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Max M. Lyon Turkey Farm Collection, 1939 - 1958


Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily black-and-white photographs depicting turkeys, eggs, their living conditions on farms, and the processes of commercial turkey farming, including photographs with members of the Lyon family. It approximately spans the 1940s-1950s. It further contains one file of materials related to Lyon and farming practices such as an article written for Turkey World in 1943 on turkey breeding, and a list of awards from the Memet Utility Turkey Show in 1939.


  • 1939 - 1958


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open with no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Max M. Lyons (1886-1958) began working as a turkey farmer in 1912, with his father, and became best known for developing the 100% Brown Breasted Bronze. Lyons continued on to develop artificial insemination techniques for turkeys as piloted by the USDA in 1934 and became the leading producer of turkeys in the 1940s-1950s. He won awards at numerous fairs and congresses and went on to pen a piece, titled "Turkey World," (1943) related to breeding techniques.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)


Collection is arranged by material type.

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106