EARL D. SANDVIG PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Earl D. Sandvig collection contains items from the years of 1923-1973. Included in the collection are official memoranda, correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings. Grass measurement devices and fire danger gauges used in the field by Sandvig during his career with the United States Forest Service are also included in the collection.
The items that make up this collection provide first hand information about the inner workings and conflicts in the U.S. Forest Service, and the genuine concern that its employees had for protecting natural resources. The ongoing conflict between the stockmen and ranchers of the West and the Forest Service is also well documented in this collection. Through the correspondence and newspaper articles, both sides of the conflict are presented, as are Sandvig's strong opinions on the subject. In 1963, Sandvig made an audio recording with Arthur Carhart voicing his opinions on the conflict. This tape is restricted until the year 2038.
Sandvig's written communications with various Forest Service employees and friends make up this portion of the collection. Included in this series are letters dealing mostly with Forest Service issues throughout Sandvig's tenure. Also included are Sandvig's personal letters, which include information on Forest Service workings and personnel, letters to Sandvig from special interest groups such as the Wyoming Livestock Association and the Izaak Walton League of America, and a sequence of letters, dealing with Sandvig's removal from the Denver office of the Forest Service.
This series consists of official memoranda to and from Sandvig, and reports forwarded to him by colleagues. These materials span various stages of Sandvig's career with the U.S. Forest Service, from an early position as a grazing assistant in Montana to his retirement. The memoranda contain daily details of Sandvig's work along with classifications of grazing land, and a 1971 report of the Senate Subcommittee on the Administration of Public Lands.
Notes and texts from Sandvig's numerous presentations make up this portion of the collection. Included are many of the papers presented by Sandvig at meetings of conservation and forestry groups. Also included are some of the papers and presentations that colleagues of Sandvig sent to him.
This series contains clippings from several newspapers, mostly from the Denver Post. They contain information about rangeland and grazing issues, and the career of Sandvig. The largest portion of this series deals with the events that led up to and following Sandvig's relocation from Colorado to Oregon.
The series contains items used by Sandvig in the field for the U. S. Forest Service. Two grass utilization meters, a forest fire danger meter, and Sandvig's field notebooks and field diaries are included in this series. These items contain Forest Service regulations and procedures along with Sandvig's thoughts on conditions in the field. Also included are two folders of photographs (copies) documenting soil conditions and erosion, and the Mitchell, Oregon flood of 1956.
Arthur Carhart conducted an oral history interview with Earl Sandvig to discuss the U.S. Forest Service and issues surrounding his transfer from the Region 2 office in Denver to Oregon. This material is restricted until the year 2038.
Black and white photographs of locations visited by Sandvig document erosion problems, fencing methods, and other grazing related issues. A second set of photographs document the Mitchell, Oregon flood of 1956. Copies of photographs remain in the collection, and the original photographs are housed with the Photograph Collection.
The collection is open for research. Audio tapes are restricted until the year 2038.
The Earl D. Sandvig papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Earl D. Sandvig is known as a long time worker for the preservation of the resources of the American West. He worked in the United States Forest Service for 36 years at various locations.
Born in May of 1898, Sandvig began his career as a grazing assistant in Montana. By 1944, he was the Assistant Regional Forester for Region 2, which encompassed Colorado and Wyoming. Sandvig's staunch stance in favor of limits on livestock grazing in National Forests and on other public land led to conflicts with the stockmen of the area. Some ranchers referred to him as "the scourge of the Rockies" due to his position on grazing rights.
In 1951, Sandvig was transferred to a Forest Service position in Oregon. A heated public debate surrounded his relocation. His supporters felt that the Forest Service gave in to the ranching interests by removing someone who was not favorable towards them. Others felt that Sandvig should have compromised with the stockmen to avoid further conflict. Sandvig moved to Oregon in 1952 where he remained until his death in February of 1994.
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
1 photo envelope
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Earl D. Sandvig donated the items in this collection.
Number of Boxes: 3 (plus one vault envelope)
Photographs: 1 envelope
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