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Frank G. Ashbrook Papers

Creator::
Ashbrook, F. G. (Frank Getz), 1892-1966  Search this
Extent:
10 cu. ft. (20 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Clippings
Date:
circa 1915-1965
Descriptive Entry:
These records include correspondence, statistics, journal articles, and newspaper clippings concerning the fur industry, fur farming, and fur resources; research investigations on domestically raised fur animals; laws and tariffs concerning textiles and fur trading; correspondence concerning the China dog-skin case, 1934-1942; correspondence regarding the history of the fur trade and the Division of Fur Resources; Reorganization Act of 1939; the transfer of the Division's functions concerning domestic fur animals to the Animal Husbandry Research Division, 1946-1947; and reports by Frank G. Ashbrook and other staff members on trips to fur animal experiment stations, wildlife refuges, private fur farms, and fur association meetings.

Correspondents include Frank G. Ashbrook, Gerald J. Boileau, Ned Dearborn, James F. Donnelly, Herbert L. Dozier, Robert K. Enders, Ira N. Gabrielson, William Temple Hornaday, Harold L. Ickes, Joseph R. Jackson, Marvin Jones, Charles E. Kellogg, Charles D. Lawrence, Richard H. Manville, Merle H. Markley, Harold N. Marsh, David C. Mills, Urban C. Nelson, Martin R. Nicholson, Walter J. Scott, Harold D. Smith, Frank K. Sturgis, Edwin R. Theis, Henry Wagner, Henry Wallace, Edwin M. Watson, M. L. Wilson, Stanley P. Young.
Historical Note:
The Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), developed an interest in the production of fur-bearing animals when fur prices began rising in the late 1890s and early 1900s and the depletion of wild fur-bearing animals increased. In 1911 the Bureau proposed that the National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., conduct experiments in the breeding of minks. Experiment stations and research projects were later established in Saratoga Springs, New York (1923), Fontana, California (1927), and Petersberg, Alaska (1937). Cooperative research projects with Swarthmore College and Cornell University were started in 1938, and fur fiber investigations were initiated at Beltsville, Maryland, that same year. In 1924 the Bureau established the Division of Fur Resources to coordinate and conduct research investigations and gather statistics on fur farming.

Under the Reorganization Act of 1939 the Division along with the Bureau became part of the Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Department of Interior. In 1946-1947 the Division's functions related to the breeding, producing, and marketing of domestically raised fur-bearing animals were transferred to the Animal Husbandry Research Division of the Department of Agriculture.

Most of these records belong to the files of Frank G. Ashbrook. Ashbrook was appointed Junior Animal Husbandman, USDA, in 1914. He was placed in charge of the fur animal experiment station in Saratoga Springs in 1923 and in 1924 became in charge of the newly organized Division of Fur Resources.

Ashbrook was appointed by Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson in 1930 as commissioner general to represent the United States at the International Fur Trade Exposition and Congress held in Leipzig, Germany. In 1942 he advised the War Department on the use of furs during wartime. Ashbrook transferred to the Department of Interior under the Reorganization Act of 1939 and in 1949 became civilian-in-charge of Wildfur Animal Investigations, Branch of Wildlife Research, Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1953 he was elected fur man of the year. Ashbrook retired from government service in 1957.

A small amount of material filed into the records belongs to Stanley P. Young and Richard H. Manville, former directors of the Bird and Mammal Laboratory located in the National Museum of Natural History.
Topic:
Mammalogy  Search this
Livestock  Search this
Fur trade  Search this
Fur trade -- Law and legislation  Search this
Fur trade -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7143, Frank G. Ashbrook Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7143
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Frank G. Ashbrook Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-faru7143

Records

Creator::
North Pacific Fur Seal Commission  Search this
Extent:
19.69 cu. ft. (19 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Date:
1955-1985
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of meeting documentation, reports, and publications documenting the activities of the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission (NPFSC) and their efforts to protect the fur seal.
Topic:
Fur trade -- Law and legislation  Search this
Northern fur seal  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Brochures
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 88-175, North Pacific Fur Seal Commission, Records
Identifier:
Accession 88-175
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Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa88-175

The Behring Sea question, the arbitration treaty and the award. With a map; by Andrew Wishart ...

Author:
Wishart, Andrew  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., 54 p. front. (fold. map) 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1893
[1893]
Topic:
Bering Sea controversy  Search this
Fur trade  Search this
Sealing--Law and legislation  Search this
Call number:
JX238 .F9 1893wiX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_389587

An act for regulating the fur trade, and establishing a criminal and civil jurisdiction, within certain parts of North America

Title:
In Senate of the United States. January 28, 1828
Author:
Great Britain  Search this
United States Congress (20th, 1st session : 1827-1828) Senate  Search this
Subject:
Hudson's Bay Company Law and legislation  Search this
North West Company Law and legislation  Search this
Physical description:
7 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Canada
Date:
1828
1828]
Topic:
Fur trade--Law and legislation  Search this
Call number:
KE1952.F8 A3 1828
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_534349

Alaska seal-fisheries : letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting a copy of the report of Lieut. Washburn Maynard, United States Navy, on the subject of the Alaska seal-fisheries

Title:
Alaska
Author:
United States Navy Department  Search this
Maynard, Washburn 1844-  Search this
United States Congress House Committee on Commerce  Search this
Physical description:
23, [1] p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Alaska
Date:
1876
1876]
Topic:
Sealing  Search this
Sealing--Law and legislation  Search this
Fur trade  Search this
Call number:
F907 .S95X 1867
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_500189

Message from the President of the United States : in answer to a resolution of the Senate relative to the British establishments on the Columbia, and the state of the fur trade &c. ..

Author:
United States President (1829-1837 : Jackson)  Search this
Jackson, Andrew 1767-1845  Search this
United States Congress (21st, 2nd session : 1829)  Search this
Subject:
Hudson's Bay Company  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Northwest Territories
Date:
1831
1831]
Topic:
Fur trade  Search this
Fur trade--Law and legislation  Search this
Call number:
HD9944 .U57 1831
HD9944.U57 1831
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_396116

Alaska bills, 1868-1878

Author:
United States Congress  Search this
Physical description:
Pamphlets ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Alaska
Date:
1878
1878?]
19th century
1867-1959
Topic:
Bills, Legislative  Search this
Fur trade--Law and legislation  Search this
Eskimos--Hunting  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
KFA1206 .U58
KFA1206.U58
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_149015

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