Guide to the Paul M. Dunn Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dunn, Paul M.
Title: Paul M. Dunn Papers
Dates: 1916-1988 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.1 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: The Dunn Papers document the professional activities of Paul M. Dunn, Dean of Forestry at Oregon State College from 1942 to 1955.
Repository: Oregon State University
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Paul M. Dunn served as Dean of Forestry at Oregon State College from 1942 until 1955, when he joined the St. Regis Paper Company. Dunn was instrumental in obtaining the 6200-acre Adair Tract for teaching and research and it was subsequently named the Paul M. Dunn Research Forest in his honor. In 1952-53, Dunn assisted in establishing a school of forest engineering at the University of Chile.

Dunn was born 15 October 1898 in Lennox, South Dakota. He earned BS and MSF degrees in forestry from Iowa State College in 1923 and 1933. From 1926 until 1931, he was associate state forester in Missouri. Dunn became a forestry professor at Utah State College in 1931 and in 1938 became the first Dean of Forestry at that institution, a position he held until 1942. Dunn retired from St. Regis in 1968 and returned to Corvallis where he lived until his death on 8 January 1988.

Dunn received the Iowa State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Achievement Award in 1968, the Society of American Foresters' Gifford Pinchot Award in 1975, and the Utah State University's Centennial Award in 1987.

Content Description

The Paul M. Dunn Papers include two scrapbooks; correspondence received from friends and colleagues; awards, certificates, plaques, diplomas, and medallions; his master's thesis; photographs; and materials pertaining to his work in Missouri and in Chile.

The scrapbooks include b/w and color photographs as well as clippings and memorabilia documenting Paul Dunn's professional activities and his family. Notable items include photographs of the Paul M. Dunn Demonstration Forest owned by St. Regis Paper Company near Pensacola Florida; groundbreaking for the Western Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon in 1969; a 1946 photograph of the Corvallis Rotary Club at the Oregon coast showing many OSC faculty and alumni including Paul Petri, Fred Shideler, Ralph Coleman, Slats Gill, and E.E. Wilson; and 1980 newspaper clippings about Donna Byrne, the first woman to receive the Paul M. Dunn Award presented to the top senior in the OSU College of Forestry.

The correspondence consists primarily of congratulatory letters received at the time Dunn was appointed to new positions or received awards. Of particular note are letters from Oregon State College faculty and administrators, including former Dean of Forestry George W. Peavy, sent at the time of his appointment as Dean of Forestry at Oregon State College in 1942.

The photographs include images of Dunn; his wife, Neva K. Dunn; groups at conferences and meetings; and Dunn with forestry students in Chile. Of especial note is a 1949 image of George W. Peavy with Dunn.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Paul M. Dunn Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Several of the awards, certificates, and photographs have been kept in their original frames at the request of the donor because they may be displayed by the College of Forestry. They may be removed from the frames in the future.

Related Materials :  

The College of Forestry Records (RG 139) include materials pertaining to Dunn's years as Dean. Other forestry-related collections include the George W. Peavy Papers and the Walter F. McCulloch Collection. The OSU Research Forests published an oral history of Paul M. Dunn in 1990.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Scrapbooks, 1916-1965
1 Original, 1920-1965
1 Photocopy, 1916-1965
Photocopy includes 1916 image not in original above.
2 1965-1985
apx 16x20 in.

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Thesis, 1933
1 A Study of Some Forest Tree Plantings on Agricultural Lands and Watershed Areas in Utah Showing Methods of Reforestation and First Results, MS Thesis, Iowa State College, 1933

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Letters received, 1931-1986
1 OSU resignation, 1954
1 Society of American Foresters presidency, 1961-1962
1 Society of American Foresters fellow, 1959
1 St. Regis vice-president, 1962
1 At close of term as Society of American Foresters president, 1963-1964
1 Retirement from St. Regis, 1967
1 Utah State University centennial award, 1986
1 Miscellaneous, 1931-1968

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Awards, 1920-1988
1 Gifford Pinchot Award, 1975
3 Appreciation as chairman, Education Committee, American Forest Products Industries, Inc., ca. 1962
3 Appreciation of outstanding service, Southern Pulpwood Conservation Association, 1965
3 OSU Presidents Club Founding Members, 1968
3 Western Forestry Award, Western Forestry and Conservation Association, 1971
3 American Forestry Associtaion Appreciation, ca. 1972
3 Fellow, Foresty History Society, 1972
3 Pinchot Award plaque, 1975
3 Benton County YMCA Century Club, 1975
3 Award for Distinguished Service, Keep Oregon Green Association, ca. 1979
3 Boy Scouts of America, Oregon Trail Council Century Club Member, 1972-1981
3 President of Gulf Pine, Inc., 1963-1981
3 Old Main Society, Utah State University, undated
4 Awards and certificates (framed), 1986-1987
apx 20x24 in.
2 Medallions, ca. 1975-1988
apx 16x20 in.
2 Certificates, awards, and diplomas, 1920-1983
apx 16x20 in.
Utah State University
2 Centennial Award, 1988
apx 16x20 in.
2 Old Main Society, 1973
apx 16x20 in.

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Missouri Department of Agriculture, 1931-1953

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University of Chile, 1952-1953

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Photographs, 1942-ca. 1973
4 Pencil drawing of Paul M. Dunn and Neva K. Dunn, ca. 1973
apx 20x24 in.
2 Paul M. Dunn and Neva K. Dunn, ca. 1965
apx 16x20 in.
3 framed prints
5 Iowa State University Reunion Class of 1923, 1968.
5 AFA Group, ca. 1956.
5 Oregon Forest Products Laboratory Staff, 1949
Front row (l to r): Hugh Wilcox, Murl Peterson, Bruce Anderson, James Holden.Center row (l to r): Paul Dunn, Phimister Proctor, Ervin Kurth, Mortimer Macdonald, Leif Espenas.Back row (l to r): Bruce Wagg, Robert Stillinger, Maurice Gekeler, Robert Graham, William Baker.
5 Paul Dunn at SPCA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, 1965.
5 Group at World Forestry Congress, 1960.
5 Paul Dunn, President of Society of American Foresters, presenting award to R.E. McCardle, 1962.
5 St. Regis foresters, 1963.
5 Group at AFA, 1962.
5 St. Regis Forestry and timberlands tour; Tacoma, Washington, 1965.
5 George W. Peavy and Paul M. Dunn, 1949.
5 Paul Dunn at desk, ca. 1942.
5 Committee meeting at OSU, 1971.
5 Maine forestry dinner, 1966.
5 Dunn with Chilean students, 1952-1953
3 prints
6 Portrait photograph of Dunn, ca. 1965.
apx 12x17 in.

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  • Dunn, Paul M.
  • Experimental forests--Florida.
  • Forestry schools and education--Chile.
  • Forestry schools and education--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Masters theses.
  • Oregon State College. School of Forestry.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Study of some forest tree plantings on agricultural lands and watershed areas in Utah showing methods of reforestation and first results.
  • Western Forestry Center (Portland, Or.)
  • Other Creators :
  • Dunn, Paul M.
  • Peavy, George Wilcox, 1869-1951.

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