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Collection Number: 216
Collection Name: Dairy Collection
Earliest Date: 1908
Latest Date: 1986
Bulk Dates: 1961-1986
Linear Feet: 26.25
Collection Description: The Dairy Collections consists mostly of dairy publications. Papers relate to dairy programs, agricultural organizations, committees, conferences, reports, congressional testimony, marketing, and federal regulations.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 327
Collection Name: Dale Marshall Papers
Linear Feet: 22.5
Collection Description: The Dale Marshall Papers consist of a pre-publication draft of Marshall's horticultural bibliographies and copies of the articles listed in the bibliographies.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 130
Collection Name: Daniel Poppleton Account Book
Earliest Date: 1818
Latest Date: 1939
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Daniel Poppleton Account Book (typewritten copy, 1939) is titled "A Pioneer Farmer of Licking County, Ohio . . . 1818-1852." Most of the entries in the account book are debit items. Little money was in circulation at that time, and marketing of farm products was accomplished through barter. There is an introduction to the account book written by W.W. Stockberger, which provides biographical information about Poppleton and an explanation of the account book.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Daniel Poppleton (1784-1852) was born at Pownal, Bennington County, Vermont. In 1812 he and his wife became the first settlers in Hartford Township, Licking County, Ohio. Poppleton served as the first Justice of the Peace in Hartford Township.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 171
Collection Name: David Thomas Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1872
Latest Date: 1975
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The David Thomas Collection contains publications and reprints of papers dealing with various aspects of ornithology given by David Thomas. Material was written by numerous authors and published by various scientific journals and other organizations.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: David Thomas was a librarian at Cornell University.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 252
Collection Name: Dean Howard Mayberry Papers
Earliest Date: 1957
Latest Date: 1990
Bulk Dates: 1960-1979
Linear Feet: 51.25
Collection Description: The Dean Howard Mayberry Papers include records of research of the Northern Regional Research Laboratory as well as press releases, correspondence, publications, and papers on research relating to the transformation of agricultural products into commercial commodities. Some topics of research include oils, cereals, antibiotics, starch, polysaccharides, amylose, corn, and alcohol.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Dean Howard Mayberry began his U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service in 1956 with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as the supervisory publications editor for agricultural and biological sciences, for the Information Division in Washington, D.C. From 1958-1978 he was a public information officer for the ARS Information Division, Current Information Branch based in Peoria, Illinois, at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory. From 1978-1982 he worked for the Science and Education Administration, and in 1982 he was reassigned to ARS. Mayberry retired from the USDA in 1985 as a public affairs specialist.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 124
Collection Name: Deborah Griscom Passmore Watercolor Collection
Earliest Date: 1911
Latest Date: 1911
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: The Deborah Griscom Passmore Watercolor Collection consist of an original manuscript "Flowers in Water Color: Wildflowers of America" by Deborah G. Passmore. There are 61 original, signed Passmore watercolors in this collection, as well as several signed sketches, unsigned works, and two watercolors signed by another artist, Dora Paxon. In the front of the manuscript, there is an anonymous, typescript biography of Passmore which is immediately followed by a brief, handwritten note detailing Passmore's death, and the signature of Carrie Harrison. (Her relationship to Passmore is unknown, but she may have been a botanist in the Bureau of Plant Industry, U.S. Department of Agriculture.) There are several newspaper obituaries pasted onto the end of the typescript, below Carrie Harrison's signature.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, on July 17, 1840, Deborah Griscom Passmore was educated in a Friends school and studied art under several famous artists including Thomas Moran. She also attended the School of Design and the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Washington, D.C., where, in 1892, she took an appointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Division of Pomology. She painted for many exhibits and flowers and fruits in watercolor became her specialty.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 193
Collection Name: Don Cameron Warren Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Earliest Date: 1917
Latest Date: 1990
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Don Cameron Warren Papers include correspondence to and from poultry leaders from 1928-1973, an autobiography, newspaper articles, certificates and awards, reprints of scientific papers, speeches, audiotape recording of induction speeches, and monographs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Don Cameron Warren (1890-1994) researched the genetics of fowl at the poultry science department of Kansas State University and was a geneticist for Kimber Farms late in his career. In 1971, Warren was inducted into the Poultry Hall of Fame.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 478
Collection Name: Donald L. Williams Papers
Earliest Date: 1958
Latest Date: 1984
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Donald L. Williams Papers consist of materials related to the USDA's programs to eradicate screwworm and foot-and-mouth disease in livestock. The collection includes publications, certificates awarded to Dr. Williams, photographs of Dr. Williams with colleagues and conference attendees, and personal recollections by several people involved with the foot-and-mouth disease program.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Donald L. Williams (1922-2010) was a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his long career at USDA, Dr. Williams served in Mexico as area supervisor, assistant district supervisor, and field veterinarian for the Animal Disease Eradication Division of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He also worked on the joint state-federal Screwworm Eradication Program in Florida as assistant veterinarian-in-charge. In 1959, he became co-director of the Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Mexico City. Later he transferred to Washington, D. C. to become chief staff officer of the Screwworm Eradication Section. He served as the Pan-American director of surveillance of exotic diseases of animals in Panama before retiring in 1982. Dr. Williams earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M College in 1945, and a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University in 1953.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 51
Collection Name: Dorsett-Morse Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition Collection
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1914
Latest Date: 1945
Linear Feet: 31.5
Collection Description: The Dorsett-Morse Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition Collection consists of seven photograph albums of the 1929-1931 Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition illustrating plant varieties and uses, landscapes, and Asian cultural practices. In addition to the photographs, the collection contains diaries created by Palemon Howard Dorsett and William Joseph Morse so that they would have a complete report of their work. Combining memoranda, expense reports, itineraries, maps, correspondence, ship logs, invoices, and photographs, the two explorers created 17 books dating from 1928-1932. The photographs in the diaries are from the same trip as the ones in the photograph albums. In 2002, the Arnold Arboretum donated 300 to 500 black and white photographs and negatives from plant expeditions of Palemon Howard Dorsett and other USDA plant explorers. Some of these photographs were taken during the Dorsett-Morse Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition and can be found in this collection. The remainder of the photographs and negatives are located in the Collection of Expedition Photographs from the Office of Plant Exploration. In June 2004, Morse's daughter donated a scrapbook of Dorsett and Morse's expeditions in Asia during 1930. There are 32 black and white photographs (two of which are hand-colored) with captions. The photographs in the scrapbook have negative numbers that correspond to the numbers on the negatives from the Arnold Arboretum. Morse's daughter donated more materials to Special Collections in July 2004. This donation included 9 pamphlets on Japan; a scrapbook of black and white photographs (unlabeled) depicting damage from the 1923 Tokyo earthquake; 86 loose black and white photographs taken while Morse was in Japan; packages of postcards depicting Japanese scenery and social life; a blank stationery set; local Japanese restaurant menus; and holiday cards, some of which are personalized to the Morse family.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1929, Palemon Howard Dorsett (1862-1943) and William Joseph Morse (1884-1959) embarked upon a plant exploration trip officially know as the Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition. Dorsett was the veteran plant explorer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section of Plant Introduction, and Morse was a soybean specialist from the USDA Office of Forage Crops. This expedition was initiated in response to the growing importance of the soybean as a food crop during the first quarter of the 20th century. The purpose was primarily to collect soybean germplasm, and also seeds and propagating materials for other crops of interest.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Maps; Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 410
Collection Name: Douglas Ensminger Scrap Book
Earliest Date: 1944
Latest Date: 1944
Linear Feet: 1.75
Collection Description: "Extension Rehabilitation Conference Scrap Book; Sept. 19-22, 1944; Douglas Ensminger, chairman." The conference program is titled: "Conference to outline the contribution of extension methods and techniques toward the rehabilitation of war-torn countries." September 19-22, 1944. Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service and Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Douglas Ensminger (1910-1989) was a specialist in rural sociology. He earned his BS in Agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1933, his MA in Rural Public Welfare in 1934 from the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Cornell in 1939. Ensminger was employed by USDA from 1939-1951.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 424
Collection Name: Douglas Helms Collection
Linear Feet: 166
Collection Description: The Douglas Helms Collection contains Helms' office files and relates to the history of Soil Conservation Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. The collection includes articles, books, correspondence, photographs, films, and oral histories.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Douglas Helms (1945-2018) served as the historian for the USDA Soil Conservation Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service from 1981 to 2011.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Maps; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 148
Collection Name: Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories Photograph Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1930
Latest Date: 1949
Bulk Dates: 1930s and 1940s
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories Photograph Collection contains approximately 2,000 black and white glossy photographs depicting many facets of poultry and the poultry industry during the 1930s and 1940s. Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories, a major producer of pharmaceutics to treat poultry, used this collection as it published different editions of Dr. Salsbury Health Messenger, a widely distributed poultry health manual in the 1930-40 era.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Veterinarian Joseph E. Salsbury (b. 1887) opened Dr. Salsbury's Poultry Service Company in 1924 in Charles City, Iowa, in order to combat poultry mortality by the use of low-cost medicine. By 1935, the company purchased 55 acres for its research farm and changed its name to Dr. Salsbury's Laboratories. Branches were opened in 1936 and 1937 in Pomona, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Fort Worth, Texas; and Columbus, Ohio. The first product developed by Salsbury was Avitone, a flock wormer. By 1951, the company line consisted of 55 products, and 9 out of 10 of these were for poultry ailments. The research specialists in helminthology, protozoology, biochemistry, and other branches of science developed new products at the research farm.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

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