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U.S. Forest Service Organizational Directories Database

The U.S. Forest Service Organizational Directories Database consists of USFS personnel information such as employee names, positions, and office locations. The information contained in the searchable database was compiled from published USFS directories from the years 1905-2004.

The USFS directories were originally published monthly as "Field Programs" beginning in 1904. Later directories, which were refered to as "Service Directories" or "Organizational Directories" were issued two to three times a year on average. For a complete listing of dates the directories were published see the table below.

The Internet Archives has scanned a collection of Directories from 1904-1909.

Since 2004, Directories have not been printed but have been updated online at:
https://hrm.gdcii.com/directory/


Coverage and Scope of the Project

The current version is a pilot project for information from only USFS Region 2, the Rocky Mountain Region, and specifically focuses on the following positions: Regional Forester, Forest Supervisor, and District Ranger. It was made possible by support from Region 2.


Interpreting Results and Search Assistance

These directories were created by busy people who were no more perfect than we are, but at this remove in time, they are very often all we have to go on. We have recorded the information in the database directly from the USFS directories with two exceptions. Anything in the search results that appears in brackets is information that comes either from a secondary source (and will be cited as such) or that has been added in order to clarify an entry, such as equivalent position titles or spelling discrepancies.

In addition, some entries may contain notes fields. "Name notes" are included when name variations or possible misspellings occur, and "forest name notes" are included to make the user aware of forest name changes, mergers and the like. A frequently cited source for forest name notes is (Nat Forest of US) which stands for The National Forests of the United States. The general notes field provides any additional information deemed of value to researchers.

The structure of the agency has changed as it has taken on the management of more lands, acquired additional varied roles as science and policy have changed, and increased the number of its employees. In some cases it has been necessary to work backwards in time to determine such things as whether a particular location would have been part of Region 2 in the early days before there were Regions at all.

If you have any difficulty searching the database, our library staff will be glad to perform custom searches of the database on the main library computers and email the results to you. Please contact Eben Lehman, Technical Archivist, by email at eben.lehman@duke.edu or by telephone, 919-682-9319.


USFS Directories, Dates Published

Beginning in August 1904, the USFS began issuing "Field Programmes". However, employee listings did not begin to appear in these publications until July 1905. Field Programs were published from 1905 to 1920. The directories were then issued under the title "Forest Service Directory" from 1920 until 1951, and finally as "Organizational Directory" from 1952 until the present.

Note that no directories were published from January to June of 1905, as well as for the entire years of 1947, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1969, and 1974.

YEAR

 MONTHS ISSUED

1905

July, August, September, October, November, December

1906

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

1907

January, February, March, April, June, August, September, October, November, December

1908

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

1909

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

1910

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, October

1911

January, April, July, October

1912

January, July, October

1913

January, April, July, October

1914

January, April, July, October

1915

January, April, July, October

1916

January, April, July, October

1917

January, April, July, October

1918

January, April, July, October

1919

January, April, July, October

1920

January, April, July, October

1921

April, October

1922

April, October

1923

April, October

1924

April, October

1925

April, October

1926

April, October

1927

April, October

1928

April, October

1929

April, October

1930

April, October

1931

April, October

1932

April

1933

April

1934

July

1935

November

1936

November

1937

May, November

1938

June

1939

January, July

1940

January, July

1941

May

1942

April

1943

April

1944

April

1945

April

1946

April

1947

No directory published

1948

January

1949

January

1950

January

1951

January

1952

March

1953

March

1954

July

1955-1957

No directory published

1958

July

1959

No directory published

1960

January

1961

January

1962

January

1963

January

1964

January

1965

January

1966

August

1967

April

1968

April

1969

No directory published

1970

January

1971

January

1972

January

1973

May

1974

No directory published

1975

February

1976

January

1977

January, October

1978

May

1979

May

1980

March

1981

March, August

1982

February, October

1983

July

1984

May, December

1985

December

1986

October

1987

August

1988

June

1989

May

1990

June

1991

July

1992

July

1993

June

1994

June

1995

June

1997

November

2000

June

2004

March


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