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Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album, 1965-1980
- Equipment Development Center (Missoula, Mont.)
- Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album
- 1965-1980 (inclusive)19651980
- 0.20 cubic feet, including 117 photographs (109 black-and-white and 8 color images), (1 box)
- Collection Number
- P 311
- The Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album (P 311) is comprised of photographs collected by the Forest Service Equipment Development Center, a unit within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The album includes 117 photographs, most showing United States Forest Service personnel at work in offices and in the field. Many of the images depict USFS firefighters employing wildland firefighting technology and tactics. Many of these photographs may have been used in Equip Tips, a newsletter produced by the Forest Service Equipment Development Center.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- English, English
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Forest Service Equipment Development Center, now the Missoula Technology & Development Center (MTDC), was created in the 1940s to support the United States Forest Service's (USFS) wildland firefighting mission. Beginning in the 1960s, the Center expanded to support all USFS equipment needs. During this time, the Center had a significant role in developing tools and techniques for the USFS Smokejumpers as well as other wildland firefighting and survival equipment. Today, the MTDC continues to oversee equipment development, production, and implementation throughout the Forest Service.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album (P 311) is comprised of 117 black-and-white and color photographs depicting the work of the Center's staff and other United States Forest Service (USFS) employees during the 1970s. The album includes photographs of USFS cameramen, interior and exterior shots of the Forest Service Equipment Development Center facilities in Missoula, Montana, and images created and edited for use in Equip Tips, the Center's publication. Of particular note are photographs depicting the use and features of various firefighting equipment including a belt first aid kit, a disposable sleeping bag, a fire shelter, and a mobile fire retardant sprayer. Some of the photographs include graphic overlays or show other evidence of manual edits made for publication purposes.
The bulk of the album is comprised of photographs depicting USFS employees working in the field, often in tasks related to wildland firefighting. The photos document life and work in field camps; use of helicopters for reconnaissance, rescue, and cargo delivery operations; use of planes and ground vehicles for dispersal of fire retardant; creation of firebreaks; and operation of snowmobiles and Sno-Cats. There are also several photos of wildfire blazes and post-fire remains, including two color photographs of a fire in progress. Perhaps most notable are fourteen images, including six in color, showing interior shots of a smokejumper plane and smokejumpers in action.
Though most photographs in this album do not include captions or other identifying information, there is indication that several of the photos were taken in the Humboldt-Toiyabe (California), Custer Gallatin (Montana), and Bitterroot (Idaho) National Forests. Several other photos feature captions indicating they are of the 1967 Sundance and Trapper Peak wildfires in northern Idaho. The majority of the album's photographs are unattributed, though three photographs are credited to J. Malcom Greany and one photo to Martin Onishuk.
The album also includes three photographs from a rodeo and three photographs of post-eruption Mount Saint Helens. Photocopies of three Equip Tip articles from 1971 and 1972, two featuring photos from the album, are also present.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album (P 311), Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
This album was donated to the Oregon State University Archives as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection. It now resides independently in the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
This photograph album was accessioned as part of the Gerald W. Williams Collection (MSS WilliamsG). It has since been separated from that collection and processed independently.
During processing the contents of this album were removed from their housing, a binder featuring the title "Camera in the Wilderness" and the monogram "PE". The binder's title appeared to be unrelated to the contents of this collection.
Other materials relating to the history and work of the United States Forest Service include the United States Forest Service Video Workshop Videotapes (FV 264), the Gerald W. Williams Papers (MSS Williams), the C. C. Hall Photograph Album (P 301), and the George W. Peavy Papers (MSS Peavy).
The Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings also include numerous maps and aerial photographs generated by the USFS in the National Forests in Oregon Maps (MAPS USFS), Forest Type Maps of Oregon (MAPS ForestType), Umatilla National Forest Aerial Photographs (P 296), Siuslaw National Forest Aerial Photographs (P 292), and the Marys Peak Area Aerial Photographs (P 293),
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Wildfire fighters.
- Wildfires--United States--Prevention and control.
- Equipment Development Center (Missoula, Mont.)
- United States. Forest Service
Form or Genre Terms
- Photograph albums.
- Photographic prints.
- Greany, J. Malcolm. (creator)
- Onishuk, Martin. (creator)
- United States. Forest Service. (creator)