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Nancy Ayres Schulz, Robert Ayres's daughter, donated this collection to the Denver Public Library in 1962.
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Robert W. Ayres Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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[Identification of item], Robert W. Ayres Papers, CONS6, Conservation Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 1
Number of Photo Boxes: 1 oversize
Claudia Jensen, November 2004
Revised May 2007
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Robert William Ayres, (Bummer), was born October 6, 1880. He entered the Bureau of Forestry, later called the United States Forest Service, as a Student Assistant in 1902, beginning what would become a thirty-five year career with that agency. Ayres came to California with one of the first crews to survey the chaparral forests of southern California. He was later transferred to boundary survey and homestead examination work. In 1908, he was promoted to Supervisor of the Forest, a position he held for eleven years.
Ayres resigned in 1919 to become forester for a large lumber company in California, but six years later, he returned to the Forest Service and was assigned to the Tahoe Forest. In 1930, he was transferred to the Division of Information and Education as the Acting Chief of the Division. He wrote many handbooks, pamphlets, and magazine articles for the Forest Service and forestry magazines on the topics of camping, fire prevention, forest management and the use of public lands. Ayres retired from the Forest Service in 1943. He died on April 24, 1961.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The documents in this collection derive from Ayres’s professional and personal activities from 1910 to 1956. The bulk of the career-related material concerns the Society of American Foresters, Northern California Section. It includes correspondence, meeting programs, bulletins, photographs and manuscripts for two skits presented at their annual conventions.
Articles written by Ayres and other foresters address some of the issues faced by the Forest Service in California, including: the misuse of mining claims to secure private use of public lands; the use of Civilian Conservation Corps personnel to aid in fire fighting; and the inventorying of government and private recreational resources as preliminary steps to developing recreational facilities.
Ayres’s personal material consists of general correspondence from 1910 to 1956, financial documents regarding life insurance, and legal papers from the estate of his aunt Janie G. McLean. Reunion information from Yale University and correspondence with the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is also included.
A personal album of photographs includes views of forestry study work done in North Carolina, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia and California. Contains view of J. W. Pinchot's "Chateau," a fence post pickler and tie preserving plant. Contains many images of identified people and buildings.
SERIES 1 UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE 1914-1955 BOX 1 :
This series contains informational material by or about the Forest Service, maps of California, and Ayres’s personnel records. Also included are articles about California public lands and forest fires, and material related to forestry associations, particularly the Northern California Section of the Society of American Foresters. A bibliography of writings by Ayres and a brief biography written at the time of his retirement complete the series.
SERIES 2 PERSONAL 1910-1956 BOX 1 :
Ayres’s personal correspondence comprises the majority of this small series, with a few financial and legal papers, and reunion material from Yale University, School of Forestry. Correspondence with the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States includes a copy of Notes on the Life of Vice Admiral Stephen C. Rowan taken from a paper by S.C. Ayres and read before the Ohio Commandery of the Loyal Legion, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 6, 1910.
SERIES 3 PHOTOGRAPHS 1905, n.d. OVPHOTO BOX 1 :
The photographs in this collection are of both personal and professional nature. Most of the personal photographs are unidentified. The professional photographs include copies of prints, which appeared on the cover of the U.S. Forest Service packet Cradle of Forestry in America, and photographs of forestry students at the Biltmore Forest School.
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