1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Eastern Trout Growers Association Records

 Aquiculture trade association, New York City

 Records, 1922-1948. Bulk, 1922-1930.

 Size: 0.5 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 483 sg 48

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, December 1997

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Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            The Eastern Trout Grower's Association was founded in 1922 by several aquiculturists "for the purpose of exchanging information relative to the culture of trout and also relative to the marketing of same." Harry W. Koch contracted as the Association's sales agent; he marketed trout from all members at a fixed price at the Fulton Fish Market in New York City. However, members were free to sell at whatever price they desired outside of the New York metropolitan area. The Association also conducted a national survey of trout growers in 1924, and considered various plans to increase the demand for their product on a national scale.

            Rowland Hazard III (1881-1945) served as president of the Association from its founding through at least 1926, and his brother Thomas P. "Pierre" Hazard (1892-1968) was president in 1929. The organization remained active through at least 1948.

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Scope and content:

            This small collection consists mostly of Rowland Hazard III's files from 1922 to 1930. Included are his complete correspondence files from 1922, 1923 and 1926, as well as scattered letters from other years. The correspondence deals largely with marketing and administrative issues, but there is also considerable technical information on the business of raising trout. A May 1929 draft letter to the U.S. Attorney General inquires into the applicability of the Capper-Volstead co-operative marketing act to trout farms, and in the process sketches out the history of the organization and summarizes the technical aspects of trout farming. Perhaps the most valuable part of the collection is the complete file of responses to the 1924 survey, in which dozens of trout growers from across the nation describe their operations. Also of interest are a series of code books from the National Recovery Administration regulating the trout industry during the Great Depression.

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            Most of these papers were donated by the Hazard family as part of the Hazard Family Papers in 1985, and had been deposited in 1975.

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Processing note:

            This collection is part of the Hazard Family Papers, which were processed with support from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, the Beinecke Foundation, and the extended Hazard Family.

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Series 1: Correspondence

Box 1, folder 1. 1922

Box 1, folder 2. 1923-1924

Box 1, folder 3. 1925-1926

Box 1, folder 4. 1927-1930

Box 1, folder 5. 1933-1934, 1948. Mostly National Recovery Administration codes.

Series 2: Survey responses

Box 1, folder 6. General data

Box 1, folder 7. California

Box 1, folder 8. Colorado

Box 1, folder 9. Idaho

Box 1, folder 10. Maine

Box 1, folder 11. Massachusetts

Box 1, folder 12. Michigan

Box 1, folder 13. Montana

Box 1, folder 14. New York

Box 1, folder 15. Oregon

Box 1, folder 16. Pennsylvania

Box 1, folder 17. Rhode Island

Box 1, folder 18. Utah

Box 1, folder 19. Vermont

Box 1, folder 20. Washington

Box 1, folder 21. Wisconsin

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Aquiculture industry


Hazard, Rowland III (1881-1945)

Koch, Harry W.

National Recovery Administration

Trade and professional associations

Trout industry

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