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April 4-5, 1995
>Date: Tue, 04 Apr 1995
>From: Donald Green <dgreen@CSC1.CSC.EDU>
I would suggest that you look at the work of the late Chuck Wood of Texas Tech: Charles L. Wood, The Kansas Beef Industry (Lawrence: The Regents Press of Kansas, 1980) and "Upbreeding Kansas Range Cattle," in Journal of the West, 16(January 1977). Chuck was working on a biography of Murdo Mackenzie, manager of the vast Matador ranch and cattle holdings (the Matador was a Scottish company chartered in Dundee) at the time of his death. Chuck's papers, I believe, are in the Southwestern Collection at Texas Tech.
For possible questions to explore I suggest the following: the influence and salesmanship of midwestern purebred breeders such as Robert H. Hazlett of Eldorado, Kansas; the role of state fairs and big cattle shows such as the International in Chicago, the Royal in Kansas City, the Western in Denver and the Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth; and the importance of Brits in introducing the British breeds to the American West.
Don Green, Chadron (Nebraska) State College
>Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995
In addition to the works of Charles Woods, you might check a few of the classics in the field: Edward Dale, The Range Cattle Industry, Louis Pelzer, The Cattleman's Frontier, John E. Rouse, World Cattle. Do also find more recent works by Jimmy Skaggs and Terry Jordan (North American Cattle-Ranching Frontiers). J. Frank Dobie's The Longhorns remains the standard work on that breed. Jordan's notes and bibliography offer further trails to follow. If encyclopedia-level information suffices, check the entries under longhorn, beef cattle industry, and cattle breeds in Richard W. Slatta, The Cowboy Encyclopedia.
Professor of History
NCSU Raleigh NC 27695-8108
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