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Record Group Number: 000293
Series/Collection Number: .S 1891
Creator: Florida. State Livestock Sanitary Board.
Title, Dates: State Veterinarian Jean V. Knapp correspondence files, 1925, 1927-1928, 1935, 1949.
Amount: 5.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by year, then alphabetical by subject.
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Biographical/Historical:       The State Veterinarian was the executive secretary of the State Livestock Sanitary Board. Created in 1923, the Board regulated the import and export of meat and livestock, inspected meat sellers, and controlled animal diseases such as cattle tick fever, hog cholera, and tuberculosis. They also chose the State Veterinarian, who sat in on the Board's meetings, hired employees such as range riders, investigators and veterinarians, approved disbursements, and handled public relations.  The Board's name was changed in 1953 to the Florida Livestock Board. In 1961, the Board was abolished and its duties were transferred to the Dept. of Agriculture's Division of Animal Industry. 

      The state's first state veterinarian was Dr. Charles Dawson, working under the State Board of Health's Veterinarian Dept. from 1903 to 1917. When that dept. was disbanded, it was replaced by the first Florida Live Stock Sanitary Board created in 1917, which also hired a state veterinarian. That Board was abolished in 1923, and replaced with a new State Livestock Sanitary Board.
      Jean V. Knapp was the first state veterinarian under the Florida Live Stock Board, chosen in 1923 by Governor Cary Hardee. Born in Wilimington, Illinois on 29 September 1889, Knapp came to Florida in 1915 with a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine (DVM) from Colorado Agricultural College. Employed by the Federal government, Knapp was a district supervisor for the U.S. Tick Eradication program. He worked for the program until the State Livestock Sanitary Board's creation in 1923. He served as State Veterinarian until his death on 6 June 1952, when his assistant C.L. Campbell took over.
Summary:       This series contains the correspondence of state veterinarian Jean Knapp, documenting the duties of the position and of the State Live Stock Sanitary Board. Includes information on Florida ranching, veterinarian practices, live stock disease control, and the cattle industry. The correspondence is incomplete, though. Missing are the years 1926, 1929-1948, 1950-1952. There is only one folder from 1935 ("E").  However, series 1888 contains much of the state veterinarian's correspondence from those missing years.
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Subject Access Fields: Knapp, Jean Vincent, 1889-1952.
Florida. State Livestock Sanitary Board.
United States. Dept. of Agriculture.
Animal industry Florida
Agriculture Florida
Cattle Florida
Veterinarians Florida
Tick-borne diseases in animals.
Insect pests control
Legislation Florida
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