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Damon Von Catron papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 9/11/55

Scope and Content

This collection (1915-2004) consists of information regarding Dr. Damon Catron’s work and research with livestock, specifically swine feed and nutrition. The papers contain biographical information, correspondence, course and lecture materials, as well as his publications. The collection also includes documents relating to his research with swine food additives and photographs and scrapbooks from his international consulting trips. In addition, this collection contains photographs (box 1, folders 14 -15) and an agenda (box 15, folders 5 - 6) concerning the visit from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to Iowa State’s Swine Nutrition Research Center. Premier Khrushchev toured the animal research facilities including the modern farrowing/lactation nursery building, and examine the mill room where mixing of experimental rations were done. He also saw the piglets nursery for early weaning, the disease control laboratory and was shown various displays concerning feed and nutrition research.


  • Creation: 1915-2004, undated

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Damon Von Catron was born September 12, 1915 in Kokomo, Indiana. He received his B.S. (1938) in agriculture and agriculture education from Purdue University, an M.S. (1945) in animal husbandry and animal nutrition from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D (1948) in animal nutrition and physiological chemistry from Iowa State College (University).

Dr. Catron began his career working on his family’s farm in central Indiana until he attended Purdue University. After receiving his B.S., he spent two years as a Vocational Agriculture Instructor (1938-1940) at the New Castle High School in New Castle, Indiana. Dr. Catron accepted a position as an Extension Livestock Specialist (1940-1941) at Purdue University. He then worked as a Poultry Specialist (1942) at the Ralston Purina Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. Next, Dr. Catron worked at the University of Illinois as an Associate (1943-1944) in Animal Husbandry. He accepted a position at Honeggers and Co. in Forrest, Illinois as an Animal Nutritionist (1944-1945). Dr. Catron joined the faculty at Iowa State College (University) as an Assistant Professor (1945-1947) in the Animal Science Department; he was soon promoted to Associate Professor (1958-1952) and Professor (1953-1960). Dr. Catron left Iowa State to become Vice President of Research and Development (1960-1964) for Walnut Grove Products Co. in Atlantic, Iowa. He then accepted a position as Director of Life Sciences Research (1964-1966) at W. R. Grace and Co. in Clarksville, Maryland. Dr. Catron joined the faculty of the University of Missouri as Chair (1966-1967) of the Food Science and Nutrition Department.

Dr. Catron’s main areas of research included animal nutrition in the fields of antibiotics, vitamin B12, trace minerals, protein and amino acids requirements, digestive enzyme systems, effects of nutrients, and additive factors influencing feed intake. For excellence in this field, he received the American Feed Manufacturers Association Award (1953) and the Distillers Research Council Distinguished Nutritionist Award (1964). Dr. Catron’s reputation also allowed him to become an advisor and consultant to international universities, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and feed manufacturers to improve feed nutrition and growth results. Dr. Catron died November 4, 1967.


17.64 Linear Feet (42 document boxes, 2 oversized boxes)

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This collection is arranged into eight series:

Series 1, Biographical Information, 1915-2004, undated (chronologically)

Series 2, Course Materials, 1952-1963, (chronologically)

Series 3, Presentations, 1943-1967, (chronologically)

Series 4, Research, 1944-1966, undated (alphabetically)

Series 5, Animal Judging 1939-1946, undated (chronologically)

Series 6, Publications, 1940-1967, undated (alphabetically)

Series 7, Correspondence, 1945-1967 (chronologically)

Series 8, Khrushchev’s Visit, 1951-1960 (chronologically)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/11/55. Damon Von Catron papers, 1915-2004, undated
February 27, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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