Inventory of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records D-345

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid created by Manuscript Archivist Elizabeth Phillips.
University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
1st Floor, Shields Library, University of California
100 North West Quad
Davis, CA, 95616-5292
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Title: Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records
Identifier/Call Number: D-345
Contributing Institution: University of California, Davis General Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.8 linear feet.
Date (inclusive): 1972-2009
Abstract: Records related to the foundation and operation of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA). Includes: correspondence; membership lists; minutes; account books; an extensive set of NCWGA publications; and publications with articles related to the NCWGA's work.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
creator: Natural Colored Wool Growers Association


The Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) is a nation-wide non-profit organization composed of sheep breeders, fiber artists, and others with an interest in colored wool. It was founded in 1977 in response to sheep breeders' need for official judging standards for black, brown, gray, and multi-colored sheep and wool. Since its founding, the NCWGA has been instrumental in registering flocks of colored sheep and in developing the standards that are now used by fairs and expositions. The organization serves its members by helping them develop, improve, and promote colored sheep and wool.
Johnson, Leslie. "Happy Birthday, Baby." The Marker, March 1997: 8-9.
Natural Colored Wool Growers Association website:  (accessed 25 March 2009)

Scope and Content

The Natural Colored Wool Growers Association (NCWGA) Records span the years 1972-2009. The collection contains material related to the founding and operation of the NCWGA, including correspondence, membership lists, minutes, and account books. The collection also includes a large series of NCWGA newsletters and selected issues of non-NCWGA publications with articles on the NCWGA's activities. Also included are: the Wool Bureau's filmstrip set The Visual Wool Educator; three photographs; and the official seal of the NCWGA.
Back issues of sheep and wool serials not directly related to the NCWGA's activities have been added to the UC Davis General Library circulating collection.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into six series: History; Correspondence; Administrative Records; Printed Materials; Financial Records; and Realia, Photographs, and Audio/Visual Materials.

Related Collections

The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
D-018, John W. Maillard, III, Papers: This collection includes records of sheep breeding and wool production on Maillard's Merino sheep ranch, 1930-1960.
D-225, Wesley R. Wooden Papers, 1900-2005 (bulk 1938-1985): This collection includes personal journals documenting ranch life, a serial run of the California Wool Grower (1940-1944), and books and pamphlets on agriculture.


Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist, processed the collection and created the finding aid.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lorry Dunning, 2000, 2007, and 2009; and Donna Hlavac, 2000.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Natural Colored Wool Growers Association Records, D-345, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Natural Colored Wool Growers Association--Archives.
Textile crafts.

Box-folder 1:1

History Series 1 2009, undated

Physical Description: 1.0 folder

Scope and Contents note

Includes membership brochures with brief history of the Natural Colored Wool Growers Association.

Correspondence Series 2 1982-1998

Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence among board members and regional directors. Arranged alphabetically.
Box-folder 1:2-6

Correspondence 1982-1998

Box-folder 1:7

Regional Directors 1991-1994


Administrative Records Series 3 1977-2008

Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot

Scope and Contents note

Includes articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, handbooks, show information, and membership records. Arranged alphabetically.
Box-folder 1:8

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws undated

Box-folder 1:9

Audit 1994

Box-folder 1:10

Handbook 1992

Box-folder 1:11

Insurance 1992-1994

Box-folder 1:12-13

Membership Directories 1979, 1983-1990, 2006-2008

Box-folder 1:14-2:3

Membership Lists 1992-1999

Box-folder 3:1-3:2

Membership Lists and Flock Registries 1983-1985

Box-folder 2:4-7

Minutes 1982-2000

Box-folder 3:3

Secretary's Book 1978-1982

Box-folder 2:8

Sheep and Wool Standards circa 1977

Box-folder 2:9-10

Shows 1981-1989


Printed Materials Series 4 1979-2008

Physical Description: 3.9 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Arranged in two subseries: NCWGA Newsletters; and General Publications.

NCWGA Newsletters Subseries 4.1 1979-2008

Physical Description: 1.2 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Includes a complete set of The Marker and a few regional newsletters. Arranged alphabetically.
Box-folder 4:1-6:7

The Marker 1979-2008

Box-folder 6:8

Region 2 Newsletter 1984, 1990-1997


General Publications Subseries 4.2 1972-1985

Physical Description: 2.7 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Publications from other organizations with articles relating to NCWGA's activities. Also includes one handbook on colored wool breeding and two reports on sheep in Hawaii. Arranged alphabetically.
Box-folder 12:1-7


Box-folder 12:8-11

Black Sheep Newsletter 1974-1989

Box-folder 12:12

Black Sheep Newsletter Companion 1983

Box-folder 12:13

Black Sheep Catalogue 1985-1986

Box-folder 6:9-7:1

California Sheepman's Quarterly 1977-1980

Box-folder 12:14

Coloured Sheep and their Products: Proceedings of the Second World Congress on Coloured Sheep 1984

Box-folder 7:2

Country Journal 1983 May

Box-folder 7:3

Countryside 1978 December

Box-folder 7:4

Ecology of the Feral Sheep on Mauna Kea 1972-1975

Box-folder 7:5

Ecology of the Mouflon Sheep on Mauna Kea 1975-1979

Box-folder 7:6

The Furrow 1985 March-April

Box-folder 7:7

Handbook for Breeding Coloured Wool. undated

creator: South Australia. Dept. of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Box-folder 12:15-16

Melanian Sheep Breeders Society of Australia Newsletter 1979-1986

Box-folder 7:8, Box-folder 12:17-18

National Wool Grower Magazine 1980, 1984-1985

Box-folder 7:9, Box-folder 13:1-3

Precious Fibers Magazine 1985-1987

Box-folder 13:4-5

Proceedings of the Fourth International Wool Textile Research Conference 1971

Box-folder 7:10

Redwood Rancher 1978-1982

Box-folder 7:11, Box-folder 13:6-11

Sheep Magazine 1980-1985

Box-folder 13:12

Best of Sheep Magazine 1984

Box-folder 13:13-16

Sheep and Farm Life 1981-1984

Box-folder 13:17

Sheep Breeder and Sheepman Magazine, vol. 106, no. 12 1986

Box-folder 13:18

Sheep Tales 1981-1982

Box-folder 13:19-20

The Shepherd 1979-1980, 1985

Box-folder 14:1

Simmons, Paula. Spinning and Weaving With Wool. 1977

Box-folder 14:2

Simmons, Paula. Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry. 1985

Box-folder 14:3-6

South Australian Coloured Sheep Owners' Society (SACSOS) Newsletter 1979-1986

Box-folder 14:7

The Story of Wool. Wool Education Center, Denver, Colorado. 1968

Box-folder 14:8

Wool Fashions: A Complete Guide to Wool Sewing. American Wool Council. 1965


Financial Records Series 5 1977-1998

Physical Description: 1.3 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Includes account journals, order records, financial reports, and income and expense records. Arranged chronologically.
Box-folder 7:12

Deposit Books 1977-1981

Box-folder 7:13

Account Book 1977-1986

Box-folder 7:14-8:1

Receipts and Notes 1979-1986

Box-folder 8:2

Orders Journal 1980-1985

Box-folder 8:3

Budgets, Income, and Expense 1981-1989

Box-folder 8:4

Cash Receipts Journal 1981-1984

Box-folder 8:5

General Journal 1982-1983

Box-folder 8:6

Account Journals 1982-1986

Box-folder 8:7-10:7

Income and Expense 1986-1998

Box-folder 10:8-10

The Marker Income and Expense 1991-1996

Box-folder 11:1

Regional Reimbursements 1990-1998


Realia, Photographs, and Audio/Visual Materials Series 6 1998, undated

Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Includes three photographs, The Visual Wool Educator, and NCWGA official seal. Arranged by subject.
Box-folder 11:2

Brown Sheep UCD.PIC.D345.2009.0001 undated

Scope and Contents note

Kodak color print
Box-folder 11:3

Eric Thomason with Ram and Fleece UCD.PIC.D345.2009.0003 1998

Scope and Contents note

Kodak color prints
Box 11

The Visual Wool Educator undated

Scope and Contents note

Five filmstrips and corresponding booklets. Produced by The Wool Bureau, Inc., New York.
Box 11

Official Seal of NCWGA undated