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About the Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection

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The Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection contains about 9000 photographs relating primarily to forestry, conservation, and the lumber industry in California, the West and the United States. Subjects cover logging operations, equipment, reforestation, forest research, fire protection, lumber mills, and the activities of the University of California's School of Forestry. The photographs were taken from 1906 to 1984 by Emanuel Fritz, Woodbridge Metcalf, and others. The physical collection is housed in U.C. Berkeley's Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library.


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History of the Collection

Out of the approximately 9000 photographs in the collection, 6400 were chosen to be cataloged and indexed in the late 1970s using funds provided by the California Redwood Association and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photographs 6401-6490 are photographs mostly of the staff of the University of California Department of Forestry & Resource Management.

For more about these early efforts to organize and index the collection, see the 1980 publication The Metcalf-Fritz Photograph Collection, by Peter Evans.

Indexing of the remaining photographs and digitization of the collection came later, and the digitized collection was made available online in 2011.