Donald J. Schofield Papers, 1941-2016 (Bulk 1941-1952)

Overview of the Collection

Schofield, Donald J., 1921-1994
Donald J. Schofield Papers
1941-2016 (Bulk 1941-1952) (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 927
This collection concerns the life and career of Donald J. Schofield. The collection includes materials of study from the University of Montana, records of employment and military activities, and ephemera from the Forestry Club at the University of Montana.
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

Donald J. Schofield was born December 19, 1921 in West Falls Church, Virginia. He attended Michigan State College from 1940 to 1941. In the summer of 1941, he served with the U.S. Forest Service fire crew stationed at Ninemile Camp Menard in Western Montana (then Nine Mile) immediately after its transition from the Civilian Conservation Corps to the U.S. Forest Service. During World War II, Schofield served in the 8th U.S. Army Air Corps, in the 392nd Bombardment Group, as a navigator on the B-24 Liberator Bombers. He was stationed in England and flew missions to Germany and earned numerous awards and citations for his service.

After World War II, Donald Schofield attended the University of Montana (then Montana State University) School of Forestry starting in the year 1946 and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry in 1948. He was actively involved in the Forestry Club, the Forestry Kaimin, and the Forester's Ball, serving as the Chief Push for the 31st Forester's Ball in 1948. After graduating from the University of Montana, Schofield was employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management from 1948 to 1976. He then served on the Board of Commissioners for Jackson County in Oregon from 1978 to 1980. Donald Schofield died January 23, 1994 in Ashland, Oregon.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Donald J. Schofield collection includes materials and documents from his life, education, and employment. Included in this collection are various military records dating to World War II and his position as a navigator in the Army Air Corps. The majority of the materials in this collection reflect his studies and careers in the field of forestry. Included are documents, ephemera, and records from his time at the University of Montana (then Montana State University) and his career prior to and after the completion of his forestry degree. Also included is a biography of Schofield's military career written by his daughter in 2016.

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

Donald J. Schofield Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Folders in this collection are arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was held by Donald Schofield's son prior to tranfer to Archives and Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the University of Montana by Gordon Schofield in 2019.

Processing Note

During processing, materials were removed from plastic document enclosures and placed in acid-free folders. Duplicate materials were removed from the collection.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Nine Mile Notes
Nine Mile Notes is a newsletter published by the men who worked at Nine Mile.
1/2 Nine Mile Photographs 1941
1/3 Early Employment Records 1942-1957
1/4 Military Records 1943-1945
1/5 Montana State University Records
Records include Student handbook, commencement programs, and alumni association cards.
1/6 Lecture Notebooks 1946, 1948
1/7 Forestry Club
Materials include Code of Ethics, Forestry Song Book, and membership cards
Circa 1946-1948
1/8 Forester's Ball 1946-1952
2 Forester's Ball Program 1946
1/9 Forestry Photographs 1946-1950
1/10 Bureau of Land Management 1976
1/11 Montana Druids 1981
1/12 Military Biography of D. Schofield
Written by Anne Schofield (Daughter of Donald Schofield)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Airmen--United States--Biography
  • Forests and forestry--Montana
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American

Personal Names

  • Schofield, Donald J., 1921-1994--Archives

Corporate Names

  • Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.)--History--20th century
  • United States. Army Air Forces.$bBombardment Group (H), 392nd
  • United States. Bureau of Land Management--Officials and employees
  • United States. Forest Service--Officials and employees

Geographical Names

  • Nine Mile (Missoula County, Mont.)--History--20th century