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About NAL-GC

NAL-GC is designed to offer a factual, but informal look at the digital content of the National Agricultural Library's general collection, hence the name "NAL-GC."

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) was created with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1862 and designated a national library in 1962. Located in Beltsville, Maryland, on the grounds of the USDA's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, NAL is home to one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. Since the library has a dual role to serve the public and USDA, it is committed to expanding online access to its collections. Many of the library's historical reports, monographs, serials, and ephemera (such as trade catalogs and USDA pamphlets) are being digitized and offered through the National Agricultural Library's Digital Collections (NALDC) and the library's Internet Archives collection.

Staff from NAL's Digital Library Branch plan on creating several articles each quarter to showcase digitized materials from our general collection and the role that the U.S. Department of Agriculture played in the lives of full-time farmers, the general public, and the larger world of American agriculture.

We hope you will find these reviews engaging and informative.

Some of the items featured here were published nearly a century ago. Therefore, please do not assume that all of the content reflects current scientific knowledge, policies, or practices. All views expressed in these items are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or NAL.

Unless otherwise indicated, all materials contained in this exhibit are either in the public domain due to copyright expiration or because they are works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties and thus are not copyrighted within the United States.

Please contact NAL if you have any questions about this site.