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Smith C. Bartrum papers

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CB B286] 1
Identifier: CB B286

Scope and Contents

The collection (circa 1865-1942) consists of Bartrum's autobiography, and also correspondence that is intermixed within the autobiography, monthly salary statements, and poetry.

The autobiography describes the history of the early forest service in Oregon, work and job changes undertaken by Bartrum, and in particular the events and work related to the locating of a trail from the Robert Cavit homestead to Fish Lake, in Douglas County, Oregon.


  • 1899-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Smith C. Bartrum was born in Vermont, moved with his family to Illinois, and worked for a grain and flour company in Chicago. He travelled west in 1891, and farmed in Douglas County, Oregon. He was appointed a forest ranger by Binger Hermann in 1899, and did a good deal of trail building.

"Smith C. Bartrum was a major figure in early Oregon conservation. [He] joined the reserve force as a ranger in 1899. He was not only a capable field man but highly skilled in public relations. In 1902, Bartrum was placed in charge of the newly enlarged Southern Division of the Cascade Range Forest Reserve. After the transfer he continued in the Forest Service and became the first Supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest, serving until 1920 when he retired."



0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

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Smith C. Bartrum was an Oregon forest ranger who was involved in building trails, and who became the first Supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest. The collection (1899-1942) consists of Bartrum's autobiography, and also correspondence, monthly salary statements, and poetry.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff in the 1970s; and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA