Inventory of the Cornell Forestry School Field Trips Photograph Collection, 1908 – 1909

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Arthur B. "Reck" Recknagel (1883-1962) had a long and varied career in forestry as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service, as a professor of forest management, and later as a leader and consultant in the paper industry.

This collection contains 174 black-and-white photographic images taken during the late 1920s and early 1930s when forestry professor Arthur Bernard Recknagel led his Cornell University forestry students on field trips to the southern United States. These images fill two albums and document the school's field trip activities in the state of South Carolina. The images primarily depict students observing logging activities and forest management practices being used at that time in South Carolina. Most of the images have limited caption information. The albums are two of four total albums comprising the A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection housed in the Forest History Society Archives.

Title: Cornell Forestry School Field Trips Photograph Collection, 1908 - 1909

Creator: Recknagel, A. B. (Arthur Bernhard), 1883-1962

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 7281

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 2 photograph albums

 

Biographical Note

Arthur B. "Reck" Recknagel (1883-1962) had a long and varied career in forestry as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service, as a professor of forest management, and later as a leader and consultant in the paper industry. A widely respected industrial forester, he was also a prolific writer, authoring many technical articles and books dealing with forest management, taxation, and the pulp and paper industry.

After graduating from the Yale School of Forestry in 1906 with a master of forestry degree, Recknagel served until 1913 as chief of forest reconnaissance for the U.S. Forest Service. Accepting an offer from Cornell University, he taught in the Department of Forestry until 1943, sometimes leading his classes on field trips to obtain practical training. In 1943, he left to become area forester for New York in the Timber Production War Project, given the responsibility of developing timber supplies for the war effort.

Simultaneous to these assignments, Recknagel also served the Empire State Forest Products Association as forester and executive secretary from 1917 until 1948. After World War II and following a second stint in academia as head of the University of British Columbia forestry faculty, he accepted the position of technical director of forestry for the St. Regis Pulp and Paper Company in 1948. He retired from St. Regis in 1953 to enter practice as an industry consultant.

A member of the Society of American Foresters since 1908 and a chairman from 1940 to 1941, Recknagel was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1961. Arthur Recknagel died in August of 1962 in his home state of New York.

Note: The above biographical information about Arthur B. Recknagel was drawn from the following source: "Arthur Bernard Recknagel (1883-1962)."Journal of Forestry 60:10 (October 1962): 759. Obituary.

 

Collection Overview

This collection contains 174 black-and-white photographic images taken during the late 1920s and early 1930s when forestry professor Arthur Bernard Recknagel led his Cornell University forestry students on field trips to the southern United States. These images fill two albums and document the school's field trip activities in the state of South Carolina. The images primarily depict students observing logging activities and forest management practices being used at that time in South Carolina. Most of the images have limited caption information. The albums are two of four total albums comprising the A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection housed in the Forest History Society Archives.

Collection Arrangement

  1. A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection, Photo Album 2, 1928-1931
  2. A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection, Photo Album 3, 1932-1934

Subject Headings

  • College Teachers
  • Cornell University -- Students
  • Foresters -- United States -- Biography
  • Forestry schools and education -- New York
  • Forests and forestry -- South Carolina -- History
  • Forests and forestry -- United States -- History
  • Recknagel, A. B. (Arthur Bernhard), 1883-1962 -- Interviews.

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection, Photo Album 2, 1928-1931.

These photographs are available through the online image gallery for the Arthur Bernard Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection. Images labeled Reck2_10Ath through Reck2_9Cth pertain to Photo Album 2.

2. A. B. Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection, Photo Album 3, 1932-1934.

These photographs are available through the online image gallery for the Arthur Bernard Recknagel Auxiliary Photograph Collection. Images labeled Reck3_10th through Reck3_9Bth pertain to Photo Album 3.

 

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cornell Forestry School Field Trips Photograph Collection, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Arnold, August 2003

Encoded by Amanda Ross, January 2009

Funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission supported the encoding of this finding aid. Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.