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Wright-Blodgett Company Records, circa 1901-1935

Collection Overview

Title: Wright-Blodgett Company Records, circa 1901-1935

ID: MSS WrightBlodgett

Primary Creator: Wright-Blodgett Company

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Wright-Blodgett Company Records document the company's land and timber holdings in Oregon, Washington, and California.

Scope and Content Notes

The Wright-Blodgett Company Records consist predominantly of maps and ledgers that document the company's land and timber holdings with tract locations, prior ownership, taxes paid, and subsequent sale or other disposition. The records are primarily for holdings in Oregon (Clatsop, Columbia, Linn, Tillamook, and Washington Counties) but also include holdings in Washington (Cowlitz County) and California (Humboldt County). The records also include photocopies of correspondence pertaining to land holdings in Oregon and California.

Of particular note are records for the Blodgett Tract in Columbia County (township 7N, range 5 west) that was donated to the Oregon State University College of Forestry by the Blodgett family. The map of this tract has been digitized and is available upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Wright-Blodgett Company was owned and operated by John Wood Blodgett, Sr. and later his son, John Wood Blodgett, Jr. The company was dissolved in 1948.

John Wood Blodgett, Sr. (1860-1951) was a lumberman, civic leader, and philanthropist, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to timberlands in Michigan, Blodgett acquired lands in Mississippi, Louisiana, California, and Oregon. Companies in which Blodgett was prominent were the Blodgett Co., Ltd.; the Wright-Blodgett Co., Ltd.; the Hill-Davis Co., Ltd., of all of which he was chairman or manager; and the Michigan-California Co., of which he was organizer and president.

Administrative Information

Related Materials:

The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include College of Forestry Records (RG 139), the College of Forestry Photograph Collection Photographs (P 061), and other manuscript collections pertaining to forestry and the lumber industry.

Other records relating to the Blodgett lumber interests are held by the Michigan Historical Collections at the University of Michigan. The Noyes-Holland Logging Company Records (MSS 1539) held by the Oregon Historical Society include financial statements and correspondence regarding the Blodgett Tract in Columbia County.

Preferred Citation: Wright-Blodgett Company Records (MSS WrightBlodgett), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Wright-Blodgett Company
Blodgett, John Wood (1860-1951)

People, Places, and Topics

Clatsop County (Or.)--Maps.
Columbia County (Or.)--Maps.
Forest landowners--California--Humboldt County.
Forest landowners--Oregon.
Forest landowners--Washington (State)--Cowlitz County.
Linn County (Or.)--Maps.
Natural Resources
Tillamook County (Or.)--Maps.
Timber--California--Humboldt County--Maps.
Timber--Washington (State)--Cowlitz County--Maps.
Washington County (Or.)--Maps.
Wright-Blodgett Company

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