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Collection Number: 100
Collection Name: William Logan Diary
Earliest Date: 1748
Latest Date: 1756
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The William Logan Diary is titled: Memoranda in Husbandry on My Own Plantation. It contains details of day-to-day management of crop and livestock production on a large colonial estate. It includes entries on barley, cattle, corn, horses, manure, plowing, wheat, and wine made by Logan on his plantation near Germantown, Pennsylvania. It also contains tidbits of advice about various agricultural and rural-life matters, such as treatment for a horse's sore back, how to get bees to increase, and treatment for the bite of a mad dog.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: William Logan (1717-1776) inherited the plantation, Stenton, in 1751 from his father, James Logan. The Logans were a notable and prosperous family of colonial Pennsylvania. James Logan served as William Penn's secretary, and acting governor of the colony. William also served in positions of responsibility in the colony, and was an enthusiastic agriculturalist.
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 107
Collection Name: John R. Mohler 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: 150
Collection Name: Harry William Schoening Papers
Earliest Date: 1903
Latest Date: 1960
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The Harry William Schoening Papers consist of materials pertaining to Schoening's veterinary research; a pictorial history of individuals who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry; correspondence related to his retirement; and photographs of his retirement party. There are Bureau of Animal Industry reports on hog cholera, cattle, swine, sheep and goats, horses, poultry, fur animals, foot-and-mouth disease, and parasites.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Harry William Schoening (1886-1969) began his almost 50 years of service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1907 working as a veterinary inspector handling meat inspection for the Bureau of Animal Industry. He retired as director of the Veterinary Pathology Branch of the Animal Disease and Parasite Research Division, Agricultural Research Service. Schoening conducted and supervised investigations into the causes and prevention of livestock diseases. Most prominent among these projects were those involving hog cholera and foot-and-mouth disease.
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 248
Collection Name: USDA Animal Husbandry Division Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1904
Latest Date: 1954
Bulk Dates: 1923-1954
Linear Feet: 25
Collection Description: The USDA Animal Husbandry Division Photograph Collection contains acetate and glass photographic negatives of animals such as cattle, pigs, swine, poultry, sheep, quail, hare, rabbits, and mink. Also included are negatives of Bureau of Animal Industry employees. Images were taken in Beltsville, Maryland, and other locations within the United States and foreign countries.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture had recognized animal husbandry as a unique sector in 1901, it was not until 1910 that the Animal Husbandry Division was established under the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). The research performed in the division focused on the breeding and feeding of animals that were of most importance to agricultural and military productivity and food production. Key areas of research included cattle, horses, and poultry production. Soon after its establishment, the Animal Husbandry Division moved its research facilities to the new research center in Beltsville, Maryland. It remained directly under the BAI until the formation of the Agricultural Research Service, which abolished the BAI and split its functions accordingly. The former Animal Husbandry Division is now under the current Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

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: 464
Collection Name: Graham School Dairy Farmers Photographs
Earliest Date: 1944
Latest Date: 1946
Bulk Dates: 1944
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The collection consists of two black-and white formally posed photographs of large groups of dairy farmers. One photograph is labeled: "The Graham School, Toledo 1946." The farmers are chiefly from the U.S. midwestern states and Ontario, Canada. Numbered keys to the individuals in the photos are included, listing names, addresses, names and locations of farms and the chief breeds of cow. One key has heading: Graham School, Sherman Hotel, Chicago, Illinois 1944. The material was originally contained in an envelope labeled: "Rollin Gross, St. Mary Farms, Monroe, Mich." Rollin C. Gross is listed as No. 105 in the Chicago photograph. Graham School for Cattlemen and Women in Garnett, Kansas confirms that they are photographs of students from their school.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The collection was donated by David Doss, who located the material at a flea market in Michigan. The Graham School for Dairymen was founded in 1909 by Dr. Frank B. Graham a veterinarian trained at Kansas City, Missouri Veterinary College. The school still (as of 2014) exists, and has broadened its scope to include cattle as well as horses. Members of the Graham family are still members of the faculty and administration. For many years the school had classes in various cities, ultimately settling in a permanent location in Garnett, Kansas.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 471
Collection Name: Quartermaster Corps Front Royal Remount Station Photographs
Earliest Date: 1941
Latest Date: 1941
Bulk Dates: 1941
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The collection consists of 106 black and white photographs taken during winter of 1941 at the Front Royal US Army Remount Station in Front Royal, Virginia (operated by the Quartermaster Corps). The photographs are captioned and illustrate the process by which, toward the end of the era of the US Army Remount Service, horses and mules were nurtured and formed into animals useful to the US Army.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Front Royal, Virginia Remount Station was opened on August 30, 1911 to serve as the US Army's east coast remount depot. It consisted of 5,000 acres adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains, south and slightly east of the town of Front Royal. The location was conveniently near the railroad which facilitated transport of animals to the depot and from the depot to Fort Myer, Virginia and other locations. When the remount service was deactivated in 1948, all remount depots reverted to the US Department of Agriculture. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute currently (2016) operates programs on the property.
Formats: Photographs

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