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Forestry Extension Records, 1933-1990

Collection Overview

Title: Forestry Extension Records, 1933-1990

Predominant Dates: 1958-1969

ID: RG 103

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Extension Forestry Program

Extent: 3.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into 11 series: I. Correspondence; II. Educational Programs; III. Research Projects; IV. Informational Files; V. Survey Report; VI. Biographical Sketch of Robert W. Graeber; VII. Monthly Field Reports; VIII. Contract Services; IX. Situation Studies; X. Program Planning; and XI. Training Materials.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Forestry Extension Records document the educational programs and research projects pertaining to forests and forestry, logging, water quality, and recreational land use in Oregon, primarily during the 1950s and 1960s.

Scope and Content Notes

Of note are series I-IV, and X. Series I includes circular letters, general correspondence and correspondence between the Extension Forester and the Director of the Extension Service, as well as the County Extension Agents. Other correspondence files pertain to agencies outside the University and are organized by subject such as private forestry organizations and extension service agencies in other states. Of special interest in the correspondence, particularly in the letters of Charles Ross, are references to the issue of national population control and growth. Series II pertains to educational programs administered by Forestry Extension such as short courses and forest conservation tours for school children.

Series III documents several research projects undertaken by Forestry Extension from the 1960s through the 1980s. Several projects concern the impact of forests and lumbering upon streams and rivers; one major project pertains to the Alsea Basin. Series IV includes general information on forest related topics such as camping and the outdoors, sawmills and lumbering equipment, and forestation. Series V is a 1986 survey summary pertaining to the effectiveness of Forestry Extension programs in Oregon. Series VI is a biographical sketch of North Carolina extension forester Robert W. Graeber. Series VII consists of monthly field reports of Oregon extension work recorded by Extension Forestry Specialist Charles Ross.

Series VIII contains correspondence, a report, and returned questionnaires relating to the development by the Extension Service of contract services for woodland properties. Series IX consists of situation studies primarily addressing options in land use including forestry co-ops and recreational use of private farm and woodlands. Series X covers program planning topics such as a long range farm forestry plan and includes county planning council recommendations, group process guides, and plan of work reports. Series XI contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to the informational role of extension agents and forestry education in secondary schools.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Although the OSU Extension Service dates to 1911, not until 1944 was a farm forestry project initiated within Extension. In the late 1940s, the Extension Service added two foresters to the central staff at OSU. By the early 1980s, the Extension Forestry program included ten county agents and eight central staff forestry specialists, and was administered by the College of Forestry. Charles Ross served as Extension Forester from 1946 to 1970.

Administrative Information

Related Materials:

Other record groups pertaining to Forestry and Forestry Extension include the College of Forestry Records (RG 139), Extension Service Records (RG 111), and the College of Forestry Photograph Collection (P 061). Related publication series include Pub 14-3 and 209. The Tony Van Vliet Papers (MSS VanVliet) and the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) Forestry Extension file also contain related materials.

See also: Digital Resources: History of OSU Extension, a comprehensive collection of online resources documenting the 100+ year history of Extension at Oregon State Univeristy.

Preferred Citation: Forestry Extension Records (RG 103), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before January 12, 2016.


Oregon State University. Extension Forestry Program
Ross, Charles R. (Charles Robert), 1908-

People, Places, and Topics

Alsea River Watershed (Or.)
Forest landowners--Oregon.
Forestry extension--Oregon.
Forestry schools and education--Oregon--Curricula.
Forestry schools and education--Oregon.
Forests and forestry--Multiple use--Oregon.
Graeber, R. W.
Natural Resources
Oregon State College. Extension Forestry Program
Oregon State College. Federal Cooperative Extension Service
Oregon State University. Extension Forestry Program
Oregon State University. Extension Service
University History

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