Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

College of Forestry Records, 1911-2011

"The Foresters Ready for the Tall Timber," ca. 1912. Forestry professor George W. Peavy (kneeling, left) poses with members of the Forest Club. The club held two meetings a month, one of which was devoted to forestry
				issues and business matters of the club. The other was social, and occasionally took "the form of a night's vigil in the forest, where, seated around the camp fire, stories are told and songs are sung, while the aromatic
				odor of camp coffee is wafted on the air, and 'overland trout' frizzles in the frying pan."

Information and Credits

RG 139

The College of Forestry Records were generated and assembled by the College of Forestry and document the development and administration of the College; the research activities of the faculty; acquisition and management of forest properties for research; and interaction with other forestry schools and associations.

Deans of the College

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


17.5 cubic ft.; 45 microfilm reels


The College of Forestry records are organized into four subgroups. Subgroup 1, Forest History, contains three series: I. Prospect Tract File; II. Pacific Northwest Regional Committee on Post-War Programs; and III. Eliot State Forest. Subgroup 2, Office of the Dean, is organized into seven series: I. Correspondence and General Files; II. Historical File; III. Research Forests; IV. Instructional Reports; V. 75th Anniversary Materials; VI. Biographical Files; and VII. Publications. Subgroup 3 pertains to the interests and activities of George Barnes, Professor of Forest Management (1943-1967) and Assistant Director of the Forest Research Division of the Agricultural Experiment Station (1959-1967). Subgroup 4, Forest Research Laboratory, consists of four series: I. Forest Protection and Conservation Committee General Files; II. Forest Research Laboratory General Files; III. Forest Products Research Advisory Committee Records; and IV. Forest Research Laboratory Annual and Biennial Reports.

Related Papers

In addition to records generated by the College of Forestry, the OSU Archives also has documentation from a department within the college, faculty/staff, alumni, forestry-related student organizations, forestry enthusiasts, and timber companies.

Photographic images taken by College of Forestry faculty and staff are available in the OSU Archives. Publications documenting faculty research, student activities, alumni outreach, and history of the College of Forestry can also be found in the holdings. Forest Products Department Records (RG 3) include materials pertaining to that academic department as well as records of the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory. Materials relating to the forestry extension programs are available in the Forestry Extension Records (RG 103).

Collections from College of Forestry faculty and staff include the papers of Deans George W. Peavy, Paul M. Dunn, and Walter F. McCulloch. Other faculty and staff members represented in the holdings include: Thurman James (T. J.) Starker, Tony Van Vliet, Royal Jackson, Leif Espenas, S.E. Corder, Robert D. Graham, Douglas W. Glennie, James W. Johnson, George Atherton, and Harry Ira Nettleton.

Records from College of Forestry alumni include materials from Gustaf Wilhelm Hult, Les Lloyd, and Bob Zybach. Documentation of forestry-related student organizations can be found in the records of the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honorary Society and the Forestry Club which are in RG 39.

Other forestry related materials in the Archives include records from organizations, lumber companies, and enthusiasts. These collections include: Wright-Blodgett Company Records, Keep Oregon Green Association Records, Jackson F. Kimball Collection, and the Oliver Matthews Collection.

Documentation relating to the spotted owl controversy of the late 1980s and early 1990s and its effect upon Oregon forestry can be found in the Spotted Owl Management, Policy and Research Collection

The Soap Creek Valley History Project oral histories provide information about the area in and surrounding the McDonald and Paul Dunn Forests.

Records of the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory and its advisory committees are also held by the State Archives of Oregon as a part of the records of the State Department of Forestry.

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