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Livestock Sanitary Board records

 Collection 0029-MDHC

The Livestock Sanitary Board was formed in 1889 for the inspection of livestock and for disease control. In 1916 the Board was reorganized under the State Board of Agriculture. The Livestock Sanitary Board records consist of minutes, charts, and publications relating to subjects such as dairy inspections, slaughter houses, and various medical issues including quarantine, serums, and disease.


  • 1888-1934

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Livestock Sanitary Board records consist of minutes, charts, and publications. Subjects covered range from animals (specifically cattle, hogs, and horse), slaughtering and slaughterhouses, and dairy inspections to medical issues such serums, quarantines, tuberculosis, anthrax, cholera, and foot and mouth disease. The collection covers the period 1888 to 1934.

Administrative History

The Livestock Sanitary Board was organized in 1889 and was involved in livestock inspections and disease control. In June 1916, the Board was reorganized under the State Board of Agriculture.


The collection has been divided into three series.

Series 1
Series 2
Organization Chart
Series 3

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Livestock Sanitary Board records were donated to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1959 by Gordon M. Cairns, with additional material given by Mr. Cairns in 1972.

Processing Information

Three series were identified in the records of the Livestock Sanitary Board. Records were placed in acid-free folders, and then stored in acid-free boxes. Lastly, the guide was written.

Guide to the Livestock Sanitary Board records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742