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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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Photocopy includes 1916 image not in original above.
Pencil drawing of Paul M.
Dunn and Neva K. Dunn, ca. 1973
apx 20x24 in.
Paul M. Dunn and Neva K.
Dunn, ca. 1965
apx 16x20 in.
3 framed prints
Iowa State University Reunion
Class of 1923, 1968.
AFA Group, ca. 1956.
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.
Paul Dunn at SPCA meeting in
Atlanta, Georgia, 1965.
Group at World Forestry
Paul Dunn, President of
Society of American Foresters, presenting award to R.E. McCardle, 1962.
Group at AFA, 1962.
St. Regis Forestry and
timberlands tour; Tacoma, Washington, 1965.