Lloyd Swanger Forest Service Photographs, 1950s-1971

Overview of the Collection

Lloyd Swanger Forest Service Photographs
1950s-1971 (inclusive)
.5 linear feet of shelf space, (2 boxes, 450 images)
Collection Number
PC 79 (collection)
Two photograph albums, one illustrating the national role of the Forest Service, and one documenting Forest Service activities in the northern inland Pacific Northwest from 1958-1971.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lloyd Allen Swanger was born in Ione, WA, in 1933. After a military stint in Korea he attended Washington State College, graduating with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1959. Swanger was then hired by the U.S. Forest Service, starting out at Washington’s Colville National Forest. In 1964 he became a resource assistant in the Stevensville, MT, Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest, and in 1967 was promoted to district ranger at the Kaniksu National Forest, ID. In 1973 he moved to the Colville National Forest’s Newport, WA, Ranger District, and then in 1975 to the Teton (later renamed Rocky Mountain) District at Choteau, MT. In 1988 he moved to the Eagle Cap Ranger District of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest at Enterprise, OR, where he remained until his retirement.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of two photo albums.

Box one contains an album which was created by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service for promotional use by Forest Supervisors; this is retained in its original binding and order. It includes approximately 85 photographs, well-described but undated (the album presumably dates from the 1950s). Each photo has an official five-digit government identification number. Photographs illustrate potential activities of the Forest Service, and were intended for distribution to the media as necessary. While the majority of the photos are taken in the western United States, they do range all over the country. A few images are missing.

Box two consists of a 104 page album of photographs collected by Mr. Swanger during his time in the Forest Service, specifically 1958-1971, and relates to his positions and activities. The photos are mostly dated and well-described, and cover northern Idaho, northwestern Montana, and northeastern Washington. Subjects include tree plantings, tree thinning, clearing and salvage logging, scaling, forest fire fighting, prescribed burns, trail maintenance, and culvert and road construction. Of note are Boy Scout and women’s club tree planting projects, all-female planting and thinning crews ca. 1970, and the demolition of the Stone Johnny Lookout in 1969.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The government-produced images are in the public domain, but Mr. Swanger’s personal images may remain in copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Lloyd Swanger Forest Service Photographs, 1950s-1971

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Each scrapbook is placed in its own box. The governmental scrapbook remains in its original binding and order. While the personal scrapbook has been taken out of its original binder, materials are retained in the order in which they were received, and page numbers have been added to each page to help maintain that order.

Acquisition Information

The materials were donated to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on September 14, 2018, by Tania Swanger, and retained as UPC-1805. The materials had originally been collected by Tania’s father-in-law, Lloyd A. Swanger, and had remained in the family’s possession prior to being donated to the MASC.

Processing Note

Mr. Swanger’s personal scrapbook was removed from its generic three-ring binder, and the individual pages’ plastic sleeves were replaced with Mylar. Pages were lightly numbered to aid in retaining original order. The collection was processed in September, 2018 by University Archivist Mark O’English.

Separated Materials

Mr. Swanger’s collection of about 100 tourism postcards, each of which lacked any Forest Service tie, was broken up and filed into PC 2, the Historic Photographs Subject File.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
1 U.S. Forest Service Album, ca. 1950s
2 Personal album, 1958-1971

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top