Inventory of the John Clark Hunt Papers, 1902 – 1981

 

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: John Clark Hunt worked as a fire control officer on the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests from 1930 to 1950. He then served as fire control manager and public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest region from 1950 until his retirement in 1964. Hunt was also a prolific writer. He produced several hundred articles for various publications on topics relating to forestry and the history of the American West. Hunt also wrote many fictional stories, including the published collection of short stories, South and West.

This collection consists of the personal papers of John Clark Hunt. It includes notes, correspondence, clippings, and photographs, as well as copious personal writing (published and unpublished) drawing on his interest in the history of the American West and his work related to forestry, fire management, and public lands.

Title: John Clark Hunt Papers, 1902 – 1981

Creator: Hunt, John Clark

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2018-004

Language of Material: Material in English, French, and Spanish

Extent: 10 linear feet (7 archival boxes, 7 record cartons)

 

Biographical Note

John “Jack” Clark Hunt was born in Bath County, Kentucky. He worked various jobs – including as a tobacco farmer, harvest hand, clerk, steel worker, and cowboy – before beginning a career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1930. He worked as a fire control officer on the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests before being transferred to the Bureau of Land Management in 1950. With this agency, he served as fire control manager and public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest region until retirement in 1964. Hunt was also a prolific writer. He produced several hundred articles for various publications on topics relating to forestry and the history of the American West. Hunt also wrote many fictional short stories, including the collection of short stories, South and West. Hunt died in his Portland, Oregon, home in March 1982 at the age of 76.

 

Collection Overview

This collection consists of the personal papers of John Clark Hunt. It includes notes, correspondence, clippings, and photographs, as well as copious personal writing (published and unpublished) drawing on his interest in the history of the American West and his work related to forestry, fire management, and public lands.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Photographs
  2. Writings
  3. Correspondence
  4. Personal Papers
  5. Research Files
  6. Other Publications

 

Subject Headings

  • Forest fires — Prevention and control.
  • Forests and forestry.
  • Public lands — Management.
  • Public lands — United States — Management.
  • United States.
  • United States. — Bureau of Land Management.
  • United States. — Forest Service.
  • United States. — Forest Service — Officials and employees.

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Photographs

Arranged in folders by subject.

  • Box 1
    Photo subject files.

    • 1910 Fires
    • 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake
    • Agriculture
    • Alaska (2 folders)
    • Alaska Natives
    • Arizona
    • Astoria, OR
    • Beckwourth Pass (CA)
    • Boats and Ships
    • Bridge of the Gods (OR)
    • Brigeport, CA
    • Bridges
    • British Columbia
    • Britt, Peter
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Burns, OR
    • Butte City, CA
    • Calaveras Big Trees Park (CA)
    • Canoes
    • Canyonlands (UT)
    • Camp Warner (OR)
    • Carson City, NV
    • Carson Mansion, Eureka, CA
  • Box 2
    Photo subject files.

    • Celilo Falls, OR
    • Chicago, IL
    • Chico, CA
    • Civilian Conservation Corps (2 folders)
    • Crater Lake (OR)
    • Colorado
    • Coos River (OR)
    • Cove Palisades State Park (OR)
    • Curry County, OR
    • Deschutes River (OR)
    • Exports – Japan
    • Eyerly, Ray (artist)
    • Feather River Canyon (CA)
    • Fifth World Forestry Congress – 1960 – Seattle
    • Fire
    • Forests – Insects and Disease
    • Forests – Storm Damage
    • Fort Bidwell, CA
    • Fort Clatsop (OR)
    • Fort Klamath, OR
  • Box 3
    Photo subject files.

    • Fort Rock (OR)
    • Forts and Log Structures
    • Georgia
    • Gold Rush Relics
    • Goose Lake (OR)
    • Grand Ronde, OR
    • Haines, OR
    • Highway 49 (CA)
    • Horses
    • Hunt, Jack Clark
    • Hunting
    • Idaho
    • Imnaha, OR
    • Iowa
    • Jacksonville, OR
    • Johnsville, CA
    • Joseph, OR
    • Kansas
    • Klamath Falls, OR
    • La Ports / Port Wine, CA
    • Lake County, OR
    • Lakeview, OR
    • Lake Simtustus / Pelton Dam (OR)
    • Lake Tahoe
    • Lassen Peak (CA)
    • Lava Beds Monument (CA)
    • Livestock and Grazing
  • Box 4
    Photo subject files.

    • Logging (3 folders)
    • Lower Columbia River
    • Malakoff Diggings (CA)
    • Metolius River (OR)
    • Mills
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Monument Valley
    • Mt. Adams (WA)
    • Mt. Shasta (CA)
    • Murphys, CA
    • Native Americans (2 folders)
    • Native Americans – Fire Fighters
    • New Madrid Earthquake
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
  • Box 5
    Photo subject files.

    • Old and Abandoned Buildings (2 folders)
    • Oregon City, OR
    • Oregon Coast
    • Oregon Forests
    • Oregon Mountains
    • Oregon Roads
    • Oregon State Fair
    • Oregon Trail
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • People (2 folders)
    • Ponderosa Pine
    • Point Loma Lighthouse (San Diego, CA)
    • Pony Express
  • Box 6
    Photo subject files.

    • Port Townsend, WA
    • Portland, OR (3 folders)
    • Prineville, OR
    • Pyramid Lake (NV)
    • Quincy, CA
    • Railroads
    • Red Bluff Rodeo (Pendleton, OR)
    • Reyes, Jacinto D.
    • Roosevelt, Theodore
    • Roseburg, OR
    • Sacramento River (CA)
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Santiam River (OR)
    • Salem, OR
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Signs
    • Smith, Soapy
    • Smith River (OR)
    • Soil Erosion
    • Southern California – Tourism
    • St. Louis, OR
    • State of Jefferson
  • Box 7
    Photo subject files.

    • Statues and Monuments
    • Sugar Pine
    • Summer Lake, OR
    • Truckee River (NV)
    • Utah
    • Virgin Islands
    • Volcanoes
    • Washington
    • Water Pollution
    • Weaverville, CA
    • Western White Pine
    • Whidbey Island (WA)
    • Wildlife
    • Wolfe, Thomas (1900-1938)
    • Woodleaf, CA
    • Wyoming
    • Yellowstone National Park (2 folders)
    • Yosemite
    • U.S. Forest Service (3 folders)
  • Box 8
    • Highway 49 (CA) – slides
    • Postcards (various locations)
    • Miscellaneous Slides and Negatives
    • Unidentified
    • Mounted Photos
2. Writings
  • Box 9
    • Typed copies of articles and drafts.
  • Box 10
    •  Articles/drafts
    • Men Who Matched the Mountains
    • Battle of Soldier Creek
    • Early Day Hunting
    • Second Growth
3. Correspondence
  • Box 10
    • Correspondence (5 folders)
    • Correspondence with Clarence John (CJ) Buck (2 folders)
4. Personal Papers
  • Box 10
    • Account book
    • Personal notes
    • U.S. Forest Service (3 folders)
    • Bureau of Land Management (3 folders)
  • Box 11
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • Department of the Interior
5. Research Files

Arranged by topic.

  • Box 11
    • Forest Fires
    • Fire Policy
    • Forest Industry
    • USFS – Northern Region
    • USFS – Pacific Northwest Region
    • National Forests – California
    • National Forests – Oregon
    • National Forests – Washington
    • Oregon Environmental Council
    • Oregon Parks and Recreation
    • Oregon State Department of Forestry
    • Portland Federal Council
    • Alaska
    • Redwoods
  • Box 12
    • Christmas Trees
    • Lewis and Clark Trail
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park
    • Mount St. Helens
    • Civilian Conservation Corps
    • Earthquakes
    • Mt. Hood
    • Logging and Lumbering
    • Canyonlands
    • Keep Green
    • 5th World Forestry Congress
    • International Expos
    • Stock-Raising Homestead Act of 1916
    • Watersheds
    • Wildlife
    • Tree Disease
    • Invasive Species
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Oregon Grazing History
  • Box 13
    • Small Tract Materials/Public Land Withdrawals
    • Port Townsend, WA
    • Lakeview/Lake County, OR
    • Ft. Bidwell
    • Big Foot/Monsters
    • Weather
6. Other Publications
  • Box 13
    • California Ranger (USFS Region 5)
    • Conservation News
    • The Conservationist
    • Oregon Forest Laws
    • National Speleological Society
    • California Conservationist
    • Our Public Lands
    • Outdoor America
    • Pacific Discovery
    • Travel Guides/Brochures
    • Civil War
  • Box 14 (loose publications)
    • Wood You Believe It? (AFPI)
    • The Western Fire Fighter’s Manual
    • Fire Control Handbook Part III, Region 5, 1940
    • Range Robbers – Undesirable Range Plants, 1958
    • Theodore Roosevelt and the Dakota Badlands, 1958
    • The Ageless Relicts: The Story of Sequoia, 1962
    • Forest Fire Damage Appraisal Procedures and Tables for the Northeast, 1951
    • Fire Weather and Fire Danger Station Handbook, 1955
    • Program for the Pacific Northwest, 1960-1965 by Pacific Northwest Field Committee
    • Program for the Colorado River-Great Basin Region, 1952-1957
    • White Pine Blister Rust Control, Northwest Region, January 1 to December 31, 1952
    • Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the State Forester of the State of Oregon, 1936
    • California Fish and Game (Vol. 32, no.1; Vol. 33, no.4)
    • The Forest Ranger (Alberta Forest Service), vol. 2 no. 5, 1960
    • The National Forests of California, 1927
    • The Forestry Primer (American Tree Association)
    • Forestry in Israel, 1960
    • Fremont National Forest
    • Range Condition; Forage Production and Profitable Ranching, 1942
    • Lodgepole Pine in the Blue Mountains of Northeastern Oregon, 1958
    • University of Nevada Bulletin, August 1, 1922
    • Ed Quigley: Western Artist (signed by author and inscribed to John C. Hunt)
    • Field Inspectors Handbook for the Enforcement of the Oregon Forest Laws, 1942
    • Proceedings of the 49th Annual Western Forestry Congress, 1958
    • New Forest Frontiers, for: Jobs, Permanent Communities, A Stronger Nation, 1941
    • History of Portland’s Forest Park, by Thornton T. Munger, 1960
    • Investigation of Land Use, Curry County, Oregon, 1939
    • Gobbledygook Has Got to Go
    • Conservation (American Forestry Association), September-October 1941
    • Redwood Trails, December 1946
    • Overland Monthly, March 1902
    • Outing Magazine (May 1902; February 1906)
    • The Pacific Monthly (June 1909; February 1912)
    • Geologic Guidebook along Highway 49 – Sierran Gold Belt; The Mother Lode Country (Centennial Edition), 1948

 

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Clark Hunt Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Alison Mandaville, September 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Staff, 2017 and 2018

Encoded by Staff, July 2018

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