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Forestry and Agriculture, Arthur Temple College of

Identifier: UA-034

Scope and Contents

A number of files in this collection deal with a lawsuit between Stephen F. Austin State University, originating in the College of Forestry, and Seymour I. Somberg, a former professor. The files are from the Dean of Forestry at the time of the litigation, Laurence C. Walker. There are also some files that deal with Walker and his position in the Forestry School after the lawsuit was filed. This collection has materials that cover some early years of the development of the Forestry School at SFA and the Experimental Station in Nacogdoches. There are also a number of different newsletters that are represented in the collection.


  • Creation: 1970-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The College of Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University can trace it roots to establishment of the East Texas Branch Station experimental forest in 1945 by Congress. Within a year of the experimental forest's establishment SFA had gained approval from the state legislature and the Department of Forestry was created. Through expansion at SFA and within the Department, by 1966 Forestry was able to move from Department status to becoming a School. It was not until 1992 when the Board of Regents won approval of reorganizing SFA's administrative structure did Forestry gain the classification as a College. In 1996 the at the 50th anniversary of the founding of the College of Forestry at SFA it was announced that the Board of Regents had renamed the College the Arthur Temple College of Forestry as the "legendary accomplishments of the East Texas pioneer lumberman Arthur Temple have paralleled the growth and excellence of the College of Forestry." In 2005 the HUES GIS Lab, which at the time was part of the Department of Political Sciences and Geography, was merged with Forestry. As of 2011 the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture was the home to Forestry, Environmental Science, and Agriculture.Note written by Greg Bailey


3.70 Linear Feet

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Appraisal Information

A photo copy of the USDA Investigative Report was removed from the collection.

Related Materials

McDonald, Archie P. Arthur Temple College of Forestry: the story of forestry at SFA. Nacogdoches, Tex.: Stephen F. Austin College of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2004. ETRC SD356.52.T42 S7 2004x

Separated Materials

The scrapbooks are in an oversized box located with other oversized UA materials.

Other Descriptive Information

Formerly UA - 40 & 41

Greg Bailey, May 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository