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Collection Number: 102
Collection Name: J. Horace McFarland Papers
Earliest Date: 1923
Latest Date: 1975
Linear Feet: 432
Collection Description: The J. Horace McFarland Papers comprise documents used in the business operation of the J. Horace McFarland Company and Mount Pleasant Press of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the photographic images in the collection were also used by McFarland for speeches and presentations he gave on topics related to civic beatification, natural resources conservation, and horticulture. The majority of the collection consists of photographs, glass and film negatives, transparencies, lantern slides, 35mm slides, watercolor paintings of plants (ornamentals and vegetables), and gardening subjects. There are plant-breeding records, mainly of rose varieties. These breeding records include cards or letter-sized forms each containing a black and white photograph of a rose specimen, cultivar description, and other horticultural documentation. The collection includes original artwork; nursery and seed trade catalogs produced by the company; photographs of the business office and printing plant; and a map of Breeze Hill, which was McFarland’s residence and test garden property in Harrisburg.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: J. Horace (John Horace) McFarland (1859-1948) was a conservationist, master printer, and horticulturist who specialized in producing books and catalogs for the horticultural trades, and photographs of roses. In 1878, McFarland started his own printing business, Mount Pleasant Press. His business focused on marketing horticultural products with photographic images, and he pioneered the use of color printing processes in his trade publications. Many of the photographs printed in McFarland's publications were taken at the trial gardens on the grounds of his residence, Breeze Hill.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Audiovisuals; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 404
Collection Name: Jack R. Coulson Papers
Earliest Date: 1965
Latest Date: 1998
Linear Feet: 5
Collection Description: The Jack R. Coulson Papers contain abstracts, reports, drafts of publications, journals, indexes, and other materials pertaining to his work in biological control. There are letters from scientists providing edits to Agricultural Research Service documents.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Jack Coulson worked in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as both the Director of the Biological Control Documentation Center and at the Beneficial Insect Introduction Lab (BIIL) in Beltsville, Maryland. He was also the Global President of the International Organization of Biological Control (IOBC).
Formats: Audiovisuals; Photographs; Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 50
Collection Name: Jacob Richards Dodge Clippings
Earliest Date: 1878
Latest Date: 1902
Linear Feet: 0.75
Collection Description: The Jacob Richards Dodge Clippings Collection contains five bound volumes of clippings of agricultural articles written by and about Dodge.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistician Jacob Richards Dodge (1823-1902) was chief of the USDA's Statistical Division for 27 years. Dodge was born in New Boston, New Hampshire, learned the art of printing, and engaged in teaching, first in New Hampshire and afterwards in Mississippi, where he successfully conducted an academy. In 1849 he redirected his career path to the field of journalism, studying rural economy and statistical information. When the new Department of Agriculture was established in 1862, he became engaged in editorial work and statistical investigation. At the same time, he chronicled the events of the Civil War for the Associated Press. In 1866 he assumed charge of the Statisitical Division, which he retained through the changing administrations until 1874. He accepted a temporary commission for investigation of commercial agriculture in the Treasury Department, and the charge of the statistics of agriculture of the 10th Census in 1879. Commissioner George Bailey Loring compelled him to take his former position as statistician in 1881, the duties of which performed until his retirement in 1893.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 482
Collection Name: Jacqueline L. Dupont and Gary R. Beecher Papers
Earliest Date: 1894
Latest Date: 2008
Bulk Dates: 1970-2008
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Jaqueline L. Dupont and Gary R. Beecher Papers consist of research materials that pertain to "History of Human Nutrition Research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service: People, Events, and Accomplishments." The book was edited by Jacqueline L. Dupont and Gary R. Beecher and was published in November 2017. The types of materials include: publications, research notes, slides, and a floppy disc.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Jacqueline L. Dupont was a National Program Leader in Nutrition with the Agricultural Researcher Service (ARS) and is an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University. Gary R. Beecher was a Researcher Chemist and Research Leader with ARS and is now retired.
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Subjects: Human Nutrition
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 352
Collection Name: James A. Duke Papers
Earliest Date: 1948
Latest Date: 1994
Linear Feet: 19
Collection Description: The James A. Duke Papers consist of notes, drafts of articles, published articles, reprints, statistical data, reports, and photographs. Materials document the uses of common roots, herbs, fruits, vegetables, plants, and leaves to prevent or even cure illnesses. Duke analyzes and discusses about the different types of chemical composition of the roots, herbs, fruits, vegetables, plants and leaves. He also provides details about his trips to various places including where he lived with different ethnic groups and how these groups used their surrounding forest products to create "folk" remedies or herbal medicinals. Besides studying these ethnic groups’ forest dependency, Duke writes about different everyday foods and how they can prove to be advantageous or disadvantageous to healthy living.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Dr. James A. "Jim" Duke (1929-2017) was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of North Carolina. Duke began his passion on neotropical ethnobotany at Washington University and Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1963 to 1965, he was an ecologist with the USDA for ecological and ethnobotanical studies in Panama and Columbia. During this period, Duke lived with various ethnic groups while observing their dependence on forest products. In 1971, rejoining USDA, Duke was given assignments relating to crop diversification, energy plant studies, and medicinal plants in developing countries. After 30 years with the USDA, Duke retired on September 30, 1995. There after from 1966 to 1968, Duke was a resident in Panama; while working on an encyclopedia of economic plants, he also teamed up with the National Cancer Institute to work on their AIDS and cancer screening program and their Designer Food Program. Between 1990 to 1992, Duke helps advise the National Institute of Health’s Designer Food Program. Besides continuing with his passion on neotropical ethnobotany, Duke also has a curiosity in natural foods and nutritional approaches to preventive medicine. Today, Duke has written multiple significant books and articles and he also helps advise several councils, research groups, pharmaceuticals, and he is CEO of Duke’s Herbal Vineyard Inc.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 24
Collection Name: James Bolton Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1776
Latest Date: 1795
Linear Feet: 0.75
Collection Description: The James Bolton manuscript is the original manuscript Icones Fungorum Circa Halifax Sponte Nascentium [Halifax, England], 1784-1792. It contains notes and drawings upon which the author, James Bolton, based his published work, entitled, An History of Fungesses growing about Halifax (England), four volumes, 182 copper plates, Halifax, 1788-1791. The six manuscript volumes contain 242 watercolor plates representing the plants mostly in their natural size, with brief remarks on the page opposite each illustration indicating where and when the specimen was collected. Because some of his original names were tentative, Bolton went through the manuscript volumes and inserted at the top of each page the name finally adopted for publication with the citation of the plate upon which the species occurs in the published work.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: James Bolton (1750-1799) was a British mycologist who illustrated fungi. He became interested in fungi through his work on William Watson’s The History and antiquities of the parish of Halifax, in Yorkshire (1775). Bolton provided illustrations for several natural history publications, but he was best known for his book An history of the fungusses growing about Halifax (1788-1791). This book established Bolton’s place in mycology, and was a standard resource for the identification of mushrooms in the field.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: Entire collection digitized

Collection Number: 72
Collection Name: James M. Gwin Poultry Collection
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1906
Latest Date: 1993
Linear Feet: 90.25
Collection Description: The James M. Gwin Poultry Collection is recognized as one of the world’s most nearly complete poultry information resources and contains approximately 50,000 items. It consists primarily of business correspondence pertaining to several poultry associations, catalogs of poultry manufacturing firms, documents about early breeders in the poultry industry, egg and poultry legislation, papers on meetings for different states of the United States, and several other miscellaneous clippings of publications related to the egg and poultry industry.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: An educator, administrator, promoter, and literature collector in the field of poultry, James M. Gwin (1906-1993) worked in the poultry industry in the following capacities: military procurement officer in World War II; regulatory official in grading and inspection; professor of poultry husbandry; director of extension at the University of Maryland; marketing manager for a major feed supplier; general manager of the Poultry and Egg National Board; and professor of marketing at the University of Illinois, Edwardsville. A charter member of the American Poultry Historical Society, Gwin served as president from 1960-1962. In 1977, he was elected to the American Poultry Hall of Fame.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Posters
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 55
Collection Name: Jared Eliot 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.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 463
Collection Name: Jean Pablo Collection of Rudy Wendelin Artwork Images
Earliest Date: 1950
Latest Date: 1992
Bulk Dates: 1992
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: Two one-inch, 10 in. x 11 in. binders containing photographs and copies of artwork collected by Jean Pablo, a US Forest Service co-worker of Rudy Wendelin. One binder contains photographs of prepublication artwork for the book "A Walk in the Woods with Smokey" and one binder contains reflections and photographs of Rudy Wendelin and 8 1/2 x 11 color print-outs of thirty of Wendelin's non-Smokey Bear watercolors, chiefly landscapes in US National Forests.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Jean Pablo was an historian in the Forest Service who worked with Rudy Wendelin, the creator of one of the most familiar images of Smokey Bear.
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Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 202
Collection Name: Jethro Wood Papers
Earliest Date: 1823
Latest Date: 1823
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Jethro Wood Papers consist of an original 1823 contract signed by Jethro Wood and Williams Roads for the manufacture and sale of the improved cast-iron plow.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1819, Wood patented an iron plow with interchangeable parts and, within a few years, thousands were in use.
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Collection Number: 324
Collection Name: Joel Solkoff Papers
Earliest Date: 1974
Latest Date: 2004
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Joel Solkoff Papers consist of Solkoff's agricultural writings, which appeared in such publications as The New Republic, Congressional Record, Skeptic, The New York Times, Newsday, and The Washington Star. Also included are Solkoff’s book The Politics of Food, and several reviews of the book; several issues of MLAP Monthly Report, a publication for which Solkoff served as editor; a collection of unpublished manuscripts; and Solkoff’s resume (2004).
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 368
Collection Name: John B. Carpenter Collection
Earliest Date: 1854
Latest Date: 1954
Bulk Dates: 1952-1954
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The John B. Carpenter Collection includes materials relating to the project undertaken in the 1950s by John D. Carpenter to create a subject index to Miles Joseph Berkeley's work on Vegetable Pathology from 1854-1857. The collection contains one bound volume containing "Vegetable Pathology" by Miles Joseph Berkeley (1854-1857), extracted by John B. Carpenter in 1945 from The Gardener's Chronicle. There are ten pieces of correspondence between John B. Carpenter and J.G. Dickson on Carpenter's creation of an index to accompany the "Vegetable Pathology" work. Also included are two copies of the completed Index by Carpenter and one small binder containing "Observations, Botanical and Physiological, on the Potato Murrain" by Miles Joseph Berkeley.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John B. Carpenter was born in 1915 and worked as a Senior Plant Pathologist for the USDA Rubber Disease Investigation in La Hulera, Turrialba, Costa Rica in the 1950s. He later became a Senior Plant Pathologist in Indio, California. In the 1980s, Carpenter was a Cooperative Extension Specialist and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside.
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Collection Number: 195
Collection Name: John E. Weidlich Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1945
Latest Date: 1951
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The John E. Weidlich Collection contains a description of the initial plans for the National Chicken of Tomorrow Contest, prepared in 1945, and lists of individuals who entered the first contest in 1946. It comprises newspaper clippings, single issues of trade journals, promotional pamphlets, photographs, and correspondence.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John E. Weidlich was a Roanoke, West Virginia, breeder of New Hampshire chickens and an early supporter of the National Chicken of Tomorrow Contest, which is the core of this collection.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 49
Collection Name: John Herbert Davis Papers
Earliest Date: 1905
Latest Date: 1984
Bulk Dates: 1938-78
Linear Feet: 41
Collection Description: The John Herbert Davis Papers consist of an autobiography, correspondence, speeches, broadcast text, reports, congressional testimony, photographs, periodical publications, term papers, school notes, masters degree thesis, Ph.D. thesis draft, programs, newspaper clippings, certificates signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, oral history tapes, Middle East material, and books authored by Davis.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John Herbert Davis (1904-1988) worked as an agricultural economist with several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administrations beginning in 1936, including the Resettlement Administration, the Farm Security Administration, and the Farm Credit Administration. From 1942-1944, he served as the chief of the Wheat Section, Grain Division of the Commodity Credit Corporation. After working outside of USDA for several years, Davis returned to USDA in 1953 as the president/director of the Commodity Credit Corporation. In June 1953 he became the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, initially responsible for commodity marketing and adjustment activities, and then responsible for the Foreign Agricultural Service and Agricultural Marketing Service. From 1957-1959 he served as a consultant in the Foreign Agricultural Service, the commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and director of the New York Office of the American University of Beirut (dates unknown).
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Formats: Audiovisuals; Photographs

Collection Number: 153
Collection Name: John Louis Skinner Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1849
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 42.75
Collection Description: The John Louis Skinner Collection includes veterinary products brochures, feed and feed additives brochures; American Poultry Historical Society Poultry Hall of Fame nomination applications for 12 years; Poultry Science Association programs and members for twenty-five or more years; correspondence from the fourth and fifth European Poultry Conferences correspondence; and four years of World Poultry Congress programs, announcements, and promotional material.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John Louis Skinner (b.1924), professor emeritus, Department of Poultry Science, University of Wisconsin, was employed in ithe poultry industry and at universities. A licensed poultry judge, editor of the Standard of Perfection, recorder of poultry history, Skinner is an honorary lifetime director of the American Poultry Historical Society and he was inducted into their Poultry Industry Hall of Fame in 1989.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 29
Collection Name: John Monroe Brewster Papers
Earliest Date: 1950
Latest Date: 1970
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The John Monroe Brewster Papers include correspondence, research notes, photographs, and a manuscript of a book of Brewster's writings which was published posthumously. The book is titled: A Philosopher Among Economists [Selected Works of John M. Brewster]. Philadelphia: J. T. Murphy Co., [1970].
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John Monroe Brewster (1904-1965), an agricultural economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), began his service in 1936 in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Land Use Planning Division. Throughout his career he continued to serve as an agricultural economist within many different USDA divisions including the Farm Security Administration, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Production and Marketing Administration, Agricultural Marketing Service, and the Production Economics Research Branch. Brewster’s last position at the USDA was as the leader of the Farm Size and Resource Requirements Investigations, Agricultural Adjustments Branch of the Farm Economics Division of the Economic Research Service. Some of his notable studies focused on oilseed processing, the relation of resources-to-income in family farming, the classification and structure of family and non-family farms, the effects of technological advance on American farming, and cultural attitudes as a factor in the economic growth of under-developed countries. In 1954 Dr. Brewster received the USDA Superior Service Award and the Agricultural Marketing Service Meritorious Award for his work with cottonseed oil mills.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 142
Collection Name: John Peter Richardson Correspondence
Earliest Date: 1840
Latest Date: 1840
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The John Peter Richardson Correspondence collection contains two letters between W.S. Reynolds and John Peter Richardson relating to the status of agriculture within South Carolina and the possibility of a survey of agriculture, soils, and mineral resources.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John Peter Richardson resided in Clarendon, Sumter District, South Carolina, and W.S. Reynolds resided in Blackville in the Barnwell District of South Carolina .
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 22
Collection Name: John R. Block Collection
Earliest Date: 1980
Latest Date: 1981
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The John R. Block Collection includes press clippings containing information about John Block, Illinois; and his background, experience, nomination, and approval as Secretary of Agriculture under the Reagan administration.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Block (b. 1935) was Secretary of Agriculture from 1981-1986.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 107
Collection Name: John R. Mohler Papers
Earliest Date: 1924
Latest Date: 1943
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The John R. Mohler Papers consist of photographs, Canadian exhibits, U.S. exhibits, a manuscript entitled "The Outbreak of Foot and Mouth Diseases in California," a log book, and certificates.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John R. Mohler (1875-1952) began working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1897 as an assistant inspector for the Bureau of Animal Industry. He was promoted to the position of Chief of the Pathological Division in 1902, and became the Chief of the Bureau in 1917, a position he held until his retirement in 1943. Mohler’s work focused on animal diseases, in particular those that affected cattle, birds, sheep, horses, and hogs. He authored or co-authored numerous bulletins, circulars, and articles on these topics. In 1933 Mohler was elected vice president of the International Veterinary Congress and in 1939 received the 12th International Veterinary Congress Prize in recognition of his distinguished achievements in veterinary service in the United States and foreign countries. This is the highest honor the veterinary profession bestows.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 414
Collection Name: John W. Mitchell Papers
Earliest Date: 1980
Latest Date: 1991
Linear Feet: 3.75
Collection Description: Materials relate to John W. Mitchell’s research on ferns of the Mid-Atlantic United States. The collection includes slide transparencies, photographs, maps and guides, publications, and research notes compiled by Mitchell for a planned field guide.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John W. Mitchell (1905-1992) studied botany at the University of Chicago under Ezra Jacob Kraus. He became a senior plant physiologist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) in 1938. In the 1940s, Mitchell conducted research with Kraus and colleagues at the USDA into the agricultural use of the synthetic plant growth regulator 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) as a selective herbicide. After retirement, Mitchell devoted his time to the study and photography of ferns in the Mid-Atlantic United States.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 465
Collection Name: John W. Taylor Arboretum Wildlife Collection
Earliest Date: 1947
Latest Date: 1950
Bulk Dates: 1947
Collection Description: The Taylor Arboretum Wildlife Collection consists of an unpublished1947 list of birds observed at the US National Arboretum. The birds were observed by and the work, entitled The Bireds of the National Arboretum, was created by Maryland artist John W. Taylor. The list is in the form of a several page manuscript consisting of ? No. of birds with descriptions written by John Taylor. Each bird is illustrated by hand by the author. The manuscript had been housed at the Arboretum Library. It was turned over to NAL Special Collections in March 2015 and digitized at that time. The collection also contains Taylor's field notes from 1947-1950, and information about and photographs of the 2015 eagle nest.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John W. Taylor is a professional artist specializing in landscapes and wildlife, especially birds. He was former editor of the publication: The Maryland Conservationist. He is the winner of numerous honors and awards, including being selected as the designer of the first Maryland waterfowl stamp in 1974. One of his early achievements was the creation of a 1947 list of birds at the US National Arboretum, which he titled: The Birds of the National Arboretum. In spring 2015, it was discovered that a bald eagle was nesting at the Arboretum, believed to be the first eagle nesting there since the creation of Taylor's list in 1947. In March 2015, Taylor met with Arboretum officials and Susan Fugate of NAL Special Collections in a small ceremony at which he was acknowledged for his work. At that event, Taylor contributed additional material, a looseleaf binder containing his 1947-1950 field notes.
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Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 338
Collection Name: John Wyss Papers: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 1976
Latest Date: 2003
Bulk Dates: 1990s
Linear Feet: 19
Collection Description: The John Wyss Papers: Screwworm Eradication Program Records contain office files, reports, meeting files, brochures, newsletters, photographs and slides, blueprints, floppy disks and CD-ROMs, promotional materials, and publications related to the screwworm eradication effort in Mexico and Central America. The materials include plans for Screwworm Rearing Facility in Pacora, Panama.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: John Wyss worked as a screwworm coordinator in Mexico and Central America.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 459
Collection Name: Joseph Aloysius Becker Papers
Earliest Date: 1957
Latest Date: 1966
Bulk Dates: 1959
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The Joseph Aloysius Becker Papers include a scrapbook dated January 31, 1959 commemorating Becker’s retirement from the United States Department of Agriculture. The scrapbook is comprised of congratulatory notes, letters, and telegrams from Becker’s colleagues and friends, Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, and other notable figures. The collection also contains award certificates, photographs, newspaper clippings, and documents from Becker’s personal life and career. Of note are the documents from his military service during World War I.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Joseph Aloysius Becker (1891-1975) was born in Hurley, Wisconsin. He graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1914, and went on to earn his M.S. degree there. In 1918, he became a state field statistical agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Wisconsin, working to appraise crop prospects and analyze crop conditions from information reported by farmers. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1922 to head research on statistical methods and to serve on the Crop Reporting Board as Assistant Chief of the Division of Crop and Livestock Estimates. He also served as principle statistician for the division. Becker led efforts to adapt the division’s statistical procedures to handle its growing responsibilities during the Great Depression and to administer the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. In August 1935, he became Head of the division and Chairman of the Crop Reporting Board. He served in that capacity until May 1937. After time spent on leave due to ill health, he returned to the division as Assistant Head. In 1942, he was again designated Chairman of the Crop Reporting Board. He transferred to the Office of Foreign Agricultural Relations in August 1944 to serve as chief consultant for statistical methods in foreign countries. In 1957, he received the USDA’s Distinguished Service Award. Becker retired from USDA in 1959.
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Subjects: Economics
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 351
Collection Name: Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1928
Latest Date: 1928
Bulk Dates: 1928
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers contain a bibliofilm (microfilm photograph) of Rock's specimen notebook from 1928. Lists a specimen number followed by a description of the the specimen and the location or altitude. The actual specimens are currently at Harvard University Herbaria.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) was a plant explorer, botanist, linguist, and correspondent for National Geographic Magazine. He is famous for his work with studying the Nakhi (Naxi) language and his works on Hawaiian plants.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 472
Collection Name: Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr. Collection
Earliest Date: 1985
Latest Date: 2009
Bulk Dates: 1990
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Joseph H. Kirkbride, Jr. Collection consists of materials related to Dr. Kirkbride's work in the USDA-Agricultural Research Service's Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory. The collection contains reports, photographic slides, and transparencies from research trips abroad, including germplasm collecting trips to Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Brazil, as well as a trip to Japan. There are also images of botanical, cultural, and scenic interest from these trips.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Joseph Harold Kirkbride, Jr. (b. 1943) served as a research botanist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service for 31 years, the last eight of which he worked at the U.S. National Arboretum. Dr. Kirkbride retired from USDA in 2016.
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Collection Number: 141
Collection Name: Joseph H. Reall Correspondence
Earliest Date: 1879
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Joseph H. Reall Correspondence contains nine typewritten copies of letters, the majority written to Henry E. Alvord during November and December 1879, regarding plans for the organization of the American Agricultural Association (apparently first considered under the name National Agricultural Society), the proposed and the elected officers, and the organizational meeting held December 10-12, 1879. Reall became the chairman of the Executive Committee and Henry E. Alvord was made one of the directors. The letters show that governors appointed delegates to the meeting and that 200 acceptances had been received by December 1. There is also a press release regarding the organization of this society. The typewritten copies were made possible through the courtesy of Caroline B. Sherman, Henry E. Alvord's niece.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 104
Collection Name: Joseph Holmes Martin Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1917
Latest Date: 1930
Bulk Dates: 1917-1930s
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Joseph Holmes Martin Papers include his theses entitled, "The Influence of Mating Upon the Strength of Fertility of Eggs," and "Inheritance in Poultry," as well as black and white photographs of Martin and other leaders of the poultry and allied industries, including Secretaries of Agriculture Earl Butz and Ezra T. Benson, and university and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) leaders in poultry science from the 1930s.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Joseph Holmes Martin (1895-1977) was head of the poultry department at the University of Kentucky from 1922-1938 and Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, from 1922-1938. He specialized in poultry genetics and wrote more than 80 poultry publications, including Turkey Management. In 1971, he was elected to the American Poultry Historical Society Poultry Hall of Fame.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 227
Collection Name: Joseph Swab Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1969
Latest Date: 2000
Bulk Dates: 1987-98
Linear Feet: 44.25
Collection Description: The NAL Activities Photographs were compiled by one of the National Agricultural Library's (NAL) photographers, Joseph Swab. There are 116 photograph albums consisting of approximately 16,000 photographs, negatives, contact sheets, and slides. These albums contain Swab's work as well as that of other NAL photographers, including Dan Starr, who photographed from 1989-1993. Subjects include the NAL building and renovation efforts, employees, meetings, events, and exhibits. The bulk dates range from 1987-1998. Additionally, Swab, as editor of NAL's newsletter Agricultural Libraries Information Notes (ALIN), saved photographs and negatives used for the production of ALIN from 1985-1997. All of these photographs were transferred to Special Collections for storage upon Swab's retirement in 2003.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 332
Collection Name: Joseph Swab Publication Collection
Earliest Date: 1950
Latest Date: 1998
Bulk Dates: 1987-1998
Linear Feet: 12.5
Collection Description: The Joseph Swab Publication collection contains bibliographies, pamphlets, newsletters, and forms whose layouts were designed by Swab, primarily from 1970-1998. The collection also contains a select number of older materials not designed by Swab.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 88
Collection Name: Jules Janick and James N. Moore Manuscripts
Earliest Date: 1971
Latest Date: 1983
Linear Feet: 6.75
Collection Description: The Jules Janick and James N. Moore Manuscripts consist of the authors' manuscripts and correspondence. Janick and Moore determined a need for updating the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 1937 Yearbook of Agriculture (Better Plants and Animals). They served as editors for Advances in Fruit Breeding, published in 1975 by Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana, and considered the monograph a standard reference for fruit breeding throughout the world. Each chapter was written by a world-recognized authority, and the book includes all major fruits and nuts, temperate as well as tropical. The manuscript materials include the authors’ manuscripts and correspondence between the individual chapter authors and editors. Janick and Moore also edited a companion volume to Advances in Fruit Breeding, the monograph Methods in Fruit Breeding, published in 1983 by Purdue University Press, West Lafayette, Indiana. The editors provided updates to the literature and information on new advances in plant science. The manuscript materials include correspondence and rough drafts for the book.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Jules Janick (b. 1931) was a professor of horticulture at Purdue University, and James N. Moore (b. 1931) was a professor of horticulture and forestry at the University of Arkansas.
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Collection Number: 64
Collection Name: Julien N. Friant Papers
Earliest Date: 1933
Latest Date: 1941
Linear Feet: 14
Collection Description: The Julien N. Friant Papers include correspondence with many U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials such as Henry A. Wallace (1933-1939), Paul Appleby (1933-1938), Chester Davis (1933-1937), and Rex Tugwell (1933-1935). There is also substantial correspondence with James Farley (1933-1937) and others. The material spans activities related to personnel work of the USDA, the Roosevelt administration, the Democratic Party, and congressional relations.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Julien Friant (1888-1939) served as a special assistant to Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace (1933-1939). A Democrat and leader in the fight for national assistance to farmers, Friant was instrumental in developing a successful program of patronage within the USDA. His duties involved the review and recommendation of thousands of qualified applicants for jobs under the New Deal.
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