Inventory of the USFS and AFPI Slide Show Collection, 1950 – 1979

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The USFS and AFPI Slide Show Collection contains eight slide shows with approximately 616 slides, four narrative guides, and one cassette tape. The bulk of the slide shows were produced by the USFS.

Title: USFS and AFPI Slide Show Collection, 1950 – 1979

Creator: United States. Forest Service

Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives

Call Number: 2015-017

Language of Material: Material in English

Extent: 1.5 linear ft. (1 record carton)


Historical Note

The United States Forest Service (USFS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has existed for more than one hundred years with the express purpose of managing public forests and grasslands. The USFS manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. Much can be learned about the changing attitudes of the American people toward nature, natural resources, and each other, by examining the history of the USFS.

USFS augments work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help them plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wild and urban interfaces and rural area. They also promote sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally.

The American Forest Products Industries (AFPI) was created in 1932 as a trade promotion subsidiary of the National Lumber Manufacturers’ Association. Lumber associations and forest industry companies joined together to propose and fund research and promotional projects to be carried out by AFPI. In 1946, AFPI became a non-profit organization, serving as the public information arm of the forest industries. Issues and topics dealt with included government regulation, forest management, land use, fire prevention, liability laws, water quality, recreation, open space, multiple use, conservation, wildlife, and wilderness. The organization sponsored conferences, workshops, tours of industry facilities and tree farms, 4-H and Boy Scout awards, and programs such as “Keep Green”, “Cash Crops”, “Busy Acres”, and tree farms.


Collection Overview

The USFS and AFPI Slide Show Collection contains eight slide shows with approximately 616 slides, four narrative guides, and one cassette tape. The bulk of the slide shows were produced by the USFS.

Collection Arrangement

Series 1. Slides, Narrative Guides, and Cassette Tape.

Subject Headings

  • American Forest Products Industries
  • Forests and forestry – Societies, etc.
  • Forest Management
  • Prescribed Fire
  • United States. Forest Service


Detailed Description of the Collection

Slides, Narrative Guides, and Cassette Tape, 1950-1979.
  • Binder 1
    Holds slides from the following slideshows: “Wildlife”; “Forest Management and the South’s Environment”; “Forest Management and the Environment”; and “Big Game Management”. “Big Game Management” was adapted from a presentation given by Edward P. Cliff, Chief of the Forest Service at the 1969 International Big Game Hunters’ and Fishermen’s Conference.
  • Binder 2
    Holds slides from the slideshows “Better Use of Backcountry” and “Forests for All,” as well as a 1954 AFPI presentation of historical slides. “Better Use of Backcountry” material includes a cassette tape and leaflet.
  • “Prescribed Fire”
    Contains slides from a USFS slideshow entitled “Prescribed Fire,” accompanied by a list of slide captions.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], USFS and AFPI Slide Show Collection, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda McMullin, September 2015.

Encoded by Staff, September 2015.

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.