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Walter Harold Horning papers

Identifier: Ax 189

Scope and Contents note

The Walter Harold Horning Papers consist of his school notes and his work papers relating to forestry. Series I, Correspondence, is organized both alphabetically and chronologically and relates to his work as a forester. Series II, Subject Files, contains correspondence, drafts, and reports for the Department of Conservation and material related to the California and Oregon Land Grant. Series III, Reports, includes a variety of drafts and final reports on forest management, including the proposal for the creation of Mt. Olympus National Park. Series IV, Work Related Manuscripts includes various work diaries and report drafts. Series V, Miscellaneous Work Papers, includes material from a 1948 trial and a photograph album. Series VI, School Work, consists of Horning's class notes, assignments, and exams from his days in college. Series VII, Miscellaneous, contains two black and white photographs of Horning and his obituary.


  • Creation: 1937-1961


Conditions Governing Access note

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 note

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 note

Walter Harold Horning lived from 1892 to August 5, 1961. He graduated from Pennsylvania State College and the University of California. For several years Horning was a professor at Pennsylvania State and Iowa State School of Forestry.

Horning worked extensively on the California and Oregon Land Grant. In 1936, Horning worked on the public hearing in Portland, Oregon, for the management of the California and Oregon Land Grant by taking notes and statements from foresters. After this trial he worked with Rufus G. Poole, a legislative attorney to Secretary of the Interior Ickes, to draft legislation that outlined sustained yield forestry management for the California and Oregon Land Grant. The bill became law on August 28, 1937. In the following years, Horning wrote the management plan for the forest. In 1946, Horning became the first Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Regional Administrator in the Pacific Northwest. Later he became the Chief Forester for the BLM and moved to Washington, D. C.


3.5 linear feet (7 containers)

Language of Materials



Walter Harold Horning was the chief forester for the Bureau of Land Management, adviser for legislation to control Oregon and California revested lands, proponent of Mt. Olympus National Park and Department of Conservation. The collection consists of Horning's school notes and his work papers, including correspondence, reports, field notes, and photographs.

Arrangement note

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. CorrespondenceSeries II. Subject FilesSeries III. ReportsSeries IV. Work Related ManuscriptsSeries V. Miscellaneous Work PapersSeries VI. School WorkSeries VII. Miscellaneous

General Physical Description note

7 containers

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Finding aid written in English.
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA