National Agricultural Library Masthead
Random images that represent what the National Agricultural Library offers
  HomeAbout National Agricultural LibraryNational Agricultural Library CatalogNational Agricultural Library CollectionsInformation CentersNational Agricultural Library ServicesHelpContact Us
 Search National Agricultural Library
Search all USDA
advanced search
search tips
browse by audience
browse by subject
animals and livestock
education and outreach
food and nutrition
history, art and biography
laws and regulations
marketing and trade
natural resources and environment
plants and crops
research and technology
rural and community development
You are here: Home / NAL Collections / Special Collections / Guide to the Collections / Index to the Manuscript Collections / Search Results
National Agricultural Library Collections
Special Collections

Index to the Manuscript Collections--Search Results

12 record(s) found

Collection Number: 62
Collection Name: M. Truman Fossum Floriculture Collection
Earliest Date: 1890
Latest Date: 1986
Linear Feet: 195.25
Collection Description: The M. Truman Fossum Floriculture Collection contains papers relating to all of Fossumís endeavors, including business and personal correspondence as well as reports and publications related to the fields of marketing, horticulture, and the floriculture industry in the United States and abroad.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In his career, Fossum (1912-1991) served as assistant professor of horticulture at the University of Maryland, director of Research and Member Services for the Society of American Florists, consultant for the Bureau of Census, agricultural economist and consultant for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and economic analyst for Floristsí Transworld Delivery Association (FTD). On behalf of the floral industry, Fossum campaigned for unbiased, third-party statistical information services for the industry, which led to the establishment of the Horticultural Specialties Census. He initiated benchmark economic studies and services relating to the floral industry, and he led the cooperative effort with the USDA for the development of market-news-reporting on ornamental crops.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 297
Collection Name: Man O' War Photograph Collection
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Man O' War Photograph Collection contains black and white photographs of the racehorse Man O' War (1917-1947). It includes photographs of the horse, races, and trainer. No dates on photographs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Man O' War (1917-1947) was a race horse who competed from 1919-1920. His parents were Mahubah (dam) and Fair Play (sire). Man O' War picked up the nickname "Big Red" because he had a noticeably redder coat than his father. For almost his entire life, Red was owned by Samuel D. Riddle, a Philadelphia sportsman who had purchased the horse as a yearling from Major August Belmont in a fire sale. Although he raced for only two years (1919-1920), Red compiled a remarkable record of 20 wins in 21 starts. His only loss was a second-place finish to Upset in the Sanford Memorial in 1919. Redís impressive showing on the race track was enough to revive a sport that had been reeling during the war years of the 1910s, making him one of the major sports stars of the era. Man O' War's legacy goes well beyond what he did on the racetrack. His career at stud was considered to be equally as impressive. In his lifetime, Red's offspring, despite being seemingly low in quantity compared to other sires', had won more money than those of any other sire in the history of horse racing. Red sired such horses as Clyde Van Dusen, Battleship, Crusader, and War Admiral (who lost to Seabiscuit, the grandson of Man O' War, in a legendary match race). In all, 61 of Redís progeny won a total of 172 stakes races, for total winnings of over $1.7 million. He died of a heart attack in 1947, just a month after his longtime groom, Will Harbut, had himself succumbed to a heart attack.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 169
Collection Name: Manchurian Month, The: Monthly Supplement of the Manchuria Daily News Collection
Earliest Date: 1932
Latest Date: 1936
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Manchurian Month: Monthly Supplement of the Manchuria Daily News Collection contains political, social, economic, and other information.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: This was a monthly newspaper published the first of each month by the government of Manchoukuo, a puppet state under the tutelage of the Japanese Imperial Army, during the 1930s.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 314
Collection Name: Manihot Bibliography
Earliest Date: 1970
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Manihot Bibliography contains original bibliographic records and master computer list of bibliographic entries from 1970 for the genus Manihot. The name Dr. David J. Rogers, Taximetrics Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80302 appears on a letter and the address is stamped on the computer printout. The bibliography may not have been published. In the General Collection at call no. QK474.5.A1F5 , there is a series called Flora Netotropica and Monograph 13 of that series contains the following publication: David J. Rogers, David J. and S.G. Appan. Manihot and Manihotoides (Euphorbiaceae); A Computer Assisted Study, 1973. (The monograph on its own at call no. QK474.5.A1 is listed as being at the National Arboretum.) The object of study is Manihot esulenta Crantz. This crop, which lives in tropic areas, is grown primarily for its roots.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 109
Collection Name: Martin L. Mosher Manuscripts
Earliest Date: 1965
Latest Date: 1974
Linear Feet: 2.4
Collection Description: The Martin L. Mosher Manuscripts include two multi-volume titles. The first is a seven-volume manuscript titled "Farmstead Pictures of the United States of North America at the Middle of the Twentieth Century" (1965); it contains 570 mounted illustrations textually documented, depicting the historic, geographic, and economic setting of farm people within each of the states. Mosher's two-volume manuscript, "The Cornbeltís Last Open Pollenated Corn" (1974) is a historic study of open pollinated corn, such as was grown by Cornbelt farmers during the years immediately preceding the general introduction of hybrid corn.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Martin L. Mosher (1882-1980) spent more than 40 years working for the Agricultural Extension Service in Iowa and Illinois; the last 27 years of his career were spent as Farm Management Specialist in the Agricultural Extension Service in Illinois. During his career, Mosher received some of the highest honors given to extension workers.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 380
Collection Name: Marvin A. Norcross Papers
Earliest Date: 1966
Latest Date: 2007
Bulk Dates: 1966-1996
Linear Feet: 10
Collection Description: The Marvin A. Norcross Papers relate to food safety and food residues, including integrating the concept of risk assessment into food production and processing. There are manuscripts for talks (including slides), publication, and awards. There is also all research data associated with his Ph.D. these titled "An Immunological Study of the Localization of Certain Chemical Carcinogens in Rat Tissue" and includes black and white photographs of dissections, camera slides, and microscope slides.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Born in Tansboro, New Jersey, Marvin A. Norcross (1931-2007) attended Rutgers University and was the recipient of a Veterinary Medical degree (1959) and Ph.D. degree in Pathology (1966) from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Merck, Sharpe and Dome, initially as a veterinary pathologist and later he was responsible for all developmental studies leading to new animal health products and related claims in the United States. Norcross moved to Rockville in 1975 and became director of the Division of Veterinary Medical Research with the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (1975-1978). After several positions at the Food and Drug Administration, Norcross moved to the Science and Technology Program, Food Safety and Inspection Service, United States Department of Agriculture (1982-1994). There, in various positions, he was responsible for the overall planning, coordination, direction, and evaluation of the field laboratories and scientific development programs, and provided advice and recommendations regarding the development of overall missions, goals, and policies regarding scientific and technical initiatives in the FSIS. From 1994-1996, Norcross served as the first full-time United States Coordinator for Codex Alimentarius, an inter-governmental body jointly established in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, to coordinate international food safety and quality standards. He retired in 1996.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 127
Collection Name: Mary E. Pennington Papers
Earliest Date: 1895
Latest Date: 1952
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Mary E. Pennington Papers include articles, government bulletins, and speeches to technical and commercial organizations on the handling, refrigeration, and distribution of perishables.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Mary E. Pennington (1872-1952) was one of the nationís most outstanding food and refrigeration scientists. A specialist in bacteriology and food science, she established the Philadelphia Clinical Laboratory in 1898, serving some 400 subscribing doctors. In 1905 she was named bacteriological chemist and chief of the Food Research Laboratory of the Department of Agriculture. During World War I, she took an active part in the War Food Administration under Herbert Hoover. In 1919 she left USDA to head the research department of the American Balsa Company. From 1923-1931 she was director of the Household Refrigeration Bureau of the National Association of Ice Industries.

Collection Number: 25
Collection Name: Merritt Anderson Boone Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1930
Latest Date: 1983
Linear Feet: 5
Collection Description: The Merritt Anderson Boone Collection includes a bibliography of Boone's published works; manuscripts and technical reports by Boone; correspondence; and reprints of some of his published articles. The collection contains items relating to poultry activities in South Carolina. There are materials from the South Carolina Poultry Extension Service and from various poultry short courses conducted by Clemson University between 1930 and 1979. Other components are minutes of the South Carolina Poultry Improvement Association meetings held in 1953-1955 and 1970-1974, and printer's dies from the 1965-1968 Association's yearbooks; approximately 1,000 35-millimeter color slides on various aspects of the poultry industry during the 1960s; and miscellaneous reprints, circulars, and bulletins pertaining to poultry breeding and industry from the 1939-1983 period.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Merritt Anderson "Dan" Boone (1920-1993) was a professor of poultry science at Clemson University from 1947-1977. Originally from Geneva, Nebraska, he studied animal science at the University of Nebraska. He then served four years in the Veterinary Corps of the U.S. Army. While waiting to go to veterinary school, he decided to pursue a masterís degree in poultry science. In the meantime, Boone worked in both the dairy and poultry industries. He worked for the federal Milk Marketing Administration in Chicago and a dairy farm in Utah. He worked for the Michigan State Poultry Improvement Association before settling into a career as a research professor in poultry at Clemson University. While at Clemson, Boone worked primarily in genetics and physiology (where he contributed to heat stress research).
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Reprints

Collection Number: 396
Collection Name: Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting
Earliest Date: 1991
Latest Date: 2006
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) Files of Michelle Marcotte and Marcotte Consulting collection contains files and books pertaining to the early years of MBTOC and about the growing body of knowledge of methyl bromide alternatives. As information about methyl bromide alternatives grew, MBTOC was able to identify where adoption of alternatives could take place, and assist the phase out of this ozone depleting chemical.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1991 after methyl bromide was listed as an ozone depleting substance, Marcotte was asked by the government of Canada to present three papers on the use of irradiation as an alternative to methyl bromide at a conference between the governments of Canada and the United States. The Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) was soon created. Marcotte was appointed co-chair in 2005 and when the committee was divided into subcommittes, she became chair of the MBTOC Quarantine, Structures and Commodities. In the years of 1992-2003, MBTOC's work mainly consisted of obtaining, assessing and summarizing the research on the uses of methyl bromide, the technical efficacy of alternatives and the economic costs. This work was reported twice annually in the May and October reports of the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel reports. Every four years the group prepares an Assessment report which covers in very considerable detail all the research on methyl bromide uses and alternatives for those uses. However, by 2003, methyl bromide had still not been phased out for most of its uses in developed countries (referred to as Non A(5) countries in the Protocol), which had a phase out date of 2005. (The phase out date for developing countries (referred to as A(5) countries in the Protocol) was 2015. In each case there were step-down reductions which reduced the allowed use of methyl bromide according to the Protocol. In 2003, MBTOC began to receive critical use nominations from Parties requesting the continued use of many methyl bromide applications under the critical use exemption of the Protocol. Once the phase out date was reached for methyl bromide (in 2005) for developing countries, MBTOCís role morphed from a technical and economic research assessment and policy advisory role to that of assessing and making recommendations on the critical use nominations submitted by Parties to the Montreal Protocol which then fed into Decisions by the Parties on critical use exemptions to the phase out. This work is done in addition to continuing to assess and report on methyl bromide uses, alternatives and their adoption.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 61
Collection Name: Midwestern Milk Marketing Conference
Collection Group: Dairy Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1946
Latest Date: 1949
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Midwestern Milk Marketing Conference contains correspondence, programs, constitutions, and notes from the initial meetings of the Midwestern Milk Marketing Conference from 1946-1949. Includes letters from the Assistant Director and Director of the USDA Production and Marketing Administration Dairy Branch regarding attending the meeting.

Collection Number: 392
Collection Name: Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory Photographs
Earliest Date: 1888
Latest Date: 1968
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: Collection includes photographs, associated notes, and a record book on various USDA activities and employees, dating between 1888 and 1968. Collection includes a series of photographs on testing of insecticide spraying apparatuses on different plant crops between 1912 and 1944. Much of the collection consists of photographs of employees from departments of Plant Industry and Plant Pathology, and other unknown individuals and departments. Also included are photographs of Arlington Farm in Arlington, Virginia before it was closed in the 1940s. The last item in the collection is a 1925 record book on seed treatment data from Rocky Ford, Colorado. More recent handwritten notes, possibly on the use of these historical documents in recent research, are inserted in the photographs and record book.
Processed: Minimally processed, view the partial finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 340
Collection Name: Myron Ballard Account Book
Earliest Date: 1828
Latest Date: 1850
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Myron Ballard Account Book from Bradford County, Pennsylvania, contains price data from 1828-1850. A letter written by agricultural economist Everett E. Edwards accompanies the book. Edwards explained that Fred W. Card donated the book to the Agricultural History Unit of USDA's Division of Statistical and Historical Research.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Myron Ballard (1800-1878) lived in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Digitization Status: None

Last Modified : April 6, 2018

 NAL Home | USDA | Agricultural Research Service | | GPO Access | Web Policies and Important Links | Site Map
FOIA | Accessibility Statement | Privacy Policy | Non-Discrimination Statement | Information Quality | |