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Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

Date Processed:

July 2011

Acquisitions Information:


Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information:  Box number, Folder number and/or title, Pure-Bred Short Horns [Cattle], MSS 82, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Library.

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

Collection is auction catalogs of pure-bred short horns [cattle] from 1873 – 1888, not inclusive.

Historical Background:

Short-horn cattle were developed in England to serve as both dairy and beef animals. They were imported to America in 1783 where the cattle were found to be very adaptable.  Eventually there was a divergence to a breed for dairy and a breed for beef.  Auctions of livestock were common in the 1800s and catalogues of the animals including their bloodlines were published. Many auctions took place near train stations. There were several men who became noted for their auctioneer abilities such as L.P. Muir and J.W. Judy.

Processing Note:

Processed by Leslie M. Behm in August 2011.


List of Short-Horn Cattle catalogs contained in envelopes.          




Muirkirk Stock Farm. Catalogue of Pure-Bred Short Horns, owned by Charles E. Coffin, Prince George County, Maryland. 1873.


Catalogue of Sale by Public Auction, (at 2 o’clock p.m., punctually), Friday, September 12, ’73 of the entire herd of Short-Horns including 22nd Duke of Airdrie, and 20 Females. Many of them of Pure Bates Blood; also young bulls, and a Full Set of American Herd Books, The Property of Lt.-Colonel  John B. Taylor, Springwood, Near London, Ontario, Canada. J.R. Page, Auctioneer. 1873.

Catalogue of Pure-Bred Short-Horn Cattle, The Property  of Warnock & McGibben, To be Sold at Public Auction, At  Fairview Stock Farm, Lair’s Station, K.C.R.R. by L.P. Muir, Tuesday, July 28th. Lexington, KY. Printed at the Farmers’ Home Journal Office. 1874.

Loiusiana, Mo., Wednesday, June 3, 1874. Second Annual Sale Short-Horn Cattle from the Linwood Herd, James H, Kissinger, Proprietor. Col. J. W. Judy, Auctioneer. Chicago, National Live-Stock Journal Print. 1874.

Catalogue of Mount Fordham Herd of Short Horns. L.G. Morris, Fordham, New York. Torrey Brothers,  Steam  Job Printers, No. 13 Spruce St., N. Y. 1874.

Catalogue  of Short-Horn Cattle to be Sold at Auction at Toronto, Canada, Friday, December 3rd, 1875, at 1 P.M.  John R. Page, L. P. Muir, Auctioneers. 1875.

Public Sale of the Entire Herd of Thoroughbred and Grade Short Horn Cattle, and Sussex Down Sheep, the Property of Samuel Slater & Sons, Webster, Mass., on the Grounds of the Worcester Agricultural Society, Worcester, Mass,. On Friday, September 3d, 1875. B.W. Abbott, Auctioneer. 1875.

Mondale Herd. Public Sale of Bates and Princess Short-Horns, Property of H.P. Thomson, Thomson’s Station, Clark Co., KY., Wednesday, Oct 11, 1876. Col. L. P. Muir, Auctioneer. Chicago: National Live-Stock Journal Print. 1876.

Kentucky Fall Sales, Important Public Sale of Short-Horn Cattle, the Property of William Warfield, Jno. W. Burgess, C.F. Rogers & Son, & C. to be Held at Fair Grounds, Near Lexington, KY., Thursday, October 17th, 1878, P.C. Kidd, Auctioneer. Examination Solicited. 1878.

Catalogue of a Choice Selection from The Bow Park Herd of The Canada West Farm Stock Association, of High-Bread Short Cows, Heifers, Bulls    and Bull Calves, to be Sold by Auction on Thursday, 10th November, 1881, Glen Flora, Waukegan, Ill. Sale to Commence at One O’Clock. Col. J.W. Judy, Auctioneer. Terms ---Cash. 1881.

Premium Lists and Rules. Live Stock Divisions of the Department of Agriculture. World’s Exposition. Industrial and Cotton Centennial. New Orleans, LA. E. A. Burke, Director General Geo. Y. Johnson, Sup’t. Dep’t. Agriculture. 1885.

Short-Horn Bulls for Sale at Private Treaty, from The Side View Herd of T. Corwin Anderson, Side View, Montgomery County, Ky. 1888.

Sale Catalogue of Pure-Bred Shorthorn Cattle from the Bath-Hurst and Walnut Grove Herds, to be Sold at Public Auction, on Thursday, May 31, 1888, at Mt. Sterling, KY. Sale to begin at 1 O’clock. Col. R.E. Edmonson, Auctioneer. 1888.


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