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Inventory of the Walter J. Damtoft Papers, 1902 - 1975

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Walter Julius Damtoft graduated from Yale University's Master of Forestry program in 1911. He received two honorary degrees, one each from Biltmore School of Forestry and from North Carolina State College. He worked for several years for the United States Forest Service before joining Champion Fibre Company in 1920.
The collection contains biographical references, letters, and photographs that are largely related to Damtoft's education.
Title: Walter J. Damtoft Papers, 1902 - 1975
Creator: Damtoft, Walter J.
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 2012-001
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
(1 box)

Biographical Note

When Walter Julius Damtoft graduated from Yale University's Master of Forestry program in 1911, it was the start of a long, industrious career. He received two honorary degrees, one each from Biltmore School of Forestry and from North Carolina State College. He worked for several years for the United States Forest Service before joining Champion Fibre Company in 1920. His position there made him one of the first industrial foresters.

Damtoft served in many professional societies and organizations, including Southern Pulpwood Conservation Association (served as president), Forest Farmers Association (vice president), American Forest Products Industries, Inc (vice president), American Forestry Association (director), and Southern Industrial Relations Conference (director).

Damtoft died in 1976 at the age of 86.


Collection Overview

The collection contains biographical references, letters, and photographs that are largely related to Damtoft's education.

Collection Arrangement

1. Damtoft Collection

1.1. Ephemera

1.2. Publications



Subject Headings

  • American Forest Products Industries
  • Biltmore Forest School
  • Champion International Corporation
  • Forestry schools and education
  • Yale University. School of Forestry

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Damtoft Collection, 1911-1981.

1.1. Ephemera, 1911-1950.

Letter to Robert Lambert and presumably from W.J. Damtoft about an article published in Tennessee Historical Quarterly.
Map: Location of Alumni Activities 50th Reunion Yale School of Forestry, 1950
Newspaper Photograph; newspaper unknown; date: Dec 11th or 12th, 1950 with caption "Came long Way to Attend Yale Forestry School Celebration".
Photograph of the American Forest Products Industries' Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 1959.
Photograph of the Board of Conservation and Development, with Governor Luther H. Hodges, Chairman, Walter J. Damtoft, 2nd Vice Chairman. Taken at their winter meeting in Raleigh, January 1956.
Photograph of the Yale Forest School, taken in 1911.
Postcard from unknown [R.W.C], sent in 1927 from Freiberg, Sachsen.

1.2. Publications, 1920-1981.

The Biltmore Immortals, Volume II, published in 1957. Page 234, which features a group picture that includes Damtoft.
The Champion Magazine, Number 8 by Champion International Corporation, published 1981.
Decennial Record - Class of 1910S. Yale University, 1920. Biographical sketch, pages 111-112.
The First Half-Century of the Yale School of Forestry: In commemoration of the Semicentennial Reunion at New Haven Connecticut: 11-12 December 1950. Page 153, mention of Walter J. Damtoft,'12.
A Half Century of Forestry in a Democracy, an essay by Walter J. Damtoft and presented March 16, 1950 before the Pen and Plate Club of Asheville. Pamphlet published by American Forest Products Industries, Inc.
Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol. XX published in December, 1961 "Logging the Great Smokies 1880-1930" by Robert S. Lambert, pages 350-363.
Twenty-five Year Record - Class of 1910 S. Yale University, 1936. Page 74, featuring Walter Julius Damtoft.
Who's Who in Forestry, by Appalachian Section of the Society of American Foresters, published in January, 1975. Page 23 features a biographical sketch.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter J. Damtoft Papers, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Desiree Peterson, August 2012

Encoded by Desiree Peterson, September 2012

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