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Collection Number: 452
Collection Name: Sanitary Medicine Class Lecture Notes
Earliest Date: 1892
Latest Date: 1893
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: This notebook contains an unidentified student's handwritten notes of Professor Daniel Elmer Salmon's first lectures at the newly established National Veterinary College in Washington, D.C. The notes extend from October 25, 1892 to March 10, 1893 and indicate that he gave one to three lectures per week. The topic of the first two lectures was nomenclature; the topic of the third lecture was methods to control animal diseases, especially contagious diseases. Subsequent lectures relate to wounds, septicemia, malignant edema, and common infections (such as strangles, tetanus, anthrax, and glanders), with special emphasis on tuberculosis. Included with the notebook is a 1983 article written by Ole H. V. Stalheim. The title is Daniel Elmer Salmon, the National Veterinary College, and Veterinary Education. This article was published in American Veterinary Medical Association, Volume 182, Number 1, Pages 33-35. Stalheim provided biographical information about Salmon and described the lecture notes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Daniel Elmer Salmon (1850-1914) was the first Director of USDA's Bureau of Animal Industry. He received the first doctorate degree of veterinary medicine granted in the United States which was awarded him by Cornell University. At the opening of the National Veterinary College on October 18, 1892, Salmon served as Professor of Sanitary Medicine, Control and Eradication of Contagious Diseases and Meat Inspection.
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Text Available in NALDR: https://archive.org/details/CAT31102646
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 387
Collection Name: Schimmelpfennig Family Mill Collection
Earliest Date: 1899
Latest Date: 1987
Bulk Dates: 1930-1958, 1964-1965, 1974-1987
Linear Feet: 3.75
Collection Description: The Schimmelpfennig Family Mill Collection contains materials relating to the family's grain mill and family life in Sigourney, Iowa. Materials include ledger and account books containing detailed accounting of transactions at the mill for the years of 1899, 1930-1958, and 1974-1987. Also included in the collection are materials from the family's hobby interest in the history and preservation of old mills throughout the United States, including various old mill preservation and tourism ephemera. Of particular interest, the collection contains the diaries of Helen Schimmelpfennig, covering the dates of 1938-1942, 1944-1946, and 1964-1965, in which the author describes her daily life and activities in an Iowa farming community.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The information that follows was taken directly from The History of Keokuk County, Iowa: Communities and its Families, Preserving the Past and Present. Keo-Mah Genealogical Society, Inc., 2001. August (Gust) Schimmelpfennig (1876-1949), married Enza Messerschmidt (1885-1956) of Martinsburg, Iowa. He owned a hardware store in Delta, Iowa and later the “Old Red Mill” in Sigourney before it was destroyed by a fire in the early 1920s. He resumed activity in the milling and feed business by purchasing what became Schimmelpfennig’s Mill with his oldest son Everett (1908-1974) in 1929. The early years were plagued by the Great Depression when many lost their businesses and properties because they were unable to make payments for mortgage and taxes. Everett went on the road in and around the county selling calf vitamins to take in enough money to meet those obligations for the mill. The mill stayed in the family until 1958 when it was purchased by Walter Applegate and later sold to Charles Cassens. Everett married Helen Mary Zaki (1909-1994), a Sigourney High School friend and they had two children, Hal Everett (1932- ) and Marylee (1938- ). Hal Everett and his wife, Jean B. Wilson (1930- ) had a son, David Everett (1959- ) who is an economist with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Processed: Minimally processed, view the partial finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Maps; Photographs

Collection Number: 305
Collection Name: Screwworm Eradication Program Records: Oral Histories
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 2000
Latest Date: 2004
Linear Feet: 19
Collection Description: The Screwworm Eradication Program Records: Oral Histories contains oral history video- and audiotapes and printed transcripts of persons involved in the U.S. Screwworm Eradication Program. Included are: former U.S. Rep. Kika de la Garza (D-Texas); longtime Mexican-American employees Manuel Ortega and Santana Munoz; technician Jimmy Bruce; Edward Knipling, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entomologist and leading theoretician for the program; USDA entomologist Lloyd Wendel; Owen Hugh (O.H.) Graham; USDA scientist James Whitten; Edward "Tony" Hauschild, a pilot and former supervisor for screwworm dispersal flights; John Welch, former entomologist and current director of the Mexican - American Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm; and USDA entomologist Alfred Baumhover, a lead contributor to the program in the 1950s and 1960s.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The interviews were conducted in the early 2000s by Paul (Tommy) Stanford, Larry Quinn, and the original project manager Lynn Stewart, who also organized the materials and produced the video.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Audiovisuals
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 310
Collection Name: Severn Run's Cazador (Caz), Screwworm Detection Dog, Collection: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 1994
Latest Date: 2000
Bulk Dates: 2000
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Severn Run's Cazador (Caz), Screwworm Detection Dog: Screwworm Eradication Program Records includes photographs, correspondence, Caz's working gear, a short biography by John Welch, and a wooden box containing Caz's remains.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The materials relate to Severn Run's Cazador (Caz), the screwworm detection dog. Cazador was an American Kennel Club-registered German wire-haired pointer who served as a detector dog with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service Screwworm Research Unit from 1988 until Caz's death in 2000. USDA scientist John B. Welch was Cazador's trainer and acquired him through the U.S. Customs Service’s Detector Dog training facility in Front Royal, Virginia.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 206
Collection Name: Sheep skin and wool samples
Earliest Date: 1948
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: Sheep skins and wool samples. 1948. Wool samples and accompanying black and white photographs of each type of animal, undated.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 46
Collection Name: Shorthorn Cattle Catalog Collection
Earliest Date: 1900
Latest Date: 2002
Linear Feet: 81
Collection Description: The Shorthorn Cattle Catalog Collection includes approximately 4,500 catalogs of Shorthorn public sales (a few private sale or herd catalogs), complete or nearly complete files of breed magazines, official herd books, breed history books, and a wide variety of ephemeral publications. Most of the catalogs were produced in the United States, but there are catalogs from Canada, the British Isles, Australia, South Africa, and other countries where Shorthorn cattle are bred.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Wayne Caldwell Neely (1904-1994) was a chairman of the department of economics and sociology at Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland. After Neely’s retirement from teaching in 1972, he served as secretary-treasurer of the Maryland Shorthorn Association until 1988. The Shorthorn Cattle Catalog Collection is an outgrowth of Neely’s love of the study of pedigrees and show and sale reports. His family owned a farm in Iowa called Verd Lea (meaning "green field"). The farm was actively engaged in breeding purebred Shorthorn cattle from 1883 until the farm was donated to the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development in 1993.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 209
Collection Name: Society of American Florists (SAF) Records and Book Collection
Earliest Date: 1793
Latest Date: 1993
Bulk Dates: 1925-1980
Linear Feet: 62.5
Collection Description: The Records and Book Collection of the Society of American Florists (SAF), 1793-1993, consists of both organizational records and bound volumes. The Records of the SAF, 1894-1993, contain proceedings, minutes, correspondence, memoranda, publications, photographs and scrapbooks from 1900 to 1988. The Book Collection of the SAF consists of over 200 volumes, including monographs and bound serials from 1793 to 1990.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Society of American Florists (SAF) was formed in 1884. Its earliest members came from the American Association of Nurserymen, Florists, and Seedsmen. The purpose of the SAF was to have a national organization devoted solely to florists. The organization was open to both horticultural and floral professionals and amateur gardeners. The first convention was held in 1885, and had over 200 members. The International Telegraph Delivery Association (later the Florists Transworld Delivery Association, or FTD) was created within the SAF. The name of the society was expanded in 1897 to the Society of American Florists and Ornamental Horticulturalists, even though the abbreviation SAF is still commonly used. In 1901 the SAF was granted a national charter, signed by President William McKinley. Throughout its history, the SAF has had several interest groups and committees. These groups have included the Florists’ Hail Association (to insure members against losses related to hail), the Florists’ Protective Association (to protect against other financial losses), the Ladies Society of American Florists, and the Youth Education Program. The SAF has also had a role in lobbying corporations and government bodies. Most of these lobbying efforts have been related to the transportation of floral products and orders.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs

Collection Number: 329
Collection Name: Soil Conservation Service Film Collection
Earliest Date: 1953
Latest Date: 1977
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: The Soil Conservation Service Film Collection contains films produced by and for the Soil Conservation Service. These films were used for education, training, and public service announcements.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1935 Congress passed an act that directed the Secretary of Agriculture to create an agency to deal with issues surrounding soil quality and erosion. This new agency would be called the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and was actually the successor to the Soil Erosion Service (which itself was only two years old) of the Department of the Interior. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had been examining soil erosion for years. However, a new program, developed by Hugh Hammond Bennett (the first Chief of the SCS), coordinated much knowledge and practices related to soil. Bennett first began to promote the fight against soil erosion in a published bulletin in 1928. The actions taken by the SCS to maintain and improve soil conditions were driven largely by private landowners, who were organized into local districts. Furthermore, the SCS was given the recommendation to coordinate its actions with other agencies doing similar work. Both of these methods allowed for the most concentrated effort possible to conserve the nation’s soil. After the USDA reorganization of 1994, the SCS was replaced by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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Formats: Audiovisuals

Collection Number: 219
Collection Name: Soren Husman Papers: American Poultry Historical Society Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1925
Latest Date: 1939
Bulk Dates: 1930-32
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Soren Husman Papers contain photographs of Husman and of the California Turkey Industry Federation (1925-1939), personal correspondence, and a newspaper clipping.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Soren Husman, of Gustine, California, was one of the pioneer turkey growers in the San Joaquin Valley. He was a successful breeder, hatcheryman, and grower, beginning operations in the early 1930s. He developed a method for effectively heating brooder houses by designing a furnace at the outside end of the brooder houses by digging a pit (used as a firebox) from which a pipe was extended through the inside length of the brooder house.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 450
Collection Name: South Carolina Mirex Study Papers
Earliest Date: 1969
Latest Date: 1977
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The South Carolina Mirex Study Papers consist of: field notes; newspaper clippings about the insecticide Mirex and research concerning it; hearings reports; USDA-APHIS impact statement, data print outs, magnetic data cards, opinion and research reports.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The papers document a study conducted in South Carolina estuarine areas (1969-1971) to determine concentrations in fauna of Mirex, an insecticide used to attempt to control fire ants. The study was partially funded by the USDA.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 212
Collection Name: Southeastern United States Collection: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 1932
Latest Date: 1959
Bulk Dates: 1950-1959
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: The Southeast United States: Screwworm Eradication Program Records consist of documents describing various early proposals for eradicating the screwworm, the experiments and field tests in Florida and Curacao, the rearing and transportation of sterile flies, the building of fly-rearing facilities in Florida, the use of radiation to sterilize flies, treatments for wounded animals and the eradication program itself in the Southeast. The materials include surveys, reports, correspondence, research, and test data including radiation and treatment, and publications.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Southeast United States: Screwworm Eradication Program Records document the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (Cochliomyia americana) from Curacao and the U.S. Southeast. A flesh-eating pest of warm-blooded animals, the screwworm was brought under control using the Sterile Insect Technique, which emphasizes biological control methods. The technique uses large numbers of reared sterile flies to overwhelm and eliminate the wild fertile population through interbreeding. Reared flies are irradiated to render them sexually sterile.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 344
Collection Name: Southmeadow Fruit Gardens Records
Earliest Date: 1932
Latest Date: 2005
Bulk Dates: 1959-1989
Linear Feet: 3.75
Collection Description: The Southmeadow Fruit Gardens Records contain materials from a fruit nursery run by Robert A. Nitschke, including records, catalogs, order forms, tasting evaluation forms, and a large collection of color slides and photographs of a variety of fruits. Journal articles, association materials, and correspondence with other growers regarding grafting, plant samples, and the availability and quality of plants are also included. The predominant focus is on apples but there is also information on pears, peaches, grapes, gooseberries, cherries, plums, quince, and currents. A website for the Southmeadow Fruit Gardens can be found at http://www.southmeadowfruitgardens.com/index/html (as of 2/13/2006).
Processed:
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 211
Collection Name: Southwestern United States and Mexico Collection: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Collection Group: Screwworm Eradication Program Records
Earliest Date: 1922
Latest Date: 2004
Bulk Dates: 1960-1990
Linear Feet: 58
Collection Description: The Southwestern United States and Mexico Collection: Screwworm Eradication Program Records contain research and production records related to sterile fly production plants in Mission, Texas, and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Included in the records are reports, research data, correspondence, fly production and release records, manuscripts, manuals and regulations, publications, notes, case reports, photographs, public information materials, and artifacts. The predominant language is English, though there are materials in Spanish as well. Materials originally located in this collection relating to Central America, the Caribbean, and North Africa have been removed.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: These materials document agricultural programs to eliminate the New World screwworm from the North American continent. A flesh-eating pest of warm-blooded animals, the screwworm was brought under control using the Sterile Insect Technique, which emphasizes biological control methods. The technique uses large numbers of reared sterile flies to overwhelm and eliminate the wild fertile population through interbreeding. These records focus on research activities which supported eradication in the United States and Mexico. Much of the collection relates to field research, the development of effective fly strains for mass rearing and distribution, and information about the release of sterile flies.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Maps; Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 409
Collection Name: Special Collections Product Collection
Earliest Date: 2007
Latest Date: 2011
Linear Feet: 3.5
Collection Description: This collection consists of samples of Special Collections products that have been sold in past years. The collection was not created until 2009 so some of the earlier products may not be available. These products serve as "archival" copies and are not for sale.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 400
Collection Name: Stereo Cards of USDA Buildings and Grounds in Washington D.C.
Earliest Date: 1870
Latest Date: 1930
Bulk Dates: 1870-1930
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The collection includes approximately 60 stereo cards documenting various USDA facilities from around 1870 to 1930, as this was when stereo cards were most popular. Many of the cards have information, such as the location of the building in the photograph, on the back or sides of the stereo card.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The stereo cards were collected by Rob Griesbach, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Technology Transfer, ARS. They document the history of the USDA buildings on the National Mall from the beginning of the USDA to approximately 1920. Stereo cards were two photographs of the same object mounted on cardboard that when placed in a stereoscope would give the appearance of being three dimensional. They became popular after 1840 and were most prominently made between the 1870s and 1920s.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 357
Collection Name: Sterling Brown Hendricks Papers
Earliest Date: 1924
Latest Date: 1970
Bulk Dates: 1960-1968
Linear Feet: 4
Collection Description: The Sterling Brown Hendricks Papers consists primarily of article reprints written and compiled by Hendricks, a USDA scientist and administrator from 1922-1970. Annual reports from the Mineral Nutrition Laboratory for the years 1958-1969 and reference articles are also included.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Sterling Brown Hendricks (April 13, 1902 - January 4, 1981) served within several departments of the USDA, including holding the position of Chief Scientist in the Mineral Nutrition Engineering Research Laboratory, ARS, USDA from 1943-1970. Hendricks was an accomplished chemist and mineralogist. He was awarded the ARS Science Hall of Fame posthumously in 1993 and the Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award was established in 1982.
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Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 330
Collection Name: Strawberry Images Collection
Collection Group: Plant Photograph Collections
Earliest Date: 1887
Latest Date: 1953
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Strawberry Images Collection contains black and white negatives, prints, and glass plates of strawberry plants and activities related to strawberry cultivation.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 286
Collection Name: Sugar Industry Miscellaneous Pamphlet Collection
Earliest Date: 1728
Latest Date: 1915
Linear Feet: 3
Collection Description: The Sugar Industry Miscellaneous Pamphlet Collection contains 152 items (pamphlets, books, and reprints), dealing with the development of the sugar industry. The materials are in Dutch, English, French, German, Polish, Spanish, and Swedish. Included are several rare publications from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The pamphlets may have belonged to Lewis S. Ware, 19th century editor of The Sugar Beet. His name or The Sugar Beet are inscribed on the cover of a number of the pamphlets.
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Formats: Reprints
Digitization Status: None


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