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Collection Number: 19
Collection Name: P.J. Berckmans Company's Nurseries Records
Earliest Date: 1899
Latest Date: 1923
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: P.J. Berckmans Company's Fruitland Nurseries Records contain an inventory of the nursery stock list dated 1918, purchase and shipping orders, a private letter, covers of catalogs, and a number of photographs of the nursery stock.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The P.J. Berckmans Company's Fruitland Nurseries of Augusta, Georgia, were started in 1858 by P.J. Berckmans.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 371
Collection Name: Palemon Howard Dorsett Persimmon Collection
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1924
Latest Date: 1930
Bulk Dates: 1924-1925, 1930
Linear Feet: 1.5
Collection Description: The Palemon Howard Dorsett Persimmon Collection contains 200 photographs of persimmon fruits, trees, workers, and related views. The photographs were taken by Palemon Howard Dorsett on several plant exploration trips to Asia from 1924-1930. There are many handwritten legends and Chinese writing. Materials originated from the USDA New Crops Research Branch offices in Beltsville, Maryland. Some of the photographs may duplicate those found in the Dorsett-Morse Oriental Exploration Expedition Collection held in Special Collections. Besides photographs, there is a blueprint of the persimmon hot-water processing kiln for use in the treatment of Chinese persimmons in Peiping, China and the vicinity, 1930. Additionally, there is a typewritten document and notes on the establishment of the Chico, California, Testing and Propagating Garden in 1930. The collection includes the publication Where Persimmon Was King: P.H. Dorsett's Photographic Tour Around Peking, China 1924-1931 edited by William H. Preston.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Palemon Howard Dorsett (1862-1943) was a United States Department of Agriculture plant explorer with USDA Section of Plant Introduction. Dorsett traveled to the persimmon growing region north of Peiping (now Beijing). He and his son James explored the region in 1924-25 and then again in 1930-31 with the Oriental Agricultural Exploration Expedition.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 103
Collection Name: Paul C. Marth and John W. Mitchell 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.
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Collection Number: 85
Collection Name: Paul E. Howe Papers
Collection Group: Dairy Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1907
Latest Date: 1973
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Paul E. Howe Papers include Howe's publications and a 1959 Work Project Annual Report for the Animal Husbandry Research Division, Dairy Cattle Research Branch of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Paul E. Howe (1885-1974) started working at the USDA in 1923 as a biological chemist in the Bureau of Animal Industry. In 1936 he became an Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Animal Industry and Chief of the Division of Animal Nutrition, which conducted research in animal nutrition and the biochemical study of animal products. During World War II he was Head of the Division of Foods and Nutrition of the Surgeon General’s office. After the war, he worked on the nutritional needs of the civilian populations of Germany and Japan. As his career progressed, Howe also served as a consulting biochemist within USDA and, in 1952, went on detail to the Foreign Agricultural Relations Technical Collaboration Branch for approximately five months. He retired in 1955. Howe wrote extensively on topics such as the effects of fasting on humans and animals, animal nutrition, and the biochemistry of animal products.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 146
Collection Name: Paul George Russell Papers
Earliest Date: 1908
Latest Date: 1959
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Paul George Russell Papers consist of notes and drafts of his U.S. Department of Agriculture circular "Oriental Flowering Cherries" published in March 1934, clippings, photographs of his retirement in 1959, and biographical information. The circular provides facts on cultivation and historical details about varieties of ornamental cherries grown in the United States, including trees growing around the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. A published version of the circular is located in the general collection of the National Agricultural Library.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Botanist Paul George Russell (1889-1963), began his 50-year career with the federal government in 1908 as a scientific aide and clerk in the National Herbarium, U.S. National Museum. He accompanied J.N. Rose on botanical expeditions to Mexico (1910), the West Indies (1913), and South America (1915). From 1916-1959, Russell was employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Among his various responsibilities as botanist, he was in charge of the introduction of foreign trees upon their arrival in the United States. At the time of his retirement, he was part of the New Crops Research Branch of the Crops Research Division and was a national authority on the identification of plant species by seed alone.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 218
Collection Name: People on the Farm Program Records
Earliest Date: 1976
Latest Date: 1983
Bulk Dates: 1976-83
Linear Feet: 7.5
Collection Description: The People on the Farm Program Records include correspondence, notes, drafts, manuscripts, photographs, and contacts sheets for the "People on the Farm" leaflet series produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1977-1982. The collection includes a complete set of the publications, titled: "People on the Farm: Dairying"; "People on the Farm: Growing Wheat"; "People on the Farm: Growing Vegetables"; "People on the Farm: Black Families"; "People on the Farm: Growing Oranges"; "People on the Farm: Broiler Growers"; "People on the Farm: Corn and Hog Farming"; "People on the Farm: Raising Beef Cattle"; "Visiting People on a Dairy Farm"; and "A Teacher's Guide to People on the Farm."
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 145
Collection Name: Percy B. Rowley Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1922
Latest Date: 1997
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Percy B. Rowley Papers and photographs pertain to the production and sale of hatching eggs and young poultry to foreign markets; records of advertising, permits, correspondence, and photographs of shipments to Asia and South America; and records of the Washington State Poultry Improvement Association, of which Rowley was an active, longtime member.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Percy B. Rowley was one of the earliest U.S. poultry breeders of egg-producing chickens to open East Asia as a market for their products following World War II.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 38
Collection Name: Philip Vincent Cardon Papers
Earliest Date: 1916
Latest Date: 1961
Linear Feet: 5.5
Collection Description: The Philip Vincent Cardon Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, reprints, unpublished lectures and research papers, outlines and notes for radio talks and skits, and some memorabilia.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Among the many positions which Cardon (1889-1965) held with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were agronomist for the Bureau of Plant Industry (1909-1919) and director of the USDA Graduate School (1950-1952). Beginning in 1953, he served as director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 440
Collection Name: Plant Sciences Card Catalog
Latest Date: 1952
Linear Feet: 4308
Collection Description: The Plant Sciences Card Catalog of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Library, developed over half a century, consists of three divisions: author catalog, plant pathology catalog, and subject catalog. Work on all these ceased on July 18, 1952 because of lack of funds. The plant science subject catalog (Botany Subject Index) is a card catalog with entries arranged alphabetically by subject and by scientific names, broken down into divisions and subdivisions of large subjects. Names of genera are arranged under the family, the family names appearing in their regular alphabetical place. Included also are references to literature on many subjects of interest to the botanist, such as textbooks arranged chronologically, voyages and travels, biographies, and geographical botany. It is world-wide in scope and contains references to botanical literature from earliest times as published books and in American and foreign serials of all kinds, journals, proceedings, bulletins, etc. The Bibliography of Agriculture, which started in 1942, includes the types of references covered by the plant science catalog. After the Plant Sciences Card Catalog was no longer updated, users of the Plant Sciences Catalog would have made use of this resource which was updated monthly.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The "Botany Catalogue" was developed under the supervision of Frederick V. Coville in 1893 and originated in an attempt to enlarge and coordinate the collections of botanical literature in the libraries of Washington.. The nucleus of the catalog was the botanical part of the catalogue of the Department of Agriculture Library. It started as an author list, chiefly used by the Department library in cooperative book buying, but came to be generally consulted by workers in botanical lines and as it grew it became necessary to enlarge its scope and develop a subject catalogue along with it.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 279
Collection Name: Poisonous Plants Photograph Collection (merged with MS 274)
Collection Group: Plant Photograph Collections
Earliest Date: 1907
Latest Date: 1925
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Poisonous Plants Photograph Collection contains black and white lantern slides of different species of livestock suffering from plant poisons. Most slides feature livestock that have been poisoned and/or include scientific name of poisonous plant species, animal type, animal number, and date and time of photograph. These captions allow the viewer to follow the course of a particular animal's reaction to a plant toxin. A few slide images show landscapes. A few images show livestock, but do not specify a plant poisoning. Some images include charts, tables and figures related to poisonous plant research.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 131
Collection Name: Poultry and Egg National Board Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1939
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 11.5
Collection Description: The Poultry and Egg National Board Records include board-meeting minutes, financial statements, annual reports, egg promotional material, new product research, cholesterol and fat studies, diet and nutritional cookbooks, reports of the American Home Economics Association conferences, and reports of the 1969 White House Conference on Nutrition.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: This poultry and egg trade association, established in 1940, provided information on human nutrition to consumers for more than 30 years.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 304
Collection Name: Poultry Industry Hall of Fame Records: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1991
Latest Date: 2002
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: The Poultry Industry Hall of Fame Records contain nomination forms of American Poultry Historical Society members who became inductees in the Hall of Fame, artwork for Hall of Fame plaques, and correspondence regarding the preparation of plaques. See also the Skinner, John Louis, Collection.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Poultry Hall of Fame was created in 1953 at the annual meeting of the American Poultry Historical Society (APHS). Selections for t he Hall of Fame were to be made on a triennial basis, with the formal inductions taking place at the beginning of the following fiscal year. The APHS recognized the most outstanding people involved in the poultry industry and in poultry research from North America. The Hall of Fame was located in Jull Hall, University of Maryland from 1954-1970. Each inductee was represented with an oil-painted or photographic portrait. The Hall of Fame was moved to the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland in 1970. Because of space limitations, the representations of the inductees were changed to etched, metal plaques featuring drawings of the inductees. These plaques were smaller in size than the portraits previously used.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 135
Collection Name: Poultry Processing Collection
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1940
Latest Date: 1970
Bulk Dates: 1940s to 1970s
Linear Feet: 5.75
Collection Description: The Poultry Processing Collection consists primarily of black and white images and negatives of various dimensions, mounted and unmounted, representing stages in the handling and processing of poultry and eggs. There are some color images and written material associated with poultry technology.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 132
Collection Name: Poultry Publications Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1866
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 47
Collection Description: The Poultry Publications Collection consists of U.S. and foreign poultry husbandry publications in the form of bulletins, circulars, pamphlets or booklets published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state experiment stations, extension service, trade magazines, commercial companies and foreign universities or governments.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 134
Collection Name: Poultry Science Department, University of Wisconsin, Cackelator: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Poultry Science Department, University of Wisconsin, Cackelator is an electronic box. The Cackelator was used by Ag-Way Coop representatives as an early on-the-farm "computer" to formulate feed mixtures based on flock production factors such as body weight and egg weight. This briefcase-sized device was carried to the farm and used by the feed representative and flock owner to make nutritional determinations to provide the highest net income for the poultryman.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia

Collection Number: 136
Collection Name: Poultry Times Newspaper and Poultryman Newspaper Photograph Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1963
Latest Date: 1986
Linear Feet: 37.5
Collection Description: The Poultry Times Newspaper and Poultryman Newspaper Photograph Collection contains black and white negatives taken by the staff of Poultry Times, a weekly newspaper from Gainesville, Georgia, (1956-1985) and the Poultryman, a weekly newspaper from Vineland, New Jersey (1956-1969). Included are negatives of state poultry associations’ personnel and functions, universities’ personnel, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other organizations’ personnel and events, and poultry-related commercial firms’ personnel and products. The Poultry Times portrait file contains negatives and black and white photographs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Poultry Times is published by Poultry and Egg News and includes news articles on research; technical development; and current trends in production, marketing, and pricing. There are reports of activities of industry organizations with an emphasis placed on regional news.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 138
Collection Name: Prince Family Manuscript Collection
Earliest Date: 1779
Latest Date: 1914
Bulk Dates: 1790-1861
Linear Feet: 8
Collection Description: The Prince Family Manuscript Collection contains correspondence, account books, notebooks, and journals that provide an insight into the difficulties of maintaining a large nursery in the early years of the new American nation. Much of the material concerns business dealings between members of the Prince family and those transacting business with them. The remaining portion of the material deals with observations on and experiments with plants.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: This material is concerned with the most productive and innovative years of the Prince nurseries, which were based in Flushing, Long Island, New York. During these years, the nursery was owned and operated by William Prince, Jr., and William Prince, his son. Their Linnaean Gardens developed into experimental grounds for cultivating native American species and for testing European and Asian species.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 303
Collection Name: Progress Report: Food for Victory Crusade Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1943
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Progress Report: Food for Victory Crusade Manuscript summarizes the results of the World War II-era program after three months. It includes sample forms and advertising media such as a magazine article, a newspaper advertisement, poster, a moving picture still photograph, a circular, and a Purina newsletter.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Purina Mills, St. Louis, Missouri, initiated a program called "Food for Victory Crusade" in 1943 to help farmers make simple improvements in their management, sanitation, and feeding practices, in order to increase the production of food during World War II. The Purina field force made personal calls on farmers to compare their practices with approved practices validated by U.S. Department of Agriculture and 44 of the state agricultural colleges. After the evaluation, the farmer was to correct any faults in his system.
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Formats: Posters
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 214
Collection Name: Promotional Materials: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 1976
Latest Date: 2003
Linear Feet: 12
Collection Description: Promotional Materials: Screwworm Eradication Program Records include items relating to screwworm eradication programs in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, and North Africa. There are public information and promotional materials such as baseball caps, mugs, calendars, key rings and bumper stickers, publications and brochures, photographs, fly case collection reports, 16-millimeter films, and fly distribution artifacts.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: These promotional materials collected by Paul T. "Tommy" Stanford (b. 1955), document agricultural programs to eliminate the New World screwworm from the North American continent. Stanford has been involved in aspects of screwworm eradication programs since the 1980s and is Facilities and Administrative Manager for the Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center in Weslaco, Texas. He also provides administrative support to the Agricultural Research Service Screwworm Research teams located in Mexico and Panama.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 451
Collection Name: Publication Board Documents Collection
Earliest Date: 1940
Latest Date: 1945
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The collection consists of 119 documents or photocopies of documents released by the Publication Board. Most documents are technical reports captured from the Axis countries during World War II, or reports on Allied defense-related topics. These documents were classified during the War, and released from classification by the Board after the war. Specific topics are varied but generally about chemical or industrial processes of strategic importance in Germany or the U.S., some agriculture-related. Documents are in English or in German.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Publication Board was established by the president in 1945 under the United States Department of Commerce on the advice of Ralph Shaw, librarian of the USDA library. The purpose of the Board was to declassify and make available technical information obtained through war research performed by the Allies or performed in and captured from the Axis countries. (Source: The Birth of Information Science (digitized edition of "From Documentation to Information Science" by Irene S. Farkas-Conn))
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Digitization Status: None


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