Predominant Dates: 1980-2002
The Gerald W. Williams Posters Collection is made up of posters accumulated by Forest Service Historian Gerald W. Williams. Most of the posters were produced as a part of Forest Service educational campaigns and others highlight a variety of events, places, and publications relating to wildlife, recreational areas, and history.
ID: MSS WilliamsGPosters
Extent: 0.35 cubic feet
Scope and Content Notes
The Gerald W. Williams Posters Collection is made up of posters accumulated by U.S. Forest Service Historian Gerald W. Williams. Most of the posters were produced by the U.S. Forest Service as a part of educational campaigns about forest fire prevention and wildlife preservation. The other Forest Service posters commemorate the 1991 centenary of the establishment of national forests in the U.S., the Gifford Pinchot Institute, and several U.S. Forest Service historical sites and national recreational areas. The posters generated by other organizations pertain to events, places, and publications relating to wildlife and history.
Statement on Access: This collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Gerald W. Williams Posters Collection (MSS WilliamsGPosters), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: These materials were acquired by the former University Archives and the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2007 and originally described as a component of the Gerald W. Williams Collection (MSS WilliamsG). They were separated for description as this collection in 2016.
Languages of Materials
- Series 1: U.S. Forest Service Posters, 1980-2002 Add to Shelf
- Series 1 consists of posters produced by the U.S. Forest Service as a part of forest fire prevention and wildlife preservation campaigns. Other posters in this series relate to the centenary of the establishment of national forests, the Gifford Pinchot Institute, the Grey Towers national historic landmark, the Tongass National Forest, Timberline Lodge, and the administative staff of the Forest Service national and regional field offices. About half of these posters feature the forest fire prevention mascot "Smokey the Bear." There are 76 posters in total.
- Series 2: Posters from Other Organizations, 1969-2007 Add to Shelf
- Series 2 consists of posters generated by various organizations that document events, places, and publications relating to wildlife and history. The subject matter of these posters include: International Migratory Bird Day, a Washington State Historical Society Military History Conference, Timberline Lodge, a Waterfowl Festival, and the release of the OSU Press Book Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867-1957. A 1969 poster listing members of the United States Senate is also part of this series. There are 15 posters in total.