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Papers of John T. Caine III

Identifier: AJTC

Scope and Contents

The Papers of John T. Caine III consists of documents, souvenir programs, photographs, news clippings, and scrapbook pages related to Caine and to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) during the years that he served as its manager. The materials are dated from 1917 to 1986, with the bulk falling from 1944 to 1955. Very little from Caine's life prior to his being hired by the NWSS in 1943 is represented in the collection.


  • Creation: 1917-1986
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1944-1955

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, the collection is stored off-site, so advance notice is recommended.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


John Thomas Caine III served as general manager of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colorado, from 1943 until the time of his death in 1955. Caine was born in Logan, Utah on June 4, 1882. His father, John T. Caine, Jr, was a member of the faculty of Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) for 50 years and started one of the first purebred Jersey herds in the area. His grandfather, the first John T. Caine, served as a representative from the Territory of Utah to the United States Congress for eleven years.

Following his graduation from the Utah State Agricultural College in 1903, John T. Caine III earned a master of science degree in animal husbandry from Iowa State College two years later and then returned to Logan to join the faculty of the animal husbandry and dairy departments at USAC. He married Jean Crookston in 1912 and they would become parents to four children: John T. IV, Robert Preston, Margaret Jean, and William Serge. Caine was hired as director of the USAC Extension division in 1916. During World War I, Caine was put in charge of livestock production in 15 western states.

Following the war, Caine found employment for a year with the Sego Milk Company and in 1922 he began work with the Los Angeles Union Stockyards. In 1925 he was appointed to USDA's Packers and Stockyard Administration, where he served under President Calvin Coolidge until 1928, visiting all major livestock markets in the United States. Caine worked with young men and women in 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs, and was one of the founders of the Chicago Livestock Marketing School.

Upon leaving government employment, Caine began 15 years of service as general superintendent for the International Livestock Exposition in Chicago, before being hired as general manager of Denver's National Western Stock Show in 1943. In addition to his work with the Stock Show, Caine served as public relations director for the Denver Union Livestock Company and the Denver Livestock Exchange. During his time with the National Western Stock Show, Caine oversaw the construction of a new coliseum, completed in 1951, which greatly enlarged the NWSS facilities and enhanced capacity to accommodate ever-increasing audiences. John T. Caine III died in Denver on July 5, 1955.


1.5 linear feet (1 document box, 1 oversized flat box)

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John T. Caine III served as general manager of the National Western Stock Show from 1943 until the time of his death in 1955. This collection includes documents, souvenir programs, photographs, news clippings, and scrapbook pages related to the National Western Stock Show.


The collection consists of 2 series in 2 boxes: Series 1: Documents and clippings Series 2: Photographs


Jeanne Rohrbacker, a grand-daughter of John T. Caine III, donated the collection to the Colorado State University Libraries on June 12, 2015.

Related Collections

Related collections in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive include the Records of the National Western Stock Show. The Records of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union offers a small number of photographs and documents related to the National Western Stock Show, and the Records of Colorado Cooperative Extension and Records of Colorado 4-H also contain information related to youth participation in the Stock Show.

The Merrill-Cazier Library of Utah State Univesity holds the Records of John T. Caine, Jr, father of John T. Caine III.


Initial processing was begun in April 2019. Items were sorted by material type and housed in acid-free folders and boxes, and photographs were placed in protective sleeves. Newspaper clippings taped to scrapbook pages as well as loose clippings were sorted by year. Final processing and arrangement was completed in December 2023.

Guide to the Papers of John T. Caine, III
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Linda M. Meyer and Spencer Lopes.
Copyright 2023
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA