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Special Collections houses rare books, manuscript collections, nursery and seed trade catalogs, photographs, and posters from the 1500s to the present. Materials cover a variety of agricultural subjects including horticulture, entomology, poultry sciences, natural history, and are not limited to domestic publications. As part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Special Collections at the National Agricultural Library is charged with arranging, describing, preserving and making available rare materials significant to the history of agriculture and the USDA.



Special Collections launches new veterinary parasitology exhibit.

Special Collections of the National Agricultural Library announces the launch of a new web exhibit telling the story of USDA’s contributions to veterinary parasitology. The exhibit highlights the history and scientific strides made by USDA scientists in their earliest research on animal parasites. Many of their accomplishments in this area made profound and lasting impacts on veterinary and human medicine, and led to important economic improvements in livestock production [...]