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Inventory of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records D-345
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  • Related Collections
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  • Title: Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records
    Identifier/Call Number: D-345
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.8 linear feet.
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2009
    Abstract: Records related to the foundation and operation of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA). Includes: correspondence; membership lists; minutes; account books; an extensive set of NCWGA publications; and publications with articles related to the NCWGA's work.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    creator: Natural Colored Wool Growers Association


    The Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) is a nation-wide non-profit organization composed of sheep breeders, fiber artists, and others with an interest in colored wool. It was founded in 1977 in response to sheep breeders' need for official judging standards for black, brown, gray, and multi-colored sheep and wool. Since its founding, the NCWGA has been instrumental in registering flocks of colored sheep and in developing the standards that are now used by fairs and expositions. The organization serves its members by helping them develop, improve, and promote colored sheep and wool.
    Johnson, Leslie. "Happy Birthday, Baby." The Marker, March 1997: 8-9.
    Natural Colored Wool Growers Association website: http://www.ncwga.org  (accessed 25 March 2009)

    Scope and Content

    The Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) Records span the years 1972-2009. The collection contains material related to the founding and operation of the NCWGA, including correspondence, membership lists, minutes, and account books. The collection also includes a large series of NCWGA newsletters and selected issues of non-NCWGA publications with articles on the NCWGA's activities. Also included are: the Wool Bureau's filmstrip set The Visual Wool Educator; three photographs; and the official seal of the NCWGA.
    Back issues of sheep and wool serials not directly related to the NCWGA's activities have been added to the UC Davis General Library circulating collection.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged into six series: History; Correspondence; Administrative Records; Printed Materials; Financial Records; and Realia, Photographs, and Audio/Visual Materials.

    Related Collections

    The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
    D-018, John W. Maillard, III, Papers: This collection includes records of sheep breeding and wool production on Maillard's Merino sheep ranch, 1930-1960.
    D-225, Wesley R. Wooden Papers, 1900-2005 (bulk 1938-1985): This collection includes personal journals documenting ranch life, a serial run of the California Wool Grower (1940-1944), and books and pamphlets on agriculture.


    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist, processed the collection and created the finding aid.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lorry Dunning, 2000, 2007, and 2009; and Donna Hlavac, 2000.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records, D-345, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Natural Colored Wool Growers Association--Archives.
    Textile crafts.