Guide to the Walter Harold Horning Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Horning, Walter Harold, 1892-1961
Title: Walter Harold Horning papers
Dates: 1937-1961 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (7 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 189
Summary: Walter Harold Horning was the chief forester for the Bureau of Land Management, adviser for legislation to control Oregon and California revested lands, proponent of Mt. Olympus National Park and Department of Conservation. The collection consists of Horning's school notes and his work papers, including correspondence, reports, field notes, and photographs.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Walter Harold Horning lived from 1892 to August 5, 1961. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College and the University of California. For several years Horning was a professor at Pennsylvania State and Iowa State School of Forestry.

Horning worked extensively on the California and Oregon Land Grant. In 1936, Horning worked on the public hearing in Portland, Oregon, for the management of the California and Oregon Land Grant by taking notes and statements from foresters. After this trial he worked with Rufus G. Poole, a legislative attorney to Secretary of the Interior Ickes, to draft legislation that outlined sustained yield forestry management for the California and Oregon Land Grant. The bill became law on August 28, 1937. In the following years, Horning wrote the management plan for the forest. In 1946, Horning became the first Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Regional Administrator in the Pacific Northwest. Later he became the Chief Forester for the BLM and moved to Washington, D. C.

Content Description

The Walter Harold Horning Papers consist of his school notes and his work papers relating to forestry. Series I, Correspondence, is organized both alphabetically and chronologically and relates to his work as a forester. Series II, Subject Files, contains correspondence, drafts, and reports for the Department of Conservation and material related to the California and Oregon Land Grant. Series III, Reports, includes a variety of drafts and final reports on forest management, including the proposal for the creation of Mt. Olympus National Park. Series IV, Work Related Manuscripts includes various work diaries and report drafts. Series V, Miscellaneous Work Papers, includes material from a 1948 trial and a photograph album. Series VI, School Work, consists of Horning's class notes, assignments, and exams from his days in college. Series VII, Miscellaneous, contains two black and white photographs of Horning and his obituary.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Walter Harold Horning Papers, Ax 189, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Series I. Correspondence
  • Series II. Subject Files
  • Series III. Reports
  • Series IV. Work Related Manuscripts
  • Series V. Miscellaneous Work Papers
  • Series VI. School Work
  • Series VII. Miscellaneous

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence
1 1 Guy Cordon
1 2 Guy Cordon, WWH 1943
1 3 Harris Ellsworth
1 4 Lowell Stockman
1 5 1938
1 6 January 1939-April 1939
1 7 May 1939-December 1939
1 8 January 1940-May 1940
1 9 April 1940-December 1940
1 10 October 1940-December 1940
2 1 January 1941-July 1941
2 2 July 1941-June 30 1941
2 3 1943
2 4 1961
2 5 Horace Albright August 1937-January 1938
2 6 John H. Baker July 1937-January 1938
2 7 Irving Bryant December 1937
2 8 Kenneth Chorley 1937
2 9 Walter Fisher 1937
2 10 Emanuel Fritz 1937
2 11 General Foundation of Women's Clubs 1937
2 12 Col. Richard Lieber 1937-1938
2 13 Secretary 1937-1938
2 14 Tom Wallace 1937-1938
2 15 Memorandum 1937-1938

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Series II:  Subject Files
2 16 Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
2 17 Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 1 Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 2 Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 3 Oregon and California Lands 1936-1938
3 4 Oregon and California Lands 1949-1959
3 5 Oregon and California Lands 1960-1961
3 6 Oregon and California Lands 1957-1959
3 7 Oregon and California Lands 1938-1946

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Series III:  Reports
3 8 Average Price of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa, Idaho, and White Pine, Columbia River Logs
3 9 Draft of Forest Practice Rules and Regulations of Timber Sales 1937
3 10 Sustained Yield Forestry 1937
4 1 Forest Policy Conference 1937
4 2 Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 3 Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 4 Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 5 Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
Reports and correspondence

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Series IV:  Work Related Manuscripts
4 6 Two diaries 1953-1954
4 7 Two diaries
4 8 Miscellaneous drafts
5 1 Miscellaneous drafts
5 2 Miscellaneous drafts
5 3 Inspection Trip through Pacific Northwest
5 4 Inspection Trip through Pacific Northwest (typed)

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Series V:  Miscellaneous Work papers
5 5 Horning's testimony in a 1948 trial
5 6 Correspondence 1935-1940
5 7 Photograph album

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Series VI:  School Work
5 8 Forestry 115: Logging Problems
5 9 Forestry 118
5 10 Forestry 115 and 118
6 1 Dendrology
6 2 Outline of Silverculture
6 3 Organic Chemistry and Ecology
6 4 Forest Management
6 5 Arbor Day Address
6 6 Forestry
6 7 Miscellaneous forestry papers
6 8 Growth of the Stand 1918
6 8 The Role of Bunching in Tractor Logging 1928
6 9 Forest Economics and various publications on forestry
6 10 Class notes
7 1 Class notes
7 2 Class notes and exam for Forestry 122
7 3 Class notes and assignments for Forestry 115
7 4 Class notes 1927
7 5 Forest history
7 6 Class notes and assignments
7 7 Forest finance
7 8 Class notes on a play
7 9 Maintenance on a Macadaen
7 10 Class notes
7 11 Class notes 1927

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Series VII:  Miscellaneous
7 12 Walter Horning obituary and photographs

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  • Personal Names :
  • Horning, Walter Harold, 1892-1961--Archives
  • Stockman, Lowell--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Bureau of Land Management--Officials and employees
  • Geographical Names :
  • Olympic National Park (Wash.)
  • Oregon and California Land Grant
  • Subject Terms :
  • Foresters--Northwest, Pacific
  • Forests and forestry--Northwest, Pacific
  • Public lands--California
  • Public lands--Oregon
  • Railroad land grants--California
  • Railroad land grants--Oregon

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