Guide to the Alvin Howard Sanders Papers,
circa 1839-1925.

Collection Number: 6312

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Compiled by:
RMC Staff
Date completed:
May 22, 1998
EAD encoding:
Evan Fay Earle, July 2008
Kavitha Reddy, December 2008

© 2008 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Alvin Howard Sanders papers, circa 1839-1925.
Collection Number:
6312
Creator:
Sanders, Alvin Howard, 1860-1948.
Quantity:
1.5 cubic feet
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Newspapers, Photographs, Printed Materials, Publications.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Photographs, correspondence, drawings, clippings, reports, financial records, awards, journals, articles, and other material pertaining to and deriving from Sanders' editorship of The Breeder's Gazette, his work in livestock breeding, and his authorship of several books on agricultural persons and subjects.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Alvin Howard Sanders (1860-1948) was the son of James Harvey Sanders, a renowned livestock author and founder of the leading livestock journal, The Breeder's Gazette.
Alvin attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York from 1878 to 1879. His father, then editor of the National Livestock Journal in Chicago called upon his son to help him in the editorial office. In 1881, Alvin graduated from the Union College of Law and received his license from the state of Illinois in 1882.
James Sanders founded The Breeder's Gazette in Chicago on December 1, 1881. Alvin decided to join his father in his new endeavor and was employed on the staff as co-editor. He married Elizabeth A. Hildebrand of Chicago on April 25, 1882. By 1892, Alvin had become editor and owner of The Breeder's Gazette.
On February 20, 1900, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Alvin Sanders as a member of the American delegation to the Paris Exposition.
Atter the Union Stock Yards opened in Chicago, Arthur G. Leonard, Robert Ogilvie, and Alvin Sanders formed the Saddle and Sirloin Club located at the Stockyard Inn in 1903. On the club walls were portraits of the important persons in the livestock movement. In Alvin's book, At the Sign of the Stock Yard Inn, he wrote about the lives of Robert Bakewell, Thomas Bates, Amos Cruickshank and others.
On August 16, 1905, a convention was held at the Illinois Theater in Chicago which was attended by leading commercial and agricultural organizations. It was here that the American Reciprocal Tariff League was formed. Alvin was elected chairman and held this position until 1909. During his service, he corresponded with President Theodore Roosevelt regarding foreign trade agreements with the United States.
President William Taft appointed a Tariff Board in September 1909 which included Henry C. Emery, professor at Yale; James B. Reynolds, Assistant Secretary of Treasury; and Alvin Sanders.
Alvin wrote many livestock books which included such works as A History of Aberdeen- Angus Cattle, Red White and Roan, Short-Horn Cattle, and The Story of the Herefords. In 1917, he published in collaboration with Wayne Dinsmore, A History of the Percheron Horse. The French government awarded him with the Cross of Officer Merite Agricole in appreciation for his work.
Over the years, he was awarded many awards and honors. He received the degree of Doctor of Agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1906. In 1911, he was presented with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from Kenyon College. Alvin was also awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Leopold from the King of Belgium for his contribution in promoting interest in scientific stock breeding.
He was a member of many different agricultural organizations. He was made president of the Saddle and Sirloin Club in 1915. Governor Frank O. Lowden appointed him a member of the Illinois Board of Agricultural Advisors in 1917.
Alvin Sanders retired from The Breeder's Gazette journal in 1927. The livestock journal continued to be published by different editors until it went out of business in 1964.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Photographs, correspondence, drawings, clippings, reports, financial records, awards, journals, articles, and other material pertaining to and deriving from Sanders' editorship of The Breeder's Gazette, his work in livestock breeding, and his authorship of several books on agricultural persons and subjects.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Sanders, Alvin Howard, 1860-1948.
Saddle and Sirloin Club.

Titles:
The Breeders' Gazette.

Subjects:
Livestock--Development.
Livestock exhibitions.
Livestock improvement.
Cattle breeders.
Agriculture--Social aspects.
Agriculture law and legislation.
Agriculturists.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Alvin Howard Sanders papers, #6312. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1915
Killerby Hall, old home of Thomas and John Booth.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 4x6
Robert Bruce's home in Ireland.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 11x5
Manager's residence on the Locust Valley farm of Russell Grinnell. Exeter, Rhode Island.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photographer: Robert F. Hildebrand
Photograph 6x8
Woodburn house in Kentucky.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 7x9
Home of Thomas Bates at Kirklevington.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 4x6
Robert Colling home. Barmpton, County Durham, England.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 4x6
The big stone stable at Ladykirk. W. Green, Berwick.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 4x6
Mrs. Minnie W. Miller Hampshire sheep, proprietress Thousand Springs Farm. Wendell, Idaho. Livestock Photo Co.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 6x8
London Central Markets, England.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photo card 4x6
Pasture scene at L.C. Emmons. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photographer: H.A. Strohmeyer, Jr.
Photograph 6x8
Guernsey cattle and a few of the springs. Thousand Springs farm in Wendell, Idaho. Livestock Photo Co.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 6x8
Milking cows in the village of Carantin, France.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photographer: J.E. Wing
Photograph 6x9
Interior room at the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 8x10
Interior room at the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 8x10
Interior room at the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 8x10
Front exterior view of the International Live Stock Exposition building. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 4x9
Indiana pig club boy getting in training for the show. J.G. Allen, West Lafayette, Indiana.
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 8x10
December 18, 1913
Joseph E. Wing and Professor Perry G. Holden discussing their mutually favorite topic, alfalfa. The Breeder's Gazette (frontispiece).
Box 1 Folder 1
Photograph 6x8
1927
Photo and brief history of Flower Girl 18th and Missie of Downsview championship cattle bred by T.A. Russell, Downsview.
Box 1 Folder 1
Christmas greeting card 7x8
Sketch of a barn for feeding 1,000 lambs and a written proposal by Joseph E. Wing.
Box 1 Folder 2
Pencil sketch 12x8
Portrait of William Burlton. Norway, Iowa.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait oval 5x3
Portrait of Hon. T.C. Jones, associate editor of the National Live Stock Journal. Bodurthas Studio, Sandusky.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 6x4
Portrait of James Howie. McGregor Studio, Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 6x4
Portrait of the late Lord Fitzhardinge.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 6x3
Portrait of William Warfield, famous Shorthorn breeder who owned Grasmere near Lexington, Kentucky and wrote the first American text on stock breeding. Mullen Studio, Lexington, Kentucky.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 5x3
Portrait of L.N. Bonhan.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 5x3
Portrait of A.M. Garland. Brands Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 6x4
Captain Barclay (of Ury, the father of Shorthorn breeding in North Scotland) walking 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours. Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 3
Postcard portrait 5x3
circa 1921
Portrait of J.G. Imbodeu. Vandeventer Studio, Decatur, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 4x6
Portrait of C.A. Lewis.
Box 1 Folder 3
Portrait 7x5
Portrait of John Ashton.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 3x4.5
Portrait of Foster Dwight Coburn, secretary of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture at Topeka, editor of the Livestock Indicator of Kansas City, and author of the Book of Alfalfa.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 4.5x6.5
Portrait of Geo. C. Morrow.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 6x4.5
Portrait of Amos Cruickshank, famous Scottish breeder of Shorthorn cattle in the 1800s. E. Geering, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 4x6
Portrait of Edward N. Wentworth, director of the Livestock Bureau for Armour & Co. He also served on the The Breeder's Gazette staff, served on faculties of Iowa and Kansas State colleges, and is author of The Portrait Gallery of the Saddle and Sirloin Club.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 7x5
Portrait of E.T. Robbins.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 7x4.5
1897
Portrait of Hon. James Wilson, Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture. Washington, D.C.
Box 1 Folder 4
Portrait 6x4
Portrait of Alvin Howard Sanders, livestock journalist and editor of the The Breeder's Gazette. P.H. Alusragh, Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 5
Portrait 10x6
Portrait of John Cochrane. McGregor & Sons.
Box 1 Folder 5
Portrait 4x6
Portrait of A.S. Alexander. DeTonge, Madison, Wisconsin.
Box 1 Folder 5
Portrait 7x11
Portrait of William Arnon Henry. Cornell University, 1880, and Dean of College of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin. S.L. Stein, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Box 1 Folder 5
Portrait 6.5x4
Portrait of Will Barnes. Harris & Ewing.
Box 1 Folder 5
Portrait 7x10
Portrait of Andrew Allan, 1823-1898. Wunnoch, Dalry, Ayrshire.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 6.5x4
Biography of Andrew Allan.
Box 1 Folder 6
Letter, 2 pages
1914
Armour Portrait Ready for Place in Hall of Fame. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 6
Newspaper clipping
Portrait of Philip D. Armour, founder of the Armour Meat Packing Company, Chicago. Brisbois, Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 6x4
March 1, 1913
Death of Noted Agriculturist, Mr. Michael Logan of Bargenoch. Bargenoch, Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 6
Newspaper clipping
Portrait of Michael Logan of Bargenoch. Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 5x4
Earl of Coventry, noted Hereford Breeder. England.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 6x4
Donation of Lord Coventry's photo. Wimbledon, England.
Box 1 Folder 6
Letter, one page
January 28, 1914
Address by Alvin H. Sanders, D. Agr. L.L.D., editor of the The Breeder's Gazette, at the University of Illinois, January 28, 1914.
Box 1 Folder 6
Letter, seven pages
Portrait of Philip D. Armour in the Illinois Farmers' Hall of Fame, University of Illinois. Chicago, Illinois.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 10x8
Photo of an oil painting of Amos Cruickshank, famous Scottish breeder of Shorthorn Cattle. This painting was done from a photo taken by Alvin Sanders when he called on Mr. Cruickshank in Scotland and is believed to have been the last photo taken of him.
Box 1 Folder 6
Portrait 9x7.5
September 27, 1923
Eulogy of Mrs. John Clay including her portrait and her only son, John Clay, Jr. Woodstock, Canada.
Box 1 Folder 7
Paper board 14x11
Portrait of John ("Jack") Clay, Jr. and his mother, Mrs. John Clay. Woodstock, Canada.
Box 1 Folder 7
Portrait 10x8
October 3, 1929
Portrait of Samuel R. Guard, who took over the The Breeder's Gazette in 1927.
Box 1 Folder 7
Portrait 8x5
Group photo of Alvin Sanders (right), Mrs. Sanders (middle), and Secretary of State, Philander C. Knox (left). Palm Beach, Florida.
Box 1 Folder 7
Portrait 8.5x6.5
Portrait of Joseph E. Wing, writer for the The Breeder's Gazette.
Box 1 Folder 8
Portrait 6x5
Portrait of Amos Cruickshank for the The Breeder's Gazette issue of Christmas 1909.
Box 1 Folder 8
Paper board 12x7
Portrait of the Earl of Dunmore.
Box 1 Folder 8
Portrait 6x4
1872, 1875, 1879
Catalogue of the Improved Short Horned Cattle, bred by the Earl of Dunmore, sold by auction. Dunmore, England.
Box 1 Folder 8
Poster 20x15
Bronze bust of the late US Senator William A. Harris. Erected on the campus of the Kansas Agricultural College at Manhattan.
Box 1 Folder 8
Portrait 7.5x5
Residence of John Clay in Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 8
Photograph 6x4
"Model Mill (?)" at her new home at Baker S.H. Farms. Kansas City, Missouri.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 8.5x6.5
January 1, 1928
Dutchie Webster bought this bull, "Lonton Knight", from the Prince of Wales.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 4.5x6 on card
1921
Shorthorn cattle at Buckland Hill Farm. Nokesville, Virginia.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 8.5x6
Cattle at Babraham, Cambridge, England.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 4.5x7
Smithfield Fat Stock Show. Aberdeen Angus Heifer "Estelle of Maisemore" J J Cridlan, 1st Breed Cup & Champion beast of the show.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 4x6
1925
The $60,000.00 Shorthorn bull.
Box 1 Folder 9
Photograph 7.5x9
1872
Shorthorn, "Third Duke of Hillhurst", purchased September 1872 by the Earl of Dunmore for 1,000 guineas and her pedigree.
Box 1 Folder 9
Drawing on card 8x3
1839
Hereford ox bred by Mr. R. Hill, property of the Earl of Warwick, and exhibited at the Smithfield Cattle Show 1839.
Box 1 Folder 9
Drawing 6x9
1839
Hereford ox bred by John Buckley.
Box 1 Folder 9
Drawing 6x9.5
1839
Hereford ox bred by H. Chamberlain and exhibited at the Smithfield Show 1838. Engraved for the Farmers Magazine.
Box 1 Folder 9
Drawing 6x9.5
1930
Letter and photos of sheep and cattle of Scotland.
Box 1 Folder 9
13 photographs
1924
Letter and 3 Ayrshire cow photos from C.L. Burlingham, Sec., Ayrshire Breeders Association. Brandon, Vermont.
Box 1 Folder 9
1929
Photos of Belted Galloway Cows for the New Breeders Gazette.
Box 1 Folder 10
Letter and 5 photographs
Bronze tablet which was on the Saddle and Sirloin Club of Chicago, Illinois.
Box 4 Folder 11
Photograph 9x7
Clydesdale Horse Headquarters which was at the Stockyards in Chicago, Illinois.
Box 4 Folder 12
Photograph 8x10
Portrait of Arthur Leonard, president of the Union Stock Yards and a founder of the International Livestock Exposition.
Box 4 Folder 13
Portrait 7x9
Portrait of Thomas E. Wilxon, president of the Wilson Meat Packing Company.
Box 4 Folder 14
Portrait 14x11
Portrait of President Calvin Coolidge.
Box 4 Folder 15
Portrait 9x6
Portrait of Joseph E. Wing.
Box 4 Folder 16
Portrait 10x8
Portrait of Frank D. Tomson, breeder of Shorthorn cattle.
Box 4 Folder 17
Portrait 9.5x7.5
Portrait of DeWitt C. Wing.
Box 4 Folder 18
Portrait 12x9
August 1, 1916
Portrait of William R. Goodwin, vice president of the Sanders Publishing Co. and managing editor of the The Breeder's Gazette.
Box 4 Folder 19
Portrait 13x10
Portrait of Nicholas Longworth.
Box 4 Folder 20
Portrait 13x10
Portrait of Robert A (?).
Box 4 Folder 21
Portrait 12.5x10
1903
Boards containing farming scenes.
Box 4 Folder 22
3 boards 15x8
Photo of the Tariff Board. Washington, D.C.
Box 4 Folder 23
Photograph 9.5x7.5
Portrait of Franklin MacVeagh, Secretary of the Treasury.
Box 4 Folder 24
Portrait 8.5x6.5
December 23, 1910
Portrait of President William H. Taft. Washington, D.C.
Box 4 Folder 25
Portrait 9x6
July 2, 1912
Portrait of Secretary of State Philander Knox.
Box 4 Folder 26
Portrait 8.5x6
Portrait of Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, architect of the Payne-Aldrich Tariff Act (1909).
Box 4 Folder 27
Portrait 8.5x6.5
Portrait of Henry C. Emery, professor at Yale and member of the Tariff Board, Washington, D.C.
Box 4 Folder 28
Portrait 9x7
Portrait of James Reynolds, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and a member of the Tariff Board, Washington, D.C.
Box 4 Folder 29
Portrait 7x5
Portrait of Frank O. Lowden, governor of Illinois (1917-1921).
Box 4 Folder 30
Portrait 9x7
Portrait of John Clay, president of the Internation Live Stock Exposition and contributing writer for the The Breeder's Gazette.
Box 4 Folder 31
Portrait 10x6.5
Various journal articles by Alvin Sanders.
Box 2 Folder 32
Articles - oversize
1893
Portrait of Richard J. Oglesby, governor of Illinois and US Senator (1873).
Box 2 Folder 33
Portrait 5.5x4
Portrait of Philander C. Knox.
Box 2 Folder 33
Portrait 9x7
1881
Cover of the front page of the The Breeder's Gazette, Vol. 1, No. 1, Chicago, December 1, 1881.
Box 2 Folder 33
Photograph 10x8
1900-1915
Correspondence to and from Alvin Sanders.
Box 2 Folder 34
1916-1923
Correspondence to and from Alvin Sanders.
Box 2 Folder 35
1924-1946
Correspondence to and from Alvin Sanders.
Box 2 Folder 36
Jack London correspondence, photos, and newspaper clippings.
Box 2 Folder 37
1905-1912
Correspondence, clippings and reports of the Tariff Board.
Box 2 Folder 38
The Breeder's Gazette journal financial records.
Box 3 Folder 39
Awards presented to Alvin Sanders.
Box 3 Folder 40
"The Cry of the Hounds", article for publication by John Clay.
Box 3 Folder 41
Articles and photos for publication by Joe Wing.
Box 3 Folder 42
Agricultural journals and newspapers.
Box 3 Folder 43
Agricultural journals and newspapers.
Box 3 Folder 44