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Collection Number: 16
Collection Name: Beattie, Rolla Kent, Photograph Collection
Collection Group: Plant Exploration Collections
Earliest Date: 1927
Latest Date: 1949
Linear Feet: 2.75
Collection Description: The Rolla Kent Beattie Photograph Collection consists of negatives that relate to trips to Colorado, California, Hawaii, Florida, the District of Columbia, Japan, Formosa (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Indochina, Cambodia, Malaya, China, France, and England, where he visited shrines, temples, pagodas, gardens, parks, graves, exhibits, and tourist areas. The images document cultural and scenic aspects of the trips.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: A forest pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1912-1945, Beattie (1875-1960) is notable for his studies of Northwest flora and chestnut blight. He spent three years in Asia for the USDA's Division of Forest Pathology surveying chestnut trees and related plants and gathering seeds to introduce disease-resistant strains to the United States.
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Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 23
Collection Name: Blomquist, Anton Gabriel, Letters
Earliest Date: 1876
Latest Date: 1882
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: The Anton Gabriel Blomquist Letters consist of correspondence from Blomquist to Franklin B. Hough, forest commissioner and first chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Division of Forestry, about forestry and the Forest Institute at Evois, Finland.
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Collection Number: 159
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service Smokey Bear Collection
Earliest Date: 1902
Latest Date: 1994
Linear Feet: 119.88
Collection Description: The U.S. Forest Service Smokey Bear Collection consists of audiovisuals, posters, slides, photographs, posters and cartoons, original artwork, and a wide variety of commercial products, some of which are from around the world. In November of 2004, a retired Forest Service employee donated around 22 pieces of memorabilia from the Smokey Sports Collection. One of the Smokey Bear campaigns was to join up with college, minor league, and professional athletes to promote fire prevention awareness. Various memorabilia, such as playing cards, posters, baseball gloves and balls, hockey pucks, batting helmets, activity books, wallets, penants, wrist bands, water bottles, and rally rags, were given away to children at sporting events. In December of 2004, Lew Southard, Branch Chief of Fire Prevention in the Forest Service, donated a 60th Annivesary Smokey Bear Commemorative Doll.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: During World War II, the prevalence of human-caused forest fires and the need for wood compelled the U.S. Forest Service to organize the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign. In 1944, as a means of encouraging citizens to participate in fire prevention, the campaign introduced the symbol of a bear, endowed with the evocative name of Smokey. In the spring of 1950, a real cub became a living representation of Smokey Bear when he was saved from a forest fire. The Smokey Bear fire prevention advertising campaign is the best-known character symbol in the world.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Audiovisuals; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 167
Collection Name: Taylor, Albert Davis, Manuscript
Earliest Date: 1936
Latest Date: 1936
Linear Feet: 0.3
Collection Description: The Albert Davis Taylor Manuscript is the result of an inspection trip of landscape architecture in national forests conducted during the summer of 1936 by Taylor and R. D. Bonnet. This manuscript, the report of the trip, consists of assessments of the problems of landscape and recreational planning in the national forests, supplemented by illustrations of desirable and undesirable application of methods and principles of design to specific problems. Increasing social use of national forests made it necessary to reevaluate the standard of landscape design throughout the U.S. Forest Service in an effort to preserve the natural aspects of the forest. The typewritten manuscript is titled "Problems of Landscape Architecture in the National Forests; Report to the Chief, Forest Service, on a Trip of Inspection through Some of the National Forests in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9." Written in 1936, it consists of 223 pages, including photographs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Albert Davis Taylor (d. 1951), consulting landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service and R.D. Bonnet, associate landscape architect in the Washington office of the Division of Recreation and Lands, conducted an inspection trip of landscape architecture in national forests during the summer of 1936.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 185
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service History Collection
Earliest Date: 1890
Latest Date: 1991
Bulk Dates: 1940-1979
Linear Feet: 91.25
Collection Description: The U.S. Forest Service History Collection contains forester field notes, photographs, negatives, slides, films, videos, audio cassettes, albums, manuals, speeches, t-shirts, pins, oral histories, and other files related to U.S. Forest Service history.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1876 Congress passed a bill that established the forest administration in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Franklin B. Hough was appointed as special agent to report on the condition of the forests and how to preserve them. The results of his study revealed that forests were beneficial to climate, streamflow, and soil and it was necessary to preserve and renew forests. By 1878 the forest administration became the Division of Forestry. The Forest Service as it is known today was largely due to the work of former Chief Gifford Pinchot and his 11 employees who popularized the concept of forest conservation in 1898.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Audiovisuals; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 203
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service Woodsy Owl Collection
Earliest Date: 1974
Latest Date: 1987
Linear Feet: 73
Collection Description: The U.S. Forest Service Woodsy Owl Collection includes films, slides, negatives, videotapes, posters, original artwork, songsheets, bumper stickers, patches, keyrings, campaign materials, costumes, distribution materials, legislation, photograph albums, and other miscellaneous items. Campaign materials consist of publication proposals, drafts, correspondence, newspaper cuttings, news releases, newsletters, magazines, and public service announcement statistics and information.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Woodsy Owl was the U.S. Forest Service’s anti-pollution symbol. Beginning in 1970, the Forest Service promoted Woodsy Owl’s 'Give a hoot! Don’t pollute.' campaign against littering and vandalism in national forests.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Audiovisuals; Posters; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 262
Collection Name: Wendelin, Rudolph, Collection of Smokey Bear Paintings
Earliest Date: 1977
Latest Date: 1996
Bulk Dates: 1977-96
Linear Feet: 12
Collection Description: The Rudolph Wendelin Collection of Smokey Bear Paintings is composed of 19 oil, acrylic, and/or watercolor paintings ranging in size from 18"x24" to 24"x26."
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Rudolph Wendelin (1910-2000), a sculptor, painter, and illustrator, worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1933 until his retirement in 1973. Although he was not the creator of Smokey Bear, Wendelin helped establish the first campaign and coordinate the art material. During his career, he made significant developments toward humanizing the Smokey image with the addition of blue jeans, a forest ranger hat, and a shovel, as well as softening the lines of Smokey's face, thus contributing to the bear's success as one of the most recognizable figures in American culture. He also made the first animated television drawings of Smokey, which synchronized voice with the movements of mouth. By retirement, Wendelin had designed six postage stamps and received many honors. After his retirement, he continued to produce images of Smokey Bear for the Advertising Council and other outlets, including these 19 oil paintings, many of which served as the original artwork for calendars.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: Entire collection digitized

Collection Number: 263
Collection Name: Hough, Franklin Benjamin, Papers
Earliest Date: 1870
Latest Date: 1884
Bulk Dates: 1876-77
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Franklin Benjamin Hough Papers consist of handwritten correspondence, agreements, and memoranda. Much of the correspondence deals with forestry matters, and, specifically, a paper that Hough presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1873 on "The Duty of Governments in the Preservation of Forests." His study revealed that forests were beneficial to climate, streamflow, and soil, and argued that it was necessary to preserve and renew forests. The address triggered a national forest-preservation movement and lobbying effort backed by AAAS. In response, Congress approved funding in 1876 for a federal forestry expert within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Hough was appointed to the position soon after.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Franklin Benjamin Hough (1822-1885) was the first physician in Lewis County, New York; forest commissioner, USDA, from 1876-1881, and the chief of the Division of Forestry, USDA, from 1881-1883.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 264
Collection Name: Hough, Romeyn Beck, Papers
Earliest Date: 1882
Latest Date: 1908
Bulk Dates: 1882-1900
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Romeyn Beck Hough Papers include Hough's journals from 1882-1887, 1890-1894, 1898-1900; a July 6, 1908, letter to Hough from Melvil Dewey requesting Hough's book Handbook of the Trees of the Northern States and Canada; and an undated statement made by Dewey, President of the American Library Institute, commending Hough’s book at a meeting of the Virginia State Library Association.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Romeyn Beck Hough (1857-1924), son of Franklin Benjamin Hough, was a naturalist, author, and businessman in the state of New York. In 1888 he published the first volume of a series of 12 books titled American Woods, which contained the native and naturalized species of woods in the United States and Canada. These volumes were unique in that they included samples of wood as illustrations. Hough also devised a machine for cutting wood sections with thicknesses of 1/10 to 1/1,200 of an inch. In the scientific world, American Woods was well-received and won numerous awards, including the grand prize at the Paris Exposition in 1889. Subsequently, Hough produced another book, Handbook of the Trees of the Northern States and Canada, containing photographic and textual descriptions of 208 kinds of trees found in Canada and in the Eastern United States. To do research for these publications, Hough traveled frequently and kept journals of his activities.
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Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 275
Collection Name: Pinchot, Gifford, Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1898
Latest Date: 1910
Linear Feet: 0.75
Collection Description: The Gifford Pinchot Photograph Collection approximately 30 glass negatives of Gifford Pinchot. The activities depicted include Pinchot operating a movie projector, fishing, working at his desk, and participating in a ceremony for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Negatives are numbered. Glass negatives are undated, but may be from 1923-1935.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) was the fourth Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Born in Simsbury, Connecticut, he was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. After his graduation from Yale in 1889, he went to Europe to study forestry, since it was not offered as a course of study at any university in the United States at the time. Pinchot worked in several countries during his time in Europe, but his most notable stop was at L'Ecole Nationale Foretière in Nancy, France. He returned to the United States in 1892. Upon his return, Pinchot did forestry work at Biltmore, the George W. Vanderbilt estate, in North Carolina. Pinchot’s career in forestry was highly decorated. In the early 1900s, he helped found the School of Forestry at Yale, where he was a professor from 1903-1936. Furthermore, he was also the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service from 1898-1910, serving under three Presidents. Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt, both staunch conservationists, put forth policies that helped protect the nation’s natural resources. In addition to his duties with the Forest Service, Pinchot was an author. His most distinguished works were his Primer for Forestry (1899), The Fight for Conservation (1909), and Breaking New Ground (1947). Pinchot also had a career in politics. He served two separate terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (1923-1927, 1931-1935), the home of his father James's family, and the location of the family's country estate, "Grey Towers."
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Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 293
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service Uniform
Earliest Date: 1960
Latest Date: 1967
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: The U.S. Forest Service Uniform is a uniform jacket from the 1960s. It belonged to Donald K. Morriss, former Head of Timber Inventory in the Washington Office, who retired in 1967 and moved to Port Charlotte, Florida. The uniform was given to the Washington Office History Section on May 4, 1982, by Robert E. Gillespie, Assistant Director of Timber Management (Silviculture), upon his retirement. From 1967-1982, the uniform hung in a closet in Timber Management. The uniform was transferred to the National Agricultural Library in the 1980s.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: In 1876 Congress passed a bill that established the forest administration in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Franklin B. Hough was appointed as special agent to report on the condition of the forests and how to preserve them. The results of his study revealed that forests were beneficial to climate, streamflow, and soil and it was necessary to preserve and renew forests. By 1878 the forest administration became the Division of Forestry. The Forest Service as it is known today was largely due to the work of former chief Gifford Pinchot and his eleven employees who popularized the concept of forest conservation in 1898.
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Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 301
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service Lassie Collection
Earliest Date: 1960
Latest Date: 1981
Linear Feet: 4.5
Collection Description: The U.S. Forest Service Lassie Collection contains U.S. Forest Service presentations as well as promotional material featuring television personalities Lassie and Corey Stuart, Forest Ranger (played by Robert Bray). The U.S. Forest Service portion of the collection contains slide presentations with accompanying audiocassettes or reel tapes. Topics of the presentations involve environmental programs, the 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption, and the Resource Planning Act (RPA). The Lassie portion of the collection includes children's books, comic books, games, a promotional litter bag, and images featuring characters from the Lassie television show with forest management and conservation themes.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The U.S. Forest Service was created in 1905 when responsibility for 17 forest reserves managed by the General Land Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior was transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since that time, the U.S. Forest Service has promoted conservation of natural resources. In the early 1960s, members of the U.S. Forest Service met with executives of the popular Lassie television series to discuss ways in which conservation could be applied to the story ideas for the show. Plots of the show began to emphasize wildlife management, forest and wildlife research, and wilderness management. Filmed on national rangeland, the subsequent Lassie episodes were produced with the cooperation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Subjects: Natural Resources
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Audiovisuals; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 302
Collection Name: 100 Years of Federal Forestry Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 402, Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1905
Latest Date: 1976
Linear Feet: 4.75
Collection Description: The 100 Years of Federal Forestry Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 402 Photograph Collection contains the original photographs for "100 Years of Federal Forestry," Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 402, published in 1976. The book is a pictorial history of the National Forest System and the Nation's chief federal forestry agency, the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Photograph proofs are mounted and captioned.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service was created in 1905. Its mission evolved from providing water and timber for the United States to managing public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service also is the world’s largest forestry research organization, and it provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies.
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Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 307
Collection Name: American Conifer Society (ACS) Records
Earliest Date: 1983
Latest Date: 2002
Bulk Dates: 1990-1999
Linear Feet: 2.5
Collection Description: The American Conifer Society (ACS) Records include correspondence, ACS Bulletin materials, Board of Directors' minutes, audiotapes of Board of Directors' meetings, financial records, legal incorporation documents, by-laws and policy documents, legal contract documents, national annual meetings, members' plant inventories, materials pertinent to the slide program "A Brief Look at Garden Conifers," ACS Central Region meeting files, locations of ACS national meetings (1983-2001), and membership directories. This is an open collection.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The American Conifer Society (ACS) is an organization of people who develop, preserve, and propagate conifers, clarify nomenclature, and educate the public.
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Collection Number: 392
Collection Name: Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory Photographs
Earliest Date: 1888
Latest Date: 1968
Linear Feet: 1
Collection Description: Collection includes photographs, associated notes, and a record book on various USDA activities and employees, dating between 1888 and 1968. Collection includes a series of photographs on testing of insecticide spraying apparatuses on different plant crops between 1912 and 1944. Much of the collection consists of photographs of employees from departments of Plant Industry and Plant Pathology, and other unknown individuals and departments. Also included are photographs of Arlington Farm in Arlington, Virginia before it was closed in the 1940s. The last item in the collection is a 1925 record book on seed treatment data from Rocky Ford, Colorado. More recent handwritten notes, possibly on the use of these historical documents in recent research, are inserted in the photographs and record book.
Processed: Minimally processed, view the partial finding aid online.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia; Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 408
Collection Name: United States National Arboretum Collection Cherry Tree Files
Earliest Date: 1809
Latest Date: 1993
Bulk Dates: 1909-1979
Linear Feet: 6
Collection Description: The United States National Arboretum (USNA) Collection Cherry Tree Files contain materials which relate to the history of cherry trees introduced to the District of Columbia from Japan. The files were compiled by botanist Roland Maurice Jefferson beginning in 1973, throughout his career as a botanist at the National Arboretum, and in retirement. One of the products of this research was The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.: A Living Symbol of Friendship, a 1977 USNA publication he coauthored with Alan Fusonie of the National Agricultural Library. Most of the materials are reproductions or transcriptions of original records which Jefferson assembled from the holdings of several institutions, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); the Montgomery Library of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; the Library of Congress; the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., formerly the Columbia Historical Society; the United States National Arboretum; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, publications, and programs.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Roland Maurice Jefferson (1923-) was born in Washington, D.C. on September 3, 1923. In 1950 he obtained a bachelor's degree in botany from Howard University and started making plant labels at the United States National Arboretum (USNA) in 1956. The next year Jefferson was promoted to become the first African-American botanist at the USNA and over the next decade studied crabapples. In 1973, Jefferson started compiling historical and scientific data about the Japanese cherry trees planted in Washington, D.C.'s Potomac Park, which included taking cuttings from the surviving trees. In 1977 he published "The Japanese flowering cherry trees of Washington, D.C., which was later translated into Japanese. In 1978-1979 he was part of a plant expedition in Europe to study cherry and crabapple trees. In 1981, Nancy Reagan presented the President Reagan Cherry Tree to Japan, which Jefferson propagated from the 1912 cherry tree that First Lady Taft planted from Japan. From 1981-1983 he went to Japan to study, lecture, locate, evaluate, and collect cherry tree budwood from Prunus germplasm or ornamental cherry trees. He started the dogwood seed exchange program from 1982-1983, where Japanese school children collected cherry seeds in exchange for American collected dogwood seeds. In 1983 he married Keiko Ishisaki. In 1986, Jefferson led expeditions into Japan, Korea, and Taiwan to study cherry trees. He retired from the USNA in 1987, but continued to lecture on cherry trees in Japan through 1998.
Processed: Yes, view the finding aid online.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: Portion of collection digitized

Collection Number: 425
Collection Name: Wye Oak Collection
Earliest Date: 1944
Latest Date: 2002
Bulk Dates: 1990-2002
Linear Feet: 2
Collection Description: The Wye Oak Collection contains a Maryland Centennial Garrett State Forest commemorative plaque, preserved Wye Oak leaves (in filter paper, very fragile), Wye Oak lightning rod nails, 2 Wye Oak pins, Big Tree and Champion Tree literature, 1 mounted and framed print of the Wye Oak, 3 mounted and framed displays of Wye Oak leaves, and 2 books. A piece of wood from the actual tree is included in the collection.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: High winds of a violent thunderstorm on June 6, 2002 toppled Maryland's honorary state tree, the Wye Oak (a white oak: Quercus alba). It was located near Wye Mills, Talbot County, Maryland. Its height was 88 feet, and it measured over over 31 feet in circumference. It stood for over 450 years. It was in private hands from 1665 until 1939 when the State of Maryland purchased the acres surrounding it to create the Wye Oak State Park.
Formats: Agricultural Art and Memorabilia
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 428
Collection Name: Forest Service Leader Photograph Collection
Earliest Date: 1901
Latest Date: 1979
Linear Feet: 0.5
Collection Description: The Forest Service Leader Photograph Collection consists of twenty-two unframed black and white photographs of twentieth-century United States Forest Service officials. There are two photographs of Gifford Pinchot.
Formats: Photographs
Digitization Status: None

Collection Number: 463
Collection Name: Pablo, Jean, Collection of Rudy Wendelin Artwork Images
Earliest Date: 1950
Latest Date: 1992
Bulk Dates: 1992
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: Two one-inch, 10 in. x 11 in. binders containing photographs and copies of artwork collected by Jean Pablo, a US Forest Service co-worker of Rudy Wendelin. One binder contains photographs of prepublication artwork for the book "A Walk in the Woods with Smokey" and one binder contains reflections and photographs of Rudy Wendelin and 8 1/2 x 11 color print-outs of thirty of Wendelin's non-Smokey Bear watercolors, chiefly landscapes in US National Forests.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: Jean Pablo was an historian in the Forest Service who worked with Rudy Wendelin, the creator of one of the most familiar images of Smokey Bear.
Formats: Photographs

Collection Number: 473
Collection Name: U.S. Forest Service, Office of Geography, Drafting Department Photograph
Earliest Date: 1907
Latest Date: 1916
Bulk Dates: 1910
Linear Feet: 0.25
Collection Description: One 9" x 7" black and white photograph c.1910 of the United States Forest Service, Office of Geography, Drafting Department. Four staff members are at their drafting desks. Two of the staff members are women. The names of the four individuals are listed on the back of the photograph: Ernst Lubeck, Gilbert Reeder, Rosalie Holberg, Clara Huggins. The location is not noted on the photograph but is most likely the Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah.
Historical or Biographical Sketch: The Office of Geography was within the Forest Service Branch of Operation, and was comprised of the sections of drafting, photography, atlas, and alienation. The duties of the office were to prepare forest maps and photographs, compile forest statistics, and determine legal status of lands within the national forests. The Office of Geography began in 1907, and units were located in Washington DC and various district headquarters. This particular unit is not identified on the photograph, but is very likely the Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden Utah.
Formats: Photographs


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