Digital Collections provide direct access to a selection of the rich primary source materials held by the Forest History Society. As time and funding permit, the Society is preparing digital versions of some of its more interesting documents, photographs, films, and other materials. In addition to our ongoing efforts to digitize and catalog the extensive FHS Photograph Collection, the Society also periodically brings together digital resources around a topical theme of interest. Below you will find links to selected digital collections that assemble archival resources around a subject of historical significance.
World War I: 10th and 20th Forestry Engineers
During World War I, two U.S. Army Regiments of forestry engineers worked in France to provide the Allied forces with the large amount of timber necessary for the war effort. Those making up these regiments came from forest ranger, logging, and sawmill jobs throughout the U.S., and served their country in France by providing work…Read More
The 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 would expand across all 50 states. To see when the first tree farm was certified in…Read More
“Redwood in the San Francisco Fire” Photo Album
“Redwood in the San Francisco Fire” is a small photograph album in the collections of the Forest History Society, prepared in June of 1906 by the Redwood Car Shippers Bureau and donated to the Society by the Davenport, Peters Company. The album contains 10 photographs depicting damage caused by the San Francisco earthquake and fires…Read More
Views from the National Forests Album
“Views from the National Forests” is a leather-bound photo album in the archival collections of the Forest History Society. Produced in the mid-1930s by the U.S. Forest Service for placement on commercial railways, it contains 36 images dating 1914–1933 with captions addressing such topics as recreation, wildlife, reforestation, timber management and use, fire control, forage,…Read More
Forest History Society YouTube Channel
Features clips of historic films from our archives, such as footage of logging operations, river drives, forest fire suppression, and much more. Also includes classic Smokey Bear television PSAs, and selections from documentaries such as Up in Flames, Timber on the Move, and The Greatest Good. Forest History Society YouTube ChannelRead More
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