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Marley R. Brown report

Identifier: c-00583

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one copy of the final report, titled, An Historical Overview of Redwood Logging Resources within the Hume Lake Ranger District, Sequoia National Forest, California. The final report was written by Marley R. Brown, III, Principle Investigator and C. Michael Elling, Research Assistant at the Anthropological Studies Center, a Cultural Resources Facility at the Academic Foundation, Inc. at Sonoma State University. The final report is 207 pages and was published in May 1981. The final report was prepared under the U.S. Forest Service; contract No. 40-9A23-0-1449; "Redwood Logging Research on the Hume Lake Ranger District"; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Sequoia National Forest, Porterville, California.

The final report is an historical overview of the redwood lumber areas of the Hume Lake Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest. Additional topics in the final report include: the history of settlement in the region and a chronology of three phases of logging in the region between 1860 and the 1920s. The primary information from the report is from primary, secondary, and oral sources. The information is represented analytically based on a 'problem-orientated research design' and the report makes future management suggestions for 'resource protection', 'data recovery', 'site maintenance', and 'interpretive strategies' for the region.

The text of the final report is supplemented by three types of graphical representations: (1) 7 maps on topics: of the logging areas in the Sequoia National Forest, fossil sites, worldwide distribution of redwoods - past and present, and historical lumber companies; (2) 8 lists of tables on topics: geologic time scale, sierra redwood groves in the Hume Lake Ranger District, phases of Hume Lake Ranger District, and typologies of Redwood Logging Remains; and (3) 22 figures on topics: logging methods, Mills, and railroad grades.

The report has been removed from its original binding and segmented into folders.


  • Creation: 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

Sonoma State University Academic Foundation was awarded a contract entitled "Redwood Logging Research on the Hume Lake Ranger District" by the U.S. Forest Service in October 1980. Less than five months was spent on data collection and review for the overview. Minimal field reconnaissance was allowed under the contract. Therefore, primarily the 'site typology', 'evaluation of significance', and 'management recommendations' were based on primary and secondary documents and/or oral accounts.

The authors researched the Hackley and Hume papers (00097) at the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections, which contained records from the lumber companies Hume-Bennett, and Sanger. Other information and historic photographs of the lumbering area came from Harold G. Shutt, editor of Los Tulares, a quarterly bulletin of the Tulare County Historical Society. Information also was attributed to staff at the Sequoia National Forest: Dale J. Fabian, Contracting Officer; Sonia Tamez, Contracting Officer's Representative; and Glenn Caruso, Contracting Officer's Representative. Acknowledgments for contributing information for the Final Report are also given to David A. Fredrickson, co-principal investigator; Dr. James Deetz; Dwight Simons; Sue Thorne and John Olson of the Sanger Historical Society; Sara van Arsdel, graduate student in Anthropology at Michigan State University; and Mary Beth Johnson of the Forest History Society in Santa Cruz.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders)

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Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Marley R. Brown Report
4 Published And Cataloged
J. Hill
January 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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