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Collection Details


Collection Name: Weyerhaeuser Timber Company Project
Repository Name: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/oral/guides/wey.html
Description: Materials on the development of the lumbering industry and the lumber regions based upon the recollections of executives and employees of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company and of other in the industry. Descriptions of lumbering practices include accounts of life in the Minnesota and Wisconsin woods; labor problems; immigrants; religious practices and conflicts (including some account of the Ku Klux Klan in Washington); camp sports; camp safety practices; firefighting in camp, mill and forest; Civilian Conservation Corps; reforestation, homesteading and land claims in Idaho about 1900; timber speculation; cooperation in the development of white and ponderosa pine stands in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; and methods of forest transportation. Corporate developments are described in accounts of early days of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company, the Potlatch Lumber Company, and other related or competing firms, market changes and sales problems, advertising and public relations, exploitation of the Eastern market, development of intercoastal shipping and of Baltimore and other terminals for Eastern distribution, effects of the change from rail to truck lots in local sales. There are impressions of members of the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann families, George S. Long, William Deary, and others prominent in lumbering.
Interviews: [59 interview(s) listed in this collection]
ASP Subjects: Business; Conservation of natural resources; Forests and forestry; Lumber camps; Lumber trade; Marketing; Minnesota; Nature conservation; Oral history; U.S. Civilian Conservation Corps; United States; Wisconsin
Other Subjects: Homesteading; Lumber industry; Potlatch Lumber Company; Weyerhaeuser Timber Company
Collection Code: OHC0002105