering) bar at the top, connected to a disc by two rings. The front (obverse) of the disc carries the words United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Colleges in an outer ring, and the the words Cooperative Extension Service in an inner ring. In the center is the clover-shaped 4-H emblem. On the back (reverse) from top to bottom the words are: United States; Department of Agriculture; Washington, D.C.; National Boys & Girls; 4-H Club Camp;1929. There is a hinged pin with a clasp across the back of the bar.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The medal was found and purchased in June 2013 at a flea market in New Oxford, Pennsylvania by US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service scientist Dr. Gary L. Miller and his wife Melissa K. Miller. The medal at time of purchase did not have any history with it. It is most likely that it is a participant's badge from the Third National 4-H Camp held in Washington DC in 1929.
Subjects: Agricultural Organizations; USDA History

Collection Number: 113
Collection Name: National Agricultural Library (NAL) Records
Earliest Date: 1867
Latest Date: 2002
Bulk Dates: 1867-1980
Linear Feet: 81
Collection Description: The National Agricultural Library (NAL) Records include correspondence, reports, regulations, agreements, budget hearings, clippings, articles, newsletters, manuals, and photographs on library-related activities. Of particular note are the records from 1907-1940 when Claribel R. Barnett was not only head librarian for the departmental library but also was quite active in the library-related organizations. The archival material includes papers relating to directors of the library such as Ralph Robert Shaw, 1940-1954, Foster E. Mohrhardt, 1954-1968, and John Sherrod, 1968-1973.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed an act that established the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). One year later, through a donation of a collection of over 1,000 volumes of agriculture-related materials from the Agricultural Division of the U.S. Patent Office, the library mandated by the act establishing the USDA came to life. The purpose of the library was to gather agricultural information from a wide array of sources and provide it to the people of the United States. In the century that followed, the library was located in various locations in the USDA's buildings in Washington, D.C. Also during this time, the library had a formidable succession of librarians who were leaders in furthering the professionalism of librarianship. In 1962 Secretary of Agriculture Orville J. Freeman designated the USDA's library the National Agricultural Library (NAL). This move put the library on par with other national libraries, and also affirmed its distinction as one of the world’s foremost institutes of agricultural information. In 1960 plans were drawn up to create a new dedicated facility for the library. In 1969 the USDA's information institution was successfully moved from the USDA South Building to what is now the Abraham Lincoln Building, USDA, in Beltsville, Maryland. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s NAL brought forth many agriculture-related information resources and centers. Most notable of these resources are the Dictionary Catalog of the National Agricultural Library, 1862-1965; the National Agricultural Library Catalog, 1966-1970; CAIN (CAtaloging and INdexing) and CAIN-ON-LINE (later renamed AGRICOLA); and the Food and Nutrition Information Center.
Processed:
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 115
Collection Name: National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Records
Earliest Date: 1921
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 8.75
Collection Description: The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Records consist of the constitution and by-laws of the NACAA, patents and registration of trade names paperwork, distinguished service awards lists, articles of incorporation, photographs, copies of the book History of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 1915-60, and NACAA Educational Foundation applications and records.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The first annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) took place in Chicago, Illinois, in 1916, during the International Livestock Exposition. The main purposes of the organization were set forth to include providing a means for the exchange of constructive ideas in county agent work and to establish high standards in the states regarding the qualifications and ability of women to be employed for Extension work.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 315
Collection Name: National Association of Extension Home Economists Collection
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1984
Linear Feet: 3.25
Collection Description: The National Association of Extension Home Economists Collection consists of 3 sets of bound volumes, totaling 13 in all. Volumes 1-9 (1943-1984) are titled Minutes of Meetings. Volumes 1-2 (1943-1984) are titled Reporter and subtitled News from National, the Letter, the News Letter, the HDA Reporter, and the EHE Reporter. Volumes 1-2 (1946-1984) are titled Annual Meeting Programs.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 255
Collection Name: National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) Records
Earliest Date: 1997
Latest Date: 1998
Bulk Dates: 1997-1998
Linear Feet: 16.25
Collection Description: The National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) Records relate to the work of the National Commission on Small Farms. Records include administrative files; transcripts (paper, tape, and disk) of public hearings; letters from small farmers; executive correspondence; memoranda; drafts and final copy of “Report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms: A Time to Act”; letterhead and design for final report; email requests for copies of the NCSF report; computer disks of small farm documents; committee reports within the NCSF; and miscellaneous resource documents.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) was established by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman in 1997. The committee was charged to study the problems of small and limited-resource farmers and to make recommendations to help those farmers.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 268
Collection Name: National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) Collection
Earliest Date: 1941
Latest Date: 1986
Bulk Dates: 1967-1986
Linear Feet: 16.25
Collection Description: The National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) Collection consists of miscellaneous articles and brochures on farm safety. There are also materials from NIFS meetings.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1945, the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) was created by a member of the National Safety Council who invited state farm safety specialists to yearly meetings to discuss ways to improve farm safety. Prior to 1937 little was published on the subject.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 116
Collection Name: National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1906
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 22.5
Collection Description: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Records contain documents, reports, and summaries of early efforts to improve the economic aspects of poultry production through breeding and disease control. Materials include newsletters, publications, and reports relating to the poultry industry and the early history of NPIP. Also included are tape recordings of NPIP conferences, and registered trademarks of NPIP emblems and poultry breeding farms.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) provides a cooperative industry-state-federal program for controlling certain poultry diseases.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 112
Collection Name: National School Lunch Week Collection
Earliest Date: 1956
Latest Date: 1966
Bulk Dates: 1956-1966
Linear Feet: 6
Collection Description: The National School Lunch Week Collection consists of four scrapbooks commemorating National School Lunch Week in 1956 (10th Anniversary Year), 1964, 1965, and 1966 (20th Anniversary Year). The format of materials in the scrapbooks include correspondence, clippings, report excerpts, press releases, photographs, articles, newsletters, artwork, audio scripts, and ephemera. USDA Consumer and Marketing Service and American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) information is represented as well.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: National School Lunch Week was established in 1962. The concept of this week, which begins on the second Sunday in October, is to celebrate and promote the National School Lunch program. According to the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA), this week "is designed to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children." Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation that calls on the people to observe National School Lunch Week. The program itself began in 1946, the result of a call for the standardization of the appropriations given by Congress to states to administer school local school lunch programs. Prior to 1946 such programs were run on a year-to-year basis, and expansion was quite slow. The congressional legislation provided schools with standards of nutrition for school lunches, as well as federal financial aid to purchase proper food and equipment.
Processed:
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 117
Collection Name: National Turkey Federation (NTF) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1945
Latest Date: 1983
Linear Feet: 94.5
Collection Description: The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Records document the hiring of the Evans Advertising Agency, Salt Lake City, Utah, through 1982 to promote the consumption of turkey products. Records describe the history and objectives of NTF and contain photographs of the early officers; statistics, correspondence, promotional budgets; marketing research projects; recipes; photographs, slides, and audio, filmstrips, videotapes, plus hundreds of color photographs and transparencies, and recipes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is an industry organization whose main objectives are to promote the consumption of turkey meat and to encourage turkey growers to gear their production to the market demands plus projected growth. The Evans Advertising Agency, Salt Lake City, Utah, was employed by the NTF through 1982 to promote the consumption of turkey products.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 234
Collection Name: New Guinea Impatiens Collection
Earliest Date: 1971
Latest Date: 1985
Linear Feet: 4.25
Collection Description: The New Guinea Impatiens Collection, gathered and maintained by Robert J. Armstrong, contains a pedigree book from Longwood Gardens Breeding program; slides showing the original New Guinea impatiens collection and the progeny developed from them at Longwood; and letters, memoranda, reports, brochures, and press releases concerning the breeding program.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service and Longwood Foundation of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, jointly sponsored an expedition to the subtropical highlands of Australian New Guinea from January to April 1970. Horticulturists Harold F. Winters and J. J. Higgins collected impatiens, which were released by USDA Plant Genetics and Germplasm Research Institute in February 1972 to nurserymen, plant breeders, and other scientists. Geneticist Robert J. Armstrong bred new varieties with ornamental leaves at Longwood Gardens.
Processed:
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 118
Collection Name: New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1954
Latest Date: 1968
Linear Feet: 1.5
Collection Description: The New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) Records consist of SPICE’s bylaws, articles of incorporation, subsequent amendments, and special studies. Records of organizations that became part of the federation are also included, as well as minutes, membership lists, officers, and financial records.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) was incorporated in 1962 and formed as a federation of organizations representing the poultry industry in New York to improve their economic position.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 380
Collection Name: Norcross, Marvin A., Papers
Earliest Date: 1966
Latest Date: 2007
Bulk Dates: 1966-1996
Linear Feet: 10
Collection Description: The Marvin A. Norcross Papers relate to food safety and food residues, including integrating the concept of risk assessment into food production and processing. There are manuscripts for talks (including slides), publication, and awards. There is also all research data associated with his Ph.D. these titled "An Immunological Study of the Localization of Certain Chemical Carcinogens in Rat Tissue" and includes black and white photographs of dissections, camera slides, and microscope slides.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Born in Tansboro, New Jersey, Marvin A. Norcross (1931-2007) attended Rutgers University and was the recipient of a Veterinary Medical degree (1959) and Ph.D. degree in Pathology (1966) from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Merck, Sharpe and Dome, initially as a veterinary pathologist and later he was responsible for all developmental studies leading to new animal health products and related claims in the United States. Norcross moved to Rockville in 1975 and became director of the Division of Veterinary Medical Research with the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (1975-1978). After several positions at the Food and Drug Administration, Norcross moved to the Science and Technology Program, Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (1982-1994). There, in various positions, he was responsible for the overall planning, coordination, direction, and evaluation of the field laboratories and scientific development programs, and provided advice and recommendations regarding the development of overall missions, goals, and policies regarding scientific and technical initiatives in the FSIS. From 1994-1996, Norcross served as the first full-time United States Coordinator for Codex Alimentarius, an inter-governmental body jointly established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, to coordinate international food safety and quality standards. He retired in 1996.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 119
Collection Name: North, Charles E., Papers
Collection Group: Dairy Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1912
Latest Date: 1961
Linear Feet: 123.5
Collection Description: The Charles E. North Papers contain correspondence, articles, and reports on a variety of subjects related to the development of the dairy industry during the first half of the 20th century; records concerning his efforts toward gaining passage of milk legislation; patents on processes and devices related to the milk industry; and photographs and movies which reflect his efforts and determination toward upgrading the sanitary standards for processing milk.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Charles E. North (1869-1961), a physician, public health officer, inventor, and agricultural scientist, was a pioneer in the dairy industry and a leader in gaining public acceptance of milk pasteurization laws, developer of processes and devices, and author of many articles and reports related to the development of the dairy industry.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 189
Collection Name: Norwood, Lewis F., Collection on the Joint Committee to Study the Cooperative Extension Service
Earliest Date: 1945
Latest Date: 1967
Bulk Dates: 1966-67
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Lewis F.Norwood Collection on the Joint Committee to Study the Cooperative Extension Service includes publications related to the Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), meeting minutes, memoranda, draft documents, reports, letters, and guidelines for interviews with land-grant universities.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Lewis F. Norwood, Jr., served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Purpose and Objectives, Task Force to Study the Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) consisted of a partnership between state land-grant colleges/universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with local governments and people in order to aid and diffuse among the people of the United States useful and practical information as provided for by legislation. Its main function was to educate the people on farming and homemaking. A Joint Committee to Study the Cooperative Extension Service was formed to anaylze and evaluate contributions of the CES, to review basic administrative and operational relationships between the USDA and respective land-grant universities, to examine the functions exercised by the CES in relationship to other entension and and extension-related programs of various executive departments of the federal government, and to project the future scope of the CES in order that it may make the maximum contribution to local, state, and national goals and needs of the people it served.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 366
Collection Name: Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Card Files
Earliest Date: 1700
Latest Date: 1950
Linear Feet: 71
Collection Description: The Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Card Files consist of seven card files related to the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection housed in Special Collections. This inactive card file contains plant information, nursery locations, and catalog holdlings.
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Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 121
Collection Name: Nursery Associations Records Collection
Earliest Date: 1896
Latest Date: 1941
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: The Nursery Associations Records Collection consists of the Letterpress Book (1886-1896) of the Western Association of Wholesale Nurserymen; Account Book (1926-1933) of the American Association of Propagating Nurserymen; Record Book (1937-1938) of the Pacific Coast Nursery Association; Treasury Records (1936-1938) of the Council of Eastern Nurserymen; and American Horticultural Council.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 318
Collection Name: Nutrition Publications from Sandy Facinoli
Earliest Date: 1922
Latest Date: 1989
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: Publications related to nutrition survey results and the history of nutrition as well as various bulletins, reports, and reprints relating to nutrition. There is biographical information on Louise Stanley, Hazel Stiebeling, and Wilbur O. Atwater.
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Digitization Status: None


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