Report by Kathryn Renton
Few research collections specialize in equine topics, but the Kellogg Arabian Library on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA provides an important exception. The collections originated in the records of the breakfast cereal mogul, W. K. Kellogg, and from a relatively obscure beginning have gained a dedicated space within the university library building. The brand new facilities, opened in 2012, include a spacious reading room and archival storage for approximately 6,000 items related to the specialized topic of the Arabian horse, primarily in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition to documenting the international appeal of the Arabian breed, these materials would be of interest for scholars researching agricultural science and livestock husbandry, leisure sport, public education and philanthropy, and southern California history.
W. K. Kellogg bred Arabian horses brought from the Crabbet Stud in England and became a popular ambassador to the early Hollywood entertainment industry with monthly “Sunday Shows” from 1925 to 1932, before a hiatus in which the land was donated to the state’s university system and housed the cavalry remount breeding program during World War II. A popular campaign to preserve the Arabian breeding center and restore its public educational purpose led to the development of the first southern California agricultural science program in the Cal State University system in the Kellogg Arabian Center.
Collection highlights include an extensive holding of the W. K. Kellogg Ranch Records, as well as photographs, postcards and archival film of W. K. Kellogg’s life. The collection also includes records about the United States Cavalry Remount Program, which was active from the nineteenth century through World War II, in the Edwards Papers. Also of note are the personal notebooks and research of the well-known artist of Arabian horses, Gladys Brown Edwards. The library collects rare and out of print works documenting Arabian pedigrees in the US and internationally.
As an added bonus for equine researchers, the Kellogg Arabian Center continues the project of breeding and educating the public about the history and uses of the Arabian horse, and their new crop of foals are just a 15 minute walk across campus. They have also continued Kellogg’s Sunday Shows, which are open to the public, on the first Sunday of the month.
Kellogg Arabian Library, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA
Current Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm, when University Library is open