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Call No.: VI-HF
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: Harvard Forest.
Title: Records of the Harvard Forest, 1935-2007: Guide.
Quantity: 2 linear feet
Abstract: The Harvard Forest, a Long Term Ecological Research Site (LTERS) is located about 70 miles west of Harvard University, in Petersham, MA. Established in 1907 with funds from a gift of John S. Ames that purchased 2100 acres - the land was used as a working forest and laboratory for students in the Forestry program at Harvard until 1917. Today, the site is designated as a LTERS by the National Science Foundation. This designation tracks long term ecological change at the forest. This collection contains information related to Harvard Forest.
The Harvard Forest, a Long Term Ecological Research Site (LTERS) is located about 70 miles west of Harvard University, in Petersham, MA. Established in 1907 with funds from a gift of John S. Ames that purchased 2100 acres - the land was used as a working forest and laboratory for students in the Forestry program at Harvard until 1917. The educational aspect of the Forest shifted to graduate research with the Masters in Forest Science and related doctoral fields after financial difficulties forced the end of the traditional applied forestry program. Today, the site is designated as a LTERS by the National Science Foundation. This designation tracks long term ecological change at the forest. [See Series I for further background on Harvard Forest].
The Harvard Forest collection is organized in 5 series:
- Series: I. History
- Series: II. Notes, Correspondence, Clippings
- Series: III. Publications
- Series: IV. Microfilm and VHS
- Series: V. Administrative
This collection contains information related to Harvard Forest headquartered in Petersham, MA. Materials in Series I and III were placed on deposit at the Arnold Arboretum in 2002 for safe keeping [see box 1 for correspondence regarding deposit].The History series encompasses Jo Proctor's manuscript for a 1981 article on the history of Harvard Forest as well as chapter 6 "The Harvard School of Forestry" from an unidentified book. Photocopies of Petersham Proprietor records from 1733-1823 were included with the microfilm deposits.Notes, Correspondence and Clippings consists of newspaper clippings from the Harvard Gazette and Crimson, an appeal letter to the Friends of Harvard Forest, and various hand written notes including Jo Proctor's notes for a 1981 article in Plant Sciences. Information on trails at the Forest and the Dioramas round out the series.Publications contain books, pamphlets and a postcard related to Harvard Forest's Fisher Museum, land use history, and a the first Director of the Forest, Richard Thornton Fisher.The Microfilm and VHS series is comprised of 18 rolls of microfilm on historical stand records for the main Harvard Forest properties, with detailed maps and accounts of forest types, planting, natural and human disturbance and other information from 1907 to the present. Other information includes data sheets from vegetation inventories and surveys, historical information about the 1938 hurricane and subsequent salvage operations, records from other Harvard Forest properties including the Pisgah Tract, and files on old Harvard Forest plantations.This series also incorporates a snapshot of the Harvard Forest website in 2001 on compact disc as well as a VHS tape labeled "John F. O'Keefe Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest Petersham, MA"Administrative series contains a three ring binder titled: "Harvard Forest Advisory Committee Binder". Includes information on Harvard Forest history, staffing, education, research, land protection, facilities, and finances. January 2007.