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Of prime importance in the Library are the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch Papers. These papers deal with all aspects of the Ranch from its inception in 1925 until the death of Mr. Kellogg in 1951. From 1925 through 1928 the documents are originals, but the remainder are photocopies from the files of the Kellogg Company. The papers are comprised of various materials: correspondence, bills, newspaper clippings, brochures, maps, blueprints, and photographs. Of particular interest are the series of letters between Mr. Kellogg and Lady Wentworth concerning Lady Wentworth's offer to sell Mr. Kellogg the entire herd at the Crabbet Stud. There are also two letters signed by Rudolph Valentino in which he discusses conditions for the loan of Jadaan for the film, Son of the Sheik.

Periodicals are a significant element in the collection. All known Arabian horse perodicals are acquired, incuding foreign language publications. Backfiles of current and ceased publications are maintained. The many titles held provide for a multitude of interests ranging from general to specialized areas: Arabian Horse World (general), Arabian Horse Business and Marketing Review (business), Crabbet Influence in Arabians Today (Crabbet bloodlines), Atlantic Arabian Monthly (East Coast coverage), Arabische Pferde (German language), Arab Horse Society News (from England), and Arabisch Volbloed (Dutch language) are examples.

An extensive selection of foreign and domestic stud books can be found in the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library. Countries in which Arabians are bred on a large scale such as Poland and Spain are represented as are countries breeding Arabians on a small scale such as Belize. Stud books from both government registries and private registries reside in the collection. In addition, the collection has stud books for breeding programs no longer in existence such as the Probynabad Stud (India), and stud books which include other breeds such as the General Stud Book (England).

Books covering numerous subject areas and dating from the 1700s are included in the collection. Many are rare first editions or collectors' item. Breed history, training, showing, travel, poetry, and bloodlines are among the topics covered. Included are classic reference books such as: Gladys Brown Edwards' The Arabian, War Horse to Show Horse; W. R. Brown's The Horse of the Desert; William Tweedie's The Arabian Horse, His Country and People; Spencer Borden's The Arab Horse; James Boucaut's The Arab, the Horse of the Future; and Lady Wentworth's The Authentic Arabian Horse. There are books about specific bloodlines, for example, Crabbet, Polish, and Egyptian, respectively: The Crabbet Arabian Stud: Its History & Influence by Rosemary Archer, Colin Pearson, and Cecil Covey; 50 Years of Breeding Pure Blood Arabian Horses in Poland in Their Geneaogical Charts, 1918-1968 by Zdzislaw Rozwadowski; and The Classic Arabian Horse by Judith Forbis. Among the travel books are several important titles: Travels in Arabia Deserta by Charles M. Doughty, Notes on the Bedouins and Wahabys by John L. Burckhardt, and Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates by Lady Anne Blunt. Many books are rare and valuable as much for their aesthetics as for their content. One of these is The Celebrated Romance of the Stealing of the Mare by Abu Obeyd. This publication has uniquely beautiful printing and is one of the rarest holdings in the collection.

In addition to the more common types of materials, the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library collects a number of other items. A file is kept of newletters from Arabian horse clubs throughout the United States. There is a file for farm brochures from Arabian horse breeders from around the world. The videotape collection includes farm movies, magazines, and feature films. The Library maintains a small art collection including a Gladys Brown Edwards' watercolor of the Kellogg stock horse, Farana.

Katherine Staab, MS/MS, ABD
Arabian Horse Subject Specialist
W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
+1 909 869 3092

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