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U.S. Forest Service Research Legacy

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U.S. Forest Service Research Legacy


For over 100 years, the USDA Forest Service has conducted research as well as managed our national forests. This collection provides access to many of the earliest reports from the USDA Forest Service Research Stations.

In this initial collection we have digitized and made available a comprehensive repository of the Technical Notes and Mimeo Reports series of the Forest Products Laboratory (Madison) written between 1919 and 1963. In addition you will find earlier writings from the USFS FPL which appeared as USDA Technical Bulletins. We select what to include in collaboration with contributors to the Forest Service TreeSearch Database. Where possible, entries are contributed to TreeSearch for greater visibility.

More recently, we have added Forest Health Protection Reports and Forest Environmental Protection Report from the Northern Region and the early Annual Reports from the Pacific Northwest Region.

Funding for this collection has been provided by Oregon State University Libraries. Our goal in providing this collection is twofold. First we wish to make items from our print collection more accessible to the research community. Second we wish to use our limited resources wisely. We select as candidates for digitization only those items that are not easily "findable" in electronic form elsewhere.

Of interest to many users of this collection will be the Gerald Williams W. Collection. This new acquisition includes the library, personal papers and historic photograph collection of Gerald Williams, recently retired national historian of the U.S. Forest Service. A native of Oregon, Gerald Williams worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1984 to 2005 and served as its national historian from 1998 to 2005. His 3,100 volume library collection documents the region's environmental and general history, Native Americans, geography and photography. The 20,000 photographs include thousands of historic postcards from the 1910s through 1940s documenting watersheds, forests and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on Oregon. Also included are photographs of the WWI era Spruce Production Division and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Williams' personal papers consist of 35 years of his research notes, manuscripts and final publications. Included are copies of more than 6,000 documents from the papers of Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, and oral histories of many long-time residents of the upper McKenzie River (Oregon) basin. The OSU Libraries are in the process of digitizing portions of the collection. We invite you to view this work in progress at: https://oregondigital.org/sets/gwilliams.

For more information or questions on content of the US Forest Service Research Legacy collection contact Bonnie Avery (at bonnie.avery@oregonstate.edu).


Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

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