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Collection Number: 335
Collection Name: Harlan Loy (H.L.) Shrader Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1926
Latest Date: 1975
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Harlan Loy Shrader Collection contains materials collected by Shrader during his time as a Senior Extension Poultry Husbandman from 1926 to 1959. The materials include reports, articles, newsletters, clippings, photographs, booklets, correspondence, items from various poultry extension services, a metal model of everted baby chick vents, etc. Some of the materials pertain to the American Poultry Historical Society. There are also materials on the “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harlan Loy (H.L.) Shrader (1889-1970) has had a long history in the poultry industry. He received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Missouri in 1914 and 1925. Shrader was an investigator in poultry and egg handling, Food Research Laboratory, USDA from 1914 to 1917. He was a pilot in the 11th Aero Squadron, AEF from 1917-1919. From 1920 to 1926, he served as an Extension Poultry Scientist in Missouri. In 1926 he became a Senior Extension Poultry Husbandman with the Federal Extension Service. He retired from this position in 1959. Shrader was a charter member of the National Chicken of Tomorrow Contest Committee. He authored or co-authored over two hundred articles, radio talks and speeches related to the poultry industry. He was a member of the Poultry Science Association and served as its President from 1929-1930 and on its Board of Directors from 1927-1932. In addition he was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, World’s Poultry Science Association, American Legion, AF&A Masons, Farm House and Acacia fraternities.
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Collection Number: 162
Collection Name: Harold Kent Street Papers
Earliest Date: 1955
Latest Date: 1977
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Harold Kent Street Papers include resumes, official correspondence related to his various positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, newspaper clippings, unpublished works, photographs, and the article "The Restless Earth" by Nigel Calder.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harold Kent Street (1931-1981) was an agricultural journalist who worked in both the public and private sectors. Street was employed by several agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the mid-1960s and late 1970s including: the Agricultural Research Service (ARS); the Farm Credit Administration; and the Farmers’ Home Administration. In the private sector, Street served as an agricultural reporter for the American Banker Newspaper, The Dakota Farmer, The Hartford Courant, Successful Farming, Agri-Finance, The Rural New Yorker, and the University of Connecticut, as well as an editor for publications at Kraft Foods and the Independent Bankers’ Association of America.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 163
Collection Name: Harriett Singleton Stubbs Papers
Earliest Date: 1982
Latest Date: 1985
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Harriett Singleton Stubbs Papers consist of publications, brochures, reports, articles, speeches, fact sheets, bibliographies, and correspondence relating to acid rain in Canada and to United States government agencies and other organizations that dealt with acid rain.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harriett Singleton Stubbs was executive director of the Acid Rain Foundation, Inc., during the 1980s. The mission of the Acid Rain Foundation was to raise the level of public awareness, to publish educational materials, and to bring about resolution to global change issues.
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Collection Number: 26
Collection Name: Harry A. Borthwick Papers
Earliest Date: 1901
Latest Date: 1967
Linear Feet: 112
Collection Description: The Harry A. Borthwick Papers contain reprints, experiment results, correspondence, abstracts, manuscripts, photographs, negatives, positives, maps, graphs, tables, charts, slides, and notebooks. There are indexes to the reprints, abstracts, photographs, and negatives.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Borthwick (1898-1974), plant physiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is notable for heading the investigation on photoperiodism, which culminated in the discovery of phytochrome in plants. In 1995, he was named to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame in recognition of contributions in elucidating the importance of photoperiodic mechanisms controlling flowering in plants.
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Formats: Maps; Photographs; Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 87
Collection Name: Harry Vaughn Harlan Manuscript and Book
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1910
Latest Date: 1957
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Harry Vaughn Harlan Manuscript and Book collection contains the original manuscript for Harlan’s memoir, "One Man’s Life with Barley: The Memories and Observations of Harry V. Harlan," along with a first edition copy of the published book. The memoir spans the period from about 1910 to 1944, and was published posthumously in 1957. It details Harlan’s education; his early days in the USDA Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering; experiences with barley breeding, international travel and plant exploration; and discoveries at American agricultural experiment stations.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harry Vaughn Harlan (1882-1944) graduated from Kansas State College in 1904. He worked in Manila, Philippines from 1905 to 1908. After two years of graduate school at Kansas State, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture and worked for plant introduction scientists David Fairchild and Mark Carleton. Even though he had no prior experience with barley, he accepted an assignment in barley research. Harlan headed barley investigations for the USDA’s Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering from 1910 until his death in 1944. His work took him around the world as he carried out plant exploration and searched for new varieties of barley. Most notably, he traveled to Peru (1913-1914), Central and Eastern Europe (1919), Northern Africa (1923-1924), and India (1923).
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Collection Number: 150
Collection Name: Harry William Schoening Papers
Earliest Date: 1903
Latest Date: 1960
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Harry William Schoening Papers consist of materials pertaining to Schoening's veterinary research; a pictorial history of individuals who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry; correspondence related to his retirement; and photographs of his retirement party. There are Bureau of Animal Industry reports on hog cholera, cattle, swine, sheep and goats, horses, poultry, fur animals, foot-and-mouth disease, and parasites.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harry William Schoening (1886-1969) began his almost 50 years of service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1907 working as a veterinary inspector handling meat inspection for the Bureau of Animal Industry. He retired as director of the Veterinary Pathology Branch of the Animal Disease and Parasite Research Division, Agricultural Research Service. Schoening conducted and supervised investigations into the causes and prevention of livestock diseases. Most prominent among these projects were those involving hog cholera and foot-and-mouth disease.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 199
Collection Name: Harvey Washington Wiley Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1904
Latest Date: 1904
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Harvey Washington Wiley manuscript consists of a typewritten draft of an unpublished USDA Bureau of Chemistry bulletin entitled "Comparative Fertility and Nitrifying Power of Soils." The draft was co-written by Wiley, C. C. Moore, and E. E. Ewell. It is dated June 30, 1904.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harvey Washington Wiley (1844-1930) was chief chemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1883-1912. During his career in the USDA Bureau of Chemistry, he fought for the enactment of a pure food and drug law in the United States. In 1902, he organized a study on the effects of eating food treated with preservatives that manufacturers claimed were harmless. A dozen young men in Dr. Wiley's department volunteered to eat only the processed foods he gave them. This group became known as the "poison squad." Wiley published a 2,000-page report on the data he collected from his food additive experiment over a period of several years. Soon after the report was released, President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. A prolific author, Wiley wrote books, government bulletins, and scientific papers on agricultural chemistry.
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Text Available in NALDR: http://archive.org/details/harveywashington00wile
Subjects: Natural Resources
Digitization Status: Entire collection digitized

Collection Number: 267
Collection Name: Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers
Earliest Date: 1919
Latest Date: 1990
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Hazel Katherine Stiebeling Papers consist of articles on nutrition, articles written by or about Dr. Hazel Stiebeling, biographies of other nutrition professionals, awards and honors received by Dr. Stiebeling, a family history, and a compilation of biographical and autobiographical materials about Dr. Stiebeling assembled by Deborah Parry Dale in 1989. The collection also includes photographs of Dr. Stiebeling, significant events during her career, and award ceremonies. There are also a few photographs and color slides of agricultural research staff and other nutrition professionals.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Hazel Katherine Stiebeling (1896-1989) became the head of USDA’s Section of Food Economics in 1930. During her career, she pioneered the application of sample survey methods to national nutrition problems in order to understand the food habits of population groups. In the 1930s, she helped devise an emergency plan for feeding the victims of severe droughts in the southern United States. Her research and interest in diet deficiencies in the United States led to the development of school lunch programs, as well as programs promoting the increased consumption of milk, fresh fruit, and green vegetables. Dr. Stiebeling became Chief of USDA’s Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics in 1944. She served as Director of Home Economics Research from 1953 to 1957, then as Director of the Institute of Home Economics from 1957 to 1961. She was the Deputy Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service from 1961 until her retirement in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees throughout her career, Dr. Stiebeling earned bachelor’s (1919) and master’s degrees (1924) in nutrition from Columbia University Teachers’ College. She completed her Ph.D. in chemistry at Columbia in 1928.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 356
Collection Name: Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center History Collection
Earliest Date: 1934
Latest Date: 2011
Linear Feet: 29
Collection Description: The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) History Collection contains several donations from the ARS Visitor Center at BARC. Materials include land surveys, building specifications, blueprints, and reports about the Visitor Center; a photograph album compiled by Robert T. Walker, former BARC landscape architect, showing the construction of BARC buildings (Departmental Laboratory Group, Main Lab, Mansion House, Sheep Barn, Animal Husbandry Lab, Animal Disease Station, Poultry Unit, Horticultural Field Station, and the Civilian Conservation Corps at the USDA Experimental Farm); blueprints from the construction of BARC; lab materials (microscopes, lab glassware, measuring devices); the silver tea set used during VIP visits; a framed certificate from the United States Secret Service; and a miniature train car that was on display at the Visitor Center. In 2011, the ARS Visitor Center closed. At that time the following materials were transferred to Special Collections: ARS Visitor Center records of tours; information files on BARC history, a model of the visitor center, a framed painting of the Log Lodge by a former USDA employee (38.5" x 26.75"), a framed blueprint of The Log Lodge (February 23, 1934) by Louis De Laouranthys for Animal Husbandry Division, Bureau of Animal Industry (26" x 21"); a drawing of the Log Lodge on onion skin paper, undated; a poster on foamcore of the Agricultural Administrators (post 2004); Agricultural Research Center blueprint, undated; and a microscope and case.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is a central part of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and is one of the world's largest agricultural research complexes. On June 6, 2000, BARC is named in honor of former Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace, who was instrumental in it's expansion; under his guidance the center grew to 12,600 acres with over 40 major research buildings. USDA began relocating research to Beltsville in 1910. Major expansion during the 1930s and 1940s established its importance within the USDA's research activities.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 192
Collection Name: Henry Agard Wallace Papers
Earliest Date: 1933
Latest Date: 1942
Bulk Dates: 1933-1940
Linear Feet: 4.25
Collection Description: The Henry Agard Wallace Papers include press releases of addresses and statements made by Wallace while he was secretary of agriculture (1933-40) and newspaper clippings about Wallace while secretary of agriculture and during his first year as Vice President of the United States. There is also a copy of the typescript, "The Reminiscences of Henry Agard Wallace," Volume 2, 1935-39, pages 310-643, and Volume 3, January-March 1940, pages 644-991. Wallace pencilled notes on several pages of the typescript. The typescript was published and is owned by the Library of Congress. See also: Enzler, Clarence Joseph Papers
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Wallace (1888-1965) was associate editor (1910-24) and editor (1924-29) of Wallaces’ Farmer, editor (1929-33) of Iowa Homestead and Wallaces’ Farmer, secretary of agriculture (1933-40), vice president of the U.S. (1941-45), secretary of commerce (1945-46), and editor of New Republic (from 1946). He was the son of Henry Cantwell Wallace, the seventh Secretary of Agriculture.
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Collection Number: 108
Collection Name: Henry Cantwell Wallace Papers
Earliest Date: 1921
Latest Date: 1924
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Henry Cantwell Wallace Papers consist of press releases of addresses and statements made by Wallace while he was Secretary of Agriculture.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry Cantwell Wallace (1866-1924) was Secretary of Agriculture from 1921-1924. Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wallace was part owner and publisher of the Farm and Dairy, which became Wallaces’ Farm and Dairy and later Wallaces’ Farmer. After the death of his father, Wallace replaced him as editor. The journal gained a reputation as one of the leading agricultural periodicals in the United States. When he was appointed as Secretary of Agriculture, Wallace continued to assist farmers by developing improved systems of marketing, establishing the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and the Bureau of Home Economics, and initiating the radio service for market reports. His son, Henry Agard Wallace, was Secretary of Agriculture from 1933-1940, and Vice President of the United States from 1941-1945 (see Manuscript Collection 192).
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 5
Collection Name: Henry E. Alvord Correspondence
Earliest Date: 1887
Latest Date: 1890
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: Henry E. Alvord's correspondence relates to the passage of An Act to Establish Agricultural Experiment Stations on March 2, 1887, and an amendment in 1890 authorizing appropriations for agricultural experiment stations. The collection contains petitions with suggestions on how to change the act.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry E. (Henry Elijah) Alvord (1844-1904) was chairman of the executive committee of the Association of American Agricultural Colleges and Experimental Stations and president of Maryland Agricultural College from 1888-1892.
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Collection Number: 475
Collection Name: Henry F. Shepherd Papers
Earliest Date: 1920
Latest Date: 1965
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: The Henry F. Shepherd Papers consist of safety and personnel related documents, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and material associated with "The President’s Safety Award" given to Shepherd in 1965.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry F. Shepherd was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from the 1930s to 1967. He began his USDA career with the Soil Conservation Service in Ohio. Later he became the department’s Director of Safety. He led an effort to put safety belts in all department vehicles in the early 1960s, for which USDA won the President’s Safety Award. Shepherd retired from USDA in 1967.
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Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 120
Collection Name: Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection
Earliest Date: 1724
Latest Date: 2013
Bulk Dates: 1890-2003
Linear Feet: 1129
Collection Description: The Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection is a special reference collection of over 150,000 American and foreign catalogs. It was begun in 1904 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) economic botanist, Percy Leroy Ricker. Its purpose now, as then, is to provide information regarding sources, prices, and descriptions of plant material offered for sale by U.S. nurserymen, growers, and seedsmen and, to a lesser extent, by foreign firms. The collection is now named for its longtime curator, Henry G. Gilbert (1930-1996). There are catalogs from the following countries: Africa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Canary Islands, Ceylon, Chile, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South America, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry G. Gilbert (1930-1996) was a reference librarian at the National Agricultural Library (NAL), USDA. He worked at NAL for 27 years, beginning his tenure at the South Building in Washington, D.C., just prior to the library’s move to Beltsville, Maryland. In addition to working in reference, Gilbert was NAL’s librarian for the U.S. National Arboretum and the curator of the library’s collection of nursery and seed trade catalogs. Gilbert earned an associate of science degree in horticulture from the State University of New York at Farmingdale, a bachelor of science degree in entomology from the University of Georgia, and a master of library science degree from the Pratt Institute (New York). Prior to becoming a librarian at NAL, Gilbert worked for various agricultural organizations, including a position at the Port of New York as a USDA Plant Quarantine Inspector.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 94
Collection Name: Henry Granger Knight Diary
Earliest Date: 1929
Latest Date: 1942
Linear Feet: 0.75
Collection Description: The Henry Granger Knight Diary is two volumes and contains detailed daily entries of Knight's work activities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry Granger Knight (1878-1942), a chemist, was Chief of the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils from 1927-1939 and then of the Bureau of Agricultural Chemistry and Engineering from 1939-1942.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 476
Collection Name: Henry M. Beachell and Charles N. Bollich Rice Research Field Notebooks
Earliest Date: 1932
Latest Date: 1991
Linear Feet: 22
Collection Description: The Henry M. Beachell and Charles N. Bollich Rice Research Field Notebooks consist of approximately 600 bound notebooks in which the researchers recorded field data from experimental rice crops. The collection also includes Beachell’s daily field diaries from 1943 to 1959.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry M. (Hank) Beachell (1906-2006) was a researcher and plant breeder who worked jointly for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Beaumont, Texas. During his career at the experiment station, which began in 1932, he bred and introduced nine rice varieties. His varieties eventually accounted for more than 90 percent of U.S. long-grain rice production. After retiring from USDA in 1963, Beachell accepted a position at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, where he was involved in the development of the IR8 rice variety that set yield records in several Asian field experiments. He later received credit for helping alleviate malnutrition and poverty because of his role in developing, improving, and promoting the high-yield IR8 rice. In 1996, Beachell and his collaborator Dr. Gurdev Singh Khush shared the prestigious World Food Prize. Charles N. Bollich (born 1926) joined USDA in 1958 as an agronomist, developing disease-resistant rice cultivars at an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) facility in Crowley, Louisiana. He transferred to the USDA-ARS Rice Research Unit at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Beaumont, Texas in 1963 to head the federal/state rice breeding program there. In 1972, he became the research leader for that unit. During his career, Bollich led the development of 16 rice cultivars that are internationally recognized for their superior quality and high yields. His research led to the discovery of various genetic factors in grain quality, disease resistance, and insect resistance in rice. Bollich received numerous honors and awards for his scientific work, including the Agronomic Achievement Award from the American Society of Agronomy, and the Rice Foundation’s Meritorious Service Award. He was inducted into the USDA-ARS Science Hall of Fame in 1994 for his contributions to rice breeding and genetics. He retired from USDA in 1991.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.

Collection Number: 364
Collection Name: Henry Shands Lantern Slides
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: Henry Shands of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation donated 27 3"x4" lantern slides related to farming. Images show experimental fields and farming equipment. There are no dates on the slides.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Henry Shands is a retired employee of the ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 21
Collection Name: Herbert Beyers Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1929
Latest Date: 1991
Linear Feet: 2.25
Collection Description: The Herbert Beyers Collection contains original issues or copies of Norbest News, Norbest Turkey News, and Norbest Market Letter. There are articles and reprints from trade journals and newspapers plus a brief biography highlighting Beyers’ accomplishments.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Beyers (b. 1903) was general manager of Norbest Turkey Growers Association, the nation's largest turkey marketing organization, from 1933-1967, and became president in 1967. He was known as "Mr. Turkey, U.S.A." because of his prominence in the turkey industry for more than 40 years and he served as a constant advisor to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials on many of the laws and USDA regulations on turkey grading and inspection.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 474
Collection Name: Herbert Roedenbeck Papers
Earliest Date: 1903
Latest Date: 1975
Bulk Dates: 1967-1970
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Herbert Roedenbeck Papers consist mainly of stories and recollections written by Roedenbeck about his experiences as a farmer, rancher, and land dealer in Colorado and southeastern Texas during the early 20th century. Most of the documents in the collection are photocopies of Roedenbeck’s manuscripts. The collection also includes some photographs, postcards, and correspondence.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Herbert Roedenbeck (19 February 1881 - 21 July 1975) immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1906. As a young man in Germany, he operated a large farm near Brunswick and attended Heidelberg University. After he arrived in the United States, he pursued a number of agricultural interests. He experimented with growing several varieties of sugar beets in Colorado and planted an experimental citrus orchard in southern Texas. In 1909, he partnered with Theodore F. Koch, a Texas land developer, to buy and sell land to settlers. Roedenbeck planted one of the first commercial-scale rice crops in Texas in 1910, and developed a new strain of rice called "Roedenbeck Prolific." He served as a Chambers County commissioner from 1920 to 1924. During this term of service he promoted the practice of dipping cattle to eradicate the devastating Texas fever ticks. He left farming in 1928 and began leasing land for oil exploration.
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Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 367
Collection Name: Hereford, Maryland, Home Makers Club Record Book and Home Economics Publication Collection
Earliest Date: 1926
Latest Date: 1960
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: This collection contains Hereford, Maryland, Home Makers Club Record Book, 1926-1932; Extension Service bulletins and documents; newspaper clippings on sewing, and other related publications.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 47
Collection Name: Historic Poster Collection
Earliest Date: 1877
Latest Date: 1950
Bulk Dates: 1915-1950
Linear Feet: 90
Collection Description: The Historic Poster Collection contains approximately 470 posters relating to World Wars I and II, poultry, cattle, dairy, food, and farming. Most of the posters are not dated. There are approximately 300 World War I- and World War II-era posters. Although many of these posters are not dated, the known date-range runs from 1917-1919 and 1940-1946. The posters display government information relating to wartime agricultural programs and educate and encourage Americans to participate in the war effort through increased food production and conservation. Homemakers are asked to Win the War in the Kitchen by planting war gardens and canning vegetables, while farmers are told that Your Farm Can Help, and encouraged to plant particular crops, construct storage silos, and eliminate plant diseases to help the war effort. Additional World War II posters highlight the various important uses of cotton by U.S. soldiers and encourage Americans to Make America Strong by promoting community education and involvement in proper meal preparation and food preservation. The collection also includes approximately 100 poultry posters and promotional advertisements. Most materials are not dated. The poultry-related advertisements and educational posters provide information about poultry processing, production, and standards of quality; and encourage the consumption of eggs, chicken, and turkey.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Posters
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 257
Collection Name: History of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1993-2000 Videotapes Collection (formerly titled USDA Video, Teleconference and Radio Center Records)
Earliest Date: 2000
Latest Date: 2001
Bulk Dates: 2000-2001
Linear Feet: 3.75
Collection Description: The History of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1993-2000 Videotapes Collection consists of videotape oral histories of senior members of the department's administration from 1993-2000. Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Mike Espy are among those interviewed. The interviews were recorded in 2000 and 2001. The collection also includes print and electronic transcripts and a few audiotapes.
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Formats: Audiovisuals
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 32
Collection Name: Horace Capron Memoirs
Earliest Date: 1884
Latest Date: 1884
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Horace Capron Memoirs [ca. 1884] describe Capron's activities as an operator of mills in New York and Maryland and as a plantation owner and livestock breeder in Maryland and Illinois. In addition, Capron details his service in the Union Army during the Civil War and his tenure as the third Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Finally, he discusses his pioneering work for Japan in the development of the island of Hokkaido. This two-volume autobiography is a copy of the original.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Horace Capron (1804-1885) was the third Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (1867-1871). Capron decided to start a career in the cotton manufacturing business in his youth. He became a superintendent of a cotton factory in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1829. Capron started his own factory in Laurel, Maryland, 1836. It was built on land that his wife, Louisa, had inherited upon her father’s death in 1831. Louisa died in 1848, and four years later, Capron received a commission from President Millard Fillmore as special agent for native tribes in the Southwest. He held this post through the end of 1853. Capron remarried in early 1854, and he resettled on farmland in northern Illinois. He also served in the Civil War. In 1867 Capron was appointed by President Andrew Johnson to be the Commissioner of the USDA. In this capacity, Capron commenced on plans for several new USDA buildings, and he also formed the grounds for an arboretum. Capron resigned this post in 1871 to take a similar role in the Kaitakushi Department of Japan, where he primarily advised on the development of the island of Hokkaido. Capron returned to the United States in 1875, and lived his remaining years in Washington, D.C.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 208
Collection Name: Howard C. Zindel Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1960
Latest Date: 1975
Linear Feet: 9.75
Collection Description: The Howard C. Zindel Papers cover a period during which many of the fundamental concepts on the utilization of agricultural wastes were developed. There are reprints, magazine and newspaper articles, research reports, bulletins, regional project reports, and brochures on livestock and poultry waste utilization.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Howard C. Zindel was head of Michigan State University's poultry science department during the 1960s and 1970s.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 128
Collection Name: Howard Castner Pierce Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1903
Latest Date: 1963
Linear Feet: 5
Collection Description: The Howard Castner Pierce Papers consist of black and white photographs and negatives concerning the poultry industry during the early part of the twentieth century in the United States, and publications of the Food Research Laboratory, Bureau of Chemistry. Also included are correspondence, drawings, and plans of poultry devices submitted to the U.S. Patent Office; material on the first National Chicken of Tomorrow contest in 1946; publications of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, and lesson plans for a poultry course taught by Pierce at Iowa State College. The photographs document poultry processing, grading, and egg candling experiments conducted by the Bureau of Chemistry, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1912-19); packing plants in Topeka, Kansas and Atlantic, Iowa (1910); poultry houses in Petaluma and Loomis, California (undated); a tour of Europe in 1924 coinciding with the World's Poultry Congress held in Barcelona, Spain; the Seventh World's Poultry Congress held in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1939; a caricature of Pierce farming, made in 1944; and a testimonial dinner for Pierce in 1963.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Howard Castner Pierce (1882-1967) served as head of the Poultry Department at Iowa State College; investigator, Food Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); marketing specialist for the Bureau of Economics, USDA; and poultry buyer and director of research for the Great Atlantic & Pacific (A&P) Food Stores.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 114
Collection Name: Hudson Brick and Supply Company Ledgers
Earliest Date: 1925
Latest Date: 1929
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The Hudson Brick and Supply Company Ledgers contain two ledgers from the brickyard formerly located on the grounds of the U. S. National Arboretum.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Hudson Brick and Supply Company (later the United Brick Corporation) was located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum. Some of the kilns and buildings that were constructed 1927-1931 still stand and are of architectural interest. The ledgers reflect business transactions that took place in one of the significant manufacturing concerns (i.e. brickmaking) in the District of Columbia in the early twentieth century. In 1976 the complex was transferred to the US Department of Agriculture and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Digitization Status: None


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