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College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources records

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College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources records, circa 1910-1998 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

By John Michael Foster

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Collection Overview

Title: College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources records, circa 1910-1998Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.0 Cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Records are organized into single series largely arranged chronologically by document type.

Date Acquired: 08/15/2007

Subjects: Forestry engineering, Logging

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Lantern slides, Pamphlets, Reports

Languages: English

Abstract

Correspondence, lantern slides, reports, and other materials documenting the history and administration of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, records (Circa 1910s-1998; 2.0 cubic feet) documents the history, administration, and activities of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, known before 1974 as the Department of Forestry and Conservation, and before 1939 as the Department of Forestry.  The collection consists largely of correspondence (1942-1950) and lantern slides (1910s-1940s).

Collection Historical Note

The origin of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources stretches back to 1905 with two Forestry courses in Biology taught by Professor Stanley Coulter.  The following year, Professors Coulter and W.K. Hatt established two additional courses, Technical Forestry and Forest Utilization.  By 1914, there were eleven “forestry” courses listed in the Purdue catalogue.  Official departmental organization came in 1926, when forestry courses were transferred from the School of Science to the School of Agriculture and designated the Department of Forestry.  Burr Prentice served as the department’s first head.  The department’s name was changed to Forestry and Conservation in 1939 and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1974.  The forestry program began offering Master’s degrees in forest production, forest economics, forest management, forest mensuration, silviculture, wildlife, and wood technology in 1944 and a Ph.D. in 1960.  Forestry and Natural Resources enjoyed its highest undergraduate enrollment in 1977, with 666 students enrolled.  Graduate enrollment peaked at 81 students in 1995.

Subject/Index Terms

Forestry engineering
Logging

Administrative Information

Repository: Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 mss. boxes, 6 lantern slide boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Purdue University

Physical Access Note: Lantern slides are fragile and need to be handled with care.

Acquisition Source: Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; William L. Hoover, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources; College of Agriculture

Acquisition Method: Records transfer, Purdue University

Preferred Citation: UA 14.10, College of Agriculture, Department of Foresty and Natural Resources Records, Karnes Archives & Special Collections, Purdue University Library

Processing Information: All materials are housed in acid-free manuscript boxes.  Lantern slides and glass plate negatives have been individually covered in protective sleeves or envelopes.  Correspondence remains in original folders.  Other materials are housed in acid-free folders.

Other URL: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/fa/pdf/ua1410_forestry.pdf


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