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College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 17

Scope and Contents

The College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, records (Circa 1910s-1998; 2.0 cubic feet) documents the history, administration, and activities of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources, known before 1974 as the Department of Forestry and Conservation, and before 1939 as the Department of Forestry.  The collection consists largely of correspondence (1942-1950) and lantern slides (1910s-1940s).

Dates

  • circa 1910-1998
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/08/2008

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection are in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Historical Information

The origin of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources stretches back to 1905 with two Forestry courses in Biology taught by Professor Stanley Coulter.  The following year, Professors Coulter and W.K. Hatt established two additional courses, Technical Forestry and Forest Utilization.  By 1914, there were eleven “forestry” courses listed in the Purdue catalogue.  Official departmental organization came in 1926, when forestry courses were transferred from the School of Science to the School of Agriculture and designated the Department of Forestry.  Burr Prentice served as the department’s first head.  The department’s name was changed to Forestry and Conservation in 1939 and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1974.  The forestry program began offering Master’s degrees in forest production, forest economics, forest management, forest mensuration, silviculture, wildlife, and wood technology in 1944 and a Ph.D. in 1960.  Forestry and Natural Resources enjoyed its highest undergraduate enrollment in 1977, with 666 students enrolled.  Graduate enrollment peaked at 81 students in 1995.

Note written by John Michael Foster

Extent

2.00 Cubic Feet

2 mss. boxes, 6 lantern slide boxes other_unmapped

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1.00 shoe_boxes

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Abstract

Correspondence, lantern slides, reports, and other materials documenting the history and administration of the Department of Forestry & Natural Resources.

Arrangement Note

The Records are organized into single series largely arranged chronologically by document type.

Physical Access Requirements

Lantern slides are fragile and need to be handled with care.

Custodial History

Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication, August 15, 2007; William L. Hoover, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, March 21, 2013; College of Agriculture

Acquisition Information

Purdue University records transfer by Chris Sigurdson, Agricultural Communication; William L. Hoover, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources; College of Agriculture on March 08, 2008.

Processing Information

All materials are housed in acid-free manuscript boxes.  Lantern slides and glass plate negatives have been individually covered in protective sleeves or envelopes.  Correspondence remains in original folders.  Other materials are housed in acid-free folders.  Collection identifier updated from UA 14.10 to UA 00017 as of November 2, 2015.
Title
College of Agriculture, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, records
Status
In Progress
Author
John Michael Foster
Date
09/03/2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Edition statement
Second edition

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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