Horses! Rare, unique, and Maryland subject resources

Everyone is in love with UMD’s newest student: the rock-star colt born on the campus farm. Interested in horse culture? Here are some suggested items from Special Collections stacks!

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Maryland Horse Breeders Association archives. Find it at UMD

Horse Play. A journal by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.  Find it at UMD

The Maryland Horse. A journal by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, American Trainers’ Association. Find it at UMD

The Farmer’s Own Book: a treatise on the numerous diseases of the horse, with an explanation of their symptoms, and the course of treatment to be pursued : also a treatise on the diseases of horned cattle, published in 1858 by author J.D. Koogle in Middletown, MD. Find it at  UMD

Country life diary : three years in the life of a horse farmFind it at UMD

Farriery improv’d: or, A compleat treatise upon the art of farriery. Wherein is fully explain’d the nature, structure, and mechanism of that noble and useful creature, a horse, the diseases and accidents he is liable to and methods of cure … Together with … observations and remarks concerning the choice and management of horses. Likewise an account of drugs and mix’d medicines used in farriery … Find it at UMD

The relation of horse breeding to racing and how racing should be conducted. By Thomas Clyde, ca. 1920? Find it at UMD

Belair Stud : the cradle of Maryland horse racing. Kimberly Gatto, 2012. Find it at UMD.

Audit report, Maryland thoroughbred and harness horse racing tracks. Maryland. General Assembly. Dept. of Legislative Services. Office of Legislative Audits. 2004- Find it at UMD

John Timberlake Gibson papers. John T. Gibson was a writer, founder of Modern Design Incorporated, and owner and breeder of race horses. His papers consist primarily of financial, licensing, and registration records relating to Gibson’s career as horse breeder and owner. Find it at UMD

State of Maryland and Historical Collections, Subject Photographs — Print File. Events — Maryland Hunt Cup Race — horse race, 1941. Find it at UMD

Davis Family papers papers. This collection contains the papers of the Davis family, who owned a farm in Frederick County, Maryland, for over a hundred years. Find it at UMD

Maryland Horse Racing, A historical overview. Maryland General Assembly, Dept. of Fiscal Services, Division of Fiscal Research.  Find it at UMD

Answering the old question, do newborn colts sleep standing up?

The demand for horse racing in Maryland. J J Ahern; Robert George Lawrence; Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. 1983. Find it at UMD

Market analysis of Maryland’s horse industry. Tobert George Lawrence; William Robert Jones; Filmore Edmund Bender.Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Maryland, 1978. Find it at UMD

Board of Inspection of Horse Riding Stables. Maryland. General Assembly. Dept. of Fiscal Services.1979. Find it at UMD

Blooded horses of colonial days : classic horse matches in America before the Revolution. Francis Barnum Culver. 1922 Find it at UMD

Analysis of the demand for racing in Maryland and its effect on state and industry revenues. J J Ahern PHD Dissertation. University of Maryland, 1980. Find it at UMD

Agriculture (may include horses)

Agriculture in Maryland: Resources in Special Collections. Subject Guide.

College of Agriculture records. The teaching of agriculture at the University of Maryland began with the opening of the Maryland Agricultural College in 1859. The college initially offered courses in agriculture, chemistry, geology, mineralogy, surveying, veterinary surgery, botany, entomology, and ornithology, as well as courses not directly related to the field of agriculture, such as philosophy, history, English, and other modern and ancient languages… Find it at UMD

William L. Amoss papers. …head of the Farmers’ Institutes at the Maryland Agricultural College from 1896 to 1910. Amoss’s papers include daybooks, brochures, scrapbooks, reports and photographs, and cover such subjects as farmers’ institutes, county fairs, farmers’ markets, the Maryland State Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry… Find it at UMD

Richard White Collection. …includes correspondence between the Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, H. J. Patterson, and the Superintendent of the Ridgely Sub-station, Charles Opperman. The two men discuss administrative details concerning the setup of the farm as an experiment sub-station, including questions about how expenses will be handled and what repairs should be made to the existing structures. The correspondence also contains descriptions of the experimental work taking place on the farm as well as plans for future work.  Find it at UMD

David Edward Brown papers. David Edward Brown (1879-1970) attended the Maryland Agricultural College from 1899 to 1904 and was a United States Department of Agriculture field agent at the experiment farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for forty-three years, specializing in tobacco improvement, breeding, and culture. Find it at UMD

E. P. Young papers. Materials consist of lab notes, data charts, research proposals, manuscripts, correspondence, association files, photographs, field day handouts, and judging materials from hog shows. Subjects covered include departmental activities, hog production, animal nutrition, agricultural conferences, breeder associations, and livestock competitions. Find it at UMD


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