Inventory of the Dept. of Agriculture. Division of Animal Industry, Bureau of Animal Health Records

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Inventory of the Dept. of Agriculture. Division of Animal Industry, Bureau of Animal Health Records

Inventory: F3911



California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

Contact Information:

  • California State Archives
  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
Processed by:
The California State Archives staff
© 2000 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dept. of Agriculture. Division of Animal Industry, Bureau of Animal Health Records
Inventory: F3911
Creator: Dept. of Agriculture. Division of Animal Industry, Bureau of Animal Health
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dept. of Agriculture. Division of Animal Industry, Bureau of Animal Health Records, F3911, California State Archives.

Agency History

The earliest state involvement in the systematic control of animal diseases dates to 1919 (Chapter 325) with the creation of the Dept. of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry, Livestock Disease Control Service. In 1934 this office was supplanted by the Livestock Sanitary Service. The Bureau of Animal Health was created in 1962.
The Bureau is responsible for the detection, control, eradication, and prevention of harmful animal diseases. Detection activities include surveillance, examination, testing, and autopsies performed both in the field and in laboratories. Control is accomplished through vaccination, testing, and elimination of infected animals, cleaning and disinfection of trucks and premises, and restriction of animal movement by hold orders, quarantines, or controlled destination movement permits for animals with disease, exposed to disease, or contaminated with harmful substances. Eradication efforts focus on state and USDA programs to break the cycle of infection by test and removal of infected animals, sterilization methods, sanitation of hatching eggs, and herd treatment for external parasites. Owners of removed animals are in some cases indemnified for a portion of the animal's value. Preventive measures are directed against the entry of diseases which do not currently exist in California. This includes destroying ship and aircraft garbage, inspecting imported animals, disease monitoring and edcational efforts, and quarantines when applicable. The Bureau also works to prevent the fraudulent drugging of horses that would alter their disposition in a public sale or performance.
The records described below constitute a rich source of information concerning the state's efforts to control various animal diseases, in particular, brucellosis in cattle, Newcastle disease (chickens and turkeys), vesicular exanthema (hogs), foot and mouth disease (cattle), scrapie (sheep), and tuberculosis.

Arrangement and Description

 

Records of J.E. Stuart

 

1. Subject Files. 1941-1971. F3911:1-8

Physical Description: 8 file folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Selected subject files of Division Chief J.E. Stuart. Includes information about brucellosis, dourine, Newcastle disease, and vesicular exanthema. Files include correspondence, memoranda, reports, regulations, and publications.
 

Records of E.F. Chastain

 

2. Subject Files. 1919, 1943-1978. F3911:9-17

Physical Description: 9 file folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Selected subject files of Bureau Chief E.F. Chastain. Includes information, largely medical and technical in nature, about artificial insemination in cows, brucellosis, hog chlorea, and tuberculosis. Files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, regulations, and a large number of publications, principally from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
 

3. Administrative Files. 1955-1975. F3911:18-20

Physical Description: 3 file folders.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Selected administrative files of Bureau Chief E.F. Chastain. Includes information relating to administrative concerns, in particular, budget, personnel, and statewide animal health committees. Files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, and minutes.
 

Records of the Bureau of Animal Health

 

4. Livestock Disease Control Files. 1930-1959. F3911:21-26

Physical Description: 6 file folders.

Scope and Content Note

Organized into two sub-series: correspondence, arranged chronologically; and subject files, arranged alphabetically by subject.
Includes information on border and port inspections, brucellosis, and other major diseases. Contains monthly reports for the Division, 1952-1954, monthly reports for the Bureau, 1956-1957, and Division annual reports, 1955 and 1959.
 

5. Administrative Files. 1939-1955. F3911:27-36

Physical Description: 9 file folders, 1 item.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Correspondence and administrative hearings relating to Bureau activities. Hearings are concerned with Bureau control and procedures regarding tuberculosis, vesicular exanthema, and swine diseases. Also included is World War II service flag honoring Bureau personnel.
 

6. Subject Files. 1915-1981. F3911:37-81.

Physical Description: 39 file folders, 6 sound recordings.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Contains wide range of material relating to Bureau activities, including information about brucellosis, foot and mouth disease effort in Mexico, Newcastle disease, Hearst feral swine project, scrapie, tuberculosis, vesicular exanthema, and the veterinary diagnostic laboratory study. Files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, special studies, publications, regulations, publicity materials, photographs, and sound recordings of hearings on brucellosis control program in 1959.