Inventory of the T. S. Coile Papers, 1954 – 1967

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Theodore Stanley Coile (1908-1968) was a forest soils specialist, forest consultant, and Professor of Forest Soils at Duke University.

The documents in this collection primarily relate to T.S. Coile's work as a forestry and land consultant at T.S. Coile, Inc. from 1954 to 1967. Most of the files consist of correspondence with various pulp and paper companies as well as others in the forestry industry. The collection also includes research files such as soil data sheets, field notes, maps, plot yield spreadsheets, site index curves, soil mapping legends, and other research from Coile's work as a forestry consultant. The collection also features financial reports, receipts, administrative files, published writings, files related to Coile's speaking engagements, photographs, and other files.

Title: T.S. Coile Papers, 1954 - 1967

Creator: Coile, T.S. (Theodore Stanley), 1908-1968

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2015-11

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 4.5 linear ft. (3 record cartons)

 

Biographical Note

Theodore Stanley Coile (born 1908) was a forest soils specialist, forestry consultant, and a Professor of Forest Soils at Duke University.

T.S. Coile was born December 27, 1908 in Kenton, Ohio. Coile obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan in 1933. He received his Master of Forestry degree in 1935 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1939, both at Yale University. Coile served with the Marine Corps from 1943-1945 as planning officer in engineering phases of combat operations. In 1963 he was principal consultant to the U.S. Army Transportation Board for studies of mobility of military vehicles in the tropics.

He was a member of the faculty of the School of Forestry at Duke University from 1935-1954 and founded the soils laboratory there. He also worked throughout the U.S. at various experiment stations of the U.S. Forest Service from 1928-1953.

From 1958-1964, T.S. Coile and Francis Xavier Schumacher conducted a research study on the growth and yields of plantations of slash and loblolly pines based on studies of nearly 1,000 plantations in the South. Coile and Schumacher developed a soil mapping technique that assessed and classified forest productivity potential using statistical analysis of drainage class, soil conditions, and yield tables based on site index, stocking, and land-use history. The results of this study led to the publication of Growth and Yields of Natural Stands of the Southern Pines, the first comprehensive growth and yield projections for southern pine plantations.

Coile was president of T.S. Coile, Inc. Forest Land Consultants and acted as a consultant to many pulp and paper companies and others in the forestry industry in the South from 1949 until his death in 1968. He consulted on land appraisal, forest management and productivity, soil science, and research in various fundamental and operational aspects of forest management.

During his research career Dr. Coile was author or co-author of some 50 articles or books on topics in soil science and forestry.

Dr. T. S. Coile, professor of forest soils at Duke Univ. School of Forestry, demonstrating soil sample techniques for a tour group of the Southern Pulpwood Conservation Assn. at Duke Forest, June 23, 1948.

 

Collection Overview

The documents in this collection primarily relate to T.S. Coile's work as a forestry and land consultant at T.S. Coile, Inc. from 1954 to 1967. Most of the files consist of correspondence with various pulp and paper companies as well as others in the forestry industry. The collection also includes research files such as soil data sheets, field notes, maps, plot yield spreadsheets, site index curves, soil mapping legends, and other research from Coile's work as a forestry consultant. The collection also includes financial reports, receipts, administrative files, published writings, files related to Coile's speaking engagements, photographs, and other files.

Collection Arrangement

The records are arranged into two series.

1. Series I. T.S. Coile, Inc. Forest Land Consultants, 1954-1967

1.1 Subseries 1: Consulting Work, 1956-1967

1.2 Subseries 2: Correspondence, 1954-1964

1.3 Subseries 3: Plantation Research Study, 1957-1967

1.4 Subseries 4: Growth and Yields of Natural Stands of the Southern Pines, 1959-1962

1.5 Subseries 5: Miscellaneous, 1958-1963

2. Series II. Biographical, 1938-1964

 

Subject Headings

  • Champion Paper and Fibre Company
  • Coile, T.S. (Theodore Stanley), 1908-1968
  • Continental Can Company
  • Duke University. School of Forestry
  • Forest site quality
  • Forest soils
  • Loblolly pine
  • Lumber
  • Riegel Paper Corporation
  • Schumacher, F. X. (Francis Xavier), 1892-1967
  • Site index (Forestry)
  • Slash pine
  • Soil mapping
  • Soil science

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. T.S. Coile, Inc. Forest Land Consultants, 1954-1967.

1. Consulting Work, 1954-1967.

  • Box 1, Folder 1
    Allison Lumber Company, 1958
  • Box 1, Folder 2
    Bowaters Southern Paper Company, 1956-1959
  • Box 1 Folder 3
    Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company, 1958-1959
  • Box 1 Folder 4
    Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company, 1960-1966
  • Box 1 Folder 5
    Calcasieu Paper Company, 1957-1959
  • Box 1 Folder 6
    Catawba Timber Company, 1958-1965
  • Box 1 Folder 7
    Champion Paper and Fibre Company, 1957-1959
  • Box 1 Folder 8
    Champion Paper and Fibre Company, 1960-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 9
    Chesapeake Corporation of Virginia, 1965-1966
  • Box 1 Folder 10
    Container Corporation of America, 1962-1968
  • Box 1 Folder 11
    Continental Can Company, 1956-1960
  • Box 1 Folder 12
    Continental Can Company, 1961-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 13
    Duke Power Company, 1961-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 14
    Flack Lumber Company, 1958
  • Box 1 Folder 15
    Geigy Chemical Company, 1962-1963
  • Box 1 Folder 16
    Georgia Timber Company, 1969
  • Box 1 Folder 17
    Hudson Pulp and Paper Company, 1962-1963
  • Box 1 Folder 18
    Liggett and Meyers Tobacco Company, 1956-1957

    • Contains files relating to T.S. Coile, Inc. appraisal of Stagville Farm in Durham, N.C. These include a report on forest management recommendations, correspondence, and maps.
  • Box 1 Folder 19
    Marathon Corporation, a Division of American Can Company, 1957-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 20
    Marathon Southern Corporation, 1956-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 21
    North Carolina Pulp Company, Inc., 1961-1962
  • Box 1 Folder 22
    Riegel Paper Corporation, 1955-1957
  • Box 1 Folder 23
    Riegel Paper Corporation, 1958-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 24
    Southwestern Settlement and Development Corporation, 1957-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 25
    T.L. James and Company, Inc., 1961
  • Box 1 Folder 26
    Tennessee River Pulp and Paper Company, 1960-1961
  • Box 1 Folder 27
    Union Bag-Camp Paper Corporation, 1961-1966
  • Box 1 Folder 28
    Vardaman and Company, 1961-1966
  • Box 1 Folder 29
    Vredenburgh Alabama Properties, 1961
  • Box 1 Folder 30
    Welles-Oates Lumber Company, 1958
  • Box 1 Folder 31
    West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, 1965-1967
  • Box 1 Folder 32
    Miscellaneous Consulting Work, 1956-1967

    • Contains business correspondence with various companies in the forestry industry and an undated timber stand map of Umstead Estate. Also contains correspondence, field notes, maps, photographs and a soil conditions report all relating to a soil-site survey performed by T.S. Coile, Inc. of Black Lake in Bladen County, N.C. in 1961.

2. Correspondence, 1954-1964.

  • Box 1 Folder 33
    General, 1957-1958
  • Box 1 Folder 34
    General, 1959-1964
  • Box 1 Folder 35
    Correspondence with George F. Darden, 1960-1964

    • Primarily contains correspondence with George F. Darden regarding properties in Currituck and Bladen Counties in North Carolina. T.S. Coile, Inc. performed a land and timber appraisal of G.F. Darden's properties between 1960 and 1963. Also contains appraisal notes, soil type maps and plat from the Currituck County property.
  • Box 1 Folder 36
    Correspondence with Richard W. Lloyd, 1954-1960

    • Contains correspondence and maps regarding T.S. Coile, Inc. appraisal work for Richard W. Lloyd in South Carolina.
  • Box 1 Folder 37
    Correspondence with Professor Zebulon W. White, 1962-1963

    • Contains correspondence with Professor Zebulon W. White of the Yale School of Forestry regarding a soil-site survey in Parana, Brazil. Also contains a map of the mill site in Parana, Brazil.

3. Plantation Research Study, 1957-1967.
These folders contain files relating to the plantation research study conducted by T.S. Coile and F.X. Schumacher between 1957 and 1964. Folders contain project-related correspondence, data sheets, research files, photographs, and maps. There are three folders labeled "Research Files" which contain data sheets, field notes, site curves, soil indices, maps, plot yield spreadsheets, soil mapping legends and related files. Maps of the plot locations for this plantation research study can be found in folders 65-67 in Box 3.

  • Box 2 Folder 38
    Research study project proposal and requests for participation, 1957

    • Contains the project proposal and drafts as well as letters to various companies in the forestry industry requesting participation in the project.
  • Box 2 Folder 39
    Correspondence, 1957-1959
  • Box 2 Folder 40
    Correspondence, 1960-1962
  • Box 2 Folder 41
    Correspondence, 1963-1964
  • Box 2 Folder 42
    Research Files, 1958-1959
  • Box 2 Folder 43
    Research Files, 1960-1964
  • Box 2 Folder 44
    Research Files, 1965-1966 and undated
  • Box 2 Folder 45
    Soil Survey Files, 1967
  • Box 2 Folder 46
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1957-1958
  • Box 2 Folder 47
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1958
  • Box 2 Folder 48
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1958-1959
  • Box 2 Folder 49
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1959
  • Box 2 Folder 50
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1960
  • Box 2 Folder 51
    Plantation Study Soil Data, 1960 and undated
  • Box 2 Folder 52
    Plantation Study Photos, 1960-1961
  • Box 3 Folder 66
    Plot Locations for Plantation Study - County Road Maps of South Carolina and Georgia
  • Box 3 Folder 66
    Plot Locations for Plantation Study - County Road Maps of Texas and Louisiana
  • Box 3 Folder 66
    Plot Locations for Plantation Study - County Road Maps of Alabama and Mississippi

4. Growth and Yields of Natural Stands of the Southern Pines, 1959-1962.
Contains the copyright application for the book, author corrections, book reviews, requests for permission to reprint and other relevant correspondence.

  • Box 2 Folder 53
    General, 1959-1964
  • Box 2 Folder 54
    Correspondence, 1960

5. Miscellaneous, 1958-1963.
Contains various receipts, financial statements and progress reports, files relating to T.S. Coile's participation in the Society of American Foresters' "Forest Research Project" as well as files relating to T.S. Coile's speaking engagements at the Louisiana State University Forestry Symposium and the America Pulpwood Association.

  • Box 2 Folder 55
    Financial files and progress reports, 1958-1963
  • Box 2 Folder 56
    Receipts, 1960
  • Box 2 Folder 57
    Society of American Foresters "Forestry Research Project", 1953-1954
  • Box 2 Folder 58
    Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, 1960
  • Box 2 Folder 59
    LSU Forestry Symposium, 1959
  • Box 2 Folder 60
    LSU Forestry Symposium, 1959
  • Box 2 Folder 61
    American Pulpwood Association, 1961-1963
2. Biographical, 1938-1964.
  • Box 3 Folder 62
    Personal Correspondence, 1958-1962
  • Box 3 Folder 63
    Personal Files, 1943-1963

    • Includes Coile's curriculum vitae, certification of service from the U.S. Marine Corps, an award announcement from the Durham Sun, a photograph of his wife, Margaret Coile, at Duke University, and his wife's birth certificate. Also added into this folder is an announcement from the Eno River Association in 2003 regarding the acquisition of the Coile Estate as an addition to Eno River State Park in Durham, NC.
  • Box 3 Folder 64
    Administrative Files, 1956-1964
  • Box 3 Folder 65
    Writings, 1938-1964

 

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[Identification of item], T.S. Coile Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessamyn Leonard, May 2015

Encoded by Jessamyn Leonard, May 2015

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