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Collection Number: 246
Collection Name: Nancy Boyd Leidenfrost Papers
Earliest Date: 1965
Latest Date: 2003
Linear Feet: 13.25
Collection Description: The Nancy B. Leidenfrost Papers consist of literature from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, including references and publications associated with policies, development, administration, and evaluation. In addition, there are papers related to projects Leidenfrost initiated and coordinated, books she edited, and papers she authored in support of action on food security public issues, education, and the critical issue of poverty and international development for families. There are 500 black and white photographs relating to the Home Economics Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Maryland, c. 1900-1970. Most of the photographs are of the Extension Service's home demonstrations in the United States and abroad. Also included are materials related to principles of design, such as a "good taste" quiz and a "Good and Bad Design" photograph book.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Nancy B. Leidenfrost was a national program leader for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Extension Service, USDA from 1969-89, and a national program leader for Hunger and Undernutrition Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), from 1989-1994.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 460
Collection Name: National 4-H Camp Medal
Earliest Date: 1929
Latest Date: 1929
Bulk Dates: 1929
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: One bronze-toned medal measuring 1.5 inches x 2 inches. It is constructed of an unidentified metal. It has a plain (no lettering) bar at the top, connected to a disc by two rings. The front (obverse) of the disc carries the words United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Colleges in an outer ring, and the the words Cooperative Extension Service in an inner ring. In the center is the clover-shaped 4-H emblem. On the back (reverse) from top to bottom the words are: United States; Department of Agriculture; Washington, D.C.; National Boys & Girls; 4-H Club Camp;1929. There is a hinged pin with a clasp across the back of the bar.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The medal was found and purchased in June 2013 at a flea market in New Oxford, Pennsylvania by US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service scientist Dr. Gary L. Miller and his wife Melissa K. Miller. The medal at time of purchase did not have any history with it. It is most likely that it is a participant's badge from the Third National 4-H Camp held in Washington DC in 1929.
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Collection Number: 113
Collection Name: National Agricultural Library (NAL) Records
Earliest Date: 1867
Latest Date: 2016
Bulk Dates: 1867-1980
Linear Feet: 92.5
Collection Description: The National Agricultural Library (NAL) Records include correspondence, reports, regulations, agreements, budget hearings, clippings, articles, newsletters, manuals, and photographs on library-related activities. Of particular note are the records from 1907-1940 when Claribel R. Barnett was not only head librarian for the departmental library but also was quite active in the library-related organizations. The archival material includes papers relating to directors of the library such as Ralph Robert Shaw, 1940-1954, Foster E. Mohrhardt, 1954-1968, and John Sherrod, 1968-1973.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed an act that established the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). One year later, through a donation of a collection of over 1,000 volumes of agriculture-related materials from the Agricultural Division of the U.S. Patent Office, the library mandated by the act establishing the USDA came to life. The purpose of the library was to gather agricultural information from a wide array of sources and provide it to the people of the United States. In the century that followed, the library was located in various locations in the USDA's buildings in Washington, D.C. Also during this time, the library had a formidable succession of librarians who were leaders in furthering the professionalism of librarianship. In 1962 Secretary of Agriculture Orville J. Freeman designated the USDA's library the National Agricultural Library (NAL). This move put the library on par with other national libraries, and also affirmed its distinction as one of the world’s foremost institutes of agricultural information. In 1960 plans were drawn up to create a new dedicated facility for the library. In 1969 the USDA's information institution was successfully moved from the USDA South Building to what is now the Abraham Lincoln Building, USDA, in Beltsville, Maryland. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s NAL brought forth many agriculture-related information resources and centers. Most notable of these resources are the Dictionary Catalog of the National Agricultural Library, 1862-1965; the National Agricultural Library Catalog, 1966-1970; CAIN (CAtaloging and INdexing) and CAIN-ON-LINE (later renamed AGRICOLA); and the Food and Nutrition Information Center.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 115
Collection Name: National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Records
Earliest Date: 1921
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 8.75
Collection Description: The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Records consist of the constitution and by-laws of the NACAA, patents and registration of trade names paperwork, distinguished service awards lists, articles of incorporation, photographs, copies of the book History of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, 1915-60, and NACAA Educational Foundation applications and records.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The first annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) took place in Chicago, Illinois, in 1916, during the International Livestock Exposition. The main purposes of the organization were set forth to include providing a means for the exchange of constructive ideas in county agent work and to establish high standards in the states regarding the qualifications and ability of women to be employed for Extension work.
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Subjects: Natural Resources
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 315
Collection Name: National Association of Extension Home Economists Collection
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1984
Linear Feet: 3.25
Collection Description: The National Association of Extension Home Economists Collection consists of 3 sets of bound volumes, totaling 13 in all. Volumes 1-9 (1943-1984) are titled Minutes of Meetings. Volumes 1-2 (1943-1984) are titled Reporter and subtitled News from National, the Letter, the News Letter, the HDA Reporter, and the EHE Reporter. Volumes 1-2 (1946-1984) are titled Annual Meeting Programs.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 255
Collection Name: National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) Records
Earliest Date: 1997
Latest Date: 1998
Bulk Dates: 1997-1998
Linear Feet: 16.25
Collection Description: The National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) Records relate to the work of the National Commission on Small Farms. Records include administrative files; transcripts (paper, tape, and disk) of public hearings; letters from small farmers; executive correspondence; memoranda; drafts and final copy of “Report of the USDA National Commission on Small Farms: A Time to Act”; letterhead and design for final report; email requests for copies of the NCSF report; computer disks of small farm documents; committee reports within the NCSF; and miscellaneous resource documents.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Commission on Small Farms (NCSF) was established by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman in 1997. The committee was charged to study the problems of small and limited-resource farmers and to make recommendations to help those farmers.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 411
Collection Name: National Epsilon Sigma Phi Organization Records
Earliest Date: 1927
Latest Date: 2017
Linear Feet: 12.5
Collection Description: The National Epsilon Sigma Phi Organization Records contains the organization's historical records, including meeting reports and minutes, conference materials, newsletters, financial records, membership directories, speeches, correspondence, scholarships and awards, handbooks, committee records, and marketing materials. A few materials relate to individual state chapters of the national organization.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is the national society of Extension Service professionals. ESP was officially organized January 11, 1927 in Bozeman, Montana by William A. Lloyd and Dean Schaub, with the goal of promoting and supporting professionalism in the Extension Service.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 268
Collection Name: National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) Collection
Earliest Date: 1941
Latest Date: 1986
Bulk Dates: 1967-1986
Linear Feet: 16.25
Collection Description: The National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) Collection consists of miscellaneous articles and brochures on farm safety. There are also materials from NIFS meetings.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1945, the National Institute for Farm Safety (NIFS) was created by a member of the National Safety Council who invited state farm safety specialists to yearly meetings to discuss ways to improve farm safety. Prior to 1937 little was published on the subject.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 116
Collection Name: National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1906
Latest Date: 1992
Linear Feet: 22.5
Collection Description: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Records contain documents, reports, and summaries of early efforts to improve the economic aspects of poultry production through breeding and disease control. Materials include newsletters, publications, and reports relating to the poultry industry and the early history of NPIP. Also included are tape recordings of NPIP conferences, and registered trademarks of NPIP emblems and poultry breeding farms.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) provides a cooperative industry-state-federal program for controlling certain poultry diseases.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 112
Collection Name: National School Lunch Week Collection
Earliest Date: 1956
Latest Date: 1966
Bulk Dates: 1956-1966
Linear Feet: 6
Collection Description: The National School Lunch Week Collection consists of four scrapbooks commemorating National School Lunch Week in 1956 (10th Anniversary Year), 1964, 1965, and 1966 (20th Anniversary Year). The format of materials in the scrapbooks include correspondence, clippings, report excerpts, press releases, photographs, articles, newsletters, artwork, audio scripts, and ephemera. USDA Consumer and Marketing Service and American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) information is represented as well.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: National School Lunch Week was established in 1962. The concept of this week, which begins on the second Sunday in October, is to celebrate and promote the National School Lunch program. According to the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA), this week "is designed to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children." Each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation that calls on the people to observe National School Lunch Week. The program itself began in 1946, the result of a call for the standardization of the appropriations given by Congress to states to administer school local school lunch programs. Prior to 1946 such programs were run on a year-to-year basis, and expansion was quite slow. The congressional legislation provided schools with standards of nutrition for school lunches, as well as federal financial aid to purchase proper food and equipment.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 117
Collection Name: National Turkey Federation (NTF) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1945
Latest Date: 1983
Linear Feet: 94.5
Collection Description: The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Records document the hiring of the Evans Advertising Agency, Salt Lake City, Utah, through 1982 to promote the consumption of turkey products. Records describe the history and objectives of NTF and contain photographs of the early officers; statistics, correspondence, promotional budgets; marketing research projects; recipes; photographs, slides, and audio, filmstrips, videotapes, plus hundreds of color photographs and transparencies, and recipes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is an industry organization whose main objectives are to promote the consumption of turkey meat and to encourage turkey growers to gear their production to the market demands plus projected growth. The Evans Advertising Agency, Salt Lake City, Utah, was employed by the NTF through 1982 to promote the consumption of turkey products.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Audiovisuals; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 234
Collection Name: New Guinea Impatiens Collection
Earliest Date: 1971
Latest Date: 1985
Linear Feet: 4.25
Collection Description: The New Guinea Impatiens Collection, gathered and maintained by Robert J. Armstrong, contains a pedigree book from Longwood Gardens Breeding program; slides showing the original New Guinea impatiens collection and the progeny developed from them at Longwood; and letters, memoranda, reports, brochures, and press releases concerning the breeding program.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service and Longwood Foundation of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, jointly sponsored an expedition to the subtropical highlands of Australian New Guinea from January to April 1970. Horticulturists Harold F. Winters and J. J. Higgins collected impatiens, which were released by USDA Plant Genetics and Germplasm Research Institute in February 1972 to nurserymen, plant breeders, and other scientists. Geneticist Robert J. Armstrong bred new varieties with ornamental leaves at Longwood Gardens.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 118
Collection Name: New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1954
Latest Date: 1968
Linear Feet: 1.5
Collection Description: The New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) Records consist of SPICE’s bylaws, articles of incorporation, subsequent amendments, and special studies. Records of organizations that became part of the federation are also included, as well as minutes, membership lists, officers, and financial records.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The New York State Poultry Industry Coordinated Effort (SPICE) was incorporated in 1962 and formed as a federation of organizations representing the poultry industry in New York to improve their economic position.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 123
Collection Name: Nils Andreas Olsen Collection
Earliest Date: 1855
Latest Date: 1936
Linear Feet: 25
Collection Description: The Nils Andreas Olsen Collection consists of journals, ledgers, and other account books of the Evans Hardware Company, Princeton, Minnesota, covering functions prior to 1920; records of Alfred Erickson, Washington County, Minnesota; minutes, payroll book, cash books, and other records of the Golden Valley Creamery Association and its member groups, a cooperative functioning from 1908 to 1910; crop reports and land development literature from the Great Plains states; some 19th century military post records; and other miscellaneous material.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Nils Andreas Olsen (1886-1940) was born in Herscher, Illinois. He graduated from Luther College, Iowa, in 1907; was a graduate student in history and economics at Johns Hopkins University in 1907-1908; received a master's degree in history and economics at the University of Wisconsin in 1909; was an instructor in history and economics at Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania, 1909-1910; an instructor and graduate student in history and economics at Harvard University, 1910-1912; and a farm manager from 1912-1919. Olsen joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1919 as an assistant agricultural economist; he was promoted through the various economic branches and in May 1925, became Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics. As Assistant Chief he was responsible for the development and coordination of the research work in the bureau and also continued to have charge of the Division of Agricultural Finance, directing the research and investigational work of that unit. On July 16, 1928, Olsen became Chief of the bureau. He retired in 1935.
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Collection Number: 449
Collection Name: Norman Alf Berg Letters
Earliest Date: 1998
Latest Date: 1998
Bulk Dates: 1998
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The collection consists of two letters to Norman A. Berg: one from USDA Secretary Dan Glickman granting him the honorary title of Chief Emeritus of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, dated Jan. 5, 1998; and: one from Thomas A. Weber, Acting Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service congratulating him on being granted the title, dated February 12, 1998.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Norman Alf Berg (Norm) was born in Pine County, Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota (bachelor's) and Harvard University (master's). He served in the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and later headed the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) from 1979 to 1982. He supervised the first National Agricultural Lands Study and drafted the Soil and Water Conservation Act. He also served as American Farmland Trust senior adviser (source: Farm Progress (June 2009) p. 5). He died in 2008 (source: Wash. Post)
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 326
Collection Name: Norman Mitlin 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.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 366
Collection Name: Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Card Files
Earliest Date: 1700
Latest Date: 1950
Linear Feet: 71
Collection Description: The Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Card Files consist of seven card files related to the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection housed in Special Collections. This inactive card file contains plant information, nursery locations, and catalog holdlings.
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Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 121
Collection Name: Nursery Associations Records Collection
Earliest Date: 1896
Latest Date: 1941
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: The Nursery Associations Records Collection consists of the Letterpress Book (1886-1896) of the Western Association of Wholesale Nurserymen; Account Book (1926-1933) of the American Association of Propagating Nurserymen; Record Book (1937-1938) of the Pacific Coast Nursery Association; Treasury Records (1936-1938) of the Council of Eastern Nurserymen; and files of the American Horticultural Council.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 318
Collection Name: Nutrition Publications from Sandy Facinoli
Earliest Date: 1922
Latest Date: 1989
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: Publications related to nutrition survey results and the history of nutrition as well as various bulletins, reports, and reprints relating to nutrition. There is biographical information on Louise Stanley, Hazel Stiebeling, and Wilbur O. Atwater.
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Digitization Status: None


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