Alfred D. Bell Travel Grants
An average of 6 awards are given annually to support travel and lodging expenses
incurred by persons conducting research at the Forest History Society.
- Jean Martin, a doctoral candidate
in historical geography at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, received
a Bell Travel Grant in 1993 to work in the Forest History Society Archives
on a dissertation to be entitled "La geographie historique de l'industrie
quebeçoise du sciage au XIXe siecle" (Historical Geography of
Quebec's Sawmilling Industry in the 19th Century).
- James Alsop, professor of history
at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, studied the impact of mosquito-borne
illnesses, such as yellow fever and malaria, on the forest products industry
of the southern United States and Latin America. He was interested in the economic
impact of such diseases and the response of industry to scientific advances
in the knowledge of the disease.
- Danny Côté, an
independent scholar from Québec, conducted research in the Society's
collections while on a Bell Fellowship in 2002. He gathered information
for a comparative study of the evolution of sawmill and wood cutting technology
in the United States and Canada. He also consulted sources on log driving
techniques in Canada.
- In 2003 history professor Alan
MacEachern from the University of Western Ontario visited the Society to
search for evidence of the influence of the Miramichi Fire of 1825 on subsequent
development of forest fire policy in Canada.
- The Society awarded Michael
Clow, associate professor of sociology at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick,
Canada, a Bell Fellowship in 2003. Clow mined from the Society's collections
information pertinent to a comparative study of changes in tree harvesting
technology and the resulting repercussions in eastern Canada and in the southern
K. Weyerhaeuser Fellowships in Forest and Conservation History
Given annually to a graduate student at Duke University whose research involves
forest or conservation history.
- FHS granted David Massell, a doctoral candidate
in history at Duke University, a Weyerhaeuser Fellowship in 1994
to support research for his dissertation "Amassing Power in a Northern Landscape:
J. B. Duke and the Development of the Saguenay River, 1897-1927." His study
focused on the development of water resources in Quebec. David received
his degree in 1997 and now teaches at the University of Vermont.
- Erica Sasser, a doctoral candidate
in natural resource policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at
Duke University, won the 1997 Weyerhaeuser Fellowship to support research for her dissertation,
"The Construction of Property Rights and Its Implications for North American
Forests." For this study of the development of concepts of property rights
in forest land in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, she examined differences
between public and private lands in each country and studied the ways in which differing
property rights regimes have influenced forest management in the three nations.
Awarded annually for the best article in Environmental History [or
- Gillis, R. P., et al. "The Ontario
and Quebec Experiments with Forest Reserves, 1883-1914." Journal of Forest
History 26 (January 1982): 20-33.
- Rajala, R. A. "Bill and the
Boss: Labor Protest, Technological Change and the Transformation of the
West Coast Logging Camp, 1890-1930." Journal of Forest History 33
(October 1989): 168-179.
C. Blegen Award
Given annually to the author of the best article in a journal other than Environmental
- Rajala, R. A. "The Forest as
Factory: Technological Change and Worker Control in the West Coast Logging
Industry, 1880-1930." Labour/LeTravail 32 (Fall 1993): 73-104.
- Gillis, R. P. "The Ottawa Lumber
Barons and the Conservation Movement, 1880-1914." Journal of Canadian Studies 9 (February 1974): 14-30.
A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award
Awarded biennially in odd-numbered years for the best book on forest and conservation
- Rajala, Richard A. Clearcutting
the Pacific Rain Forest: Production, Science, and Regulation. Vancouver,
BC: University of British Columbia Press, 1998.