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Collection Number: 88
Collection Name: Janick, Jules and Moore, James N., 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.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 347
Collection Name: Jefferson, Roland Maurice, Collection
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1912
Latest Date: 2007
Bulk Dates: 1979-1989
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Roland Jefferson Collection contains articles, correspondence, e-mail, documents, lectures, photographs, programs, and other notes. Some of the articles, correspondence, and programs are in Japanese or Taiwanese. The majority of the collection highlights Jefferson’s work, including plant expeditions for cherry trees at the United States National Arboretum and his post-retirement lectures. The collection also mentions Jefferson’s work with plant labels, crabapples, the dogwood seed exchange program, and the President Reagan Cherry Tree. Part of the collection was donated by Roland Maurice Jefferson in April 2006. Isabel S. Cunningham added to the collection with an April 2006 donation of materials which she collected to write a series of articles on Jefferson’s work as a plant explorer.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Roland Maurice Jefferson (1923-) was born in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 1923. In 1950 he obtained a bachelor's degree in botany from Howard University and started making plant labels at the United States National Arboretum (USNA) in 1956. The next year Jefferson was promoted to become the first African-American botanist at the USNA and over the next decade studied crabapples. In 1973, Jefferson started compiling historical and scientific data about the Japanese cherry trees planted in Washington, D.C.'s Potomac Park, which included taking cuttings from the surviving trees. In 1977 he published "The Japanese flowering cherry trees of Washington, D.C., which was later translated into Japanese. In 1978-1979 he was part of a plant expedition in Europe to study cherry and crabapple trees. In 1981, Nancy Reagan presented the President Reagan Cherry Tree to Japan, which Jefferson propagated from the 1912 cherry tree that First Lady Taft planted from Japan. From 1981-1983 he went to Japan to study, lecture, locate, evaluate, and collect cherry tree budwood from Prunus germplasm or ornamental cherry trees. He started the dogwood seed exchange program from 1982-1983, where Japanese school children collected cherry seeds in exchange for American collected dogwood seeds. In 1983 he married Keiko Ishisaki. In 1986, Jefferson led expeditions into Japan, Korea, and Taiwan to study cherry trees. He retired from the USNA in 1987, but continued to lecture on cherry trees in Japan through 1998.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 89
Collection Name: Jefferson, Thomas, Correspondence
Earliest Date: 1786
Latest Date: 1993
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Thomas Jefferson Correspondence collection consists of eleven letters to Jefferson, from Jefferson, and about Jefferson (1786-1819) and a set of four letters (1915) between W. K. Bixby and Secretary of Agriculture D. F. Houston, regarding Jefferson letters that Bixby had found and sent to Houston. Houston later placed the Jefferson letters in the Department of Agriculture Library. The Jefferson letters contain information on agricultural topics. For example, subjects include nursery stock purchased by Jefferson, a request to Jefferson for an appointment to a federal agricultural office, letters from Jefferson transferring "millet seed" and "succory seed" to various acquaintances in the United States and Canada, and a letter to Jefferson from "Lord Sheffield" of the Board of Agriculture in London, England, commenting on Jefferson’s invention of a "mould board" for use in farming.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), one of the founders of the United States, was born into a family of high social standing in Albemarle County, Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, was an agriculturalist who had a 1,900-acre plantation, on which he primarily grew tobacco and wheat. Thomas inherited the entire family estate upon his father’s death in 1757. He attended the College of William and Mary, and also studied law under George Wythe. Jefferson was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767. Jefferson was best known for his career in public service, which began when he became a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769. Other major positions Jefferson held in public office include delegate to the Second Continental Congress; governor of Virginia; foreign minister to France; Secretary of State; Vice President of the United States; and President of the United States. Jefferson’s greatest accomplishments as President were the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, both of which allowing the country to handle future expansion and development. Despite a long career in public service, Jefferson never lost his strong interest in agriculture. He had begun his career as an agriculturalist at the age of 21, when he was legally able to take over his father’s estate. As a statesman, he represented himself as a farmer. In addition to his inheritance, Jefferson owned over 5,000 acres in Albemarle County that he maintained as a plantation. The home farm within this plantation was Monticello, which was atop a mountain. After the end of his second term as President in 1809, Jefferson retired to Monticello. In his retirement, Jefferson advised Presidents Madison and Monroe, and also helped found and design the University of Virginia.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 336
Collection Name: Jenkins, Woodrow R., Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1960
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Woodrow R. Jenkins Collection contains mostly slides from Jenkins’ time as a Poultry Extension Scientist for the Extension Service, USDA, Washington, D.C. from 1960 to 1979. The slides are of visits to various poultry farms or businesses; a 1961 poultry fact finding conference; a script for "Poultry Production- Civil Defense"; and various meetings, conferences, and workshops. Also included are black and white photographs and reels of film. The films are titled "Peanut Hull Logs" and "Magic Eggs". There is an additional unlabeled canister of film. In additiion there is a record introducing National Turkey Month and a film "Teach in for Retailers from the Poultry and Egg National Board." The majority of the slides are labeled with either the poultry farm/business name, type of equipment, or location. The 1961 fact finding slides are accompanied by a description of each slide. Some of the photographs accompany a "Fun and Food Camp" report.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Woodrow "Wood" R. Jenkins (1918-1995) served as a Poultry Extension Scientist for the Extension Service, USDA, Washington D.C. from 1960-1979. He was Assistant Director of the Federal Extension Service, Agricultural Science, Technology and Management Decision from 1967 to 1970. He received a B.S. in Poultry Husbandry in 1940 from Purdue University. In 1947, Jenkins received a M.S. in Physiology and Genetics also from Purdue University. Wood Jenkins was active in the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) and the USA Branch of the WPSA. He served as a member of the USDA’s work group on the World’s Poultry Congresses from 1962 to 1979. He was a U.S. Delegate to the 1962 and 1970 World’s Poultry Congresses. He also served as Treasurer of the 1974 World’s Poultry Congress. In addition he was the Secretary-Treasurer of the USA Branch of the WPSA. He served on various committees of the USA Branch of WPSA along with various youth program committees in poultry. He was a strong proponent of youth programs in poultry. Jenkins was also a member of the Poultry Science Association and Epsilon Sigma Phi. He received the Poultry and Egg Institute of America’s Poultry Industry Service Award in 1977. In 1978, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi. In 1979, he was elected a Fellow in the Poultry Science Association.
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.

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.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 90
Collection Name: Jump, William Ashby, Papers
Earliest Date: 1938
Latest Date: 1949
Linear Feet: 6
Collection Description: The William Ashby Jump Papers consist primarily of correspondence, budgetary data, and reports relating directly to his work and professional interests. It also includes 27 volumes of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Budgetary Material, 1946-1952, housed with the rare books.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: William Ashby Jump (1891-1949) began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1907 as a messenger boy for the Bureau of Animal Industry and progressed through various administrative positions within the Bureau of Markets and the Division of Publications. He soon became the chief administrative officer to the Secretary of Agriculture (1921-1924), the Assistant Director of the office of Personnel and Business Administration and Budget Officer for the Department (1925-1934), and the Director of Finance in the Office of Budget and Finance (1934-1949.) Jump was recognized as an outstanding authority on budgetary and financial administration. His early realization that budgeting was a basic part of program development and operation did much to make the concept of budgeting the vital management force that it is today.
Digitization Status: None

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