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T.J. Starker Papers, circa 1890-1996

By Karl McCreary

Collection Overview

Title: T.J. Starker Papers, circa 1890-1996

Predominant Dates: 1910-1983

ID: MSS Starker

Primary Creator: Starker, T. J. (Thurman James) (1890-1983)

Extent: 23.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged into 18 series: 1. Correspondence, 1895-1983; 2. Biographical Materials, 1963-1986; 3. Instruction, 1923-1942; 4. Writings, 1923-1982; 5. Speeches and Radio Scripts, 1934-1979; 6. Organizational Involvement, 1926-1983; 7. Certificates, 1923-1982; 8. Property and Timber Management Files, 1919-1983; 9. Research Projects, 1925-1977; 10. Newspaper Clippings, 1900-1996; 11. Reference Materials; 1900-1981; 12. Starker Forests Inc. Records, 1939-1985; 13. Photographs, 1907-1983; 14. Student Work, 1910-1912; 15. Address Books, circa 1930-1983; 16. Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1983; 17. Drawings, 1950-1985; and 18. Artifacts, 1910-1981.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The T.J. Starker Papers consist of materials generated and collected by alumnus, forestry professor, and timber businessman Thurman James (T.J.) Starker. This collection documents Starker's forestry instruction and research at Oregon State College, management of a diverse range of property holdings, involvement in community and professional organizations, family life, student experience, work with the United States Forest Service, and writings on various subjects. Among the materials included in this collection are correspondence, lecture notes, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, research data, and scrapbooks.

Starker earned an undergraduate degree in forestry from Oregon Agricultural College in 1910 and returned to campus in 1922 to assume a faculty position in the School of Forestry. At OSC, Starker worked as an instructor and researcher until 1942, when he left to pursue his private forestry and nursery business fulltime. The company formed by Starker, Starker Forests, Inc., continues to operate today as a family-owned business. Starker died in 1983.

Scope and Content Notes

The T.J. Starker Papers consist of materials generated and collected by alumnus, forestry professor, and timber businessman Thurman James (T.J.) Starker. This collection documents Starker's forestry instruction and research at Oregon State College, management of a diverse range of property holdings, involvement in community and professional organizations, family life, student experience, work with the United States Forest Service, and writings on various subjects.

This collection is arranged into series that are organized by material type (e.g. correspondence) as well as the function of the record (e.g. instruction, property management). Subject matter detailed in these papers that may be of research interest include: Corvallis land use history, forest taxation, the management of forest lands by the Bureau of Land Management, and Victor Atiyeh's tenure as governor of Oregon.

Documentation of Starker's teaching career is reflected through a combination of lecture notes, course syllabi, student papers, photographs, and a variety of publications and clippings collected to serve as reference material. Forestry research is detailed in correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, research data, student papers, and annual progress reports on the studies at the Peavy Arboretum "post farm." Records relating to the management of timber lands and other properties include agreements, contracts, architectural drawings, maps, deed records, newspaper clippings, forest harvest permits, account notebooks, and tax assessment statements.

Starker's membership in governmental, forest industry, and community organizations are reflected in architectural drawings, budgetary statements, certificates, correspondence, maps, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and reports. Multiple generations of Starker family members are documented through photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence about genealogical research. Materials relating to the family business, Starker Forests, Inc., also illustrate interaction between T.J., his son Bruce, and grandsons Bond and Barte.

Through letters to the editor regularly featured in the Corvallis Gazette-Times as "Readertorials" and short essays on local history, T. J. Starker left behind a rich record of writings that document his opinions on a range of subjects and personal connections to the region. These writings also reflect Starker's work in the School of Forestry penning articles on wood research and regular columns from "OTBE the Prof" featured in newsletters of the OSC Forestry Club. Starker's outreach to the student forestry community is also illustrated through transcripts from the KOAC radio program "Foresters on the Air."

Biographical / Historical Notes

Thurman James (T.J.) Starker was born on July 14, 1890 in Grenola, Kansas and resided for most his childhood in Kansas and Iowa with his parents Otto and Mary and sister Caroline. Inspired by a visit to the Pacific Northwest in 1905, Otto moved the Starker family to Portland, Oregon in 1907. Within a year of their relocation, T.J. graduated from Portland High School, where he met fellow classmate Margaret Ostrander. T.J. and Margaret later married in 1914 after T.J. completed graduate work in forestry at the University of Michigan.

Starker's association with Oregon State University began with his enrollment as an undergraduate in 1908. He was among the first four graduates of the School of Forestry in 1910 with his senior thesis examining the costs associated with a logging operation in the Pacific Northwest. After pursuing further studies at the University of Michigan and working for the United States Forest Service in a variety of positions in Oregon (Portland and Sumpter), T.J. returned to Corvallis in 1922 to assume a post as a professor in the School of Forestry.

In his two-decade career with Oregon State University, Starker had a profound impact on the growth and professionalization of the forestry curriculum. In addition to teaching coursework in silviculture, wood identification, timber technology, and park forestry, Starker played a major role in promoting the study of forestry by coordinating the acquisition of lands that became the McDonald-Dunn Research Forests. These forests essentially served as Starker's second classroom where he brought students to study and identify trees. Starker's most enduring legacy at the McDonald-Dunn Research Forests was his establishment of the "post farm" research facility at Peavy Arboretum in 1928. This site, with dozens of wooden posts of different wood types planted into the ground, was designed to be a laboratory for the study of wood preservatives and decay. It still operates as a research site today.

In 1942, T.J. took a leave of absence from the School of Forestry to focus upon the management of his own private timberlands as a full-time business. Though he never returned to Oregon State University to teach, T.J. maintained close ties with the university community as a regular speaker and attendee at forestry alumni gatherings like the annual Fernhoppers' Banquet.

Margaret and T.J. Starker together raised two children: Bruce and Jean, who were born in 1918 and 1920, respectively. Both went on to attend Oregon State College with Bruce graduating with a forestry degree in 1940 and Jean receiving a degree in home economics in 1942. After three years in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, Bruce returned to Corvallis and married Elizabeth (Betty) Margaret Bond in 1946. This union produced two sons, Bond (1947) and Barte (1950). Jean continued to reside in Oregon after graduation and worked for the Extension Service for several years before she married local mill manager Kermit Roth in 1948. Together Jean and Kermit had four children: Kenneth, Kreg, Kathy, and Kim.

As T.J. began to transition his livelihood from forestry instruction to the business of his forest holdings, he called upon Bruce to get involved in the daily management of his growing acreage of trees. This informal family business partnership, which began while Bruce was a student at Oregon State College, became legally official in 1971 with the establishment of Starker Forests, Inc. This incorporation listed Bruce, Betty Starker, Bond, and Barte as partners with T.J. in the management of the company. With T.J. opting for semi-retirement in 1968, Bruce essentially managed the daily operation of the business until his untimely death in a plane crash in 1975. Bond went on to serve as the company's managing partner and later as the president.

T.J. began to acquire the forest lands that would form the core of his forestry empire in the 1930s. His first purchases were cutover timber lands in the Coast Range and Mary's Peak areas that he replanted and had harvested decades later as second growth. While known primarily for his management of forest holdings, Starker also managed a number of residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial properties, mostly located in and around Corvallis. Starker was one of leading forces in real estate development in post-World War II Corvallis and Benton County. Among the Corvallis neighborhoods Starker had a hand in developing were the Cedarhurst Addition and Village Green area. Despite ambitious planning for a retirement community on the periphery of Corvallis, Starker's vision for West Hills Village was never realized.

During his 61 years as a resident of Corvallis, Starker actively pursued a life of community involvement through membership and board service in a variety of organizations. These groups included: the First Congregational Church, the Benton County Park Board, the Corvallis Lions Club, the Corvallis Park Board, the OSU Foundation, and the Good Samaritan Hospital. Among the most important legacies of Starker's community work resulted from his coordination of fund-raising projects which facilitated the purchase of land that was later developed as Avery Park and aided in the construction of the Good Samaritan Hospital. For his organizational service, Starker was recognized in 1952 as "The Benton County First Citizen" by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. In the forestry community, Starker was an active member of the Industrial Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters. He also served on the Oregon State Board of Forestry from 1962 to 1970.

Margaret Starker was also active in community organizations. In addition to serving as secretary and president of the OSC Folk Club, Margaret was involved in the Women's Auxiliary of the Good Samaritan Hospital and in the Congregational Church.

By the time of T.J. Starker's passing in March 1983, Starker Forests, Inc. managed about 52,000 acres of forestlands in ten Oregon counties. The company's measured approach to forest cultivation and timber harvest has been recognized as a model of productive and sustainable forestry. In addition to the forestry company he formed, the legacy of T.J. Starker and his family is evident throughout Corvallis. The Bruce Starker Arts Park and Natural Area in Corvallis is one of the largest public gathering and recreation areas in the community and serves as a nod to T.J. Starker's history of municipal park development. The Starker Lecture Series, organized by the Oregon State University College of Forestry, brings speakers to Corvallis annually to present on topics relating to contemporary issues in forestry.

Author: Karl McCreary

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 3262 photographs; 22 boxes, including 6 oversize boxes, and 4 map folders

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The bulk of this collection was received in 2017 from Bond Starker and Anna Starker May. Earlier transfers into this collection, primarily of newspaper clippings, correspondence and writings, were received by the former OSU University Archives from T.J. Starker himself in numerous accessions between 1979 and 1982.

Related Materials:

Other collections that document T.J. Starker and his association with OSU include: the College of Forestry Records (RG 139); Contract Administration Records (RG 212); Engineering Experiment Station Records (RG 100); News and Communication Services (RG 203); President's Office Records (RG 013); Alumni Association Records (RG 035); and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC). Starker's undergraduate thesis for his forestry degree is part of the School of Forestry Senior Forestry Papers (RG 299) and is available online here.

Transcripts and a recording from two oral history interviews with Starker, in 1975 and 1978 respectively, are featured in the Oregon Pioneers Oral History Collection (OH 001) and the Horner Museum Oral History Collection (OH 010). Oral history recordings in the Royal G. Jackson Papers (MSS JacksonR) contain stories from forestry alumni about Starker as a professor. Oral history interviews with Jean Starker Roth and Bond Starker are featured in the OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection (OH 026) and the OSU Alumni Oral History Collection (OH 013).

Photographs of Starker can be found in the following collections: Harriet's Photograph Collection; the College of Forestry Photograph Collection (P 061); the Gwil Evans Photographic Collection (P 082); Faculty and Staff Photograph Collection (P 046); Alumni Relations Photographs (P 017); Oregon Stater Photographs (P 195); and the Robert W. Henderson Photographic Slides Collection (P 098).

Video footage of Barte Starker appearing in a production about the Fender's Blue Butterfly is available in the College of Forestry Moving Images (FV 061). Barte is also referenced in the Liz VanLeeuwen Spotted Owl Collection (MSS VanLeeuwen).

Preferred Citation: T.J. Starker Papers (MSS Starker), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid replaces a preliminary collection-level guide that was prepared in 2009 for the T.J. Starker Collection  to incorporate the major addition to the collection received in 2017.


Starker, T. J. (Thurman James) (1890-1983)

People, Places, and Topics

Atiyeh, Victor
Corvallis (Or.)
Corvallis (Or.)--History.
Forest management--Oregon.
Forestry schools and education--Oregon.
Forests and forestry--Oregon.
Forests and forestry--Taxation--Oregon.
Local History
Natural Resources
Oregon Agricultural College--Students.
Oregon State Board of Forestry
Oregon State College--Faculty.
Oregon State College. School of Forestry
Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.)
Starker, T. J. (Thurman James), 1890-1983
Starker Forests, Inc.
Timber--Law and legislation--Oregon.
University History
Urban parks--Oregon--Corvallis.

Forms of Material

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Drawings (visual works).
Film negatives.
Maps (documents)
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Correspondence, 1895-1983
Series 1 consists of correspondence reflecting T.J. Starker's exchanges with a variety of people regarding land purchases, taxation of his timber holdings, information on noteworthy trees, legislation, Starker family history, environmental protection measures, responses to local newspaper stories/editorials, field trips to Starker forest lands, and Corvallis land use planning. These materials reflect Starker's interaction with other foresters, the Bureau of Land Management, School of Forestry staff, political representatives such as Oregon Governor Tom McCall, and Starker/Ostrander family members. In addition to correspondence, this series includes greeting cards, legislative bills, meeting minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, and reports. There are a total of 75 photographs (74 prints and 1 negative) in this series.
Box-Folder 1.1: Alsea Mountain Timber Cut and Highway Planning, 1953-1963
Box-Folder 8.1: Alsea Mountain Timber Cut and Highway Planning, 1959
Box-Folder 1.2: Bapst, Margaret, 1948-1950
Includes 6 photographic prints.
Box-Folder 1.3: Benton County Foundation, 1966-1978
Box-Folder 1.4: Big Tree Champs, 1941-1975
References to notably large trees of different species. Among the correspondents is Oliver Matthews. Includes 3 photographic prints.
Box-Folder 1.5: Bureau of Land Management - General, 1944-1969
Box-Folder 1.6 - 1.8: Bureau of Land Management - Land and Timber Sales, 1945-1980
3 folders
Box-Folder 8.2: Bureau of Land Management - Land and Timber Sales/Exchanges, 1948-1969
Box-Folder 1.9 - 1.10: Bureau of Land Management - Oregon and California Railroad (O&C) Lands Right of Way, 1945-1970
2 folders
Box-Folder 8.3: Bureau of Land Management - Oregon and California Railroad (O&C) Lands Right of Way, 1949-1964
Box-Folder 1.11: Bureau of Land Management - Road Taxation, 1961-1964
Box-Folder 8.4: Bureau of Land Management - Road Taxation, 1962-1963
Box-Folder 1.12: Bureau of Land Management - Timber Trespass, 1946-1966
Box-Folder 1.13: Burwell, Dave, 1962-1979
Box-Folder 1.14: Columbia County Land Queries, 1937-1949
Box-Folder 8.5: Columbia County Land Queries, 1944-1945
Box-Folder 1.15: Corvallis Community Cannery, 1960-1961
Box-Folder 1.16: Corvallis Depot Project, 1979
Preservation of the Corvallis railroad depot station. Includes 2 prints.
Box-Folder 1.17: Corvallis First Street Bypass, 1975-1980
Box-Folder 1.18 - 1.19: Corvallis Land Use Planning and Annexation, 1945-1951; 1974-1978
Includes city planning reports.
Box-Folder 22.1: Corvallis Land Use Planning and Annexation, 1949-1952
Box-Folder 1.20: Corvallis Lions' Club, 1933-1977
Box-Folder 1.21: Ecology, 1971-1972
Includes 4 prints.
Box-Folder 1.22: Eucalyptus Growth in Oregon, 1949-1957
Box-Folder 1.23: Family History Research, 1932-1981
Mostly letters between T.J. and Paul Boies on Starker family history. Includes 3 prints.
Box-Folder 8.6: Family History Research, 1942-1982
Box-Folder 21.1: Family History Research, 1895-1975
Box-Folder 1.24 - 1.25: Famous Oregon Trees, 1935-1941
2 folders. Includes 38 prints.
Box-Folder 1.26: Farmers' Cooperatives, 1950-1976
Box-Folder 1.27: Field Trips, 1967-1980
Includes a report by Ken Roth (for a Forestry 433 class) detailing his experience on a 1970 field trip led by Starker of Starker Forests Inc. property.
Box-Folder 1.28 -1.30 : General, 1914-1959
3 folders. Includes 4 prints.
Box-Folder 2.1 - 2.7: General, 1960-1983
7 folders. Includes 3 prints.
Box-Folder 8.7: General, 1960-1981
Box-Folder 2.8: General, undated
Box-Folder 2.9: The Great Tree Race, 1975-1977
Box-Folder 2.10: Hagenstein, Bill, 1958-1980
Box-Folder 8.8: Herd Law, 1956-1976
Box-Folder 2.11: Horner Museum, 1974-1980
Box-Folder 2.12 - 2.15: Land Purchases and Sales, 1935-1976
4 folders.
Box-Folder 8.9: Land Purchases and Sales, 1944-1951
Box-Folder 21.2: Land Purchases and Sales, 1944
Box-Folder 2.16: Log Scaling Bureaus-Congressional Report, 1966
Box-Folder 2.17: Margaret O. Starker Memorial Scholarship, 1982
Box-Folder 2.18: Marys River Basin Study, 1974
Box-Folder 2.19: Mason, Earl, 1941-1942
Dean of the Forestry School.
Box-Folder 2.20: Munger, Thornton, 1957-1959
Includes 5 prints and 1 negative.
Box-Folder 2.21: Oregon State College School of Forestry, 1923-1941
Box-Folder 2.22: Oregon State University Foundation, 1949-1978
Box-Folder 2.23: Ostrander, Earl, 1963-1964
Margaret Starker's brother.
Box-Folder 8.10: Ostrander, Edward, 1937-1958
Settlement of the estate of Margaret Starker's father, Edward Ostrander. Includes stock certificates.
Box-Folder 2.24: Polk County Fire Patrol Association, 1939-1947
Box-Folder 2.25: Rock Quarry Geology, 1978
An analysis of the geology of a rock quarry owned by Starker near Marys Peak by OSU professor William Taubeneck.
Box-Folder 2.26: Slash and Field Burning, 1975-1977
Box-Folder 2.27: Starker, Bruce, 1941-1956
Box-Folder 2.28: Starker Family Christmas Cards, 1960-1963
Box-Folder 2.29: Starker, Margaret, 1948-1964
Box-Folder 2.30: Tallest/Largest/Oldest Trees, 1932-1938
Includes 6 prints.
Box-Folder 2.31: Tax Appeals, 1967-1975
Box-Folder 8.11: Tax Appeals, 1965-1975
Box-Folder 2.32: Taxes - General, 1967-1979
Box-Folder 2.33 - 2.34: Taxes - Land and Timber, 1932-1955
2 folders. Includes minutes from Society of American Foresters (Willamette Chapter) Forest Taxation Committee.
Box-Folder 3.1 - 3.6 : Taxes - Land and Timber, 1956-1981
6 folders. Letters reflect Starker's exchange about various Oregon State Legislature forest yield fee bills and appeals brought before the Oregon Tax Commission. Includes articles and editorials by Starker on forest taxation and meeting minutes from the Oregon Legislative Tax Study Committee.
Box-Folder 8.12: Taxes - Land and Timber, 1951-1977
Box-Folder 3.7: Thank You Letters and Birthday Greetings, 1965-1983
Box-Folder 3.8: Tillamook Burn, 1966
Box-Folder 3.9: Tree Snags and Birdhouses, 1975-1976
Box-Folder 3.10: United States Forest Service Employment, 1918-1935
Box-Folder 3.11: United States National Bank, 1948-1969
Box-Folder 3.12: Wedding and Funeral Announcements, 1979-1980
Box-Folder 3.13: Willamette River Greenway, 1976
Box-Folder 3.14: Wood Fuel, 1976-1978
Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1963-1986
Series 2 documents the work by Starker family members after T.J.'s passing in 1983 to compile details for an official published biography of T.J. Starker's life. These materials also reflect the efforts to inventory, organize, and preserve Starker's records and personal papers. Some of the outlines and resumes in this series were written by T.J. Starker himself. There are also items that reflect T.J.'s memorial service that consist of a guestbook and sympathy cards.
Box-Folder 3.15: Biographical Outlines and Resumes, 1963-1986
Box-Folder 3.16: Guestbook For T.J. Starker's Memorial Service, 1983
Box-Folder 19.8: Index of T.J. Starker's Files, circa 1985
An inventory of files collected and maintained by T.J. Starker. The entries are listed in alphanumeric order and contain information on the file titles, subject matter, date, format, and creator/origin of the contents. The index was compiled after Starker's passing in 1983. The compiler is unidentified.
Box-Folder 3.17 - 3.19: Sympathy Letters and Cards, 1983
3 folders. Includes a personal funeral preference statement completed by T.J. in 1967.
Box-Folder 3.20: T.J. Starker History and Archives Project, 1984-1986
Series 3: Instruction, 1923-1942
Series 3 contains materials that document Starker's instruction of coursework as a professor with the Oregon State College School of Forestry. Organized by course title, these files include class handouts, correspondence, lecture notes, newspaper clippings, photographs, student papers, and syllabi. Among the publications in this series is a manual written by Starker for his "Tree Identification" course. There are a total of 8 photographic prints in this series.
Box-Folder 3.21: Commercial Woods (F 334), 1922-1925
Box-Folder 3.22: Curriculum Development, 1942
Contains a proposal for a program in technical forestry and course syllabi.
Box-Folder 3.23 - 3.24: Dendrology (F 353), 1923-1942
2 folders.
Box-Folder 3.25 - 3.26: Forest Management, 1928-1935
2 folders.
Box-Folder 17.1: Forest Management, 1926-1935
Includes student papers outlining management plans for the "McDonald Demonstration Forest."
Box-Folder 3.27: Forest Mensuration (F 221-223), 1930-1931
Box-Folder 4.1 - 4.2: General Forestry (F 111), 1934-1938
2 folders
Box-Folder 4.3: General Forestry (F 417-418), 1932-1934
Box-Folder 4.4: Lumber Seasoning (LM 496), 1929
Includes 3 photos.
Box-Folder 4.5: Non-OSC Course Materials, 1919-1939
Box-Folder 4.6: Park Forestry, 1940-1942
Includes 2 photos.
Box-Folder 8.13: Park Forestry, 1940
Box-Folder 4.7: Regional Forestry (F 418), 1939
Box-Folder 4.8 - 4.9: Seminar Classes (F 407), 1932-1941
2 folders.
Box-Folder 4.10 - 4.14: Silviculture (F 341 - 342), 1925-1940
5 folders.
Box-Folder 8.14: Silviculture, 1925-1937
Box-Folder 22.2: Silviculture, 1924
Mechanical drawing of a root pruner developed for use at the Wind River Nursery.
Box-Folder 4.15: Timber Technology (F 432), 1925-1930
Box-Folder 4.16 - 4.19: Tree Identification (F 153), 1925-1942
4 folders. Includes 2 photos.
Box-Folder 4.20 - 4.22: Wood Identification (F 331), 1924-1942
3 folders. Includes 1 photo.
Box-Folder 5.1: Wood Identification (F 331), 1924-1939
Box-Folder 17.2: Wood Identification (F 331), 1925-1931
Box-Folder 5.2 - 5.4: Wood Utilization (F 332), 1923-1936
2 folders.
Box-Folder 19.1: Wood Utilization (F 332), 1925-1928
Series 4: Writings, 1923-1982
Series 4 is made up of a combination of articles, newsletter columns, essays, book reviews, poems, and letters to the editor written by Starker about a variety of topics ranging from forestry research to local organizations. Roughly half of these writings were published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times as "readertorials."  Starker penned these readertorials as responses to local issues and other editorials. This series also contains correspondence, manuscript drafts, notes, newspaper clippings, and photographs. There are a total of 10 photographic prints in this series.
Box-Folder 5.4: Anecdotes and Word Games, 1966-1979
Box-Folder 5.5: Avery Park, 1974-1979
Box-Folder 5.6: Axioms and Rules of Thumb, 1950-1981
Includes 3 prints.
Box-Folder 5.7: Beaver, 1978
Box-Folder 5.8: Book Reviews, 1930-1939
Starker's reviews of two forestry textbooks.
Box-Folder 5.9 - 5.10: Cascara Tree Studies, 1926-1941
2 folders. Includes 7 prints.
Box-Folder 5.11: Clemens, Rex, 1976-1980
Box-Folder 5.12: Community Involvement, 1973-1981
Essays describing Starker's involvement in community organizations, his development of public parks, and service on various boards.
Box-Folder 5.13: Corvallis Congregational Church, 1967-1980
Box-Folder 5.14: Corvallis Lions' Club, 1935-1978
Box-Folder 5.15: Farm Woodlots, 1927
Box-Folder 5.16: Fire Control, 1934
Box-Folder 5.17: Good Samaritan Hospital, 1979-1981
Box-Folder 5.18: Land Use, 1932
Box-Folder 5.19: Logging History in Benton County, 1937-1974
Box-Folder 5.20: Marys Peak, 1976
Box-Folder 5.21: McDonald-Dunn Forests, 1970-1979
Box-Folder 5.22: Oregon State University School of Forestry, 1924-1981
Box-Folder 5.23: "OTBE the Prof" Columns in OSC Forestry Club Newsletters, 1938-1939
Box-Folder 8.15: "OTBE the Prof" Columns in OSC Forestry Club Newsletters, 1937-1942
This file contains issues of the "Hi Lead" newsletter.
Box-Folder 5.24: Poems by Starker and Others, 1930-1975
Box-Folder 5.25: Preservation of Wood, 1933
Box-Folder 5.26: Publication Lists, 1935
Lists of published articles by Starker.
Box-Folder 5.27 - 5.32: Readertorials, 1933-1982
6 folders.
Box-Folder 5.33: Starker Family Histories, 1970-1980
Box-Folder 5.34: Starker Forests Inc., 1960-1979
Box-Folder 5.35: Student Years at Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Michigan, 1976-1982
Box-Folder 5.36: T.J.'s Forest Practices and Policy Statements, 1971-1981
Statements reflecting Starker's basic ideas about various components of forestry management, including the cutting of snags, logging road construction, weed control, pruning, and animal damage to trees.
Box-Folder 5.37: U.S. Forest Service Experiences, 1956-1982
Starker's recollections of his various experiences working for the U.S. Forest Service during summer breaks as a student and later on, as an instructor.
Box-Folder 6.1: Various Corvallis Area History Topics, 1973-1980
Box-Folder 6.2: Various Forestry Topics, 1922-1979
Box-Folder 6.3: Whiteside, Charles, 1980
Series 5: Speeches and Radio Scripts, 1934-1979
Series 5 contains scripts and notes documenting speeches and radio talks delivered by Starker. Most of the radio scripts reflect Starker's regular features on the KOAC program "Foresters On the Air." This series also includes a transcript of an interview with Starker broadcast in 1966 as a part of Pacific Power and Light Company's "Stories of Pacific Powerland" series.
Box-Folder 6.4 - 6.5: Radio Scripts, 1934-1940
2 folders.
Box-Folder 6.6 - 6.7: Speeches, 1949-1979
2 folders.
Box-Folder 6.8: Speeches By Others, 1966-1970
Most of the speeches were delivered by W.D. Hagenstein of the Industrial Forestry Association.
Box-Folder 6.9: Transcript of Radio Interview With Starker, 1966
Series 6: Organizational Involvement, 1926-1983
Series 6 documents Starker's involvement as a member of various community organizations, governmental boards, and professional associations. The organizations represented in this series illustrate Starker's range of interests from forestry policy management (Oregon State Board of Forestry and Industrial Forestry Association) and local municipal land use (Park Boards of Corvallis and Benton County), to his community church (First Congregational Church). In addition to meeting minutes, these materials include correspondence, budgetary statements, building specifications, maps, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and reports. A notebook reflecting Margaret Starker's participation in the Oregon State College Folk Club is also part of this series.
Box-Folder 6.10 - 6.12: Benton County Park Board, 1957-1974
3 folders.
Box-Folder 8.16: Benton County Park Board, 1960-1962
Box-Folder 21.3: Benton County Park Board, 1958-1960
Box-Folder 8.17: Committee On City Beautification, 1930-1931
Corvallis Chamber of Commerce.
Box-Folder 6.13: Corvallis Park Board, 1939-1953
Box-Folder 8.18: Corvallis Park Board, 1939-1948
Map-Folder 1: Corvallis Park Board, 1939-1940
Architectural drawings for the Corvallis Park Bridge (1940) and a camp stove design for Cape Arago State Park (1939). Both drawings were generated by the Oregon State Highway Commission. Two sheets.
Box-Folder 6.14 - 6.17: First Congregational Church, 1963-1983
4 folders. First Congregational United Church of Christ, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 8.19: First Congregational Church, 1963-1978
Map-Folder 2: First Congregational Church, 1968
Camp Adams site plan and vicinity map. Six sheets.
Box-Folder 6.18: Good Samaritan Hospital, 1956-1981
Starker served on the Board of Trustees.
Box-Folder 6.19: Lincoln County Fire Patrol Association, 1951-1952
Box-Folder 6.20 - 6.25: Industrial Forestry Association, 1953-1981
6 folders. Starker served on the Committee on Forest Taxation.
Box-Folder 21.4: Industrial Forestry Association, 1957-1958
Box-Folder 7.1 - 7.17: Oregon State Board of Forestry, 1966-1972
17 folders. Reflects Starker's participation on several committees managed by the Board: the State Forests Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Emergency Fire Cost Committee.
Box-Folder 8.20: Oregon State Board of Forestry, 1967
Box-Folder 7.18: Oregon State College Folk Club, 1926-1941
A notebook maintained by Margaret Starker reflecting her involvement as President and board member of the OSC Folk Club. Loose items found inside the notebook include: a publication reporting the Folk Club's activities for 1926/27, a clipping about the birth of Kenneth Roth, and an invitation to the wedding of Caroline Starker.
Box-Folder 7.19: Oregon Timber Transport Operators, 1951
Includes 2 decals.
Box-Folder 7.20: Society of American Foresters, 1926-1956
Series 7: Certificates, 1923-1982
Series 7 is made up of certificates received by Starker by various organizations as a part of awards and recognition of service.
Box-Folder 7.21: Certificates, 1951-1982
Box-Folder 19.2: Certificates, 1923-1981
Series 8: Property and Timber Management Files, 1919-1983

Series 8 documents T.J. Starker's management and development of property holdings that include timber lands, buildings, farms, residential lots, livestock, and agricultural products. Made up of account notebooks, agreements, architectural drawings, contracts, correspondence, forest harvest permits, land deeds, maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, and tax assessments, this series reflects a variety of transactions: land leases, timber cruises, lawsuits, deed transfers, property exchanges, purchases, tax appeals, and residential housing development.

Descriptions of property locations in these files with the terms "addition," "block," and "lot" are based on Corvallis and Philomath plat map designations. Other locations, identified by terms such as "section" and "township", are described according to the township and range system of mapping, which was used as a point of reference for donation land claim properties. There are a total of 17 photographic prints in this series.

Box-Folder 8.21: Account Notebooks, 1919-1961
Box-Folder 8.22 - 8.23: Airlie Farms, 1948-1965
2 folders.
Box-Folder 8.24: Alsea Mountain Property Fire Damage, 1964-1967
Box-Folder 8.25: Anderson, Frank, 1951-1973
Box-Folder 8.26: Avery Properties, 1969-1978
Box-Folder 8.27: Ball, Whitney, 1958
Box-Folder 8.28: Barlow, Dean, 1969-1971
Box-Folder 8.29 - 8.30: Barnes Road Farm, 1920-1943
Washington County, Oregon. 2 folders.
Box-Folder 8.31: Beaver Cabinet Building, 1958-1966
Box-Folder 8.32: Beaver Cabinet Works, 1937-1944
Box-Folder 8.33: Beaver Electric Company, 1955
Box-Folder 8.34: Benton County State Bank, 1936-1948
Box-Folder 8.35: Benton-Linn Timber and Lumber Company, 1936
Box-Folder 8.36: Berry Creek Farm, 1952-1959
Box-Folder 8.37: Beusonic Heights, 1919-1925
Washington County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 8.38: Block 33 in Avery's Third Addition, 1957
Box-Folder 8.39: Brandt, Ted, 1972-1979
Box-Folder 8.40: Brown Farm, 1949-1962
Polk County.
Box-Folder 8.41: Burnap, Frank, 1938-1940
Box-Folder 9.1: Cedar Creek Sale, 1959-1975
Purchase of timber on City of Corvallis property.
Box-Folder 9.2 - 9.3: Cedarhurst Addition, 1928-1972
2 folders. A 16-acre parcel of land in Benton County (later incorporated into Corvallis) managed by Starker for residential development. The property, originally part of the F.A. Horning donation land claim, was bordered by Harrison Street to the North and 35th Street to the east. The Starkers resided in this area at 3664 NW Van Buren Street.
Box-Folder 22.3: Cedarhurst Addition, 1959-1965
Box-Folder 9.4: Charnholm, Harold, 1959-1977
Box-Folder 9.5: Columbia County Harvest Permits, 1954-1971
Box-Folder 9.6: Columbia County Properties, 1950-1972
Map-Folder 3: Columbia County Properties, undated
Starker Forests road and setting map, Clatskanie (Or.). One sheet.
Box-Folder 9.7: Columbia County Yield Tax, 1955-1964
In addition to tax statements and correspondence, this file contains paperwork reporting the amount of timber harvested from classified reforestation lands in Columbia County.
Box-Folder 9.8: Corvallis Riverside Property, 1952-1959
Box-Folder 9.9: Corvallis Sand and Gravel Lots, 1951-1958
Box-Folder 9.10: Country Club Heights, 1943-1962
Box-Folder 9.11 - 9.12: Crossley-Crabtree Farm, 1967-1976
2 folders. Linn County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 21.5: Crossley-Crabtree Farm, undated
Box-Folder 9.13: Crown Zellerbach Corporation, 1959-1960
Box-Folder 9.14 - 9.18: Crown Zellerbach Corporation-Land Trade, 1967-1983
6 folders. An arrangement made between T.J Starker and Crown Zellerbach (CZ) to trade Starker-owned forest lands to CZ in exchange for CZ forest lands of similar value in 5 years. Part of this deal involved an automatic appreciation in the valuation of the Starkers' lands. This arrangement became a major tax case with the Internal Revenue Service when Starker didn't report any taxable gains. Upon receiving a tax bill by the IRS, Bruce Starker filed suit and ultimately the Starkers won. These files include legal documentation and newspaper clippings.
Box-Folder 21.6: Crown Zellerbach Corporation-Land Trade, undated
Box-Folder 9.19: Digger Mountain Lumber Company, 1947-1956
Box-Folder 9.20: Dog Face Lumber Company, 1947-1954
Box-Folder 9.21: Donation Land Claim #42 - Section 6, 1947-1960
Township 12 South, Range 5 West. Corvallis.
Box-Folder 9.22: Donation Land Claim #49, 1948-1965
Township 11 South, Range 5 West. Dixon's 2nd Addition. Corvallis.
Box-Folder 9.23: Donation Land Claim #53, 1964
Township 11 South, Range 5 West. Corvallis. (Corner at 35th and Jackson Street)
Box-Folder 9.24: Donation Land Claim #63 - Section 30, 1961-1977
Township 12 South, Range 5 West. Benton County.
Box-Folder 9.25: Earl Galloway Logging Company, 1955-1962
Box-Folder 9.26: Eberting Estate Buildings, 1943-1954
Lots 10 and 11 on Block 6, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 10.1: Ellis and Mann Lumber Company, 1939-1940
Box-Folder 10.2: E.W. Heckart Appliance Company, 1934-1954
Box-Folder 10.3: Farmhouse Fraternity, 1969-1978
Box-Folder 10.4: First National Bank of Corvallis, 1939-1958
Box-Folder 10.5: First Street Lots, 1940-1962
Box-Folder 10.6: Forest Fire Lawsuit, 1949-1951
Suit filed by Starker against Andy Gilmore for fire damage to 400 acres of Starker's forest property. Includes 5 prints.
Box-Folder 10.7 - 10.8: George E. Miller Lumber Company, 1950-1963
2 folders. Also documents Starker's interaction with the Cascadia Lumber Company.
Box-Folder 22.4: George E. Miller - Cascadia Lumber Company, 1961-1962
Box-Folder 10.9 - 10.11: Georgia Pacific Corporation Exchange Agreement, 1959-1964
3 folders. These files detail an arrangement made between Starker and the Georgia Pacific Corporation for an exchange of forest lands similar to the deal Starker made with Crown Zellerbach Corporation described above.
Box-Folder 10.12: Giesy, Wayne, 1956-1977
Box-Folder 10.13: Gillaspie Building Fund, 1958
Box-Folder 10.14: Goats, 1921-1924
A brief business venture by Starker in the raising of goats for the sale of mohair. Tualatin Valley, Washington County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 10.15: Great Western National Bank, 1968-1972
Box-Folder 10.16: Horn-Harlan Tract, 1936-1937
Box-Folder 10.17: Irrigation Equipment, 1956-1957
Box-Folder 10.18: Kendall Pacific Inc., 1963
Box-Folder 10.19: Kiger and Pace, 1938
Fred Kiger and Sam Pace.
Box-Folder 10.20: King, Porter, 1944
Box-Folder 10.21 - 10.22: Kline Building, 1938-1960
2 folders. South Second Street, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 10.23: Lawrence David Property, 1968
Linn County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 10.24: Leslie Phelps Property, 1956-1957
Clackamas County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 10.25: Lewis Farm, 1948-1957
Polk County, Oregon. The property resided within Camp Adair and the documentation includes references to the wholesale selling of land within the camp starting in 1948.
Box-Folder 10.26: Loans and Other Financial Transactions Between Starker Family Members, 1920-1943
Box-Folder 10.27: Longview Fibre Company, 1955
Box-Folder 10.28: Lot 2 in Block 1, 1955-1959
Johnson's Addition, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 10.29: Lots 2, 3, 4 in Block 4, 1933-1940
Box-Folder 10.30: Lot 3 in Block 12, 1943-1949
Box-Folder 10.31: Lot 9 in Block 2, 1939-1958
Box-Folder 10.32: Lot 11 in Block 6, 1943-1944
Box-Folder 10.33: Lot 103 in Block 27, 1952-1953
Box-Folder 10.34: Mar-Linn Timber Company, 1950
Box-Folder 10.35: Monmouth-Independence Cooperative (MICO), 1957-1981
Contains references to Pacific Grains Inc.
Box-Folder 10.36: Neuman, John, 1959-1973
Box-Folder 11.1: Normarc, Inc., 1979-1980
Box-Folder 11.2: North Gate Shopping Center Property, 1968-1974
9th and Beca Street, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 11.3: North 9th Street Properties, 1944-1959
Box-Folder 11.4: Oglesby, Ralph, 1953-1965
Box-Folder 11.5 - 11.6: Onions, 1967-1976
2 folders. Agricultural property near Wapato Lake, Yamhill County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 22.5: Onions, 1966
Includes a copy of a 1899 plat map for the Wapato Lake Subdivision.
Box-Folder 11.7: Oregon State Board of Forestry Land Trade, 1954-1959
Box-Folder 11.8: Oregon State College School of Forestry Land Trade, 1952
Box-Folder 11.9: Oregon State Highway Commission, 1946-1967
Legal suit brought by Starker over the compensation amount for property condemned in the construction of the Alsea Highway. Property resided in North Corvallis. Includes 9 prints.
Box-Folder 22.6: Oregon State Highway Commission - Alsea Highway, 1953
Box-Folder 17.3: Oregon State Highway Department Rock Quarry Sale, 1956
Box-Folder 11.10: Pacific Fruit and Produce Company, 1945-1966
The company leased a cold storage facility in Corvallis from Starker. Also details the spur rail line that Starker had built for the facility.
Box-Folder 11.11 - 11.14: Pacific Grains Inc., 1955-1979
4 folders. Company leased grain storage warehouses in Rickreall, Oregon.
Box-Folder 11.15 - 11.16: Peak Plywood Inc., 1954-1976
2 folders. Veneer plant between Corvallis and Philomath.
Box-Folder 11.17: Pearl, Theodore, 1950
Box-Folder 11.18: Philomath Building, 1952-1955
The structure was located on Main Street between C and D Streets. Lot 103 on block 27.
Box-Folder 11.19: Pierce Freight Lines Inc., 1951-1954
Warehouse in Corvallis. Includes 2 prints.
Box-Folder 11.20: Piling Companies, 1948-1964
Box-Folder 11.21: Pope, John B., 1959-1967
Box-Folder 11.22: Publishers Paper Company, 1969-1972
Oregon City paper mill.
Box-Folder 11.23: Recken Quarry Site, 1956
Benton County.
Box-Folder 11.24: Record of Taxes Paid on Property Sold in 1943, 1943
Box-Folder 11.25: Redi-Built Products Inc., 1949-1972
Box-Folder 11.26: Rodgersdale Addition, 1969
Albany, Oregon.
Box-Folder 17.4: Rodgersdale Addition, 1969-1972
Box-Folder 11.27: Rooney and Nicolaides, 1941-1950
R.V. Rooney and E.K. Nicolaides.
Box-Folder 11.28: Roth, Jean, 1948-1951
T.J. Starker's daughter. Correspondence relating to Starker's transfer of properties to Jean.
Box-Folder 11.29: Schrock Farms, 1959-1973
Properties in Benton and Linn Counties, Oregon.
Box-Folder 11.30: Section 2, Township 12 South, 5 West, 1939-1962
Box-Folder 11.31: Section 11, Township 11 South, 6 West, 1942-1967
Benton County.
Box-Folder 11.32: SeRine, Alden, 1980
Box-Folder 11.33: Sigma Pi Lots, 1925-1952
Real estate transactions with Sigma Pi Fraternity. Lots 5, 6, 7, and 8 in Block 13, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 11.34: Sjogren, Per, 1952-1979
Box-Folder 22.7: Sjogren, Per, 1970
A map of the Queen's View Subdivision, Benton County.
Box-Folder 11.35: Soap Creek Farms, 1948-1964
Benton County.
Box-Folder 12.1: Southern Pacific Company, 1957-1975
Transactions regarding the Derry and Suver station warehouse facilities. Related to the operation of Pacific Grains Inc.
Box-Folder 21.7: Southern Pacific Company, 1957
Relating to property owned by Starker alongside the rail line at the Toledo Branch (MP 720.7).
Box-Folder 22.8: Southern Pacific Company - Derry and Suver Station Warehouses, 1972
Box-Folder 12.2: Starr, Vernon, 1946-1951
Box-Folder 12.3: Sulphur Springs Farm, 1949-1962
Benton County.
Box-Folder 12.4 - 12.5: Timber Assessments and Appeals, 1958-1977
2 folders. Relates to Starker's interaction with the Oregon Tax Commission regarding assessments of his timber properties.
Box-Folder 12.6: Timian, E.F., 1967-1981
Timian Construction Company. Relating to the development of the West Hills Terrace residential subdivision, Benton County.
Box-Folder 12.7: United Products Company, 1950-1956
Box-Folder 12.8: United States Forest Service - Land Trade, 1950-1957
Box-Folder 12.9: United States Forest Service - Timber Sales, 1953-1960
Box-Folder 12.10: Utilizer Machinery, 1967-1972
Log processing machinery developed by the Crown Zellerbach Corporation to handle small trees (defined as 5" to 12" diameter).
Box-Folder 12.11: Various Contracts and Leases, 1950-1975
Box-Folder 12.12: Venell, Clarence, 1967-1973
Box-Folder 12.13 - 12.19: Village Green, 1959-1978
7 folders. A residential subdivision in Northern Corvallis (Benton County at the time of development) developed by the Harman Investment Corporation. Starker helped in financing the project and owned a number of lots in the subdivision. The boundaries of this area are Conifer Avenue to the West, the Southern Pacific Rail line to the East with Canterbury Circle forming the Northern edge, and Plymouth Circle/Sherwood Way forming the southern border. Includes 1 print.
Map-Folder 4: Village Green, 1959-1971
Maps relating to the development of the Village Green residential area. Letters from the City of Corvallis to Starker regarding establishment of water and sewer services to the subdivision are attached to three of the maps.
Box-Folder 12.20: West Hills Terrace, 1959-1982
A residential subdivision in Western Corvallis (along 43rd street) where Starker owned several lots.
Box-Folder 22.9: West Hills Terrace, 1952
Box-Folder 12.21 - 12.23: West Hills Village, 1957-1960
3 folders. Starker's plan for the development of a residential retirement community. The area envisioned for this housing development was a 21-acre site in Corvallis along West Hills Road. Contains brochures and other reference materials about retirement communities throughout the western U.S.
Box-Folder 12.24: Wicks Addition-Sections 2 and 11, 1942-1979
Box-Folder 12.25: Wilson, Robert, 1957-1961
Box-Folder 12.26: Wilt, Stanley, 1968-1980
Box-Folder 12.27: Winney Brothers, 1936-1938
Box-Folder 12.28: Winston, Harrison, 1946-1950
Box-Folder 12.29: Wolfe, Norlin, 1948-1953
Box-Folder 12.30: Woods Creek Rock Quarry, 1953-1965
Series 9: Research Projects, 1925-1977
Series 9 pertains to research projects conducted by Starker in his role as Professor for the School of Forestry. Made up of correspondence, Extension publications, newspaper clippings, photographs, progress reports, research data, and student papers, these materials primarily reflect studies of preservative treated wooden posts at the "post farm" at Peavy Arboretum. There are a total of 39 photographs (38 prints and 1 negative) in this series.
Box-Folder 13.1: Black Locust Fertilizer Project, 1933-1942
Includes 18 prints.
Box-Folder 13.2 - 13.6: Post Farm Studies, 1925-1977
5 folders. Contains 20 photographic prints and 1 negative.
Box-Folder 13.7: Various Research Projects, 1925-1940
Series 10: Newspaper Clippings, 1900-1996
Series 10 consists of newspaper clippings and magazine articles collected by Starker that contain stories about Starker's involvement in community events, members of the Starker family, Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh, Starker's association with the School of Forestry, the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, tours of Starker Forests land, projects for wildlife preservation, and awards received by Starker. Among these clippings are a few editorials and articles written by Starker. Primarily drawn from the Corvallis Gazette-Times and The Oregonian newspapers, the clippings also include articles from OSU alumni magazines, journals, and organizational newsletters. Some of the clippings have letters and greeting cards attached to them.
Box-Folder 13.8: Atiyeh, Victor, 1979-1983
Victor Atiyeh served as Oregon's Governor from 1979 to 1987. The clippings are primarily news stories relating to various actions by Atiyeh as governor as well as his opinions on federal government policies and Atiyeh's 1982 re-election campaign. Starker was a strong supporter of Atiyeh and this is reflected in materials found among the clippings such as letters to Atiyeh, re-election campaign fundraising literature, and an invitation to Atiyeh's gubernatorial inauguration ceremony reception in 1983.
Box-Folder 13.9: Awards and Honors Received by Starker, 1952-1982
Box-Folder 13.10 - 13.12: General, 1934-1983
3 folders.
Box-Folder 13.13: Jackson, Glenn, 1980
Glenn Jackson was a political fixture in state politics acting as a personal advisor for several Oregon governors and serving in a number of state agencies, including the Oregon Highway Commission. Never formally elected to office, Jackson graduated from OAC in 1925 and was involved on the boards of many OSU clubs and organizations. The clippings all date from the time of his death in 1980.
Box-Folder 13.14: Logging Industry, 1936-1982
Box-Folder 13.15: Mount St. Helens, 1978-1982
The clippings mostly pertain to the aftermath of Mount St. Helens' 1980 volcanic eruption and the debate that ensued over plans to harvest the downed timber from around the mountain. Starker's personal interest in St. Helens is reflected in an essay found with the clippings in which he wrote of his summer job there as a part of the U.S. Forest Service in 1923.
Box-Folder 13.16: Starker Family Members, 1900-1996
Box-Folder 13.17: Starker Forests Inc., 1976-1982
Series 11: Reference Materials, 1900-1981
Series 11 is comprised of material collected by Starker for reference in his teaching of forestry classes and research. Among the published media in this series include article reprints, technical bulletins, newspaper clippings, product literature, and research reports. There are also notes, student papers, and correspondence between Starker and a variety of companies and researchers. There are 50 photographic prints in this series.
Box-Folder 13.18 : Cascara Tree, 1922-1931
Includes 10 prints.
Box-Folder 13.19 - 13.22: Civil Service Exam Questions, 1900-1941
4 folders. Lists of civil service questions used by the U.S. Forest Service to recruit for positions within the agency.
Box-Folder 13.23: Douglas Fir, 1919-1924
Includes 1 print.
Box-Folder 13.24: Famous Oregon Trees, 1935-1938
Box-Folder 13.25: Fluoridation, 1957-1960
Literature against the movement to add fluoride to municipal drinking water supplies.
Box-Folder 19.3: Forest Land Management, circa 1992
A publication, "Good Stewardship of Our Forest As Practiced by Both Industry and the Federal Government" generated by the Coos Head Timber Company. The publication resembles a scrapbook that includes photographs (22 prints in all) and maps depicting the results of replanting on logged forest lands in Coos and Douglas Counties.
Box-Folder 13.26: Forestry History - General, 1934-1978
Article reprints, brochures, and reports relating to harvesting techniques, trends in yield management, and the overall outlook for North American forestry. These publications were primarily generated by forestry journals and various forestry associations.
Box-Folder 14.1 - 14.3: Forestry History - Oregon, 1913-1981
3 folders. Mostly made up of reports by the U.S. Forest Service and various forestry associations relating to forestry topics in Oregon, including: forest land ownership, forest laws, second growth management, and the general outlook of the state's forest products industry.
Box-Folder 21.8: Forestry History - Oregon, 1938-1980
Includes a map of Benton County logging railroad lines.
Box-Folder 14.4: Fuel Values of Wood, 1910-1929
Box-Folder 14.5: Glues, 1921-1929
Box-Folder 14.6: Jokes and Anecdotes, 1922-1977
Box-Folder 14.7 - 14.9: Lumber Mill Operations and Trade, 1916-1930
3 folders.
Box-Folder 21.9: Lumber Mill Operations and Trade, 1929
Includes a floor plan for the Willamette Valley Lumber Company (Dallas, Or.).
Box-Folder 22.1: Lumber Mill Operations and Trade, 1924-1958
Box-Folder 14.10: Lumber Seasoning Technology, 1918-1926
Box-Folder 21.10 : Lumber Seasoning and Kiln Drying Technology, 1923-1929
Box-Folder 14.11: Oregon Agricultural Research and Advisory Council, 1959
Box-Folder 14.12: Oregon and California Railroad Grant Lands, 1946-1971
Box-Folder 14.13: Oregon State University Campus History, circa 1930-1978
Box-Folder 14.14: Paper Manufacturing, 1922-1930
Box-Folder 14.15: Plywood, 1937-1939
Box-Folder 14.16: Population Growth, 1972
Box-Folder 14.17: Redwoods, 1916-1926
Includes 4 prints.
Box-Folder 14.18: Reforestation, 1971-1977
Includes 11 prints.
Box-Folder 14.19: Siuslaw National Forest, 1939-1979
Box-Folder 14.20: Southern Pines, 1926
Box-Folder 14.21 - 14.23: Timber Growing and Logging Practice By Region, 1926-1932
3 folders. Technical bulletins issued by the U.S. Forest Service describing slash disposal, timber cultivation, and logging methods by particular silvicultural region of the U.S. There are 14 bulletins in total.
Box-Folder 14.24: Turpentine, 1903-1932
Includes 7 prints.
Box-Folder 14.25: United States Forest Service - Annual Reports, 1952-1956
Annual Reports of the Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.
Box-Folder 14.26: United States Forest Service - Forest Management Handbook, 1928-1932
Box-Folder 14.27: United States Forest Service - Maps and Surveys Handbook, 1924
Box-Folder 14.28: United States Forest Service - Recreation Plans, 1936
A handbook for the management of recreational facilities on National Forest lands. Includes drawings with design specifications for structures such as signage, bridges, and buildings.
Box-Folder 15.1: Western Yellow Pine, 1923
Box-Folder 15.2: White Pine, 1924
Box-Folder 15.3: Wilderness Bills, 1962-1982
Box-Folder 15.4: Willamette Basin Project, 1958
Box-Folder 15.5: Wood Distillation and Byproducts, 1921-1929
Box-Folder 15.6 - 15.9: Wood Preservation, 1913-1942
4 folders. Includes 17 prints.
Box-Folder 19.4: Wood Preservation, 1924-1930
Box-Folder 21.11: Wood Preservation, 1920-1927
Box-Folder 15.10: Wood Stoves, 1977-1980
Series 12: Starker Forests, Inc. Records, 1939-1985
Series 12 pertains to the management of Starker Forests, Inc. the business Starker formed in 1937 to manage his forest lands. Made up of a combination of agreements, correspondence, maps, photographs, reports, and research data, this series documents company operations such as timber sales and studies of forest practice. There are a total of 5 photographic prints in this series.
Box-Folder 15.11: Fertilizer Studies, 1964-1971
Box-Folder 12.31: Forms, 1951-1952
Contract forms used to document the sale of timber on Starker forest properties. This folder also contains blank permit forms from the State of Oregon for new road construction, affidavit of timber removal, and the use of public water resources.
Box-Folder 15.12: General, 1952-1980
Box-Folder 12.32: General, circa 1976
Box-Folder 15.13: Hamar Lake Rehabilitation Project, 1969-1970
Box-Folder 15.14: Invitation To Bid at Private Sale Announcements, 1971-1980
Announcements issued by Starker Forests Inc.
Box-Folder 15.15: Maps, 1958-1959
Hand drawn maps of Starker Forest properties.
Box-Folder 21.12: Maps, 1955-1956
Box-Folder 15.16: North Marys River Properties, 1939-1942
Includes 3 prints.
Box-Folder 15.17: Partnership Agreement, 1970-1971
Documentation relating to a partnership agreement drawn up for the management of Starker Forests Inc. Parties named in the agreement are: T.J. Starker, Bruce Starker, Elizabeth Bond Starker, Bruce Bond Starker, and Barte Starker.
Box-Folder 15.18: Pruning and Thinning Douglas Fir, 1937-1968
A pruning and thinning research project on Starker Forest lands on Marys Peak. Includes data and a photocopy of a book chapter referencing this activity. Includes 2 prints.
Box-Folder 15.19: Radio Communications, 1972-1985
Box-Folder 15.20: Stumpage Sale Records, 1946-1980
Box-Folder 15.21: Sturdevant, Ed, 1956-1957
Sturdevant Logging Company.
Series 13: Photographs, 1907-1983
Series 13 is made up of photographic images taken and collected by T.J. Starker that document Starker in portrait shots, Starker family members, Starker's involvement in community events, friends of the Starkers, examples of different tree types, wood research, and forestry management activities. Among these images include postcards collected and received by Starker. About one-third of the postcards contain messages, many of which came from Bruce Starker during his service in the U.S. Coast Guard. There are a total of 1357 photographs (1132 prints, 189 negatives, and 36 slides) in this series.
Box-Folder 15.22: Bapst Family, undated
Images of Bapst family members Jim, Margaret, Patrice, and Mark.
Box-Folder 15.23 - 15.24: Brazil Views from Bruce Starker, 1944
2 folders. Images taken and collected by Bruce Starker in Brazil during his service in the U.S. Coast Guard. Views include postcard prints of areas around Rio de Janeiro and shots of Bruce with shipmates and from the ocean.
Box-Folder 15.25: Cannery Building, undated
Cannery Building, 9th Street, Corvallis.
Box-Folder 15.26: Cascara Tree, undated
Box-Folder 15.27: Chinese Lumber Operations, 1938
Includes a letter to Starker about being in the Chinese port city of Nanking in the aftermath of a bombing raid by the Japanese.
Box-Folder 15.28: Christmas Greeting Card Images, 1965-1977
Greeting cards featuring images of T.J. Starker, Bruce, Barte, Bond, the Roth children, and various friends.
Box-Folder 15.29: Damage To Trees, 1966-1978
Box-Folder 15.30: Dunn Family, undated
Images of the Dunn Family- Joyce, Howard, Terry, and Ashley.
Box-Folder 15.31: Eucalyptus Tree, undated
Box-Folder 15.32: Field Trips To Peavy Arboretum and Elsewhere, 1928
Box-Folder 15.33: Fireproof Building, 1932
Two copies of a photographic print depicting Starker standing next to the ruins of a "fireproof" building that burned in 1932 somewhere in Pennsylvania. Images found in an envelope with a 1975 letter Starker sent to Val Gardner.
Box-Folder 15.34: First Christian Church, 1958-1968
Starker was involved in the preservation of this church building, referred to as the "little brown church." Includes newspaper clippings.
Box-Folder 15.35 - 15.36: General, circa 1910-1979
2 folders.
Box-Folder 19.5: General, 1939
Box-Folder 15.37: Images from a TV Feature About Starker, 1981
Shots of a TV screen airing a news feature about Starker televised on KOIN TV's  "Ray Summers at Large."
Box-Folder 15.38: Level of Growing Stock Plots-Starker Forests, 1971
Box-Folder 15.39: Mexican Tree and Forestry Images, undated
Box-Folder 17.5: Mill Operations-Aerial Views, 1956
Aerial views of mill operations in the Corvallis/Philomath area, likely depicting the same general area during different years. Sites identified as: Peak Plywood, Larson Lumber Company, and Rex Clemens Mill. 5 prints.
Box-Folder 15.40: Noyes, Pat Harris, 1976
Box-Folder 15.41: Oak Thinning, 1936
Box-Folder 15.42: Oregon State University, 1910-1967
Box-Folder 15.43: Oregon State University Centennial Parade-Starker Float, 1968
Box-Folder 15.44: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity House, undated
Box-Folder 15.45: Pine Trees-Different Species, 1934
Box-Folder 15.46: Planting Machinery, undated
Ray Strawn and Jimmy Lowe.
Box-Folder 15.47: Portrait Shots of T.J. Starker, 1907-1983
Box-Folder 15.48: Postcard Views of College Campuses, circa 1935
These views document Oregon State College, Cornell University, Yale University, Pennsylvania State College, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan.
Box-Folder 15.49: Postcard Views-General, undated
Box-Folder 15.50: Postcard Views of Oregon and Washington, 1912-1976
Box-Folder 16.1 - 16.3: Postcard Views of Places in the U.S. Outside of the Pacific Northwest, 1916-1979
3 folders. Places represented in these views include: Alaska, New Orleans, Hawaii, New York City, California, and Minnesota.
Box-Folder 16.4 - 16.5: Postcard Views of Places Outside the U.S., circa 1935-1978
2 folders. Places represented in these views include: Canada, England, Japan, Scotland, and Mexico.
Box-Folder 16.6: Slash Disposal, 1938
Box-Folder 16.7: Starker Family, 1914-1976
Along with featuring T.J. and Margaret Starker, these images also depict the Starker children Jean Starker Roth and Bruce, and their families (Kim, Kathy, Kreg, Kenneth, Betty, Bond and Barte).
Box-Folder 16.8: Starker Forests Inc. Employees, 1967
Group shots identified as the "men of Starker Forests." The seven featured in the image include T.J., Bruce, Barte, Bond, and Gary Blanchard.
Box-Folder 16.9: Starker in Parades and Other Community Events, 1975-1980
Box-Folder 16.01: Starker Residences, 1963-1981
Box-Folder 16.11: Tree Research Study, 1940
Described as being a tree "race study".
Box-Folder 16.12: Weeping Willow Tree, 1980
Images of a large weeping willow and Starker with rounds of two cut trees. Photographs may have been featured in a story in the Gazette-Times newspaper.
Box-Folder 16.13: Whitman National Forest, undated
These images document Starker's life in the U.S. Forest Service from 1912 to 1921 in Eastern Oregon.
Box-Folder 16.14: Wood Preservation and Beam Strength Research, undated
Series 14: Student Work, 1910-1912
Series 14 consists of course notes, a certificate of completion, and a thesis reflecting Starker's student work at Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU) and the University of Michigan. Starker graduated with a bachelor's degree in forestry in 1910 and a master of science in forestry in 1912. He was in the first graduating class of the OAC School of Forestry. There are a total of 16 photographic prints in this series.
Box-Folder 16.15: Certificate of Graduate Course Work Completion, 1912
A photocopy of a handwritten statement by Professor Filibert Roth certifying that T.J. Starker completed the two-year graduate course in forestry at the University of Michigan.
Box-Folder 16.16: Course Notes, 1910-1912
Box-Folder 22.11: Survey Mapping Project, 1911
A large folio containing seven hand drawn renderings by Starker that illustrate different types of survey maps. Some of the maps depict locations on or close to the University of Michigan. One of the pages contains 16 photographic prints composed in an overlapping manner to reflect a landscape drawn graphically on the preceding page.
Box-Folder 16.17: Undergraduate Thesis, 1910
A photocopy of Starker's thesis for his bachelor's degree at Oregon Agricultural College: "A Thesis on the Methods and Cost of Logging as Carried on in the Northwest."
Series 15: Address Books, circa 1930-1975
Series 15 is made up of two address books maintained by Starker that contain information on family members, friends, colleagues in forestry, and other contacts. In addition to street address information, the entries also contain details of the birth dates, spouse names, and anniversary dates of those listed.
Box-Folder 16.18: Address Books, circa 1930-1975
Series 16: Scrapbooks, circa 1890-1983
Series 16 is made up of six scrapbooks containing items collected by T.J. Starker that document his childhood, college years, family life, U.S. Forest Service employment, work as a forestry professor, involvement in community events, management of his forest properties, and honors received by him. Primarily consisting of photographs, these scrapbooks also contain game programs, dance cards, letters, receipts, and newspaper clippings. Loose materials found inside the scrapbooks have been placed in folders that are stored in the same box as the scrapbooks. Among the six scrapbooks there are a total of 1685 photographs.
Box-Folder 17.6 - 17.8: Scrapbook 1, circa 1890-1983
3 folders. Scrapbook 1 contains photographs depicting various members of the Starker family in portrait shots and in groups involved in family gatherings. The earliest images portray Otto and Molly Starker as well as T.J. and Caroline as children. Bruce Starker, Jean Starker Roth, and their families are also represented among the images. There are also views of the Ostrander family that include Margaret's sister Dorothy, her husband Leonard, and their children. Other photographs depict T.J. engaged in a variety of public activities such as awards ceremonies, parades, and the dedication of the Oregon 4-H Center swimming pool. Loose photographs and birth announcements (Barte Starker and Ken Roth) found in this scrapbook have been placed into a separate folder. There are a total of 367 photographic prints in this scrapbook.
Box-Folder 18.1 - 18.2: Scrapbook 2, 1909-1917
2 folders. Scrapbook 2 contains photographs, dance cards, game programs, ticket stubs, messages from classmates, newspaper clippings, certificates, grade reports, and receipts documenting Starker's student experience at Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Michigan. These materials reflect Starker's attendance of college athletic and stage events, as well as his involvement in the Rocky Mountain Club at Michigan. There are also views of the two campuses, Starker's own dormitory room at OAC, and field trips taken for forestry classes. This scrapbook also contains images and letters pertaining to Starker's employment with the United States Forest Service in Eastern Oregon. There are a total of 307 photographic prints in this scrapbook.
Box-Folder 16.19: Scrapbook 2 Guide, circa 1985
This guide contains descriptive caption information corresponding to the number and position of the photographs in Scrapbook 2, page by page. It also contains photocopied information from the back of postcards and photographs that are adhered to the pages.
Box-Folder 19.6 - 19.7: Scrapbook 3, 1912-1918
2 folders. Scrapbook 3 consists of photographs primarily reflecting Starker's work for the United States Forest Service in Eastern Oregon. The images depict logging operations, railroad construction, brush burning, and views of the towns of Sumpter and White Pine. Some of the photographs show Starker with Forest Service colleagues, local friends, and Margaret Starker. There are also views of Starker's residence in Sumpter and a group shot of the members of the OAC Forest Club. There are a total of 295 photographic prints in this scrapbook.
Box-Folder 16.20: Scrapbook 3 Guide, circa 1985
This guide contains descriptive caption information corresponding to the number and position of the photographs in Scrapbook 3 page by page. It also contains photocopied information from the back of postcards and photographs that are adhered to the pages.
Box-Folder 20.1- 20.3: Scrapbook 4, 1910-1942
3 folders. Scrapbook 4 is made up of photographs relating to Starker's employment for the United States Forest Service in Eastern Oregon, his work as a forestry professor, and his student years at Oregon Agricultural College and the University of Michigan. About half of the photographs in this scrapbook relate to Starker's instruction and research work for Oregon State College and include shots of class field trips to logging sites, mills, and tree nurseries throughout Oregon. Other OSC related shots depict trees on research plots and seedling specimens. A series of views of a 1925 logging operation at Huckleberry Mountain (near Baker, Oregon) are attributed to Bruce Moreland. The only non-photographic item in the scrapbook is a piece of wooden veneer prepared for use in 1934 as currency for the town of Tenino, Washington. There are a total of 466 photographic prints in this scrapbook.
Box-Folder 20.4 - 20.5: Scrapbook 5, 1926-1975
2 folders. Scrapbook 5 contains photographs and newspaper clippings relating to forestry management that include views of mill operations, the use of trees as shatterbelts for agriculture, and tree nurseries/plantations. Some of the images were taken and collected by Starker in Pennsylvania during his sabbatical at Pennsylania State College in 1932. Photographs of Oregon forestry primarily reflect activity on Starker Forest' lands and depict research plots, logging operations, slash burning, tours led by Starker, and examples of animal damaged trees. Lumber mills referenced among these images include the Marys Peak Veneer Mill, the Rex Clemens Sawmill and Pond, and Peak Plywood. There are also shots of the development of Avery Park in Corvallis. Some of images in the scrapbook feature Bruce, Bond, and Barte Starker. There are a total of 246 photographic prints in this scrapbook.
Box-Folder 16.21: Scrapbook 6: "A Citation for Pop", circa 1974
Scrapbook 6 contains photographs, newspaper clippings, event programs, and a citation statement. Entitled "A Citation for Pop," this scrapbook documents Starker's receipt of a Distinguished Service Award by OSU at the 1971 commencement ceremony. The images depict T.J. and Jean Starker Roth during the day of the ceremony. There are four prints in total.
Series 17: Drawings, 1950-1985
Series 17 is made up of three sets of hand drawn renderings in pen and pencil that were collected by T.J. Starker.
Box-Folder 16.22: Starker Caricature, 1950
A caricature portrait of T.J. Starker drawn by one of his students. This image was turned into a stamp and an impression from it on a piece of mail is also included in this file.
Box-Folder 16.23: Totem Pole Design Sketches, 1969-1985
Box-Folder 17.9: Totem Pole Design Sketches, 1969
Box-Folder 16.24: Tree Root Studies, undated
Series 18: Artifacts, 1910-1981
Series 18 is made up of artifacts and paper ephemera that document honors received by T.J. Starker, membership in various organizations, and signage for displays about tree growth. In addition to plaques, this series includes business cards, decals, display captions/signage, and ribbons.
Box-Folder 16.25: Decals, undated
Box-Folder 16.26: Display Captions and Signage, 1979
Box-Folder 16.27: Membership and Business Cards, 1910-1980
Box-Folder 16.28: Ribbons, 1956-1967
Two ribbons presented to T.J. Starker at Triad Club events. Starker was one of the charter members of the club.
Box-Folder 16.29: Tenant Rules Sign, undated
A cardboard sign listing "Apartment Rules" for tenants. Date and creator unknown.
Box-Item 16.1: Plaque: Tree Farmer of The Year, 1975
Presented by the Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association.
Box-Item 16.2: Plaque: Benton County Tree Farmer of the Year, 1975
Box-Item 16.3: Plaque: Certificate of Recognition For Conscientious and Dedicated Community Service, 1977
Presented by the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 6029.
Box-Item 16.4: Plaque: Certificate of Appreciation For Community Activities, 1977
Presented by the Modern Woodmen of America, Camp 6029.
Box-Item 16.5: Plaque: Park Board Member-Presented In Recognition of Dedication to the Citizens of Benton County and Their Parks, 1977
Box-Item 16.6: Plaque: Santiam Council-Trefoil Club, 1980
Box-Item 16.7: Plaque: Special Recognition of Service, Devotion and Dedication to the Citizens of Philomath and Benton County, 1981
Presented by Philomath Area Business and Civic Organizations.
Box-Item 16.8: Plaque: Presented With Special Gratitude For Outstanding Service to the Oregon 4-H Foundation, 1981
Presented by the Oregon 4-H Foundation.

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