John W. Blodgett, Jr. papers, 1936-1964  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Blodgett, John W., Jr.
John W. Blodgett, Jr. papers
1936-1964 (inclusive)
11.75 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 223
John W. Blodgett, Jr. (1901-1987) was active in the timber industry, serving as president, chairman, director and secretary of several timber companies including his family's company, Blodgett Company Ltd. The collection contains timber/lumber related organization files, subject files, maps and photographs.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
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Collection is open to the public.

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Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John W. Blodgett, Jr. (1901-1987) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 24, 1901. His father John W. Blodgett, Sr. was prominent in the timber industry. Blodgett Sr. was principal of the Blodgett firm during the late 1800s and early 1900s and served as president of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association. Blodgett, Sr. owned timber lands in the lake states region and in the south and west.

Blodgett, Jr. graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1923. Like his father he became active in the timber industry. After being appointed as a director of the U.S. National Bank in 1929 (a post he held until 1952) he was appointed chairman of the Blodgett Co., Ltd., in 1932. Over the years he served various timber companies in different capacities, including that of president of the Michigan-California Lumber Company, president of Consolidated Timber Company, chairman of the Western Management Company, secretary and board member of the Hill-Davis Lumber Company, director and secretary of the Arcata Redwood Company, director of Arcata National Corporation and director of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company.

In addition to his work in the timber industry, Blodgett, Jr. was a trustee of the Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids, beginning in 1941. He was active in Harvard University affairs and served on various overseers' committees.

Blodgett, Jr. married Sarah Reed Gallagher in 1939. They had three children - Julia Reed, Katherine (who later became involved in Western Management Company), and Sarah Wood. Blodgett, Jr.'s second wife was Edith Irwin Ferris, whom he married in 1967. Blodgett, Jr. died on October 27, 1987.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains timber/lumber related organization files, subject files, maps and photographs.

Organizations are organized alphabetically while correspondence and other documents within each organization may be organized by date or title. Files on organizations may include correspondence, financial information, press, notes, pamphlets, etc.

Subject files are organized alphabetically by type of subject, e.g. articles or speeches.

Photographs include 15 prints of Arcata Redwood Co. of CA, 1950s-1960s and 1 album of Consolidate Timber of Glenwood, OR, 1943.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John W. Blodgett, Jr. papers, Coll 223, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Photographs (PH209)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Timber--Economic aspects
  • Timber--Economic aspects--Northwest, Pacific
  • Personal Names :
  • Blodgett, John W., Jr.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Financial records
  • Maps
  • Photographs