Walter Harold Horning papers , 1937-1961

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: 5413463068
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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.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Corporate Names

  • United States. Bureau of Land Management

Geographical Names

  • Olympic National Park (Wash.)
  • Oregon and California Land Grant

Form or Genre Terms

  • Correspondence