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Department of Dairy Husbandry records

Identifier: ua-00340

Scope and Content

The collection is primarily composed of correspondence related to the activities of the Dairy Husbandry Department between 1919 and 1956. The bulk the correspondence covers the years 1942 to 1956. Miscellaneous correspondence files are arranged chronologically, then alphabetically. Other correspondence files are arranged alphabetically, with personal names interfiled with corporate names and subjects. There is an extensive run of correspondence between the department and Dean C.H. Bailey of the Institute of Agriculture (1942-1956) and the University schools of agriculture and experiment stations. There are also runs of correspondence with professional associations such as the American Dairy Science Association, the National Creamery Buttermen’s Association, and the National Dairy Council, and private companies, including Babson Brothers, Bridgeman’s, Kraft, and Land O’Lakes.

In addition to the Correspondence series, there are two additional series, Research Materials and Course Materials. Research materials consists of reports of research projects conducted by the department faculty on molds in dairy products, mastitis in dairy animals and miscellaneous subjects. Most reports date from the 1930s. The Course Materials series consists of course materials and lecture notes, and are undated.


  • 1919-1956


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

Dairy Husbandry first appeared as a Course of Instruction for the College of Agriculture in the 1894-1895 University of Minnesota Catalogue. Professor T. L. Haecker was the first Chief of Dairy Husbandry. In 1910, the Board of Regents approved consolidating the Divisions of Dairy Husbandry and Animal Husbandry into a single division to be known as the Division of Dairy and Animal Husbandry with Professor Haecker named Chief. The 1911-1912 Catalogue described Dairy Husbandry as being “designed to meet the needs of those desiring a thorough knowledge of dairying. It will equip graduates for responsible positions as managers of large butter and cheese factories, stock farms, or for positions as instructors in dairy schools.”

Professor Haecker served as Chief of the Division until his retirement in 1916. That same year, the Board of Regents approved a reorganization of Dairy and Animal Husbandry that would separate the two divisions, and Professor Henry Kildee was named Chairman of the new Division of Dairy Husbandry. The 1923-1924 Course Catalog listed Dairy Husbandry as “recommended for students who plan definitely to engage in dairy farming or in some practical branch of dairy production.” During the 1940s and 1950s, Dairy Husbandry included curriculum in both dairy production and dairy products.

In 1966, the Board of Regents established a new department – the Department of Animal Science – in the Institute of Agriculture unifying programs in Animal Husbandry, Dairy Husbandry, and Poultry Science. The new department was formed “to facilitate more productive interrelationships, continuing communications, and unified programs and responsibilities for teaching, research, continuing education, and international programs” for these academic areas.

Dairy Husbandry heads and their titles:

  1. T.L. Haecker, Professor and Chief, Division of Dairy Husbandry (1894 to 1910)
  2. T.L. Haecker, Chief, Division of Dairy and Animal Husbandry (1910 to 1916)
  3. Henry Kildee, Chairman, Division of Dairy Husbandry (1916 to 1919)
  4. Clarence H. Eckles, Chief, Division of Dairy Husbandry (1919 to 1933)
  5. James B. Fitch, Chief and Head, Dairy Husbandry (1935 to 1956)
  6. Clarence L. Cole, Department Head, Dairy Husbandry (1956 to 1966)


16.25 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)


Collection contains correspondence, research materials, and course materials documenting the activities of the Department of Dairy Husbandry at the University of Minnesota.


The collection is arranged into three series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Research Materials
  3. Course Materials

Source of acquisition

Materials were deposited in University Archives in 1951, 1959, 1982, and 1984.

Related Materials in University Archives

Department of Animal Husbandry records

Processing Information

This collection was processed with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Department of Dairy Husbandry records, 1919-1956
Valerie MacDonald and Susan Hoffman
December 2010
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