Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) has a significant collection of business and organizational records documenting forestry and the forest products industry in Western Montana. Particularly noteworthy are the records of the Anaconda Forest Products Company, the Northern Montana Forestry Association, and the National Smokejumper Association. The smokejumpers are also represented in several oral history interview collections.
Maps, including orthophotoquads, topographics, plats, and forest health protection (pest) maps, are excellent sources of information about land use in Montana over the last 200 years. Among the rare books in A&SC documenting forestry and forest products (although not specific to Montana) is Romeyn Beck Hough’s The American Woods, Exhibited by Actual Specimens and with Copious Explanatory Text (1888). Our extensive photograph collections, including the photographs of K. D. Swan, contain thousands of images supporting research into land use and the landscape in Western Montana.
Information about additional relevant photograph, manuscript, and oral history collections can be found in this pdf file and by keyword searching or browsing in the Northwest Digital Archives database.