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Papers include correspondence with other horticulturists, floriculturists, and pomologists mainly concerning the activities of the North American Lily Society, which he founded, the Northern Nut Growers Association, of which he was president, the American Society for Horticultural Science, and the American Horticultural Council; correspondence concerning the future of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University and the bread standards (1957-1958) set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; correspondence, reports, and translations (1959-1962) that document MacDaniels' mission as a consultant on nuts and small fruit for the Technical Assistance Administration of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia under programs sponsored by the U.S. International Cooperation Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development; administrative correspondence of the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture; correspondence with the American Association
of University Professors in regard to the continued usefulness of retired professors; research notes and scientific photographs; manuscript, typescript and mimeographed lecture notes, course outlines, and examination questions; and printed matter relating to scientific organizations and other subjects; also, photoprints and negatives of Florida and Maguay and Mexico (1921), Samoa, Fiju, Tahiti (1927) and Lebanon (1944).
Also, legal documents, maps, an account book, and correspondence (1921, 1933-1934, 1936-1939) relating to the settlement of a family estate involving substantial interests in the Compañia Lechera "El Rosario" at Azcapotzalco, Mexico; the letters contain occasional comments on the farm labor situation in Mexico and government expropriation of farm land under the agrarian reform legislation of the period. Also, genealogical records of the Cochran and Allen families from 1882 to 1894; and a six-page manuscript by Cornell University Professor Damon Boynton entitled "The Hospice Idea," concerning his interview with L. H. MacDaniels in March 1982.