Guide to the Aaron Parley Christiansen daybooks,
1915-1921

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Christiansen, Aaron Parley, 1889-1950
Title: Aaron Parley Christiansen daybooks
Dates: 1915-1921 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 94
Summary: The daybooks of Christiansen are a daily log of his activities as an assistant Forest Ranger in the Uintah Forest. There are fifteen books in total covering a six year period from 1915-1921. Each book accounts for one to two months of work. Some of the subject matters that are mentioned in the books are timber sales, grazing leases, road building, fighting forest fires, and reseeding projects. Christiansen spent a great deal of his time in the field primarily working out of the Salt Creek Ranger Station; many of the entries were noted from the Salt Creek area. Of particular interest are the commentaries concerning Forest Service philosophy and of Christiansen's philosophy of conservation.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Christiansen was born July 17, 1889 in Ephraim, Utah, and died in Logan, Utah, in 1950. He began his career with the United States Forest Service in Nephi and, in 1939, transferred to the Cache National Forest. He was stationed in Logan, Utah from this point until his death in 1950.

Content Description

This collection consists of the soft bound daybooks of Aaron Parley Christiansen. Christiansen was a career Forest Service Ranger. These particular daybooks cover the period from 1915- 1921 when Christiansen was an assistant Forest Ranger on the Uintah Forest. Stationed out of Nephi, Utah, the books contain a log of his work activities in the field and in the office. In essence these records were a time card. The books contain an excellent account of the duties of a Forest Ranger in the early twentieth century.

Working the Uintah National Forest, Christiansen was required to keep a daily log of his activities and these books represent that record. Some of the subject matters that are mentioned in the books are timber sales, grazing leases, road building, fighting forest fires and reseeding projects. Christiansen spent a great deal of his time in the field primarily working out of the Salt Creek Ranger Station, many of the entries were noted from the Salt Creek area. Of particular interest are the comments concerning Forest Service philosophy and of Christiansen's philosophy about conservation.

The books number 15 in total and were turned in on a monthly basis to his supervisor. The words "examined by" followed by an initial appear throughout the books. The book after being scrutinized would be returned to Christiansen, many times he would then enter another month in to the book. This accounts for alternated months appearing in the same book.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Aaron Parley Christiansen daybooks must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Aaron Parley Christiansen daybooks, 1915-1921. (COLL MSS 94). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Chronological.

Acquisition Information :  

The papers in this collection were donated by J. Arbon Christensen. He wrote and broadcast each transcript for radio station KVNU during the 1960s and 1970s. The papers were donated to USU on March 4, 1996, with the help of Milton Abrams, the former director of Merrill Library.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Book 1 : Daybook 1915 October and November
Book 2 : Daybook 1916 January and March
Book 3 : Daybook 1916 February and April
Book 4 : Daybook 1916 June and July
Book 5 : Daybook 1916 September and October
Book 6 : Daybook 1916 November, 1917 January
Book 7 : Daybook 1917 February and April, 1917
Book 8 : Daybook 1917 March and May
Book 9 : Daybook 1917 June
Book 10 : Daybook 1917 July, September and November
Book 11 : Daybook October and December, 1917
Book 12 : Daybook 1918 September and October
Book 13 : Daybook 1919 April
Book 14 : Daybook 1920 July
Book 15 : Daybook 1920 September, October and December, January, 1921

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Christiansen, Aaron Parley, 1889-1950.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Salt Creek Ranger Station (Utah)--History--Sources.
    • United States. Forest Service. Uinta National Forest Supervisor's Office--History--Sources.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Forest conservation--Utah--History--Sources.
    • Forest management--History--Sources.
    • Forest policy--Utah--History--Sources.
    • Forest rangers--Utah--Uinta National Forest--Diaries.
    • Forests and forestry--Multiple use--Utah--Uinta National Forest--History--Sources.
    • Pasture, Right of--Utah--Uinta National Forest--History--Sources.
    • Reclamation of land--Utah--History--Sources.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Nebo, Mount (Utah)--History--Sources.
    • Uinta National Forest (Utah)--History--Sources.

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