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Collection Number: 466
Collection Name: MacDaniels, Laurence Howland, Pomological Research Images
Earliest Date: 1890
Latest Date: 1950
Bulk Dates: 1920-1940
Linear Feet: 24
Collection Description: The Laurence Howland MacDaniels Pomological Research Images consist of lantern slides, photographs, and negatives of fruit, fruit anatomy, and fruit diseases. The materials were collected by MacDaniels during his career as a professor in Cornell University’s Department of Pomology. This collection includes images captured during MacDaniels’ trips to Hawaii and the South Pacific, and from his work with Arthur J. Eames on their plant anatomy textbook. Some of the images were taken by MacDaniels’ colleague, Liberty Hyde Bailey.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Laurence Howland MacDaniels (1888-1986) was a horticulturist, author, and professor of pomology at Cornell University from 1923 until his retirement in 1956. He was head of the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture at the time he retired. Among his many honors, he received the 1966 Wilder Medal for outstanding service to horticulture in the area of pomology, awarded by the American Pomological Society. He also studied the social and ethical implications of the scientific method, which became the theme of his address upon being elected to the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1940. He earned his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College and completed his doctorate at Cornell in 1917. James L. Reveal facilitated the acquisition of this collection. Dr. Reveal (1941-2015) was a botanist, an adjunct professor in Cornell's Department of Plant Biology, and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland,
Formats: Photographs

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. Red’s 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 Red’s 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: 327
Collection Name: Marshall, Dale, Papers
Linear Feet: 22.5
Collection Description: The Dale Marshall Papers consist of a pre-publication draft of Marshall's horticultural bibliographies and copies of the articles listed in the bibliographies.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 103
Collection Name: Marth, Paul C. and Mitchell, John W., Papers
Earliest Date: 1933
Latest Date: 1993
Linear Feet: 8.75
Collection Description: The Paul C. Marth and John W. Mitchell Papers include biographical information about both men; material gathered for the book Classic Papers in Horticultural Science; 66 of Marth’s notebooks; Marth’s 1942 Ph.D. thesis; reprints; and negatives of roses. There is correspondence mostly with Marth, very little Mitchell correspondence, and correspondence between J. Ray Frank and Stephen Weller regarding the two men in 1987.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1944, Paul C. Marth (b. 1909) and John W. Mitchell (b. 1905) developed a plant growth regulator for use as a selective herbicide. The substance, "2,4-D," allowed for selective broadleaf weed control in agriculture and turf management. Together, Marth and Mitchell wrote articles.

Collection Number: 104
Collection Name: Martin, Joseph Holmes, 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: 363
Collection Name: Mayberry, Bennie Douglas, Collection on George Washington Carver
Earliest Date: 1992
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Bennie Douglas Mayberry Collection on George Washington Carver includes the original book materials of Mayberry's manuscript "George Washington Carver - A Handbook", photographs of George Washington Carver, a facsimile of Carver's official USDA personnel record, a reprint of the article "Bennie Douglas Mayberry: An Unsung Hero" (1995), Mayberry's resume, and photographs of Mayberry.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Bennie Douglas Mayberry spent nearly 40 years working for Tuskegee Instutitue, first in the department of horticulture and lastly as the director of the Carver Research Foundation. Known as an innovative researcher and dynamic teacher, Mayberry was also an outstanding administrator who developed research and instructional programs in the 1890 land-grant system. Some of his accomplishments include improving methods for canning sweet potato, developing instructional materials in the isotope and radiation technology program in 1959, and devising nutrient management projects that examined the absorption and translocation of strontium in plants and the effects of maleic hydrazide in tea. He was influenced by George Washington Carver, the great agricultural chemist, who guest lectured during Mayberry's undergraduate years.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 252
Collection Name: Mayberry, Dean Howard, Papers
Earliest Date: 1957
Latest Date: 1990
Bulk Dates: 1960-1979
Linear Feet: 51.25
Collection Description: The Dean Howard Mayberry Papers include records of research of the Northern Regional Research Laboratory as well as press releases, correspondence, publications, and papers on research relating to the transformation of agricultural products into commercial commodities. Some topics of research include oils, cereals, antibiotics, starch, polysaccharides, amylose, corn, and alcohol.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Dean Howard Mayberry began his U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service in 1956 with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) as the supervisory publications editor for agricultural and biological sciences, for the Information Division in Washington, D.C. From 1958-1978 he was a public information officer for the ARS Information Division, Current Information Branch based in Peoria, Illinois, at the Northern Regional Research Laboratory. From 1978-1982 he worked for the Science and Education Administration, and in 1982 he was reassigned to ARS. Mayberry retired from the USDA in 1985 as a public affairs specialist.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 102
Collection Name: McFarland, J. Horace, Papers
Earliest Date: 1923
Latest Date: 1975
Linear Feet: 432
Collection Description: The J. Horace McFarland Papers relate to Mount Pleasant Press; the majority of the collection includes glass negatives, acetate negatives, transparencies, slides, photographs, and watercolors of plants (ornamental and vegetables). There are plant-breeding records which include rose cards or letter-sized forms consisting of a black and white photograph of a variety of a rose and accompanying scientific documentation. Also included are original artwork; catalogs produced by the company; photographs of the office; and a map of McFarland’s residence.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: McFarland (1859-1948), conservationist, master printer, and horticulturist, was well known for his books and photographs of roses. In 1878, McFarland started his own printing business, Mount Pleasant Press, which specialized in horticultural printing and was the first to use color photographs in its publications. In fact, many images were taken at McFarland's famous 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: 341
Collection Name: McLaughlin, Israel, Account Book and Papers
Earliest Date: 1838
Latest Date: 1944
Bulk Dates: 1838-1881
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Israel McLaughlin Account Book contains handwritten examples and practice pages of mathematical computations such as “The Single Rule of Three”, The Double Rule of Three”, “Compound Interest”, “Insurance Commission and Brokage”, “Discount”, “Barter”, “Loss and Gain”, and “Domestic Exchange.” There are several pages listing loans due to Israel McLaughlin in 1853, 1853-55, 1857-58, 1868, and 1871-72. One page has newspaper clippings of household remedies for illnesses. The account book also contained loose documents, most of which are land deeds for property owned by Robert J. Stringfellow in Cheatham County, Tennessee. Other names include the Pack and Harris families. There is a business card of John O'Neill, Solicitor of Claims, Washington D.C. and an envelope with a return address of T.R. Dickson, Country Court Clerk, Charlotte, Tennessee. The collection includes an 1862 bill of sale for four slaves.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 416
Collection Name: Meeker, Brice K., Papers
Earliest Date: 1948
Latest Date: 1996
Bulk Dates: 1960-1974
Linear Feet: 5.5
Collection Description: The Brice K. Meeker Papers consist of reports, speeches, diplomas, slides, and photographs from conferences attended by Meeker as well as areas he and his family lived while he was an agricultural attache. There is information on agriculture in the United States and the U.S.S.R. In addition, the following areas are represented in photographs or slides: The Aegean Islands, Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Canary Islands, Denmark, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, South America, the Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and United States.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Brice K. Meeker (1922-1988) was former assistant administrator for the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). He received a master’s degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from Purdue University and began working with the United States Department of Agriculture in 1953. Meeker spent most of his career overseas with FAS and was assigned to Hungary, Hong Kong, the Soviet Union, the Netherlands, and Australia. He retired in 1983.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 105
Collection Name: Meler, Charles J., Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1959
Latest Date: 1965
Linear Feet: 2.25
Collection Description: The Charles J. Meler Papers include correspondence, egg marketing orders, and egg promotion material along with contracts for egg producers and started pullet growers in Illinois and neighboring states; publications of the American Poultry and Hatchery Federation and the Illinois Poultry Industry Council, and miscellaneous brochures from nationally known commercial poultry breeding organizations and equipment manufacturers.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Charles J. Meler of Nashville, Illinois, was a hatcheryman, member of the Illinois Poultry Industry Council, and past president of the American Poultry and Hatchery Federation.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

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

Collection Number: 282
Collection Name: Meyer, Lillian, Cookbook Collection
Earliest Date: 1820
Latest Date: 1983
Bulk Dates: 1970-1980
Linear Feet: 24.75
Collection Description: The Lillian Meyer Cookbook Collection consists of 450 American and international cookbooks. An index has been created for the collection.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The collection of cookbooks was assembled by Lillian Eugene Nicholson Meyer, born in 1917 in Missouri and died May 11, 1983. Lillian, who was known as "Jean," was the wife of Dr. Frederick G. Meyer, who served as a research botanist at the U.S. National Arboretum from 1958-1991. Jean was an author and botanical illustrator. In both her art and her cooking, she demonstrated her interest in herbs, and the collection is particularly strong in that regard. She passed away suddenly while she was creating the illustrations for A Pompeian Herbal by Wilhelmina Feenster Jashemski, a colleague of her husband's. While traveling, Jean and Frederick purchased cookbooks from different regions of the United States and the world. Many of the cookbooks contain Jean's recipe annotations and comments.
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: 106
Collection Name: Millar, Richard I., Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1896
Latest Date: 1991
Linear Feet: 7.5
Collection Description: The Richard I. Millar Papers include reprints, bulletins and pamphlets; and clippings from trade journals, newspapers, and commercial brochures. Material addresses poultry management practices and equipment.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Millar used this poultry material in his teaching and research.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 414
Collection Name: Mitchell, John W., 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: 326
Collection Name: Mitlin, Norman, Papers
Earliest Date: 1950
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 6.5
Collection Description: The Norman Mitlin Papers consist of 29 boll weevil articles (1964-1977) authored by Mitlin, 30 of Mitlin’s handwritten laboratory notebooks (1953-1975) from the Boll Weevil Research Laboratory, drafts, correspondence, and photographs. Most of the articles deal with the development of sterilization methods. There is correspondence between Mitlin and Mississippi State University, where he taught graduate school classes, and documentation related to his training.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1949 Norman Mitlin (1918-2003) began his career as a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Beltsville, Maryland. He specialized in the development of new synthetic insecticides and later in the toxicology and physiology of insects. He was a pioneer in developing methods of using chemicals to sexually sterilize insects. In 1961 he was transferred to the newly activated USDA Boll Weevil Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University, Starkville. He headed a unit that was responsible for developing methods of sterilizing the boll weevil. His methods were incorporated into a program that effectively eliminated the boll weevil as a major pest. While working at the Boll Weevil Laboratory, Mitlin served as an adjunct professor at Mississippi State University in the entomology department. Mitlin retired in 1978 from the USDA.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 107
Collection Name: Mohler, John R., 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.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

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

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: 109
Collection Name: Mosher, Martin L., 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 Cornbelt’s 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 (b. 1882) 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: 111
Collection Name: Mueller, Clyde Dewey, Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1939
Latest Date: 1995
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The Clyde Dewey Mueller Papers include correspondence, files of breeding techniques, computer programs, random sample test reports, brochures published by a dozen poultry breeders, and an autobiography.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Clyde Dewey Mueller was a poultry geneticist for different U.S. and foreign breeders of chicken and turkey.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

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