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J. William Thomas papers

Identifier: UA-17.324

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of articles that Thomas wrote and collected on various cattle and agricultural subjects, ANS 433 syllabi and teaching materials, transparencies, and two research notebooks. There are also a number of conference proceedings, some group photographs, and two cartons of slides.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

J. William Thomas received his Bachelor of Science from Utah State University in 1940, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1946. In 1960 he began his career at Michigan State University as a professor of dairy science. He was involved in researching and teaching about dairy cattle nutrition and physiology.

Thomas was a member of many societies, including the American Dairy Science Association, the American Society Animal Production, Sigma Xi, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, the American Chemical Society, the Animal Nutrition Research Council, and was a fellow of the American Association of Advanced Science. He published over 200 scientific articles about cattle nutrition. Thomas won many awards for his work, including an award from American Feed Manufacturing for his outstanding performance in the field in 1953, a Superior Service Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1959, and the Borden Award in 1974, one of the highest awards given by the American Dairy Science Association.


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Property Rights: Michigan State University.

J. William Thomas papers
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E. Field
July 2013
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Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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