Inventory of the Gilbert W. Zieman Auxiliary Photo Collection, 1970 – 1979


Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Gilbert W. Zieman was a district and regional manager of the American Forest Institute. The Gilbert W. Zieman Auxiliary Photo Collection holds images depicting logging, lumber mills, tree farms, wood products, and other forestry subjects.

Title: Gilbert W. Zieman Auxiliary Photo Collection, 1970 – 1979

Creator: Zieman, Gilbert W.

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2015-013

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 2 linear ft. (2 record cartons)


Biographical Note

Gilbert W. Zieman was born in 1922 and graduated from high school in 1940. Early in his career, he worked for the Woonsocket News of Woonsocket, South Dakota. Mr. Zieman served in the Air Force during World War II. After the war, he served as Assistant Air Corps Supply Officer for the Shaw Field Base in South Carolina. Later he joined the American Forest Institute as district manager in Green Bay Wisconsin. Zieman served as a Regional Manager of the American Forest Institute during much of the 1960s and 1970s before retiring at age 70.


Collection Overview

The Gilbert W. Zieman Auxiliary Photo Collection holds images depicting logging, lumber mills, tree farms, wood products, and other forestry subjects. The collection contains approximately 1343 slides, 400 photos, 34 negatives, 37 frame/photo boards, 44 contact sheets, and one photo album containing approximately 140 additional photos.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Slides
  2. Photographs
  3. Mounted Photographs and Postcards
  4. Photograph Album

Subject Headings

  • Forests and forestry-Societies, etc.
  • Logging
  • Lumber mills
  • Tree Farm
  • Harvesting
  • Wood Products


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Slides
  • Box 1
    • Grouped Slides
      • A: General.
        Subjects include loggers, tree farms, mills, water, nurseries, forest fires, and BWCA.
      • B: General.
        Subjects include “Keep Green”, mills, harvesting, paper products, wood products, research, Forest Service, redwoods, and pulpwood.
    • Folder 1-2
      • General
        Subjects include wildlife, tree farms, Boy Scouts, AFI meetings, machinery, logging scenes, lumber products, and 4-H forestry projects.
    • Slide Presentations
    • Folder 3
      • “Trees”
        Transcript of slideshow entitled “Trees” by Robert R. Reichart dated November 1, 1971; descriptions of 77 slides. Transcript only.
    • Folder 4
      • Deforestation
        Quotes, facts, and figures about deforestation, slides only.
      • Wilderness Fever
        2 boxes, slides only.
      • The Wilderness Game
        Standard Oil Co, January 10, 1979. Slides only – 6 boxes
    • Color Transparencies
      • Hill City, South Dakota
        Depicts nature scenes, logging sites mill scenery, and lumber.
      • Hines, Oregon
        Nature scenes, logging sites, mill scenery, and lumber.
      • Tree Farms and Logging
2. Photographs
  • Box 2
    • Folder 1-3
      • General – Black and White – With Contact Sheets and Negatives
        64 9×12 envelopes containing photos, contact sheets and negatives of the following general subjects: Subjects include lumber yards, construction sites, railroads, equipment, and logging. There are some images of the Hines Lumber Yard.
    • Folder 3-4
      • General – Color Prints
        Subjects include lumber mills, tree farms, the Nicolet and Monongahela National Forests, and images of the Meade Corporation in Escanaba, Michigan. Boy Scouts, logging and machinery, lumber mills, and the White Pine Weevil Brown County reforestation camp are also depicted.
    • Folder 5-6
      • General – Black and White Prints
        Subjects include lumber mills, Hines Lumber Company, Floyd Bennett Field North Beach Air Service, timber processing equipment, and trains loaded with timber. Also holds 31 black and white photos and 2 contact sheets of black and white photo negatives; photos are of forests and mountain ranges. Some of the photos were taken by C. R. Batten.
    • Folder 7
      • Equipment
        Includes views of Hope Mill as well as images of equipment such as band saws, knife planers, Cat machinery, a Signode package maker, and some shots of the mill’s winter log inventory.
    • Folder 8-9
      • Contact Sheets
        23 contact sheets of black and white photo negatives; subject “Wyoming Forest Management.” Other subjects include “The Targhee Story”, “Snowy Range, Pass Creek”, Silviculture, and “Dice Hill”
3. Mounted Photographs and Postcards
  • Box 2
    • Folder 10
      • Postcard – wooden postcard that reads “Greetings from Harney County and Burns, Oregon.”
    • Folder 11
      • Aerial Shots of Denver, CO
    • Folder 12
      • Hines Lumber Company Machinery
    • Folder 13
      • “Thomas – Michaux”
    • Folder 14
      • “Weyerhaeuser”
        Contains 27 black 9 x 7 matted color negatives of miscellaneous forest/lumber industrial scenes
    • Folder 15
      • General
        37 color and black and white photographs mounted on 9.5 x 12 grey cardboard mats: mostly black and white prints of miscellaneous lumber industry and forest scenes.
4. Photo Album
  • Box 2
    • Photo album depicting a lumber mill – pictures are mostly interior shots of machinery; a file label on the first page of the album reads “John Day, Oregon.”


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gilbert W. Zieman Auxiliary Photo Collection, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda McMullin, July 2015

Encoded by Lea Tiernan, July 2015

Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.