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Collection Number: 383
Collection Name: F. L. (Frank Leslie) Duley Photograph Collection
Collection Group: Plant Photograph Collections
Earliest Date: 1939
Latest Date: 1965
Bulk Dates: 1939-1940
Linear Feet: 0.75
Collection Description: The Frank Leslie Duley Photograph Collection consists of photographs and negatives of sorghum, corn, soil moisture, and soil structure. Many are not labeled as to place. Some are labeled with towns and cities in Nebraska including Lincoln, Dalton, Chappell, and Gurley. There is a note in the collection: "The pictures in this box were examined at this time. There are many in here that might be used for practical publications. It is hoped that they might be preserved." The note is date December 6, 1965, and signed F. L. Duley.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Frank Leslie Duley (b. 1888)
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 291
Collection Name: Flood Control Collection
Earliest Date: 1910
Latest Date: 1979
Bulk Dates: 1938-1953
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Flood Control Collection contains reports, publications, correspondence, notes, photographs, audio recordings, maps, and data regarding floods and flood control in the United States. Most of these items were produced by the USDA Soil Conservation Service. There are a few pieces authored by other individuals and agencies. The collection also includes articles and addresses written for professional organizations, such as the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the Society of American Foresters.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: On April 27, 1935, Congress established the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as a permanent agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The creation of the agency highlighted the efforts of Hugh Hammond Bennett to inform the public about the problem of soil erosion. Bennett was appointed the first Chief of SCS. Watershed planning became an important part of the agency’s mission in the 1930s. Bennett recognized that successful soil and water conservation needed to begin at the watershed level. SCS organized its early demonstration projects on a watershed scale. A series of laws formed the basis of SCS erosion control programs. The Flood Control Act of 1936 authorized SCS to study methods for erosion control and flood prevention. The Flood Control Act of 1944 enabled the agency to begin work on its first 11 watershed projects. Passage of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 1953 authorized 63 more projects. Congress enacted the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act in 1954. With this law, SCS gained permanent watershed planning authority. In 1994, SCS was renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Maps; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 157
Collection Name: Floyd Franklin Smith Papers
Earliest Date: 1924
Latest Date: 1970
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Floyd Franklin Smith Papers include reprints of his articles, and U.S. Department of Agriculture circulars and bulletins of his writings.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Floyd Franklin Smith (1900-1984) worked as an entomologist at the USDA for 40 years and was recognized as an international authority on the biology and control of insect pests of flowers and ornamental plants. In 1929 Smith served as an associate entomologist with the Bureau of Entomology, stationed at Arlington Farms in Rosslyn, Virginia. From 1931 until the time of his retirement in 1970, Smith served as an entomologist for the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, Truck Crop and Garden Insects Sections. He wrote and contributed to approximately 348 publications on insects and plants.
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Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 80
Collection Name: Floyd Marcus Hixson Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1919
Latest Date: 1982
Linear Feet: 5.5
Collection Description: The Floyd M. Hixson Papers consist of performance reports of various poultry tests conducted by several American states and Canadian provinces. Other chicken- and turkey-testing program reports cover topics of meat and egg production.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Floyd Marcus Hixon (b. 1918) was a professor of animal sciences at California State University, Fresno, from 1951-1980. Born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, he earned his bachelor of science degree at Oklahoma A&M College, and his master of science and Ph.D. degrees at Kansas State University.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 426
Collection Name: Food Irradiation Collection
Earliest Date: 1957
Latest Date: 1968
Bulk Dates: 1950s-1960s
Linear Feet: 36.25
Collection Description: These materials are primarily from the Quartermaster Food and Container Institute for the Armed Forces (QMF&CI). There are contract research project reports and other publications related to food irradiation. Projects appear to be done internally, at other institutions, and with some companies. Some materials are international.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 395
Collection Name: Food Irradiation Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting
Earliest Date: 1987
Latest Date: 2006
Linear Feet: 21.25
Collection Description: The Food Irradiation Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting contain research papers and printed information materials about food processing and food irradiation in Canada and the United States over a thirty year time frame. In 1987 Marcotte began building this collection while working for the Atomic Energy of Canada, Commercial Products, in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. The company is now known as MDS Nordion. When Marcotte left Nordion in 1995, she continued to grow the collection as part of her consulting work in the field. During the time, research papers were not that widely available on the web and much of the research in the field was published as white paper often as part of Joint FAO-IAEA research contracts. Having the hard copy was the only way to have access to the information. The information collected formed huge reviews of literature required to submit food irradiation petitions to Canada and the United States for request approval to irradiate mangoes, poultry, animal feeds, red meat and then later dietary supplements (botanicals), shellfish, crustaceans, shelf stable foods and assisted the National Food Processors Petition on ready to eat foods. The files include many petitions Marcotte authored or co-authored: the Nordion animal feed petition, the Sterigenics shelf stable petition, parts of Sterigenics 7.5 MeV petition, the Steritech (Australia) spice petition which was later expanded to include dry ingredients nuts and seeds, and the Steris botanicals (dietary supplements) petition.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Michelle Marcotte graduated from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1977 with a bachelor of arts degree in Home Economics, majoring in Foods and Nutrition. She began her career as an internal food consultant for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Next she worked for MDS Nordion as Senior Market Development Specialist, Food Irradiation Applications. This was followed by employment by Inter/Sect Alliance. Finally, she created Marcotte Consulting Inc. (Canada) and Marcotte Consulting LLC (Maryland USA) to provide management consulting services to assist industry, governments, and other organizations.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 437
Collection Name: Food Processing Abstracts
Earliest Date: 1963
Latest Date: 1969
Linear Feet: 11
Collection Description: The Food Processing Abstracts were available on a subscription basis from Lowry-Cocroft Abstracts based in Evanston, Illinois. Each week subscribers received abstracts, alphabetized and numbered in order, coded by a classification system. The code numbers appeared on the lower right hand corner of each card. The classification system had three divisions: Processing Fields, Type of Food Processed, and Kind of Information Included. Processing Fields subjects consisted of pasteurization, heat sterilization, freezing, dehyrofreezing, dehydration and concentration, freeze drying, preservation with chemicals (including salt), fermentations (excluding alcoholic beverages, separation and refining, irradiation, enzyme treatment, packing, packaging, cooking and baking, and organoleptic analysis. Types of Food Processed subjects were vegetables, fruit and fruit products, meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, dairy products, cereals and soy beans, starch, sugar and confections, beverages, oils and fats, spices and flavorings, prepared foods, diet foods, other foods, and baked goods. The differentiation by kind of information covered field included patent, legal, quality control, microbiology, time and temperature processing, equipment, storage, flavor, texture, color, nutritive value, antioxidants, emulsifiers and stabilizers, other additives, composition and analysis, and consumer preference. Information was retrieved by use of a sorting needle. For instance, if it was desired to obtain all the articles on the subject of freeze drying, the needle was inserted in hold 23 and the desired cards, on which this number was notched, dropped out. If only the articles on freeze drying of meat products were desired, a second use of the needle in hole 49 of the separated cards isolated those. Again if it was desired to refer only to patents on freeze drying of meat, a third use of the needles in hold 29 segregated those.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 402
Collection Name: Food Puppets
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), received as an anonymous donation two food puppets that are believed to have been part of a children’s television show, though we have no further information as to their origin.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: Entire collection digitized

Collection Number: 428
Collection Name: Forest Service Leader Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1901
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Forest Service Leader Photograph Collection consists of twenty-two unframed black and white photographs of twentieth-century United States Forest Service officials. There are two photographs of Gifford Pinchot.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 290
Collection Name: Foster Edward Mohrhardt Papers
Earliest Date: 1934
Latest Date: 1968
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Foster Edward Mohrhardt Papers consist of Mohrhardt's published papers, speeches, studies, book reviews, and biographical articles and includes a bibliography detailing these publications.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Foster Edward Mohrhardt (1907-1992) was named director of the library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1954, and during his 14 years as Director, the library was transformed into the National Agricultural Library (NAL). He played an active part in improving the system through the use of information technology, structural reorganization, and expansion of goals. Accomplishments include construction of the library’s building in Beltsville, Maryland; the initiation of computerized cataloging and indexing (1965), the antecedent to the library’s AGRICOLA database; the publication of the library’s card catalog in book form; and the development of the library’s first agricultural thesaurus. President of the American Library Association from 1967-1968, Mohrhardt also presided over several organizations in the field of research as well as founded the International Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 58
Collection Name: Frank L. Evans 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.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 295
Collection Name: Frank N. Meyer Collection
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1905
Latest Date: 1918
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: The Frank N. Meyer Collection consists of a typescript, certificate and photographs of Meyer. The typescript contains excerpts from letters between Frank N. Meyer and his superior, David Fairchild in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Plant Industry, relating to Meyer’s plant exploration trip to South China in 1916-1918. Photographs of various botanical specimens are included. The last segment of typescripts concerns Meyer’s drowning on June 2, 1918, in the Yangtze River en route to Shanghai. The 1905 certificate identifies USDA plant explorer Frank N. Meyer as an agricultural explorer of the United States Department of Agriculture who is visiting Manchuria and other parts of China for “the purpose of Aiding in Agricultural Development, especially along the line of Pomology.” A black and white photograph of Meyer has a label which reads "Frank N. Meyer, Agricultural Explorer. Born November 29, 1875. Died June 1, 1918. Returning from a successful raid in the high mountains. Tired but satisfied. Wu Tai Shan, Shansi, China. February 25, 1908." A photograph of Meyer and Fairchild has a label which reads "Frank Meyer (right) converses with renowned plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild. At the young age of 22, Fairchild helped to create the USDA’s Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction where he served as chairman from 1904-28. Throughout Meyer’s travels, Fairchild was a guiding force, providing insight and support through his letters."
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1901, Frans Nicholas Meijer (1875-1918) emigrated from the Netherlands to America where he became Frank Meyer. Almost immediately, Meyer went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Erwin F. Smith, known internationally for his groundbreaking work in bacteriology. In 1902, Meyer began working at USDA’s Plant Introduction Station in Santa Ana, California. The period from 1905-1908 marked the beginning of Meyer’s expeditions to Asia, where he collected plants in China, Russia, and Japan, as well as other countries. During his second expedition from 1909-1912, he collected in Europe, Russia, and in China. From 1913-1915, he explored and collected plants in Russia and China. Meyer’s fourth and final expedition took place from 1916-1918. The purpose of this journey is stated in the accompanying typescript, dated July 25, 1916. In summary, Meyer was to explore the portion of China lying southeast of Shanghai and south of the Yangtze River. He was to seek and collect southern peaches, bamboos—both timber and edible—the tung or wood-oil tree, improved varieties of tallow trees, the litchi, the longan, root crops for wet lands, new varieties of rice, soy beans, raspberries, blackberries, pears, chestnuts, and ornamental shrubs and timber trees. Meyer died an untimely death in June 1918. A passenger on the Feng Yang Maru Japanese riverboat, destined for Shanghai, he fell overboard into the Yangtze River. His body was recovered, but the circumstances of his death will always remain a mystery and source of speculation. Honored the world over for his contributions as a plant explorer, Frank Meyer’s work touches us all every day. From apricots to wild pears, his introductions number over 2,500.
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Digitization Status: Entire collection digitized

Collection Number: 306
Collection Name: Frank S. Santamour Papers
Earliest Date: 1956
Latest Date: 2001
Linear Feet: 1.75
Collection Description: The Frank S. Santamour Papers consist of Santamour's publications and many photographs used in those publications.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Frank S. Santamour (1932-2000) was a research geneticist in the Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit of the U.S. National Arboretum. He received his M.S. in forestry from Yale University in 1954, his A.M. in biology from Harvard University in 1957, and his Ph.D. in forestry with a minor in plant genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1960. He first worked at the Northeast Forest Experimentation Station, U.S. Forest Service, from 1957-1964, and then took a position as a geneticist for the Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania from 1964-1967. In 1967 he joined the research staff of the U.S. National Arboretum and continued there until his death in 2000. An author or coauthor of more than 275 publications, he was thought to be the world's leading authority on the genetics, breeding, and development of superior landscape trees. Some of his achievements include using biochemical methods to examine graft incompatibility, insect and disease resistance, verifying interspecific hybrids in several genera, wound compartmentalization, and correct usage of nomenclature to describe landscape trees.
Processed:
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 35
Collection Name: Frank Wilbut Chamberlain Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1945
Bulk Dates: Pre 1945-1943 ???
Linear Feet: 9
Collection Description: The Frank Wilbut Chamberlain Papers include copies of galley proofs of Chamberlain’s book Atlas of Avian Anatomy. Proofs contain sections on osteology, arthrology, and myology. Copies of a typed manuscript with penciled notes cover other systems of the avian species, such as circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, nervous, etc. Manuscript may have been intended to be Volume 2 of the Atlas of Avian Anatomy. Also includes printer’s blocks of different parts of the chicken skeleton, ligaments and muscles.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Frank Wilbut Chamberlain was a professor of anatomy at Michigan State College, and published the Atlas of Avian Anatomy as Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir Bulletin 5 in June 1943. Correspondence (largely from 1944 and 1945) and printers' blocks included in the collection indicate that Chamberlain intended to publish a second volume of the atlas, but there is no evidence that it ever went to press.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 419
Collection Name: Franklin A. Coffman Artifacts
Earliest Date: 1914
Latest Date: 1916
Linear Feet: 10
Collection Description: The Franklin A. Coffman Artifacts consist of several objects obtained in the Philippines, including tools, a musical instrument, and decorative pieces. There are also several projectile points (arrowheads and a spear point) that were found on USDA property in Beltsville, Maryland.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Franklin Arthur Coffman (1892-1976) served as an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beltsville, Maryland research station from 1917 to 1962. Prior to this, he conducted research at the Agricultural Experiment Station in the Philippines from 1914 to 1916. Coffman focused his principle research on oats (Avena), especially in the areas of genetic improvement, taxonomic classification, and morphology. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy at Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University). His papers are held at Kansas State University’s Morse Department of Special Collections.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 263
Collection Name: Franklin Benjamin Hough Papers
Earliest Date: 1870
Latest Date: 1884
Bulk Dates: 1876-77
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Franklin Benjamin Hough Papers consist of handwritten correspondence, agreements, and memoranda. Much of the correspondence deals with forestry matters, and, specifically, a paper that Hough presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1873 on "The Duty of Governments in the Preservation of Forests." His study revealed that forests were beneficial to climate, streamflow, and soil, and argued that it was necessary to preserve and renew forests. The address triggered a national forest-preservation movement and lobbying effort backed by AAAS. In response, Congress approved funding in 1876 for a federal forestry expert within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Hough was appointed to the position soon after.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Franklin Benjamin Hough (1822-1885) was the first physician in Lewis County, New York; forest commissioner, USDA, from 1876-1881, and the chief of the Division of Forestry, USDA, from 1881-1883.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 413
Collection Name: Frederick Vernon Coville Blueberry Records
Earliest Date: 1907
Latest Date: 1938
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: United States Department of Agriculture blueberry records of Frederick Vernon Coville document the earliest crosses of commercial blueberries. Frederick Vernon Coville along with George M. Darrow were the first breeders in the blueberry program. These research notes are primarily Coville's and include a complete description of blueberry plant parentage and field note data. There are daily, pencilled entries about growing plants in research fields and separate notebooks with descriptions of blueberry plant variety characteristics and crosses.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Frederick Vernon Coville (1867-1937) worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as assistant botanist (1888-1893) and botanist (1893-1937). He was instrumental in the establishment of the United States National Arboretum in 1927. He was the first to discover the importance of soil acidity on the growth of blueberries as well as the impact of cold on plants. Through his early work on crossing blueberry plants, he was responsible for the commercialization of blueberries.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 486
Collection Name: Friends of Agricultural Research-Beltsville, Inc. Collection
Earliest Date: 1888
Latest Date: 2018
Linear Feet: 3.5
Collection Description: The Friends of Agricultural Research-Beltsville, Inc. (FAR-B) Collection consists of administrative and financial records, membership directories, newsletters, and photographs related to the organization.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: FAR-B is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the research, educational, and outreach programs at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC). Its members include talented and dedicated USDA alumni as well as individuals or groups from academia, industry, government, BARC employees, and the general public.
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Subjects: Agricultural Organizations
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 394
Collection Name: Functional Food Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Functional Food Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting reflect the development of regulatory change in Canada for health foods, including dietary supplements which in Canada are usually termed herbal medicines, and for functional foods or neutraceuticals. Marcotte's work in the field is part of her consulting practice which focuses on market development through regulatory change and communications. This work required an incorporation of nutrition, food technology and regulatory knowledge to affect market development for an emerging system.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Michelle Marcotte graduated from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1977 with a bachelor of arts degree in Home Economics, majoring in Foods and Nutrition. She began her career as an internal food consultant for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Next she worked for MDS Nordion as Senior Market Development Specialist, Food Irradiation Applications. This was followed by employment by Inter/Sect Alliance. Finally, she created Marcotte Consulting Inc. (Canada) and Marcotte Consulting LLC (Maryland USA) to provide management consulting services to assist industry, governments, and other organizations. She also co-chaired the United Nations Environment Program Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee.
Digitization Status: None


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