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Southern Forest Heritage Museum Research Center

Research Center

An important component of the Museum is its Research Center. The center is now housed in a spacious archival facility with consistent environmental control. In the center are the archives of the sawmill and town. Included in these archives are documents of families who lived in Long Leaf, records of rental fees, and maps the town, etc. The Red River & Gulf Railroad was a major component of the mill operations and extensive records exist of the steam powered locomotives and log skidding and loading equipment that were critical to the operation of the mill. Maps of rail logging operations are stored in the facility. Other archival material includes the Dr. Anna C. Burns CCC Collection, the Henry E. Hardtner Collection, and research collections developed for the publication of recent documents used to develop new exhibits: Civilian Conservation Corps, Naval Stores, Caroline Dormon, Camp Claiborne, Henry Hardtner, Dawn of Sustainable Forestry, and Family Life in Sawmill Towns. Volunteers are needed to help organize these collections and make them searchable. Please contact us for volunteer opportunities. To view the museum archives, please click here.

In collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, much of the exhibit material comes from Station published General Technical Reports. Online access to these publications is provided in their following listing. Hard copies are available at the Museum Gift Store.

Barnett, J.P. 2011. Faces from the Past: Profiles of those who led the restoration of the South’s forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-133. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 117 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/37389 

Wakeley, P.C.; Barnett, J.P. 2011. Early forestry research in the South: a personal history. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-137.  Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 159 p.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/37765

Barnett, J.P.; Haywood, J.D.; Pearson, H.A. 2011. Louisiana’s Palustris Experimental Forest: 75 years of research that transformed the South. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-148. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 64 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/39980

Barnett, J.P.; Burns, A.C. 2012. The work of the Civilian Conservation Corps; pioneering conservation in Louisiana. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-154. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station.  101 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/40601

Barnett, J.P.; Rhodes, D.J.; Lewis, L.W. 2016. Remembering the Sacrifice: Historic Camp Claiborne. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-210. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 111 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/49773

Barnett, J.P.; Carter, M.C. 2017. The dawn of sustainable forestry in the South. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-221.  Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 39 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/54583

Barnett, J.P.: Troncale, S.M. 2018. Caroline Dormon: the South’s exceptional forest conservationist and naturalist. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-231. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 44 p. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/56076

Barnett, J.P. 2019. Naval stores: a history of an early industry created from the South’s forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-240. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 45 p.  https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/58160

Barnett, J.P.; Lueck, E.W. 2020. Family and community life and industrial development in sawmill towns of the piney woods of Louisiana and the New South. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-xxx.  Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. [in press]

Southern Forest Heritage Museum Research Center
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Research - Work of the CCC
Southern Forest Heritage Museum Research - Camp Claiborne
Henry Hardtner - Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Anna Burns Research Center