James B. Yule papers, 1905-1997

Overview of the Collection

Yule, J. B. (James Blaine), 1884-1957
James B. Yule papers
1905-1997 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet and 1 oversized map
Collection Number
Mss 418
This collection of content by and about James B. Yule contains his 1906 hand drawn map of the University of Montana, and photographs, correspondence, clippings and articles documenting Yule's work with the United States Forest Service.
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: 406-243-2053
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

James Blaine Yule was born on February 21, 1884. He studied engineering at the University of Montana in Missoula, though he returned to the family farm before graduating. Yule began working for the Forest Service in 1911 as a forest ranger and transferred to the division of engineering in 1917. He pioneered the development of aerial photography and photogrammetry, both used to speed up forest mapping. Yule retired on September 1, 1947 as the Chief of Maps and Surveys in the engineering division of Forest Service Region One.

Yule and his wife Margaret had two daughters, Jamie and Valerie. Yule died on June 4th, 1957.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains a hand drawn map of the University of Montana campus dated Feb. 1, 1906, drawn by J.B. Yule for an engineering course at the University. The collection also contains photographs, correspondence, clippings and articles documenting Yule's work with the United States Forest Service and especially his involvement with the use of aerial photographs by the Forest Service in map-making activities.

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. Copyright transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

Janes B. Yule Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were held by the family until donation.

Acquisition Information

Map gift of Jamie B. Yule and Valerie Y. Walther on July 16, 2001. Additional papers were a gift of Jamie B. Yule, 2002 and 2017.

Processing Note

This collection arrived at the Archives in several accessions. Because it is a small collection after the first arrangement additional materials were added into appropriate folders or into new folders placed at the end of the collection.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Map Case James B. Yule Map
Map of the University of Montana campus drawn by Yule when he was an engineering student.
February 1, 1906
1/1 Application for Federal Employment ca. 1946
1/2 Ephemera 1917-1946
1/3 Forester's Ball ticket 1929
1/4 Aerial Photography and Cartography Equipment, photographs ca. 1940s
1/5 First Maps and Surveys Conference, United States Forest Service, Missoula, Montana, photograph
Photo by R. H. McKay. Pictured: H. E. Gruner, Marshall S. Wright, F. E. Landon, Cullen E. Waldo, J. B. Yule, G. H. Loutz, F. E. Thieme, R. B. Pidgeon, T. R. Littlefield, J. W. Ninneman, M. W. Bird, Loge Wernstedt, C. J. Truscott, E. R. Sievers, F. F. Kemp, J. E. King, H. A. Sedelmeyer, F. J. Cool, H. C. Guettler.
May 1936
1/6 Forest Service Employees Who Received the 30-Year Length of Service Award on April 9, 1948, photograph 1948
1/7 Unidentified photographs
Includes landscapes, lakes and glaciers, tents in field, smoke cloud from forest fire, men (at meeting?), and more
1/8 Retirement-related Correspondence and Recognition 1947
1/9 "Aerial Photography," article in Our National Forests October 1933
1/10 "Forest Service Uses of Aerial Photographs," article by Helen B. Smith in U. S. Air Services August 1940
1/11 "Evolution of G. L. O. Surveys in Montana as Applied to Mapping by Forest Service in R-1," report and draft 1946
1/12 Choteau Acantha Newspaper with Article about Yule's Retirement October 1947
1/13 Correspondence by and about James B. Yule 1913-1997
1/14 Photographs of James B. Yule undated
1/15 Field Diary october 1-December 31, 1912
1/16 Correspondence from Yule to his Mother March 1905
1/17 Correspondence from Yule to his Sister March 1908

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Maps


  • Engineering students--Montana--Missoula