James Law papers,
Law, James, 1838-1921.
0.5 cubic ft. (2 document boxes)
Forms of Material:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Correspondence relating to James Law's duties as Dean of the New York State Veterinary College.
Collection material in English
James Law was one of the first faculty members of Cornell University, the first dean of the New York State College of Veterinary
Medicine, and a pioneer in veterinary medicine and public health in the United States.
Law was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, February 13, 1838. He was educated at Edinburgh's Veterinary College and the medical
school at Edinburgh University. He received additional training in France at the veterinary schools in Alfort and Lyons. When
Andrew Dickson White approached him in 1868 to join the faculty at newly founded Cornell University, Law was an experienced
teacher and practitioner with a firm belief in sound scientific training for veterinarians. Law brought his beliefs to fruition
at Cornell through high entrance requirements, rigorous courses, and exacting state licensing requirements.
Law was also a leader in public health. His work on tuberculosis, foot and mouth disease and other epizootics had a profound
effect on animal and human health in America. His fight against superstitious animal care practices rampant in rural America
also had significant influence. His
Farmer's Veterinary Advisor was read widely by practitioners and lay people alike for its practical and medically sound advise on the treatment of common
For more biographical information about James Law, see the essay in
American National Biography
as well as Ellis Leonard's description in
A Cornell Heritage
Correspondence relating to James Law's duties as Dean of the New York State Veterinary College. Significant topics include
standards for entrance requirements to veterinary colleges, state licensing regulations, and bovine tuberculosis control.
Significant correspondents include William Henry Kelly, in his role as the New York State Veterinary Medical Society's representative
to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; James Russel Parsons, Jr., Director of the Examination Department of the
University of the State of New York; and Charles P. Lyman, Dean of Harvard University's veterinary college.
Law, James, 1838-1921.
Lyman, Charles Parker, 1846-1918.
Parsons, James Russell, 1861-1905.
Kelly, William Henry.
New York State College of Veterinary Medicine.
New York State Veterinary Medical Society.
Tuberculosis in cattle.
Veterinarians--Legal status, laws, etc.
Veterinary medicine--Study and teaching.