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Collection Number: 166
Collection Name: Tayloe Family Journal
Earliest Date: 1831
Latest Date: 1849
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Tayloe Family Journal is a handwritten agricultural journal primarily of the Powhatan plantation of the Tayloe family of King George County, Virginia. It is written by Edward Thornton Tayloe and contains entries on barns, beef, cattle, clover, corn, cultivators, dairying, ditching, drought, fallowing, fencing, grapes, harvesting, hogs, manure, marl, oats, pruning, and sheep, as well as some detailed maps, crop production and slave inventories, and an index. It also contains information of daily events such as births, deaths, weather, local and national politics.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Tayloe family was a notable family of the Virginia gentry. John Tayloe III (1770-1828) built the Octagon House in Washington DC. Edward Thorton Tayloe inherited a great deal of his father's property, most notably that in the Northern Neck of Virginia on the Rappahanock River southeast of Fredericksburg. This journal is the account book maintained by Edward Thornton Tayloe of the Powhatan plantation on the Northern Neck between the years of 1834 and 1849. It also contains the legal background of the execution of his father's will.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 8
Collection Name: The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) Records
Earliest Date: 1913
Latest Date: 1997
Linear Feet: 30
Collection Description: The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) Records includes newsletters, ACE Journal (quarterly), clip art books, communication handbooks, minutes of board meetings, annual meeting programs, correspondence, manuscript of "The Presidents of ACE," annual directories, early publications, and miscellaneous photographs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) is an international association of communicators and information technologists. ACE members are writers, editors, photographers, graphic designers, videographers, electronic media producers, marketing and public relations practitioners, researchers, Web developers, database programmers, distance education specialists, educators, and managers. They work in universities, government agencies, and research organizations in the public sector, as well as companies and firms in the private sector. ACE develops professional skills of its members to extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources and human sciences to people worldwide.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 370
Collection Name: The Payne/National 4-H Fellowship Collection
Earliest Date: 1941
Latest Date: 1980
Bulk Dates: 1947-1969
Linear Feet: 6.75
Collection Description: The Payne/National 4-H Fellowship Collection includes photographs, publications, scrapbooks, programs, monthly reports, newsletters and news clippings, and correspondence detailing various 4-H fellows.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The National 4-H Fellowship was one of the largest grants for study available to professional Extension workers. It was awarded beginning in 1931. Initially, two fellowships were established by Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton of Ohio through the Payne Fund, Inc. (1927). The Payne organization established the 4-H fellowships as an experiment, in the hopes that the 4-H fellowship would be the nucleus of a larger number of permanent educational fellowships. Sixteen fellowships were granted by the Payne Fund from 1931-1938. Beginning with 1939, the fellowships were financed by the National 4-H Service Committee, and, since 1953, the Massey-Ferguson Company assisted the Committee in financial support of an enlarged program of six fellowships annually. The program ended in 1969. Fellowships were available to three men and three women. In one year, fellows learned the function, structure, and relationships of the Federal Extension Service and the Department of Agriculture; became acquainted with professional and educational organizations; and participated in the cultural experiences of Washington, D.C. Employees of the Extension Training Branch of the Federal Extension Service supervised the program.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs

Collection Number: 221
Collection Name: Theodore Byerly Papers
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1925
Latest Date: 1990
Linear Feet: 25.75
Collection Description: The Theodore Byerly Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, publications, clippings, biographical information, photographs, and office files relating to Byerly’s career in poultry science and his participation in agricultural organizations.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Theodore Byerly (1902-1990) was an instructor of zoology and a professor of poultry science, as well as a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) employee for 40 years. Though the focus of his work was animal husbandry, he also performed research on beef, swine, and sheep. While with the USDA, some of his positions included chief of Animal and Poultry Husbandry Research and ARS deputy administrator of farm research. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts, publications, clippings, biographical information, photographs, and office files.
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Collection Number: 11
Collection Name: Thomas Arkell Account Book
Collection Group: Dairy Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1829
Latest Date: 1886
Bulk Dates: 1829-1849 & 1854-1886
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Thomas Arkell Account Book Collection consists of two account books, one covering the years 1829-1849, and one spanning 1854-1886. The earlier account book contains entries on dairy products, barley, oats, and the cradling and harvesting of wheat. The later account book, 1854-86, consists of pedigrees of Durham or Short Horned cattle bought and bred by Thomas Arkell on his Little Farmham Farm near Guelph, Canada.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas Arkell (ca. 1802-1875) was a native of Berkshire, England. He settled in Puslinch Township, Ontario, Canada, in May 1831 after living briefly in New York. He became a prominent sheep and cattle breeder in Puslinch and served as a magistrate there for more than 30 years.
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Collection Number: 296
Collection Name: Thomas Burr Charles Poultry Scrapbooks
Collection Group: Poultry Science Collections
Earliest Date: 1923
Latest Date: 1946
Bulk Dates: 1940-1945
Linear Feet: 1.5
Collection Description: The Thomas Burr Charles Poultry Scrapbooks consist mainly of newspaper clippings on research, events, and notable individuals of the poultry industry, especially those located in New Hampshire. There are articles on the development of the New Hampshire chicken breed. The collection also contains correspondence both from and to T. B. Charles, poultry event notices and programs, obituaries, invitations and announcements, magazine articles, and ephemera. Some items cover topics other than poultry, such as current events, University of New Hampshire and Grange news, various agricultural subjects, and Charles’ personal interests. Most of the newspaper articles are arranged within four scrapbooks.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas Burr Charles (1890-1967) headed the Department of Poultry Husbandry at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) from 1928 to 1949. Charles also served as the first vice president of the Poultry Science Association from 1933 to 1934, and as its president from 1934 to 1935. In 1938, Charles earned his master of science degree from Cornell University. The Department of Poultry Husbandry and the Department of Animal Sciences at UNH formed the foundation for the commercial hatchery industry that promoted the New Hampshire chicken breed, which was admitted to the American breed standard in 1935.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 386
Collection Name: Thomas E. Devine Papers
Earliest Date: 1953
Latest Date: 2009
Linear Feet: 22.5
Collection Description: The Thomas E. Devine Papers contain materials from his 32 years of research for the Agricultural Research Service on the genetics and breeding of legumes (birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, and soybeans). Papers include information on attended conferences, advisory capacities, professional organizations, and research-related correspondence. Many of Dr. Devine’s 90 publications are included in the papers. Yearly performance records from his federal service document work plans, successes, and c hallenges. Years and topics of research include: 1967 1969, research geneticist, breeding and genetics of birdsfoot trefoil, Ithaca, NY; 1969-1974, insect and disease resistant alfalfas for the Eastern United States, Beltsville, Maryland; 1974-1997, research program on the genetics and breeding of soybeans, Plant Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville, MD; 1997-2009, breeding legume winter cover crops for use in sustainable agricultural systems, Weed Science Laboratory, Beltsville, MD. Detailed field plans and evaluations exist from various research projects. Successful projects from Dr. Devine’s work include: eight soybean germplasm releases, five soybean cultivar releases, and two hairy vetch cultivar releases; interspecific hybridization; the allopolyploidization of induced tetraploids by means of x ray irradiation; selection for tolerance to herbicides, air pollutants and edaphic stresses; the development of disease and insect resistance; the genetics and coevolution of host/microsymbiont nitrogen-fixing interactions; mapping the soybean genome; breeding legumes for sustainable agricultural systems; research on anthracnose resistance in alfalfa production; the first anthracnose resistant alfalfa variety, Arc; development and release of nine alfalfa clones as bioindicators of air pollution, and nine disease resistant alfalfa stocks.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Dr. Thomas E. Devine conducted research for the Agricultural Research Service on the genetics and breeding of legumes (birdsfoot trefoil, alfalfa, and soybeans) for 42 years. From 1967-1969, he served as research geneticist with full responsibility for the breeding and genetics of birdsfoot trefoil at Ithaca, New York. He served concurrently as a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry at Cornell University. He transferred to Beltsville, Maryland, in 1969 to develop insect and disease resistant alfalfas for the Eastern United States. In 1974, he transferred to the Plant Nutrition Laboratory to conduct a research program on the genetics and breeding of soybeans and has continued this work to the present amid several reorganizations and administrative changes. His research assignment was augmented with responsibility for breeding legume winter cover crops for use in sustainable agricultural systems with his transfer to the Weed Science Laboratory after the abolition of the Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory in 1997. He retired in 2009.
Processed: Minimally processed, view the partial finding aid online.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 89
Collection Name: Thomas Jefferson Correspondence
Earliest Date: 1786
Latest Date: 1993
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Thomas Jefferson Correspondence collection consists of eleven letters to Jefferson, from Jefferson, and about Jefferson (1786-1819) and a set of four letters (1915) between W. K. Bixby and Secretary of Agriculture D. F. Houston, regarding Jefferson letters that Bixby had found and sent to Houston. Houston later placed the Jefferson letters in the Department of Agriculture Library. The Jefferson letters contain information on agricultural topics. For example, subjects include nursery stock purchased by Jefferson, a request to Jefferson for an appointment to a federal agricultural office, letters from Jefferson transferring "millet seed" and "succory seed" to various acquaintances in the United States and Canada, and a letter to Jefferson from "Lord Sheffield" of the Board of Agriculture in London, England, commenting on Jefferson’s invention of a "mould board" for use in farming.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), one of the founders of the United States, was born into a family of high social standing in Albemarle County, Virginia. His father, Peter Jefferson, was an agriculturalist who had a 1,900-acre plantation, on which he primarily grew tobacco and wheat. Thomas inherited the entire family estate upon his father’s death in 1757. He attended the College of William and Mary, and also studied law under George Wythe. Jefferson was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1767. Jefferson was best known for his career in public service, which began when he became a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769. Other major positions Jefferson held in public office include delegate to the Second Continental Congress; governor of Virginia; foreign minister to France; Secretary of State; Vice President of the United States; and President of the United States. Jefferson’s greatest accomplishments as President were the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, both of which allowing the country to handle future expansion and development. Despite a long career in public service, Jefferson never lost his strong interest in agriculture. He had begun his career as an agriculturalist at the age of 21, when he was legally able to take over his father’s estate. As a statesman, he represented himself as a farmer. In addition to his inheritance, Jefferson owned over 5,000 acres in Albemarle County that he maintained as a plantation. The home farm within this plantation was Monticello, which was atop a mountain. After the end of his second term as President in 1809, Jefferson retired to Monticello. In his retirement, Jefferson advised Presidents Madison and Monroe, and also helped found and design the University of Virginia.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 423
Collection Name: Thomas S. Buie Papers
Earliest Date: 1941
Latest Date: 1948
Bulk Dates: 1946-1948
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Thomas S. Buie Papers contain articles, memoranda, letters, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the attempt of the Farm Bureau Federation to effect the closure of the regional offices of the Soil Conservation Service and the transfer of the functions to other USDA agencies.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas S. Buie (1896-1973) was appointed director of the Soil Conservation Service Southeastern Regional Office in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1935 and served until 1954. Prior to that he was the Regional Director of the South Tyger Regional Project, one of the first United States federally initiated soil conservation projects (begun in 1933). Buie experimented with erosion control techniques beginning in the 1930's and is responsible for the adoption of many soil and water conservation practices in South Carolina and the Southeast. He was one of the founders of the Soil Conservation Society of America where he served as president in 1948. He was a member of the Clemson University class of 1917; he received his M.S. and Ph.D from Iowa State University.
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Collection Number: 75
Collection Name: Thomas Swann Harding Manuscripts
Earliest Date: 1943
Latest Date: 1949
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Thomas Swann Harding Manuscripts include three typewritten documents: "110 Years of Federal Aid to Agriculture," 1949; "Our First World War Secretary of Agriculture," 1943; and "The Scientific Achievements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture," 1943.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Thomas Swann Harding (b. 1890) was a chemist, editor, and writer for USDA for more than 37 years. He received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural chemistry at the Maryland Agricultural College in 1910. After a short period of employment in chemical research work at the Maryland Experiment Station and Agricultural College, he began research on the preparation of rare sugars and carbohydrates for the USDA Bureau of Chemistry in 1910. In 1918 he joined a pharmaceutical firm (Digestive Ferments Company), but returned to work on dairy cattle nutrition experiments in the laboratories of the Dairy Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry in 1922. Six years later, he became editor of scientific publications, Office of Information, and shortly thereafter assumed charge of the employee news bulletin. His interest in the history and growth of USDA led to numerous articles and publications about USDA. He retired in 1951.
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Collection Number: 126
Collection Name: Titian Ramsay Peale Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1796
Latest Date: 1796
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Titian Ramsay Peale Manuscript is Peale's original manuscript "Drawings of American Insects; Showing Them in Their Several States, Together with Such Minute Insects as Require Investigation by the Microscope," which includes colored plates and drawings.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Son of painter Charles Willson Peale, Titian Ramsay Peale (1780-1798) was an artist and naturalist.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 339
Collection Name: Troy [Pennsylvania] Farmers Club Records
Earliest Date: 1874
Latest Date: 1888
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The Troy, Pennsyvlania, Farmers Club materials consist of four record books that include the organization's charter, meeting minutes, and account information. The entries indicate the agricultural problems of the community during the period covered and show how the farmers worked together. The first officers were J. C. McKean, president; G. M. Card, secretary.; A. M. Cornell, treasurer.; and A. S. Hooker, reporting secretary. According to letters found with the record books in the Everett Eugene Edwards Papers, these materials were loaned to the USDA Division of Statistical and Historical Research's Agricultural History Unit by Fred W. Card in 1941. Everett Edwards, agricultural economist, reviewed the record books, determined they were valuable, and recommended that a co-worker persuade Card to donate them.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Troy Farmers Club was created in 1874 to hold meetings for the discussion of subjects pertaining to agriculture and horticulture and to hold an annual fair for the encouragement of agriculture and horticulture.
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Collection Number: 384
Collection Name: Tung Oil Collection
Collection Group: Plant Photograph Collections
Earliest Date: 1950
Linear Feet: 1.25
Collection Description: The Tung Oil Collection consists of one manuscript "Study on Tung" by W. L. Chia (1950) and several publications and photographs.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None


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