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Will L. Ball Collection: American Poultry Historical Society Papers

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The entire collection consists of materials related to poultry business, such as breeding, medications, and equipment. Nearly all items are the correspondence between some of the major breeders of fancy poultry and game cocks from the eastern United States and Canada and their suppliers. A portion of the correspondence is on stationery with letterheads depicting the type of poultry of game cocks handled by the writers. The bulk of the collection comprises a selection of handwritten correspondence, dated between 1881 and 1883, addressed to Will L. Ball, resident of Richmond, Quebec, Canada.



Special Collections of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) acquires, arranges, describes, preserves and makes available rare materials significant to the history of agriculture. Materials are obtained through donation or active collection in accordance with the established Special Collections collection development policy. Special Collections staff organize and describe materials according to archival principles and create descriptions and indexes to enhance access. Staff do not edit or otherwise modify the original materials. The views expressed in the collections do not necessarily reflect the policies of the National Agricultural Library or the United States Department of Agriculture.

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Handwritten correspondence, on unique stationery, to and from Will L. Ball and some of the major breeders of fancy poultry of the late 1800s.