Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Gerald W. Williams Collection, 1855-2007

Gerald W. Williams (center) receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Ann Veneman, U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, and Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.

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The Gerald W. Williams Collection consists of Williams' personal papers, historic photograph collection, and related materials pertaining to the history of the U.S. Forest Service as well as the forestry, environmental history, Native Americans, and geography especially of the Pacific Northwest. Williams assembled and created the materials during his career as sociologist and national historian with the U.S. Forest Service. The Gerald Williams Collection is closed for research at this time for processing. Materials will become available for researcher use as arrangement and description is completed.


Gerald W. Williams Digital Collection
Gerald W. Williams Digital Collection
A digital collection featuring some of the best imagery from the Williams Collection, including nature, forestry and logging images, Civilian Conservation Corps activities and scenes from Celilo Falls.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


93 cubic feet, including 24,000 photographs; 91 boxes, including 13 oversize boxes

Related Papers

Williams' personal library of 3,100 books and pamphlets pertaining to ecology, Pacific Northwest history, Native Americans, and other subjects are being cataloged individually into the OSU Libraries' monograph collections. Selected titles from the book collection will be digitized and made available in ScholarsArchive. The OSU Archives' holdings include numerous collections of archival records, personal papers, and visual materials pertaining to forestry and the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest. The Oregon Multicultural Archives includes a variety of materials pertaining to Native Americans, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

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