Daniel E. Salmon Papers,ca. 1886-2008

Collection Number: 6585

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Daniel E. Salmon Papers, ca. 1886-2008
Collection Number:
6585
Creator:
Salmon, D.E.
Quantity:
0.6 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Scrapbooks, manuscript.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Two scrapbooks on the Nebraska Hog Cholera controversy of the late 19th century, and an unpublished manuscript on susceptibility and immunity.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Daniel Salmon was a member of Cornell University's first class of graduates. He earned his bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine in 1872, and four years later Cornell awarded him the the first DVM degree in the country. Dr. Salmon went on to serve as the founding chief of the US Bureau of Animal Industry and is best known today for identifying the infectious pathogen Salmonella and pioneering the fight against contagious diseases.

CHRONOLOGY

July 23, 1850 Born in Mount Olive, New Jersey
1868 Entered Cornell University
1872 Received bachelor's degree in veterinary science
1872 Married Mary Thompson Corning
1876 Earned first D.V.M. degree in the United States
1884 Named first chief of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry
1892 Founded National Veterinary College in Washington, D.C.
1902 Mary Thompson Corning, first wife, died
1904 Married Agnes Christina Dewhurst
1905 Left Bureau of Animal Industry following meat packing controversy roused by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
1906 Moved to Uruguay to found a veterinary college in Montevideo
1913 Returned to the United States, managed a hog cholera serum company in Butte, Montana
August 30, 1914 Died in Butte, Montana

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Two scrapbooks on the Nebraska Hog Cholera controversy of the late 19th century, and an unpublished manuscript on susceptibility and immunity.
The scrapbooks were compiled by Salmon from 1886-1893, and document the commentary and criticism relating to the Hog Cholera epidemic in Nebraska. Many of the articles and editorials were written by Dr. Frank S. Billings and are highly critical of the response of the Bureau of Animal Industry, as well as Salmon's leadership.
The manuscript is 268 pages long and in Spanish. It was probably sent to Dr. Simon Henry Gage for editing some time during Salmon's time in Uruguay.
Also, an article on Salmon from a Hungarian veterinary magazine.

PROVENANCE

The scrapbooks were originally cataloged in the Flower Veterinary Library. The manuscript was found in the papers of Dr. Grant Sherman Hopkins after his death in 1952, then kept by Dean William Hagan. The manuscript was removed from the Hagan papers in 2004.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Salmon, D.E.
Billings, F. S. (Frank Seaver), 1845-1912.

Subjects:
Veterinarians.
Hog Cholera -- Nebraska.
Disease susceptibility
Immunity.

Form and Genre Terms:
scrapbooks


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Available Copies:
The scrapbooks are available on microfilm from the Library Annex, Film # N6131
Cite As:
Daniel E. Salmon papers, #6585. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIAL


CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Nebraska Hog Cholera Controversy Scrapbook, Volume 1
1886-1893
Box 1
Nebraska Hog Cholera Controversy Scrapbook, Volume 2
1886-1893
Box 2
Susceptibility and Immunity manuscript (in Spanish)
ca. 1905-1913
Box 2
Article on Salmon from a Hungarian veterinary magazine - "Kamarai Allatorvos", pg. 65
2008