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Records of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources

Identifier: UFNR

Scope and Contents

The Records of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources consists of documents dated 1923 to 1979, with the bulk falling from 1934 to 1956. Materials include collegiate histories, brochures, staff publications, and two field notebooks from the Pingree Park summer camp.


  • Creation: 1923-1979
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1934-1956


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


Instruction in forestry was first taught at the Colorado Agricultural College (CAC) in 1881 with lectures focused on conservation and use of forest products. In 1907, a short course in forestry for National Forest Service rangers was added and in 1909 a major in forestry was created. In 1914, the college was able to purchase 1,600 acres of forested land to support instruction. Pingree Park, renamed the Colorado State University Mountain Campus in 2015 to separate the university from the legacy of George Pingree, was established as a summer camp for forestry students and is located about 50 miles west of Fort Collins. In 1915, the Department of Forestry, within the Division of Agriculture, was established and the Colorado General Assembly made the professor of forestry at CAC also the state forester. Burton O. Longyear was the first to hold this dual appointment.

In 1938 the Division of Forestry was created, with J. Lee Deen as the first Dean of the Division. The Division was renamed Forestry and Range Conservation in 1941 and was organized into three departments; forest management and utilization, forest recreation and wildlife, and range and pasture management. Instruction in fisheries and watershed management was added in the 1950s and 1960s. The Division was renamed the School of Forestry and Range Management in 1951, College of Forestry and Range Management in 1957, College of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1966, and the College of Natural Resources in 1991 until 2005. Currently, the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University offers majors in five departments: ecosystem science and sustainability; fish, wildlife, and conservation biology; forest and rangeland stewardship; geosciences; and human dimensions of natural resources.


0.25 linear feet (1 document case)

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The Records of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources documents activities of the college and its faculty. The collection includes brochures, histories, and field notebooks.


The collection consists of 1 series in 1 document case:

Series 1: Departmental records, 1923-1979 and undated


It is unknown when the Records of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources was transferred to the University Archive.


Processing was completed in July 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and an archival box.

Guide to the Records of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA