Phil Preston papers, 1939

Overview of the Collection

Preston, Phil, 1915-
Phil Preston papers
1939 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 718
Journal of Phil Preston's 1939 Senior Trip, School of Forestry, Montana State University (now The University of Montana-Missoula), with extensive daily entries and photos.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 4062432053
Fax: 4062434067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Phil Preston was born in Montana on August 18, 1915. He attended high school in Great Falls, Montana, and he attended the University of Montana-Missoula from 1934 to 1939, receiving a B.S. in Forestry. After graduation Preston worked for Great Northern Railway for two years before service in Europe during World War II. When he returned, he joined his family in Ontario, Oregon, where he worked as a police officer before being hired as an engineer by the Oregon Department of Transportation. He retired in 1977.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of Phil Preston's copy of the "Journal of the 1939 Senior Trip, School of Forestry, Montana State University (now The University of Montana-Missoula)" with extensive daily entries and photos. The trip included a visit to a CCC camp in Moscow, Idaho, and tours of the Pendleton Woolen Mills, San Francisco including the Exposition, California forests, and a Scotia, California lumber mill before the group headed into Oregon for a look at the coast, logging and dams. The collection also includes a couple of letters and Preston's Civil Service application.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Phil Preston Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Chain of ownership of this collection is unknown.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Preston, 2009

Processing Note

During processing, the journal pages were removed from the original binder to limit damage due to rusted metal. The embossed front cover was kept and the original order of the pages was maintained. All photographs had detached from glued positions and were placed in mylar sleeves in the order of the captions on the photo pages.

Related Materials

Forestry Kaimins from the School of Forestry, Montana State University (Missoula) include briefer records of senior trips with a selection of the photos included in the journals. Also, collection number Mss 662, Montana State University (Missoula). School of Forestry Photograph Album contains photos of the 1938 senior trip and RG 48, University of Montana School of Forestry Records includes other records of senior trips.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Forestry schools and education--Montana--Missoula.
  • Forests and forestry--California
  • Logging--Oregon
  • Lumber trade--California--Scotia

Corporate Names

  • Montana State University (Missoula). School of Forestry--Students--Diaries

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs