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Ernest Newsted Papers, 1948-1974

By Anne Keech

Collection Overview

Title: Ernest Newsted Papers, 1948-1974

Predominant Dates: 1956-1969

ID: MSS Newsted

Primary Creator: Newsted, Ernest S.

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Ernest Newsted Papers are arranged in two series: 1: Logging Districts, 1948-1968; 2: Logging Equipment, 1950-1974

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Ernest Newsted Papers consists of materials collected by Ernest Newsted (1909-2001), logging superintendent with Brooks-Scanlon in Bend, Oregon from the 1950s to the 1970s. In his role, he managed logging operations, including evaluating the quality of timber, creating tree harvesting plans, and researching logging equipment purchases.

Scope and Content Notes

The Ernest Newsted Papers consists of materials assembled by Newsted, primarily documenting his years as a logging manager at Brooks-Scanlon in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection includes timber sale auction announcements, maps, correspondence, memos, blueprints, equipment brochures, photographs and drawings. Monthly operating reports from Newsted’s time at Blue Mountain Mills are also included.

The photographs include snapshots of logging operations and equipment. Maps in the collection are related to timber sales and road construction, mainly in areas within the Deschutes National Forest.

The Ernest Newsted Collection includes 108 maps, 111 photographs and 22 negatives. Many of the maps are fragile and several photographs are damaged.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Ernest Newsted (1909-2001) was born in Eureka, California and moved to Washington State, where he graduated from high school. In 1929, Newsted and Lenore Kaas were married. He was active in the Shriners, Masons, and with the International Executive Service Corps.

Newsted raised dairy cattle before beginning a career in logging on the Olympic Peninsula. In the mid-1950s, he became a logging superintendent with Brooks-Scanlon in Bend, Oregon. In his role, he managed logging operations, including evaluating the quality of timber, creating tree harvesting plans, and researching logging equipment purchases.

Author: Anne Keech

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 108 maps; 133 photographs; 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box, and 11 map folders

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The Ernest Newsted Papers were transfered to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2016 by the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

Related Materials: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include a variety of collections that document logging and forestry in Oregon, including the College of Forestry Records (RG 139), Oliver Matthews Collection (MSS Matthews), Jackson F. Kimball Collection (MSS Kimball), J. F. Ford Photographs (P 308) and C.D. Johnson Lumber Company Toledo Mill Collection (MSS JohnsonMill).  The Harold Frosham Photographs (P 271) include images of the Brooks-Scanlan Lumber Company.

Preferred Citation: Ernest Newsted Papers (MSS Newsted), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: Several of the maps were encapsulated at the time this finding was prepared in 2017.   There are about 35 additional maps in the collection that would benefit from encapsulation.  The folders that include these items are noted on a list in the central file.


Newsted, Ernest S.

People, Places, and Topics

Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company
Natural Resources

Forms of Material

Maps (documents)
Photographic prints.

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Logging Districts, 1948-1968
Series 1 consists of maps, auction notices and correspondence regarding timber sales near Bend, Oregon.
Box-Folder 1.01: Bend District, 1957-1962

Contains documents regarding West Wickiup and Ketchketch Butte, North Lookout Mountain, Wuski Butte, East Siah Butte and Lemish-Benchmark Butte.

Includes 2 maps.

Map-Folder 1: Bend District, 1958-1964

Contains maps of East Siah Butte, Lookout Mountain, Wuski Butte, Round Mountain, West Wickiup and Ketchketch Butte, West Sheridan Mountain, Wake Butte and Lemish-Benchmark Butte.

Includes 12 maps.

Map-Folder 2: Maps, 1965-1968

Contains maps of Warm River, Dorrance Meadow and Swede Ridge.

Includes 3 maps.

Box-Folder 1.02: Metolius District, 1963

Contains documents regarding Prairie Farm, Crook County, Grant County and Harney County.

Includes 4 maps.

Box-Folder 2.01: Metolius District, 1962

Contains documents regarding private road construction.

Includes 2 maps.

Map-Folder 3: Metolius District, 1956-1965

Contains maps of South Jack Lake, Black Butte, North Black Butte, Green Ridge, South Green Ridge and Dugout Lake.

Includes 12 maps.

Box-Folder 1.03: Non-Operating Areas, 1959

Contains documents regarding Sink Creek and Canyon Creek.

Includes 2 maps.

Map-Folder 4: Non-Operating Areas, 1957-1967

Contains maps of Black Butte, Cache Lake, Cache Mountain, Pole Creek, Upper Pole Creek, Lookout Mountain, Trout Creek, Sink Creek, Round Lake, Polytop, Bulb Farm, Cold Springs, Sanitam, Mouth Creek, Metolius River, Quartz Mountain and Prineville, Fort Rock and Cinder Cone.

Includes 29 maps.

Map-Folder 5: North of Bend, 1961

Contains maps of Bull Springs Tree Farm, Quartz Mountain, Browns Mountain, North Black Butte and Santiam-McKenzie.

Includes 5 maps.

Box-Folder 1.04: Sisters District, 1958-1960

Contains documents regarding Black Pine Springs, Cache Lake and West Sheridan Mountain.

Includes 4 maps.

Box-Folder 2.02: Sisters District, 1960

Contains documents regarding Green Ridge.

Includes 1 map.

Map-Folder 6: Sisters District, 1948-1963

Contains maps of Cache Mountain, Cache Lake, McKenzie, Black Pine Springs, Cache Creek, Sisters and LaPine.

Includes 10 maps.

Box-Folder 1.05: South of Bend, 1959

Includes documents regarding Swede Ridge and Sink Creek.

Includes 1 map.

Map-Folder 7: South of Bend, 1957-1964

Contains maps of Cache Lake, North Lookout Mountain, West Wickiup and Ketchketch Butte, Bend, West Sheridan Mountain, Round Mountain and East Siah Butte.

Includes 9 maps.

Box-Folder 1.06: West of Bend, 1959

Contains maps of Aspen Butte and Long Butte and photographs of Paisley Mill.

Includes 5 maps and 3 photographs.

Map-Folder 8: West of Bend, 1956-1963

Contains maps of Quartz Mountain, Polytop, Browns Mountain, Aspen Butte and Fort Rock.

Includes 7 maps.

Series 2: Logging Equipment, 1950-1974
Series 2 includes brochures, drawings, photographs, reports and correspondence regarding logging equipment and operations.
Box-Folder 2.03: Blue Mountain Mills Operating Reports, 1954-1955
Box-Folder 1.07: Brooks-Scanlon Sawmill Studies, 1956
Box-Folder 1.08: Dierks Forests, Inc. Brochure, 1967
Box-Folder 1.09: Drivers Daily Log, circa 1960s
Box-Folder 1.10: Field Notebooks, circa 1950s-1970s
Box-Folder 2.04: Logging Equipment, circa 1960s
Map-Folder 9: Logging Equipment, 1967-1968
Box-Folder 1.11: Logging Equipment Brochures, 1964-1968
Box-Folder 1.12: Logging Equipment Photographs, circa 1960s
Includes 51 photographs, with 4 in poor condition.
Box-Folder 1.13: Logging Reference Books, 1957-1969
Box-Folder 1.14: Scott Corbett Delimber, 1968
Includes 16 photographs.
Box-Folder 1.15: Technical Drawings, circa 1960s
Map-Folder 10: Technical Drawings, circa 1960s
Box-Folder 1.16: Test Logs to Willamette Valley Mill Photographs, circa 1960s
Includes 8 photographs.
Box-Folder 1.17: Tree Shears, 1967-1969
Map-Folder 11: Tree Shears, 1967-1968
Box-Folder 1.18: Tree Shears Photographs, 1969
Includes 21 photographs and 22 negatives.

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