Spruce Production Division lantern slides, circa 1917-1919  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Spruce Production Division lantern slides
Dates
circa 1917-1919 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.36 cubic feet, (1 letter document case)  :  51 glass lantern slides
Collection Number
Org. Lot 1062
Summary
Lantern slides depicting activities of the Spruce Production Division in Oregon and Washington State during World War I.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Spruce Production Division (1917-1919) was a unit of the United States Army established during World War I to protect strategic timber resources in the Pacific Northwest. The region was the primary supplier of Sitka spruce used in aircraft construction and Douglas fir, which was used for ship hulls. The Army established the Spruce Production Division in 1917 under the leadership of Brigadier General Brice P. Disque to counteract labor unrest and to prevent any foreign or domestic disruptions to the timber supply. In addition to the nearly 30,000 soldiers assigned to the division over the course of the war, General Disque recruited laborers to join the federal Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (4L). The federal government created the 4L union in an attempt to calm ongoing regional labor unrest in the industry. Soldiers and union members were stationed in more than 230 division camps throughout the region during the war with assignments to oversee logging operations, aid in the construction of new roads and railway lines, fight forest fires, and protect sawmills from sabotage.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Fifty-one glass lantern slides depicting activities of the Spruce Production Division in Oregon and Washington State during World War I. The collection includes images of logging, railroad building, railroads, sawmills, camps, workers, and officers. The slides were probably collected by Colonel Reuben H. Hitchcock, who served in the division.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Logging--Oregon--Photographs
  • Railroads--Oregon--Photographs
  • Sitka spruce
  • World War, 1914-1918--Oregon--Photographs
  • World War, 1914-1918--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. War Department. Spruce Production Division--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • lantern slides
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Hitchcock, Reuben H. (collector)
    • Corporate Names :
    • United States. War Department. Spruce Production Division (creator)