FHS Archival Collections

This annotated guide is arranged alphabetically by the creator of the archival collection. If you know the creator of a record group, select the letter of the alphabet with which the organization name begins or select the first letter of the individual's last name. Where there is no creator, the papers or records are listed by collection name.

Encoding of the following finding aids was made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

NOTE: All collections are also described and searchable in the Society's Guide to Environmental History Archival Collections database: enter "Forest History Society" in the Repository field and search by keyword or collection name.

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  • Ainsworth, John H.
    John H. Ainsworth (born 1909) was a paper company executive who produced an educational series on paper manufacturing and authored Paper: The Fifth Wonder. The collection includes journal and newspaper articles, correspondence, magazines and pamphlets, bound and unbound reports, reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, a film strip series, and a book by John H. Ainsworth entitled Paper...The Fifth Wonder. The collection also includes four record albums and corresponding film strips of "Papermaking: An Art and a Science."
  • American Forest Institute
    The American Forest Institute was formerly called American Forest Products Industries, which was created in 1932 as a trade promotion subsidiary of the National Lumber Manufacturers' Association (NLMA). In 1992, the American Forest Institute merged with the American Paper Institute and the National Forest Products Association to become the American Forest & Paper Association. The American Forest Council (AFC) is an educational organization designed to supplement the lobbying activities of the National Forest Products Association. The records contain minutes, mailings, memoranda, and other materials of the Board of Trustees; general correspondence; reading files, press releases, mailings; and other materials of various divisions and committees; reading files of Charles Alton Gillett, Managing Director (1947-1967); publicity materials and reports of the National 4-H Forestry Program; also includes photographs, AFC publications, phonograph records, motion picture films, and miscellaneous educational and public relations material.
  • American Forestry Association
    Established in 1875, the American Forestry Association is the oldest group in North America organized to promote forest conservation. The organization became American Forests in 1992. The collection includes correspondence, articles, manuscript surveys and reports on forestry, newspaper clippings, and published material relating to the American Forestry Association. Includes studies and investigations, awards, directors' minutes, directors' correspondence, annual meetings, annual reports, elections, miscellaneous, Redwood National Park, and miscellaneous administration. There are few materials dating before 1900; the bulk of the collection dates from the 1930s-1960s. Among the prominent correspondents are William B. Greeley, Ovid Butler, Gifford Pinchot, and Samuel T. Dana. One large component of the materials is the American Forestry Association Photograph Collection, which encompasses a wide array of significant images pertaining to forestry and conservation history in the 20th century. The collection was created and maintained by AFA's American Forests magazine division.
  • American Hoist & Derrick Company | Modern Methods of Loading Logs Brochure and Photographs
    The American Hoist & Derrick Company, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, became a top manufacturer of hoisting and lifting equipment. The collection includes a photocopy of an advertising brochure for American Hoist and Derrick Company and 4 photographic prints of equipment illustrated in the brochure. The brochure was printed in 1904 and contains 58 pages of text and pictures.
  • American Institute of Timber Construction
    The American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) is the national technical trade association of the structural glued laminated (glulam) timber industry. The AITC records hold annual meeting files as well as brochures and promotional materials from member organizations.
  • American Lumberman
    Held November 26-29, 1908, the Biltmore Forest Festival took place at George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Hosted by Estate forester and Biltmore Forest School founder Carl Alwin Schenck, he invited politicians, industry representatives, foresters, and lay persons interested in forestry from across the southern United States to attend. Tours of plantations, herbaria, experimental plots, and nurseries on the estate highlighted the thinning operations, reforestation, and logging activities, and conservation measures in use by foresters on the estate. Schenck explained scientific forestry techniques to guests on the tours and provided entertainment in the form of a possum hunt, luncheons, and dinners. Organized to celebrate twenty years of professional forest management on Biltmore Estate and ten years of operating the Biltmore Forest School, the festival and resulting press coverage helped spread word of the benefits of scientific forestry across the southern United States in the first decade of the twentieth century.The collection includes seven articles published in American Lumberman magazine from September 1908 to January 1909 about the Forest Festival.
  • American Pulpwood Association
    The American Pulpwood Association was established in 1935 to promote the interests of forest products industry members. On January 1, 2000, this national trade association changed its name to the Forest Resources Association, Inc.Materials include minutes of meetings, technical releases, and technical papers from the Appalachian, Lake States, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western Technical Divisions of the American Pulpwood Association. Also included are memoranda, meeting agendas and programs, organization directories and by-laws, and various annual, weekly, and monthly technical bulletins and reports.
  • American Tree Farm System
    On June 12, 1941, the nation’s first tree farm was dedicated near Montesano, Washington. Owned by the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company, the 120,000-acre Clemons Tree Farm launched a nationwide movement. Over the next few decades the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) would expand across the country. In 2011, the program’s rolls listed 88,000 family forest owners practicing sustainable management on 26 million acres of forest land. The collection includes important historical materials, inspection and certification records, correspondence, and early press clippings. Also included are publications such as Tree Farmer magazine and Green America, records of various awards, such as regional and national Tree Farmer of the Year and Inspector of the Year, minutes from annual conventions and committee meetings, and records from educational initiatives such as Project Learning Tree. In addition, the collection features numerous photographs and slides of ATFS events and activities, as well as films of educational programming, and public service announcements by famous tree farmers such as actress Andie MacDowell, musician Chuck Leavell, President Jimmy Carter, and actor Andy Griffith.
  • Association of Consulting Foresters of America
    The Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc. (ACF) was founded in 1948 to advance the professionalism, ethics, and interests of professional foresters whose primary work was consulting to the public. The ACF is the only national association for consulting foresters. The collection consists of Association of Consulting Foresters records largely concerning the organization and its operations. The collection is divided into six series, including files on financial and tax documents; office policies and procedures; advertising and promotion; staff and members; individual ACF chapters, focusing largely on the Alabama chapter; and correspondence and interaction with organizations such as the Practicing Foresters Institute of Trust (PFIT), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and other independent organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Also included in these series are files on ACF committees, meetings, ethical and legislative concerns, and history of the ACF; a bound volume of Historical Perspective, the Early Years provides a brief history of the organization, its leaders, and its accomplishments. This collection contains a large number of records and correspondence pertaining to influential people who shaped ACF history, including John Bradley Jr. (President of ACF 1974-1976; Chairman of Resource Management Services Inc., Chairman of Alabama Chapter ACF), Harry Murphy (ACF member, President of Resource Operations Inc., Executive Vice President of Resource Management Services Inc.), and L. Keville Larson (ACF President 1982-1984). The collection also contains reference to other significant people including Arthur Ennis, Colin Bagwell, Robert Fiske, Frank Bennett, John T. Clark, Harvey Striplin Jr., and William Banzhaf.
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