Southern Forest Heritage Museum Research Center

Research Center

In the Research Center are the archives of the Southern Forest Heritage Museum. The archival collections contain various documents, objects, and photographs of the sawmills and sawmill towns particularly of the Crowell family (the Long Leaf Mill—SFHM), railroads and locomotives used in central Louisiana (mainly of the Crowell family), forestry in the South, the lumber industry era and its contributions in World War II. In addition, the Southern Forest Heritage Museum complex is on the National Register of Historic Places, making our buildings and various equipment featured, pieces of the collections too.

To view the museum online archival collections, please click here

Note that not all entries in the archives are public for copyright reasons. Please visit our Research Center to see the physical archives to access the complete collections.

 

2020 Finding Aid 

 

Our featured Collections:                                               

Southern Forest Heritage Museum Collection

            The large miscellaneous collections in the archive of SFHM that has accumulated over the years.  It does have sub-collections sorted by subjects, but provenance and donors are unknown.

            Allis Chalmers Catalogs Collection—the manuals of the equipment of Allis Chalmers (in folder Equipment Catalog and Manual Collections)

            Cecil Gill Photo Collection—railroad and locomotives photographs taken by Gill (in folders Collections of Railroad and Crowell Lumber Companies) 

            Crowell Lumber Companies Collections-- various documents, articles and objects of the Crowell family lumber company that operated from 1892-1969

            Filer & Stowell Catalogs Collection—the manuals of the equipment of Filer & Stowell  (in folders Equipment Catalog and Manual Collections)

            Maratha Faye White Collection—A collection of photographs donated by the White family, in relation to the general manager, H. A. White, of the Red River & Gul Railroad. H. A. White took or was in various photos while working for the Red River & Gul Railroad.

            Red River & Gulf Railroad Company Collections—showcases various documents, photographs, and equipment of the RR&G

            South Rapides Chronicle—excerpts of articles on various subjects from this localized newspaper (Not available online) 

            World War II Collections—miscellaneous WWII documents and photographs

 

Dr. Anna Burns Collection                            Donated by Dr. Anna Burns

            Dr. Anna Burns' research materials on the Civilian Conservation Corps, World War II, and Henry Hardtner.

 

Naval Stores Collection                                 Donated by Dr. James Barnett                         (Not available online) 

            Naval Stores research materials for the Naval Stores building, exhibit and the book "Naval Stores: A History of an Early Industry Created from the South's Forest." 

 

Camp Claiborne Collection                           Donated by or through Doug Rhodes

            Camp Claiborne history and physical location in various photographs, documents, and objects. In conjunction with the Camp Claiborne Exhibit and Museum on SFHM.

 

Everett Lueck Collection & Research                       Donated by Everett Lueck

            The personal collection of archival materials and research by Lueck.

 

Louis Saillard Collection                                            Donated by Louis Saillard                   (Not available online) 

            A mix of documents and object owned by Saillard and photographs taken by Saillard

 

Evon Ballard Sonnier Collection                               Donated by Evon Ballard Sonnier       (Not available online) 

            The photos of the Ballard Sunday outing to Long Leaf Mill in 1941.

 

Albert (A. E.) Brown Collection                                Donated by Everett Lueck                   (Not available online)   

            Photographs of the railroads and locomotives in central Louisiana taken by Brown. There are some of Brown’s photographs in other collections as they were donated by different donors.

           

The Tony Howe Collection                               Donated by Everett Lueck and Tony Howe         

            A mix of documents, photographs, and objects owned and/or donated by Howe. (3 in folder Equipment Catalog and Manual Collections)

 

Cecil Cook Photo Collection                                      Donated by Everett Lueck and Cecil Cook           (Not available online) 

            A railroad and locomotive enthusiast’s photographs from all over Louisiana and Texas.

 

Philip C. Wakeley Collection                                     Donated by Susan W. Bowers

            The personal library and works of Wakeley, of the Southern Forest Experiment Station of the U.S. Forest Service that led the research effort to develop reforestation procedures.

 

 

To donate your items to the archives, fill out this form and either mail it with your items or drop it off with your items at the museum. Forms are also provided at the museum too.

Henry Hardtner Collection
Anna Burns Collection
Crowell & Spencer Lbr Co
Crowell & Spencer Lbr Co Collection
CCC Collection