Walter Harold Horning papers, 1937-1961  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Horning, Walter Harold, 1892-1961
Walter Harold Horning papers
1937-1961 (inclusive)
3.5 linear feet, (7 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 189
Walter Harold Horning was the chief forester for the Bureau of Land Management, adviser for legislation to control Oregon and California revested lands, proponent of Mt. Olympus National Park and Department of Conservation. The collection consists of Horning's school notes and his work papers, including correspondence, reports, field notes, and photographs.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Walter Harold Horning lived from 1892 to August 5, 1961. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College and the University of California. For several years Horning was a professor at Pennsylvania State and Iowa State School of Forestry.

Horning worked extensively on the California and Oregon Land Grant. In 1936, Horning worked on the public hearing in Portland, Oregon, for the management of the California and Oregon Land Grant by taking notes and statements from foresters. After this trial he worked with Rufus G. Poole, a legislative attorney to Secretary of the Interior Ickes, to draft legislation that outlined sustained yield forestry management for the California and Oregon Land Grant. The bill became law on August 28, 1937. In the following years, Horning wrote the management plan for the forest. In 1946, Horning became the first Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Regional Administrator in the Pacific Northwest. Later he became the Chief Forester for the BLM and moved to Washington, D. C.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Walter Harold Horning Papers consist of his school notes and his work papers relating to forestry. Series I, Correspondence, is organized both alphabetically and chronologically and relates to his work as a forester. Series II, Subject Files, contains correspondence, drafts, and reports for the Department of Conservation and material related to the California and Oregon Land Grant. Series III, Reports, includes a variety of drafts and final reports on forest management, including the proposal for the creation of Mt. Olympus National Park. Series IV, Work Related Manuscripts includes various work diaries and report drafts. Series V, Miscellaneous Work Papers, includes material from a 1948 trial and a photograph album. Series VI, School Work, consists of Horning's class notes, assignments, and exams from his days in college. Series VII, Miscellaneous, contains two black and white photographs of Horning and his obituary.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Harold Horning Papers, Ax 189, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Guy Cordon
1 2
Guy Cordon, WWH
1 3
Harris Ellsworth
1 4
Lowell Stockman
1 5
1 6
January 1939-April 1939
1 7
May 1939-December 1939
1 8
January 1940-May 1940
1 9
April 1940-December 1940
1 10
October 1940-December 1940
2 1
January 1941-July 1941
2 2
July 1941-June 30 1941
2 3
2 4
2 5
Horace Albright
August 1937-January 1938
2 6
John H. Baker
July 1937-January 1938
2 7
Irving Bryant
December 1937
2 8
Kenneth Chorley
2 9
Walter Fisher
2 10
Emanuel Fritz
2 11
General Foundation of Women's Clubs
2 12
Col. Richard Lieber
2 13
2 14
Tom Wallace
2 15

Series II:  Subject FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 16
Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
2 17
Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 1
Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 2
Department of Conservation
Correspondence and memos
3 3
Oregon and California Lands
3 4
Oregon and California Lands
3 5
Oregon and California Lands
3 6
Oregon and California Lands
3 7
Oregon and California Lands

Series III:  ReportsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 8
Average Price of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa, Idaho, and White Pine, Columbia River Logs
3 9
Draft of Forest Practice Rules and Regulations of Timber Sales
3 10
Sustained Yield Forestry
4 1
Forest Policy Conference
4 2
Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 3
Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 4
Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
4 5
Mt. Olympus National Park Proposal
Reports and correspondence

Series IV:  Work Related ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 6
Two diaries
4 7
Two diaries
4 8
Miscellaneous drafts
5 1
Miscellaneous drafts
5 2
Miscellaneous drafts
5 3
Inspection Trip through Pacific Northwest
5 4
Inspection Trip through Pacific Northwest (typed)

Series V:  Miscellaneous Work papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 5
Horning's testimony in a 1948 trial
5 6
5 7
Photograph album

Series VI:  School WorkReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
5 8
Forestry 115: Logging Problems
5 9
Forestry 118
5 10
Forestry 115 and 118
6 1
6 2
Outline of Silverculture
6 3
Organic Chemistry and Ecology
6 4
Forest Management
6 5
Arbor Day Address
6 6
6 7
Miscellaneous forestry papers
6 8
Growth of the Stand
6 8
The Role of Bunching in Tractor Logging
6 9
Forest Economics and various publications on forestry
6 10
Class notes
7 1
Class notes
7 2
Class notes and exam for Forestry 122
7 3
Class notes and assignments for Forestry 115
7 4
Class notes
7 5
Forest history
7 6
Class notes and assignments
7 7
Forest finance
7 8
Class notes on a play
7 9
Maintenance on a Macadaen
7 10
Class notes
7 11
Class notes

Series VII:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
7 12
Walter Horning obituary and photographs

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Foresters--Northwest, Pacific
  • Forests and forestry--Northwest, Pacific
  • Public lands--California
  • Public lands--Oregon
  • Railroad land grants--California
  • Railroad land grants--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Horning, Walter Harold, 1892-1961--Archives
  • Stockman, Lowell--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Bureau of Land Management--Officials and employees
  • Geographical Names :
  • Olympic National Park (Wash.)
  • Oregon and California Land Grant