Guide to the John Ray Bruckart papers
1909-1971

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Creator: Bruckart, John Ray, 1887-1979
Title: John Ray Bruckart papers
Dates: 1909-1971 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 059
Summary: John Ray Bruckart (1887-1979) worked for the United States Forest Service, serving as supervisor of the Willamette National Forest in Oregon from 1938 to 1954. Bruckart was an expert on Douglas fir silviculture and management. Collection includes personal correspondence and general correspondence, including several letters from Oregon Senator Wayne Morse. Also included in the collection are Bruckart's writings on such topics as Douglas fir silviculture, "The Rise of Bureaucracy," and "The Taming of a Forest," in addition to his memoirs. Collection also includes materials on the Willamette National Forest and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area; and several editions of Forest Service alumni newsletters.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Historical Note

John Ray Bruckart dedicated forty-five years of his life to the United States Forest Service. He was born June 23, 1887, in Columbus, Pennsylvania, and attended public schools in Ohio. He came west when he was 12 and from 1905 to 1908 served with the U.S. Cavalry.

Bruckart's first position with the Forest Service was as fire guard in 1909. He then moved rapidly through the echelons, serving in various administrative positions in the Snoqualmie, Gifford Pinchot and Olympic National Forests in Washington and in the Portland regional office. In 1938, Bruckart was appointed supervisor of the Willamette National Forest, a position he held until his retirement in 1954.

Bruckart was an expert on Douglas fir silviculture and management. He was part of the pioneer group of foresters who came into the Northwest "with regulations affecting the cutting of timber, the burning of brush, the shooting and trapping of game and with ideas of forest management which were new and strange to people who had always figured that God's country was a place where you could do whatever you pleased." ( Eugene Register Guard, June 14; 1950, p. 12A) Over the years the sullen resistance of the natives was overcome by the tact, goodwill and patience of men like Bruckart, who labored diligently to produce the present-day public acceptance of the need for regulations and the controlled use of America's natural resources.

John Ray Bruckart died on November 11, 1979, in Eugene, Oregon. He was 92 years old.

Content Description

The collection consists of an assortment of materials ranging from love letters written to his wife to materials on the art of Douglas fir silviculture. One folder of general correspondence, 1918-19 contains several letters from Oregon Senator Wayne Morse. Also included in the collection are Bruckart's writings on such topics as "The Rise of Bureaucracy" and "The Taming of a Forest," in addition to his memoirs; collected materials on the Willamette National Forest and the Three Sisters Wilderness Area; and several editions of Forest Service alumni newsletters. Two Forest Service diaries, 1930-1931, cover mostly mundane matters, such as the number of days in the wood versus office time. However, as the diaries are somewhat hard to decipher, and only a minimum amount of time was spent on trying to ascertain their content, they might very well contain more relevant information than that listed above.

The collection includes 22 images dated c. 1910-1973 related to Bruckhart's work as a forester: camps, gatherings, forests. There are two prints from 1931 showing Yakama tribal members in the huckleberry fields.

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 material 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], John Ray Bruckart papers, Coll 059, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by John Minott, June 1983.

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

Inventory
Container(s)
box
folder
1 1

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Letters: Ray Bruckart to Fay Bruckart
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 2 1913/12-1914/06
1 3 1964/07-08
1 4 1915-1919
1 5 1924/03-04
1 6 1924/06-07
1 7 1926-1956
1 8 General correspondence 1918-1971
2 1 Memoirs, typed draft
2 2 Memoirs, holograph draft
2 3 Memoirs, holograph draft
2 4 Memoirs, notes and fragments
2 5 Forest Service diaries 1930-1931
2 6 Forest Service diaries 1930-1931
2 7 Writings
2 8 Memorabilia
2 9 Newspaper clippings about Bruckart
2 10 "My Forest Service Memoirs" by Rudo L. Fromme
2 10 "A Unique Wartime Experience" by Percy Brown
2 11 Collected materials on Three Sisters Wilderness Area
2 12 Collected materials on silviculture, Willamette National Forest, and the Forest Service
3 1 Six Twenty Six "Newsletter" 1930/10, 1938/10, 1938/11
3 2 Timber Lives "Newsletter" 1954-1957, 1960-1961, 1971
3 3 Timber Lives "Newsletter" 1954-1957, 1960-1961, 1971
3 4 Timber Lives "Newsletter" 1954-1957, 1960-1961, 1971

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Photographs (PH059), 1910-1973
0.01 linear feet
Bruckhart, John Ray, 1887-1979
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 PH059_01: Sen. Wayne Morse Tree planting [Morse and children planting tree]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 3 inches
1953
PH059_02: Ranger training school U of Vt. 1910 [Men posing on dock and boat]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1910
PH059_03: Snow Creek Plantation [man looking up at tree]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 4 inches
1910s
PH059_04: Upper Cispus CC Camp [8 men standing in front of doorway, names on verso]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1934 Sep 19
PH059_05: [Man and 2 horses on log bridge over creek]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 4 inches
1910s
PH059_06: Darrington from top of Gold Hill 3800 Ft. Above [looking down on town]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
Richardson
1910s-1920s
PH059_07: Forest Ranger's Cabin in the Forest Reserve near Darrington Wash. [man and horse on wood bridge]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
Lewis, Lon of WA
1910s-1920s
PH059_08: Skid Road Shingle Balt. Sale Snoqualmie 1914 [2 horses on wooden road]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1914
PH059_09: Standard Ry & Timbers Co. Sale. [Train engine]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1914 c
PH059_10: Planting Camp [Tents covered in snow]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1927 Mar
PH059_11: Standard Logging Camp Hazel, Wash. [Train loaded with logs]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1910
PH059_12: Fay, Inez & J.R.B. at Darrington Train about 1915 [two women and a man standing in front of caboose]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1915
PH059_13: Snow Creek Plantation [Trees]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 5 inches
1973 May
PH059_14: Darrington Wash. And Higgins Mountains [Darrington]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1913 Mar 21
PH059_15: "Scenic Hotsprings" On the Great Northern R.R. Washington [Scenic Hot springs building]
1.0 photographic print
3.25 x 5.25 inches
1910s-1920s
PH059_16: Ranger training Camp 1931 [Men posing in front of tents]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 7 inches
1931
PH059_17: Engineers & Road Conference about 1937 Hemlock R.S. Columbia [Men posing in front of building]
1.0 photographic print
6 x 8 inches
1937
PH059_18: Supervisors Conference Hemlock R.S. 1939 [Men posing in front of building]
1.0 photographic print
6 x 8 inches
1939
PH059_19: Department of Agriculture Honors Forest Service Men for Outstanding Service [Men posing indoors]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
1947 No
PH059_20: G.R. Winlock, Chief Yallup, J.R. Bruckart , Twin Buttes huckleberry fields, Columbia Natl Forest. [Men posed in front of tree, Yakama Reservation]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
1931 Aug 23
PH059_21: [Man on train car pointing at logs]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
1920s-1930s
PH059_22: Indian woman and girls drying huckleberries , Twin Buttes, Columbia National Forest. [Woman & girls in field]
1.0 photographic print
8 x 10 inches
1931 Aug 23

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Brown, Percy. Unique wartime experience
  • Bruckart, John Ray, 1887-1979
  • Bruckart, John Ray, 1887-1979--Correspondence
  • Bruckart, John Ray, 1887-1979--Diaries
  • Fromme, Rudo L. My Forest Service memoirs
  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Forest Service. Pacific Northwest Region--History
  • United States. Forest Service--Officials and employees
  • Subject Terms :
  • Forest management--Northwest, Pacific
  • Forest management--Oregon--Willamette National Forest
  • Foresters--Oregon
  • Forests and forestry--Northwest, Pacific
  • Forests and forestry--Oregon--Willamette National Forest
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Clippings
    • Diaries
    • Letters
    • Memoirs
    • Newsletters
    • Photographic prints.
    • Silver gelatin prints

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