D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives



U.S. Forest Service 
Southern Research Station 
Photograph Collection 


[Lateral file cabinet]

"Band of sheep crossing Shenandoah National Forest", Va., E.S. Shipp, photographer, Aug. 1925 (P9966, 24A-5)
D.H. Ramsey
Library, Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804

Title U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Photograph Collection, 1897-1952
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/photo/usfs/Default.htm
Creator U.S Forest Service Southern Research Station ; Robert Biesterfeldt
Subject Keyword :
forestry ; logging ; environmental science ; biology ; botany ; botanical studies ; timber ; grazing ; soil erosion ; pollution ; forest growth patterns ; forest history ; forestry methods ; forestry equipment ; land use ; geography ; short-leaf pine ; southern white cedar ; pond pine ; white pine ; pitch pine ; Table Mt. pine ;  swamp hardwood ; cypress ; scrub oak ; Virginia pine ; loblolly ;  oak-chestnut types ; yellow poplar ; spruce ; aspen ; basswood ; beech ; buckeye ; cedar ; cherry ; chestnut ; pond cypress ; bald cypress ; red gum ; Carolina hemlock ; hickory ; black locust ; oaks ; sycamore ; forest regeneration ; stand improvement ; forest thinning ; silviculture ; forest fires ; protective burning ; soil stabilization ; forest industries ; pulpwood cutting ; pulp extraction ;  road banks ; shingle splitting ; water cycle ; wells ; gauging stations ; roads ; trails ; Bent Creek ; Coweeta  ; Fernow ; Lee ; Santee ; Nansemond County ; forestry bibliography ; rail transport
Subject LCSH :
United States. Forest Service
Forests and Forestry --- United States
Forests and Forestry --- Bibliography
Shortleaf pines on coastal plain soils
Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratories (U.S.)
Watershed management --- Appalachian Region, Southern 
Hydrology, Forest --- Appalachian Region, Southern 
Forestry and Community
Forestry Extension North Carolina
Forestry Extension Southern States
Forestry Industry
Forestry Innovations
Forestry Literature
Forestry Projects
Forestry Schools and Education
Forestry Schools and Education --- North Carolina
United States. Department of the Interior

This collection of 3,249 photographic prints documents the work of the U.S. Forest Service Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, NC. In its early years it was called theAppalachian Station and comprised region eight, or the forests in the states of  North Carolina, South Carolina, northern Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and eastern  Tennessee. These photographs from the Experiment Station cover the years from 1897 through 1952. 

The collection came to UNCA in 1978 through Mr. Robert Biesterfeldt, an employee of the Southeastern Forest Experiment Station

Most of the photographs in this collection are technical in nature, showing forest growth and methods employed to control erosion on streams and roadbeds.  The collection contains a large number of photographs which demonstrate forest or meadow growth at the same site over numbers of intervening years.  Specific examples and stands of various species are extensively documented.  Other subjects include roads, lumber and saw mills, measuring devices, and various tools and implements used in forestry practice and research.  Foresters, loggers, and other personnel are also photographed within the collection.  

This collection was originally organized by the Southeastern Experiment Station for their own reference purposes.  Their arrangement is maintained in the physical inventory, including their headings and captions, etc., except for the creation of a "miscellaneous" section comprised of prints which were found in a drawer without apparent organization.  Listings in the following digital inventory do not include the file cabinet and drawer numbers but do contain the USDA identification number and the drawer item number (P-number). The digital collection makes no attempt to give the collection a specific organization. 

Type Image ; text
Format Physical format: Three file cabinets, one partly filled. Container number/location:  File cabinet 11, drawers 1 through 5 (11-1 through 11-5); file cabinet 12, drawers 1 and 2 (12-1 through 12-2); and file cabinet 13 (13-1 through 13-4).  File cabinet drawer 13 has not been inventoried, and is not included in the listings below.

Digital format: ASP file ; follows original cabinet inventory item number and not USDA number order. Use local 'Google' to search by USDA number, 'find in page.'.

Source P78.10. [Lateral file cabinet]
Language English
Relation  Reuben B. Robertson Collection ; William Nothstein Oral History ; D. Hiden Ramsey Collection ; Papers of Congressman Roy Arthur Taylor ; Carolina Mountain Club Archive ; Austin-Brooks Collection ; William T. Kirkman Photograph Collection, 1923-2000
Coverage 1897-1952 ; Asheville, NC ; North Carolina ; Tennessee ; Kentucky ; South Carolina ; Georgia ; Virginia ; West Virginia
Rights No restrictions. Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor Donor number 49
Acquisition  1978-10-26
Citation  U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections staff 06/15/03 ; revision 07/23/03 ; 05/2014 cr; 
Documents The following documents accompanied the donation of photographs.
Document 1a-b Letter from director I.T. Haig.  Offers recommendations regarding Research Station's photograph collections.
Document 2a-d Table of sequences in photographic lists. Sequences include broad divisions (Silviculture, Forest Influences, etc.) and subdivisions.
Document 3a-e Memo responding to request for report on the status of the central photograph file, and suggestions for its upkeep. 
Document 4a-p Memorandum for the staff regarding photographs, from R.E. McArdle, Director and included in the Frothingham files. Dated April 2, 1941. Attached are handwritten lists of "Display Collections" that list photographs by USDA number and by type.  [Author unknown]
Document 5a-d Classification scheme for display photographs. Dated April 19, 1941.
Photographs 3,249 photographs taken by Research Station Staff from 1897-1952. Some are available in the Forestry In Western North Carolina digital collection.
Special Topics Brief histories and images of  topics relevant to western North Carolina forestry.
Bent Creek Photographs Collection of photographs taken at Bent Creek Research Station. Pictures illustrate various research projects, research materials/apparatus, environmental studies and buildings located at the Bent Creek Research Station.
Bent Creek Research Station- History  A brief summary of Bent Creek and additional information concerning the significance of the Bent Creek Research Station in a historical context. 
African Americans in Forestry Collection of photographs of African American foresters felling, peeling, skidding, and stacking pine wood in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, especially Nansemond County, Virginia. Late 1920's and early 1930's.
Representative images of logged areas and logging operations, particularly during the depression era.
This project is 100% supported with federal LSTA funds made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and shared by collaborating partners NC State, Biltmore Estate, and  Duke Forest History Society. It contributes to the NC statewide digitization effort, www.ncecho.org

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