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W.F. McCulloch Collection, 1926-1968

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: W.F. McCulloch Collection, 1926-1968

Predominant Dates: 1942-1968

ID: MSS McCulloch

Primary Creator: McCulloch, Walter Fraser (1905-)

Extent: 0.12 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The W.F. McCulloch Collection consists of materials assembled and written by McCulloch pertaining to forestry education and forest management in Oregon. McCulloch was a faculty member in the Oregon State University School of Forestry from 1937 to 1969 and served as Dean from 1955 to 1966.

Scope and Content Notes

The W.F. McCulloch Collection consists of materials assembled and written by McCulloch and includes certificates and awards; publications written by McCulloch; and memorabilia. Certificates from the Forest History Society and the Oregon State Board of Forestry are included as well as his recognition as a honorary fernhopper by the OSU forestry alumni and his Centennial Award from Oregon State University.

The publications include Forest Practices in Oregon published by the Oregon State Board of Forestry in 1943; The Forester on the Job (1955), a handbook for new forestry graduates as they begin their employment, published by the Oregon State College Cooperative Association; and the Initial Report of Survey of Oregon Forest Conservation Act (1942) prepared by McCulloch as Assistant State Forester.

The memorabilia includes the 1936 edition of The Empire Forester, the annual student publication of the Forestry Club at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University.

An addition to the McCulloch Collection (Accession 2013:069) is made up of a travel log written by McCulloch documenting a week long camping expedition at Murtle Lake in British Columbia with S. S. Harrison. With day by day accounts of the journey starting from the Blue River and proceeding southwest toward Birch Island, the log also contains photographs of the trip and a hand drawn map tracing the route hiked. In addition to views of Murtle Lake, the photographs also depict the campsites, Dawson Falls, Helmcken Falls, and their log raft "Jimmy Biscuits." McCulloch attributes the photography to Harrison.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Walter Fraser McCulloch joined the faculty of the Oregon State College School of Forestry in 1937. He left Oregon State briefly during World War II to serve as assistant state forester; during this time he developed and administered Oregon's Forest Conservation Act. He returned to Oregon State in 1945 as head of the Department of Forest Management. He served as Acting Dean of Forestry in 1952-1953 and as Dean from 1955 until 1966.

McCulloch earned his BA degree from the University of British Columbia, an MS from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Oregon. McCulloch was best known for his contributions to forestry education.

McCulloch resigned from Oregon State University in 1969 for health reasons and died in Corvallis in 1973.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The materials in this collection were transferred from the Horner Museum collections in 1996 and from the Archives' Memorabilia Collection in 1997.

Related Materials: Biographical information about McCulloch is available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) "MC-McCulloch, Walter Fraser"; photographs of him are available in the College of Forestry Photograph Collection (P 061) and Harriet's Photograph Collection (P HC). The College of Forestry Records (RG 139) document McCulloch's work as Dean of the School of Forestry and a faculty member. The Special Collections and Archives Research Center collections include the papers of several other Oregon State Deans of Forestry, including the George W. Peavy Papers (MSS Peavy) and Paul M. Dunn Papers (MSS Dunn), and many forestry faculty and alumni.

Preferred Citation: W.F. McCulloch Collection (MSS McCulloch), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


McCulloch, Walter Fraser (1905-)
Oregon State Board of Forestry

People, Places, and Topics

Forestry law and legislation--Oregon.
Forestry schools and education--New York (State)
Forestry schools and education--Oregon.
Forests and forestry--Oregon.
Forests and forestry--Vocational guidance.
McCulloch, Walter Fraser, 1905-
Natural Resources
Oregon State College. School of Forestry
Oregon State University. School of Forestry
University History

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