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Robert Bell

Includes photographs pertaining to lumber operations in the Limestone Cove area of Washington and Unicoi Counties, Tenn.


This collection of folklore and oral history recordings includes audio recordings of individuals discussing logging practices and logging folk tales. Restriction: Recordings may only be duplicated with the permission of the donor.

Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway

Extensive company records include material related to lumber companies and logging operations in the region for whom the railroad provided transportation.

George Evan Davis

Consists of company records of the George Evan Davis Lumber Company, Bristol, Va., which operated from 1903-55 and includes correspondence with customers, building contractors, lumber wholesalers, manufacturers, creditors, and suppliers; clippings; ledger (1905-09); notebook (1904-06); a history of Davis (1981).

ET&WNC Transportation Company

This extensive collection of company records includes material related to lumber companies and logging operations in the region for whom the railroad provided transportation.

Mr. & Mrs. G. O. Edwards

Contains photographs depicting the W. M. Ritter Lumber Company operations in various Appalachian locations, c. 1910s-40s, focusing on housing for workers, trains hauling logs, and loggers and officials of the lumber company.

Hassinger Lumber Company

Consists of a 70-minute video recording on the history of the company, including its operations in Va.

William Henley Nelson Family

This collection of local history and family papers includes photographs of Ripshin Mountain logging camp (Carter County, Tenn.), c. 1880.

Pike Hardwood Lumber Company

Established for the purpose of "buying, selling, and manufacturing of timber and lumber" products in eastern Kentucky, the collection consists of a ledger of this Pikeville, Ky.-based company, containing company constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, lists of stockholders and directors, and miscellaneous expense accounts, c. 1905.

Charles C. Tiller

Contains photographs depicting logging operations and camp life at the W. H. Ritter Lumber Company camps, chiefly those in Dickenson County, Va. in the 1920s-30s.

Fred Waskiewicz

This collection documents operations of the Pittsburg Lumber Company, land and economic development in Carter Co., Tenn.

Whiting Lumber Company

This Maryland-based timber company operated saw mills and harvested timber in Avery and Watauga Counties, N. C. and in Johnson County, Tenn. from 1915 until filing for bankruptcy in 1933. Records cover the period 1928-33 and include correspondence, a copy of its' certificate of incorporation, purchase agreements, and a minute book of the board of directors.


Ayres, Horace Beemer. The southern Appalachian forests. SD144.A15 A96 1905

Billings, Dwight B. The road to poverty: the making of wealth and hardship in Appalachia. HC107.A127 B55 2000

Buxton, Barry M. The great forest: an Appalachian story. 1985. SD144.A15 G74

Clarkson, Roy B. Tumult on the mountains: lumbering in West Virginia, 1770-1920. 1964.  SD 538.C63

Davis, Richard C. North American forest history: a guide to archives and manuscripts in the United States and Canada . Z5991.D33

Eller, Ronald D. Miners, millhands, and mountaineers: industrialization of the Appalachian South, 1889-1930. 1982. HC107.A127 E4

Hale, Peter M. The woods and timbers of North Carolina... 1883. QK484.N8 H2

Hardt, Richard Alan. Characterization of growth forests in the southern Appalachian region of the United States and implications for their management. SD387.O43 H37 1993a

Headrick, Leslie Mowitt. A peace-time army: the Tennessee Valley Authority-Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942. S932.T2 H43 1983

Horn, Stanley F. This fascinating lumber business. 1951. HD9755.H6

Irwin, Hugh. Tennessee's mountain treasures: the unprotected wildlands of the Cherokee National Forest. SD428.C42 I78 1996

Lewis, Ronald L. Transforming the Appalachian countryside: railroads, countryside, and social change in West Virginia. HC107.W5 L39 1998

Minick, Jim. Finding a clear path. QH105.V8 M53 2005

Morton, Peter A. Charting a new course: national forests in the southern Appalachians. vol. 5 of The Living Landscape. SD427.E35 M67 1994

Pomeroy, Kenneth. North Carolina lands: ownership, use and management of forest and related lands . 1964. HD211.N8 P6

Reedy, Dennis. The W. M. Ritter Lumber Company family history book. 1983. HD9759.R5 R43

Ritter, W. M., Lumber Company. The romance of Appalachian hardwood lumber; 1890--fifty years of service--1940. 1940. HD9759.R5

Schenck, Carl Alvin. The birth of forestry in America: Biltmore Forest School, 1898-1913. 1974. SD129.S3

The southern Appalachian assessment/prepared by federal and state agencies. coordinated through Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Cooperative. vol. 5, Terrestrial Technical Report. QH541.5.M65 S68 1996

Stephenson, Steven L. Upland forests of West Virginia. SD144.W4 1993

United States Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Bureau of Home Economics, and the Forest Service. Economic and social conditions of the southern Appalachians. HC107.A127 E36 1935

United States Congress, Senate Committee on Forest Reservations and the Protection of Game. Appalachian forest reserve, etc. [Senate Report  #2537] SD426.B72 A66 1906

United States. President. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a report of the Secretary of Agriculture in relation to the forests, rivers, and mountains of the Southern Appalachian region. 1902. HC107.A127 U5

Virguinia, Division of Forestry. Private forestland ownership list for the state of Virginia . SD387.L33 V57 1971

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