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Collection Number: 34
Collection Name: Early Extension Service Miscellaneous Materials
Earliest Date: 1916
Latest Date: 1980
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: Early Extension Service Miscellaneous Materials contain reference materials from the early U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extension services including publications, glass slides, photographs, and film.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Materials were gathered by Helen Strow (1904-1999) and Beatrice Judkins (d. 2003), who were employed by the USDA Extension Service.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 487
Collection Name: Eastern Cooperatives, Inc. Collection
Earliest Date: 1951
Latest Date: 1953
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Eastern Cooperatives, Inc. (ECI) Collection consists mostly of newspaper articles written by Shirley Cochran including her column "Take it Easy" which appeared in "The Cooperator." Recipes, presentations, newsletters, photographs, and correspondence are part of the collection as well.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Shirley Cochran (1929- ) was a nutritionist and the head of the ECI testing kitchen from 1951 to 1953. "The Cooperator" was the monthly newspaper for the ECI which was a wholesale association in New Jersey. The collection was donated by Anne Cochran, Shirley's daughter, in 2018.
Subjects: Agricultural History; Human Nutrition
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 429
Collection Name: Economic Research Service Foreign Agricultural Files Collection
Earliest Date: 1946
Latest Date: 2009
Bulk Dates: 1963-1992
Linear Feet: 14
Collection Description: The Economic Research Service Foreign Agricultural Files include: Japan Agricultural Polices and Trade (1963-2009); Japan commodities (1960-1990); Japan, Agriculture and Food Sector (1964-1992); Files on South Korean Agriculture (1946-1992); and Japan agricultural input files (1970-1990).
Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 421
Collection Name: Economic Research Service Historic Farm Production Records
Earliest Date: 1935
Latest Date: 1985
Bulk Dates: 1935-1985
Linear Feet: 53
Collection Description: The Economic Research Service Historic Farm Production Expenses Records were generated by staff in the Farm Income Sections and Projects, Bureau of Agricultural Economics. The records include correspondence, memoranda, research notes, surveys, descriptions of procedures, and documentation of estimates. There are a number of ledgers documenting expenditures, by state, for dairy supplies, seed, grazing fees, insurance, real estate, fertilizer, hired labor, board and lodgings, repairs and operation of farm capitol items.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 53
Collection Name: Edwards, Everett Eugene, Papers
Earliest Date: 1926
Latest Date: 1951
Linear Feet: 9
Collection Description: The Everett Eugene Edwards Papers include his writings, speeches, bibliographies, administrative information related to his position at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), materials for courses he taught, and historical materials that he may have used for research.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Everett Eugene Edwards (1900-1952) was an agricultural economist and historian in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Division of Statistical and Historical Research from 1927-1952. He was the editor of Agricultural History from 1931-1952. Edwards made notable contributions to agricultural history through his work as an author, editor, bibliographer, and critic.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 54
Collection Name: Eisenbeiss, Gene, Papers
Earliest Date: 1974
Latest Date: 1996
Bulk Dates: 1974-96
Linear Feet: 13.75
Collection Description: The Gene Eisenbeiss Papers include administrative files such as correspondence regarding registration of cultivar names, location of cultivars for purchase, and information requested about the Ilex genus (holly and its relatives). There are also miscellaneous publications and literature on plants as well as engraving blocks of holly used for publications and given to Eisenbeiss by Harry William Dengler, Extension Service, USDA, at the University of Maryland.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Gene Eisenbeiss (1926-97), a horticulturist, was employed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for more than 30 years, 26 of which he spent at the U.S. National Arboretum. He was the international registrar of cultivated Ilex (holly) for more than 20 years. He was involved with the publication of authoritative and comprehensive cultivar checklists (with more than 200 publications on hollies), and was responsible for the introduction of at least 14 cultivars.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 55
Collection Name: Eliot, Jared, Letters
Earliest Date: 1747
Latest Date: 1769
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Jared Eliot Letters are photostat copies of letters [1747-1769?] from the original in the Yale University Library. Thirty-nine letters about farming to Eliot (1685-1763) including correspondence from John Bartram, Peter Collinson, Thomas Fitch, Benjamin Franklin, R. Jackson, William Logan, James Monk, Peter Oliver, W. Robinson, Benjamin Stiles, and Robert Walker.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1706, Eliot graduated from Yale College, then called the “Collegiate School” of Connecticut. Eminent physician and minister, Eliot also became an internationally respected scientist. He studied ways to improve farming methods and wrote agricultural essays. He discovered that the black sand found on Connecticut beaches contained iron ore, which could be smelted to produce iron. In 1762, he published an essay on making of iron from the black sand and was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Society of London. Included in his will was a bequest to Yale College, which became its first endowed book fund.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 410
Collection Name: Ensminger, Douglas, 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: 74
Collection Name: Entomology Lantern Slide Collection
Earliest Date: 1908
Latest Date: 1939
Linear Feet: 17
Collection Description: Entomology Lantern Slide Collection consists of glass positives of insects, a lantern slide projector, and unknown equipment.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 484
Collection Name: Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Collection
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1999
Bulk Dates: 1998-1999
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory Collection consists of photographs and negatives of poultry science and staff, business notes and correspondence, and approximately 30 samples of feather products such as: fabric (the largest measuring 21.5 x 11.5), fabric swatches (the largest measuring 5 x 6), cardboard, and yarn.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1998, Walter F. Schmidt, Chemist; Rolland M. Waters, Chemist; George Gassner III, Research Biologist; Michael J. Line, Senior Engineer; and Clayton G. Thomas, Process Engineer received a patent for a process for extracting fiber from feathers. Examples of potential products are fibers, paper, insulation, etc. They worked in the Agricultural Research Service, Environmental Chemistry Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.
Subjects: Animal Science; Physical Sciences; Poultry
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 265
Collection Name: Enzler, Clarence Joseph Papers
Earliest Date: 1936
Latest Date: 1972
Linear Feet: 16.5
Collection Description: The Clarence Joseph Enzler Papers include speeches and testimonies of former Secretaries of Agriculture, including Henry A. Wallace, Henry Claude Wickard, Clinton Anderson, Charles Brannan, Ezra Taft Benson, Orville L. Freeman, and Clifford Hardin. There are also speeches and testimonies of Assistant Secretaries Ervin L. Peterson, J. Earl Coke, John P. Duncan, Jr., George L. Mehren, Trienah Meyers, Joseph M. Robertson, and under secretaries Norris Dodd, J. Phil Campbell, and John A. Schnittker. Also included are miscellaneous speeches of U.S. Presidents and congressional figures, and press releases.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Clarence Joseph Enzler (1910-1976), an accomplished speech-writer and speaker, worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1937-1972, leaving the department briefly from 1943-1945 to serve as the feature editor with the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service. During his USDA career he worked in the Resettlement Administration, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the Office of Information, and the Office of the Secretary. He assisted the Secretaries of Agriculture and other top USDA officials in the preparation of speeches, magazine articles, congressional testimony, annual reports and other informational material. He prepared speeches for eight Secretaries of Agriculture. A prolific author, he had articles published in many national magazines and wrote a spiritual and philosophical book titled My Other Self.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 57
Collection Name: Estabrook, Leon Moyer, Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1869
Latest Date: 1937
Linear Feet: 3.5
Collection Description: The Leon Moyer Estabrook Manuscript is an unbound typescript titled “Life of One American; Memoirs of Leon M. Estabrook.” It contains Estabrook’s account of his life and work as statistician and chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bureau of Statistics and Crop Estimation. The typescript includes descriptions of the work done in early years of the Bureau of Plant Industry and of USDA scientists such as B. T. Galloway and Walter Swingle. There is information relating to crop reporting, and some observations on agricultural conditions during Estabrook's travel abroad. He also provided information about USDA buildings.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1905, Leon Moyer Estabrook (1869-1937) organized and became the first Chief of the Office of Records, which centralized the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Bureau of Plant Industry’s accounting systems. He became the Chief of the Office of Seed Distribution in 1909, then Chief Clerk of USDA. In 1913, Estabrook became Chief of the Bureau of Statistics (changed to Bureau of Crop Estimates in 1914). He represented USDA at the General Assembly meeting of the International Institute of Agriculture in Rome in 1920. Estabrook became Associate Chief of the new Bureau of Agricultural Economics in 1921. From 1925 to 1929, he traveled all over the world collecting data and writing reports for the first World Census of Agriculture (1930), for which he was highly commended. In 1930, he organized the first Inter-American Conference of Agriculture. In 1931, Estabrook retired.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 58
Collection Name: Evans, Frank L., Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1906
Latest Date: 1906
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Frank L. Evans Manuscript [ca. 1906] is titled "Reminiscences Covering Personal Characteristics of Several Executive Heads of the United States Department of Agriculture, 1871-1906." Though containing neither table of contents nor index, Evans’s manuscript is divided into three sections. In the first portion, he lists and describes the Commissioners/Secretaries of Agriculture under whom he served and his opinion of each of them. The executives covered are Frederick Watts, 1871-1877; William LeDuc, 1877-1881; George Loring, 1881-1885; Norman Colman, 1885-1889; Jeremiah Rusk, 1889-1893; J. Sterling Morton, 1893-1897; and James Wilson, 1897-1913. The manuscript also includes William Saunders, who served as horticulturist and superintendent of the grounds from 1862-1900, and whom Evans considered a remarkable individual and unsung hero. The second portion of the manuscript describes the occasion of Evans’s retirement. The third and final portion details Evans’s career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the inner workings of the department.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1875, Frank L. Evans was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to work in the mailing room of the Seed Division; within a few months, he was promoted to the Statistical Division. In 1890, Evans was appointed cashier. In 1893, he was appointed disbursing officer and chief, Division of Accounts, a position which he held until his resignation in 1906.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 343
Collection Name: Ewing, R., and LeNeil, R., Poultry Anatomy Drawings
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Linear Feet: 30
Collection Description: The R. Ewing and R. LeNeil Poultry Anatomy Drawings materials consist of approximately 600 anatomical drawings of poultry used in publications. There are 10 oversized boxes and an inventory of the collection is on CD.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 399
Collection Name: Extension Farm Labor Program Collection (United States Crops Corps, Victory Farm Volunteers, and Women's Land Army)
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1947
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Extension Farm Labor Program Collection contains reports of the Information Service in the Cooperative Extension Farm Labor Program during the years 1943-1947. These reports contain recruitment information, sample recruitment materials such as posters and brochures, and farm labor stories from and about various volunteer farm labor groups during the World War II period. The reports are liberally illustrated with photographs. These groups include the Women's Land Army, U.S. Crop Corps, Victory Farm Volunteers and others. The Collection also contains reports on activities in the program made by five division chiefs, specifically: Administration and Organization; Recruitment and Placement; Labor Utilization: Women's Land Army; and: Victory Farm Volunteers.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Women's Land Army was developed in 1943 as part of the Emergency Farm Labor Program under USDA and Extension Service. WLA headed by Florence L. Hall, an economist, had previously worked for USDA’s Dairy Bureau and the Extension Service (Carpenter, On the Farm Front) “The WLA effectively recruited, trained, and placed millions of women as labor on national farms.” (Carpenter) WLAA – Women’s Land Army of America, WWI Colleges Vassar, Bryn Mawr, Mt. Holyoke, among others, established programs that sent students to work on farms during school breaks Girls and boys were called upon by the Agricultural Extension Services of the 48 states after Congress passed the first farm labor legislation in April 1943. The Federal Extension Service, in cooperation with other government agencies, had been studying the role youth might play since the fall of 1942 when it became obvious that the labor shortage was the number one obstacle to be hurdled in wartime food production. Some state Extension Services had their plans for a youth program in cooperation with local schools outlined and underway by the time Federal funds were appropriated. The Victory Farm Volunteers were recruited and organized by state and county Extension workers throughout the nation with the help of school people and many others. In 1943, they totaled 700,000 and in 1944, their numbers were increased to 875,000. They were nonfarm youth between 14 and 17 years of age who worked on farms. They added their willing hands and shoulders to 3,500,000 boys and girls the same age who already lived on farms, whose wartime production part in food production was second only to that of their parents. The youth were important for providing our men in uniform with food that came from harvested crops. In Maryland, girls at Camp Mil-Bur picked 183,000 pounds of snapbeans in ten weeks, and worked in lima beans, blackberries, tomatoes, and tobacco. Youth were recruited by by schools, publicity, neighborhood group leaders, and youth-serving agencies. Many schools altered daily and even semester schedules.
Formats: Posters
Digitization Status: None

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