Dear Mr. Yates,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Special Files, 1886-1909 in the Records of the Bureau of Agricultural and Industrial Chemistry (Record Group 97) that includes reports of Harvey W. Wiley who was chief of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Chemistry. The series Records of Staff Assistant Albert P. Aanestad, 1932-1938, Subject Files of W.W. Skinner, 1927-1941, Subject Files of Philip H. Groggins, 1936-1940, and other series in Record Group 97 contain similar records. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for access to and information about these series.
Depending on the time period you are researching, you also may be interested in these other records from the Department of Agriculture, including 10 series from the Division of Chemistry (1862-7/1/1901) and 84 series related to the Bureau of Chemistry (7/1/1901-7/1/1927). In addition, the records of the subsequent Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, 7/1/1927-1938 and Bureau of Agricultural Chemistry and Engineering, 10/6/1938-2/23/1942 may contain some relevant information. Please contact the reference unit listed in the Catalog series description for access to the records.
Plus, we identified the series Reports, 1928-1948 of the Department of Agriculture’s Chief Chemist of the Bureau of Agricultural and Industrial Chemistry in the Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering (Record Group 54). These records have not been digitized. You can contact RDT2 with any questions you might have about them.
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Finally, you may wish to search the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library for additional relevant resources.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!