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Papers of Paul H. Hummel

Identifier: APHH

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Paul H. Hummel consists primarily of correspondence dated 1938-1963. There are letters from and to Forest Service personnel concerning grazing permits, changes in numbers of cattle allowed under the permits and locations for grazing on Forest Service lands. He corresponded with members of a variety of livestock associations on the local, state and national level about grazing on public lands. Hummel's involvement in the range demonstration program of the early 1950s is also reflected in the correspondence. Also included are some reports related to grazing issues and the demonstration program.


  • Creation: 1942-1963


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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.


Paul H. Hummel, a rancher in Boulder County, Colorado, was born in Kansas in 1888. Hummel purchased property in Boulder County in 1920 that would become his Valmont Farms and Cattle Company. Soon after, he expanded his operation to include feeder cows. In 1933 he purchased range cattle and in that year began grazing them on Forest Service lands in the Roosevelt National Forest. Hummel was involved in a variety of cattle organizations in Colorado and was an influential voice as the ranchers and the Forest Service debated allowable numbers of cattle and locations that cattle might graze on Forest Service lands. He was a member of a number of state and local livestock associations, among them the Boulder Stockmen's Association, the Colorado Livestock Industry Council, and the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

Hummel and his wife Geneva E. had one daughter, Mary. Paul Hummel died in Boulder, Colorado, in April 1969.


0.5 linear feet (1 document case)

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Paul H. Hummel (1888-1969), a longtime rancher in Boulder County, Colorado, purchased property there in 1920. In 1933 he began grazing cattle in the Roosevelt National Forest, and became an influential voice as ranchers and the Forest Service debated allowable grazing on Forest Service lands. The collection consists primarily of correspondence with Forest Service personnel and members of local and national organizations concerning grazing on Forest Service lands. It also includes correspondence and other information on a livestock demonstration program.


The collection consists of one document case. Folders are arranged alphabetically, with approximate chronological order within folders.


The Papers of Paul H. Hummel was received by the Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections Department in October 1977 from Mary Wells, daughter of Paul Hummel, via Virginia Hutchinson then chairman of the Board of the Colorado State University Foundation. The collection was transferred from manuscripts to the Colorado Agricultural Archive in July 2004.

Related Collections

Photographs of the Hummel farm (four photographs, three views) are located in the Boulder Public Library, Carnegie Branch. An oral history interview with Mary Hummel Wells, daughter of Paul Hummel, is also held by the Carnegie Branch.


Processing was completed in August 2004. The materials were placed in acid free folders and reboxed, and metal fasteners were removed.

Guide to the Papers of Paul H. Hummel
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Holley R. Lange
Copyright 2004
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA