Library & Archives Endowments

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Keeping the FHS library, archives, and reference staff available as a free public resource for onsite and online visitors is our largest operating expense, comprising 28% of our overall operating costs.  The following endowed funds help to support all facets of the FHS Library & Archives.

Library Endowment

The Library Endowment partially supports any costs related to the Library function including such expenses as salary & fringe for a Librarian, part-time help, book purchases, preservation efforts, cataloging, and maintenance and development of databases.

Karlen Endowment 

The Karlen Endowment provides funding for the development and maintenance of library databases, including our Environmental History Bibliography containing over 45,000 annotated citations.

Alvin J. Huss Endowment for Digitization and Outreach of the Archives

Alvin J. Huss (1904-1998), industrialist, and longtime friend and benefactor of the Forest History Society, helped ensure the preservation of important records and photographs that documented the forest industry's history.  The Alvin J. Huss Endowment supports the creation of digital versions of material in the Society’s archival collections. Digitization of collections benefits our patrons by increasing their level of access to our materials, while allowing our staff to provide a higher level of efficient reference assistance.  The endowment will also support programs that extend the outreach of the archives through education, publication, and social media.

John R. McGuire Endowment

John R. McGuire (1916 - 2002), served as the 10th Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1972 to 1979.  John brought real distinction to the Forest Service and to the forestry community during his long career.  In honor of his significant contributions to the field of forestry and to the U.S. Forest Service in particular, the Forest History Society (FHS) established the John R. McGuire Endowment to enhance FHS efforts to document the history of the U.S. Forest Service.  It partially supports the maintenance and development of the U. S. Forest Service History Reference Collection, and the conduct of interviews related to the U.S. Forest Service produced by the FHS Oral History Program.

Digitization Endowment

The Digitization Endowment will support digitization of archival collections, historic photographs, original moving footage, oral history interviews, and other material held at the Forest History Society library and archives.


To make a donation to an FHS endowed fund or to inquire about establishing a permanent legacy of support for FHS with a new endowed fund, please contact:

Laura Hayden
Development Associate
(919) 682-9319

Donations may be made online below, or by telephone (above), or by check to:

Forest History Society
2925 Academy Rd.
Durham, NC  27705

Please be sure to indicate which endowed fund you wish to support, and whether your donation is In Memory Of, or In Honor Of, a special individual or organization.

Other Presentations From FHS

Research & Publications 

We have several endowments dedicated to research and publications in the areas of oral history, digitization, service, informing public opinion, and more.

Education & Outreach 

Education and outreach go hand-in-hand at FHS.  Part of our mission to educate students of all ages about the history of human interaction with the forested environment.

Awards & Fellowships

The endowed award and fellowship programs enable the FHS to recognize scholarly achievement and service to the organization and the community at large.


The unrestricted endowment fund provides operating flexibility to allocate funds where they are needed most.