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Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Army Spruce Production Division, 1916-1996View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1916-1919
The Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Army Spruce Production Division is made up of photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, research notes, and transcripts of oral histories documenting the Army Spruce Production Division. These materials were acquired by U.S. Forest Service historian Gerald W. Williams in support of his research and writings on the Spruce Division.
ID: MSS Spruce
Extent: 1.8 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation: Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Army Spruce Production Division (MSS Spruce) Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis Oregon.
Acquisition Note: Originally described as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection, these materials were separated from the Williams Collection in 2016 to form this new collection.
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Series 1: Photographs, 1916-1996 Add to Shelf
Series 1 is made up of photographic images documenting Army Spruce Production Division (SPD) activities in Oregon and Washington. In addition to portrait and group shots of various SPD members and companies, these images include views of logging camps, mills, the felling of spruce, rail line and road building projects, and SPD members in towns for parades and other events. Among the locales represented in these images include the Oregon towns of Toledo, Newport, Seaside, and Vancouver, Washington. Images dating from 1980 to 1996 are slide reproductions of original photographs and printed graphics. The photographs number 400 prints, 61 negatives, and 320 slides. Digitized images relating to the Spruce Production Division can be found online at the Oregon Digital site.
Box-Folder 1.1: Aircraft of the World War One Era, 1982-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.2: Brigadier General Brice Disque, 1980-1996 Add to Shelf
Disque served as Commanding General of the Spruce Production Division.
Box-Folder 1.3: Division Members in Parades and other Town Events, 1918 Add to Shelf
Town depicted in these images include Seaside (Or.), Bandon (Or.), Newport (Or.), Raymond (Wa.), and Salem (Or.).
Box-Folder 1.4: General, 1917-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.5: Images from the Book: Pictorial Review of World's War Activities: Spruce Production Division Oregon and Washington, Circa 1920 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.6: Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Related Images, 1990 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.7: Logging Activity and Forest Views, 1917-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.8: Logging Camps for the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division, 1917-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.9: Milling Operations; Transport and Shipping, 1917-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.10: Portrait and Group Shots of Division Members, 1916-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.1: Portrait and Group Shots of Division Members, 1918 Add to Shelf
Map-Folder 06: Portrait and Group Shots of Division Members, 1917-1918 Add to Shelf
Panoramic prints.
Box-Folder 1.11: Rail Line Construction, 1918-1996 Add to Shelf
Work depicted in the images is primarily in the Newport area, with a few views of projects in Clatsop County.
Box-Folder 1.12: Toledo Mill Train Accident, 1918-1989 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.13: U.S. Army Forestry Engineers' Companies, 1917-1918 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.14: Vancouver (Wa.) Barracks and Mill, 1918-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.15: World War I Propaganda Images, 1984-1991 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Publications, 1917-1984 Add to Shelf
Series 2 is made up of magazines, a congressional report, and other publications documenting Army Spruce Production Division activities and history. Digitized publications documenting the Spruce Production Division can be found online at ScholarsArchive@OSU.
Box-Folder 2.1: The Four L Bulletin, 1923-1924 Add to Shelf
Magazine published by the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen.
Box-Folder 5.2: Memory Book of the 137th Spruce Squadron, 1918 Add to Shelf
Published by Monarch Mills, Portland.
Box-Folder 2.2: Military History Magazine, 1984 Add to Shelf
Contains an article about the Lafayette Escadrille air squadron in World War I France.
Box-Folder 2.3: Monthly Bulletin: Spruce Production Division-U.S. Army , 1918 Add to Shelf
Magazine published by the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (LLLL).
Box-Folder 2.4: Monthly Bulletin: Spruce Production Division-U.S. Army, 1918-1919 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.5: Pictorial Review of World's War Activities: Spruce Production Division, 1918 Add to Shelf
A.M. Prentiss
Box-Folder 5.3: Spruce: Devoted To The Interests of the Men Doing War Work in the Spruce Camps, 1919 Add to Shelf
Published by the Siems Carey H.S. Kerbaugh Corporation.
Box-Folder 2.6: War Expenditures: Hearings Before Subcommittee No. 1 (Aviation), 1919 Add to Shelf
Select Committee on Expenditures in the War Department, House of Representatives 66th Congress. Not in folder.
Box-Folder 2.7: Wing-Beams , 1918 Add to Shelf
Published by the Clatsop District of the U.S. Army Spruce Production Division.
Series 3: Oral History Transcripts, 1979 Add to Shelf
Series 3 consists of transcripts from oral history interviews conducted in 1979 by the Olympic National Forest with 10 who served in the Spruce Production Division. The interviewees are: William W. Bell, Henry Fields, George Gibson, Leonard Groth, Betty Hamilton, Lloyd Lamb, John Macken, Vernon Peterson, Clyde Talbot, and Fritz Werges.
Box-Folder 5.4: Oral History Transcripts, 1979 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Conference Paper, 1984 Add to Shelf
Series 4 is made up of the paper "Over Here, Over Here: The Army's Spruce Production Division During `The War to End All Wars`" delivered by Gerald W. Williams and Gail Evans at the 1984 conference "Military Influences on Washington History." Series also includes the conference program, correspondence, and handouts.
Box-Folder 3.1: The Spruce Production Division in World War I, 1984 Add to Shelf
Series 5: Reference Materials, 1918-1983 Add to Shelf
Series 5 consists of reference materials collected by Gerald Williams in the course of researching the Army Spruce Production Division. Mostly made up of articles from various published sources and book chapters, these materials also include photocopied correspondence, reports, and articles from archival collections.
Box-Folder 3.2: Archival Collection Material Relating To Brigadier General Brice Disque, 1917-1938 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.5: Archival Collection Material Relating To Brigadier General Brice Disque, 1917-1919 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.3: Archival Collection Materials Relating To the Merrill and Ring Logging Company, 1917-1931 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.4: Letters From Spruce Division Veterans, 1978 Add to Shelf
Letters received by the Quinault Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest (Wa.) in response to a call for information from those involved in the Spruce Production Division.
Box-Folder 5.6: Map of Spruce Division Camp Locations, 1918 Add to Shelf
Photocopied sections of the map "Post Route Map of the State of Oregon Showing Post Offices with the Intermediate Distances on Mail Routes."
Box-Folder 3.5: U.S. Forest Service Publications, 1917-1978 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.1: Various Articles and Book Chapters, 1917-1919 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.2: Various Articles and Book Chapters, 1917-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.3: Various Articles and Book Chapters, 1917-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 4.4: Various Articles and Book Chapters, 1918-1983 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.7: Various Articles and Book Chapters, 1917-1918 Add to Shelf
Series 6: Research Notes, 1983 Add to Shelf
Series 6 is made up of notes compiled by Gerald Williams in the course of researching the Army Spruce Production Division. The handwritten notes refer to information drawn from a variety of published sources and archival collections. Photocopies of many of these sources can be found among the reference materials in Series 5.
Box-Folder 4.5: Research Notes, 1983 Add to Shelf
Series 7: Ephemera, 1917-1980 Add to Shelf
Series 7 contains paper-based ephemera that includes service documentation from Spruce Production Division members, a flyer, photocopies of magazine advertisements referencing the Division, and sheet music for the song "Hear The Bugle Call."
Box-Folder 4.6: Ephemera, 1917-1980 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 5.8: Ephemera, 1918 Add to Shelf