Oral history transcripts from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Program, 1996 to 2018

  • Creator(s): Frederick J. Swanson, Samuel Schmieding
  • PI(s): Frederick J. Swanson
  • Originator(s): Samuel Schmieding
  • Other researcher(s): Max G. Geier, Michael P. Nelson
  • Dates of data collection: Nov 22 1991 - Feb 17 2018
  • Data collection status: Study collection is completed and no new collection is planned
  • Data access: Online
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  • Access constraint: Geier oral history interviews are complete and included here. Schmieding oral histories as part of the Andrews History Project and the Northwest Forest Plan are in preparation and will be available at a later date.
  • Last update: Dec 30 2019 (Version 2)
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Swanson, F.; Schmieding, S. 2019. Oral history transcripts from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Program, 1996 to 2018. Long-Term Ecological Research. Forest Science Data Bank, Corvallis, OR. [Database]. Available: Accessed 2024-07-15.
Data were provided by the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (DEB 2025755), US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Oregon State University.
While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is". The Andrews LTER shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of data sets.
Oral history interviews have been conducted over the last two decades with members of the Andrews Forest community who provided valuable historical information about the program and related issues. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the experimental forest (1998), history professor Max Geier (Western Oregon University) conducted 33 interviews with individuals (or pairs of people) and five research groups from 1996-1998. About 20 years later (2013-2018) historian Sam Schmieding (Oregon State University) conducted an additional 10 oral histories, including some with people who had been interviewed by Geier 20 years earlier. Several additional relevant oral histories with people who have been important in the history of the Andrews Forest have been conducted and are also included in this collection. This data package includes an inventory and transcripts of these oral history interviews including brief biosketches of interviewees.

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1Inventory of oral history collections - interviews regarding the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, the Northwest Forest Plan, and miscellaneous topics (Nov 22 1991 - Feb 17 2018)METADATADATA

 Geier audio files at Oregon State University Libraries - Max Geier audio files at SCARC (Special Collections and Archives Research Center) with the audio, transcripts, mugshots, biosketches in their Forestry Voices oral history program
 Geier oral history transcripts, 1996-1998 - Transcripts from the Max Geier (Western Oregon University) interviews conducted with individuals (or pairs of people) and five research groups from 1996-1998 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Andrews Experimental Forest (1998).
 Geier oral history project description, notes and biosketches - Notes on the Geier oral history collection with mention of related collections and including biosketches of the historians and interviewees

 Historical Records of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Program, 1947 to present (SS008)

 Geier, Max G. 2007, Necessary work: discovering old forests, new outlooks, and community on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, 1948-2000 (Pub. No: 2809)
 Duncan, Sally 1999, Openings in the forest: the Andrews story (Pub. No: 2743)
 Robbins, William G. 2018, The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest: Seventy Years of Pathbreaking Forest Research (Pub. No: 5082)