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Finding Aid to the Emanuel Fritz papers, circa 1900-1988
BANC MSS C-B 728  
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    Collection Title: Emanuel Fritz papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1900-1988
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 728
    Creators : Fritz, Emanuel, 1886-
    Extent: Number of containers: 74 cartons, 6 boxes, 6 oversize boxes, 10 volumes, 1 oversize folder (Linear feet: 110)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Papers of California forester Emanuel Fritz.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Emanuel Fritz papers, BANC MSS C-B 728, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    The Emanuel Fritz papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Emanuel Fritz and Barbara Fritz between 1958 and 2012.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Fritz, Emanuel, 1886- --Archives
    University of California (1868-1952)--Dept. of Forestry--Faculty
    University of California, Berkeley--School of Forestry and Conservation--Faculty
    Forest History Society
    Society of American Foresters
    California Redwood Association
    Foundation for American Resources Management
    Commonwealth Club of California
    Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Redwood Region Logging Conference
    Forests and forestry
    Forestry law and legislation--United States
    Forestry law and legislation--California
    Redwood (Wood)--California
    Coast redwood--California
    Sonservation of natural resources--Study and teaching--California--Berkeley
    Forestry schools and education--California--Berkeley
    Forest fires--California
    Forestry projects--California
    Redwood National Park (Calif.)
    Faculty papers

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Five accessions of Emanuel Fritz papers, which arrived at the Bancroft Library between 1958 and 2012, were merged into one collection by Lara Michels in 2013. Two accessions had been processed previously and all attempts were made to preserve descriptive details from earlier finding aids written by an unknown author and Mary Jo Pugh.


    Emanuel Fritz - forester, professor, author, editor, engineer - was born October 29, 1886 in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1908. Until 1912, Fritz taught at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, from which he himself had graduated in 1905. His enthusiasm for the forest and his long-time interest in wood, however, eventually took him to Yale University, where he received his master's in forestry in 1914. Fritz was employed briefly as a field assistant for the New Hampshire Forestry Commission and then joined the United States Forest Service as a forest assistant in Montana and Idaho in 1915 and 1916. Later in 1916, he accepted a forest assistant's position at Fort Valley Forest Experiment Station in Arizona. With the start of World War I, Fritz enlisted in the military and, after officer training, was commissioned in the Field Artillery; he became, by transfer to the new air arm of the Army, Captain and C.O. of the 639th Aero Squadron, serving with the Allied Expeditionary Forces from January, 1918 until May, 1919. Upon his return to civilian life, Fritz accepted a position teaching wood technology and utilization at the University of California and remained there until his retirement in 1954.
    Fritz's career reached far beyond the University to include national and regional forestry and the shaping of forest legislation. He became a senior member of the Society of American Foresters in 1919 and took an active part in the society's affairs, for seventeen years accepting committee responsibilities. Fritz helped to rewrite the SAF constitution, to improve the status of private foresters within the society, to upgrade forestry education and forestry as a profession, and to shape and participate in the society's political activities. He was also the initiator and organizer of the First Annual Meeting of the California Section of the Society of American Foresters in 1924 and the acted as secretary of this section from 1924 to 1927. He was a member of the SAF council from 1933 until he resigned this post and the chairmanship of the Society's Division of Private Forestry in 1936.
    Fritz also worked as a private consultant in forestry for the Department of the Interior, various legislative committees, and associations such as the California Redwood Association, the California White and Sugar Pine Association, the West Coast Lumbermen's Association, the Union Lumber Company and many others. Always a strong champion of private forestry and foresters, he brought to these organizations a theoretical knowledge from the academic community and an ability to convert theory into practice. Fritz had many friends among lumbermen and foresters working in the lumber industry. Fritz was a gifted organizer and in 1936 he initiated the Redwood Region Logging Conference under the auspices of the California Redwood Association. Fritz served as secretary-manager of the Board of Directors of the RRLC until 1958, becoming, with retirement, its honorary vice-president. In 1934, in the difficult period of the Lumber Code Authority, Fritz became Consulting Forester for the California Redwood Association. When government controls were lifted as a result of the Supreme Court's invalidation of the Code, Fritz, working with the California Redwood Association, began a program designed to forestall further federal control of private forestry be eliminating such destructive lumber industry practices as might seem to justify controls. Lumber industry compliance with a voluntary forest practices code was the aim, and Fritz undertook installation of the selective-cutting system in the redwood forests (though under certain conditions, when the selective-cutting system failed to function as expected, he reluctantly approved clear-cutting provided it was followed with artificial reforestation). Working through the California Redwood Association, Fritz instituted a program of grass-roots education, conservation conferences and improved public relations for lumbermen, their companies and associations. Upgrading the public image of the lumber industry in the Redwood Region was achieved in part through carrying the forest protection message directory to the logging crews. Fritz insisted on accurate reporting by government and others, not from distant bureaus or offices but from actual observation in the woods, so that the public and government could see the improvements in forest practice which were actually being affected. Fritz was active with the California Redwood Association in these matters from 1934 to 1950.
    In 1943, he moved more directly into the legislative arena, becoming consultant for the California Forestry Study Committee headed by Senator George Biggar of Covelo, a committee which in 1944 visited forests all over the state under Fritz's guidance, talking with practicing foresters and lumbermen. From the findings, Fritz wrote the official report, "The Forest Situation in California." He also wrote some of the bills which resulted in state rather than federal forest practice laws and which were signed into law by Governor Earl Warren in 1945. Biggar himself failed to win re-election, but Fritz continued his interest in the implementation of the new laws and continued to serve on such committees as the Redwood District Practice Committee (1945-1947) and the California State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission. Fritz was a world renowned authority on the sequoias and was often referred to as Mr. Redwood by the western press. His book "California Coast Redwoods" is an exhaustive bibliography of Sequoia sempervirens. Fritz's work, particularly in the Redwood Region, was a major factor in the implementation of programs of forest protection and conservation, in reducing the hazard of fire, in substituting for liquidation-cutting the concept of tree farming for continuous yield, in minimizing damage to standing trees through tractor rather than skyline logging, and in reforestation through the preservation of seed trees. Fritz's influence extends to the students he trained in thirty-five years of university teaching. He directed many of his students into private forestry and used his own good relations with employers to open new opportunities for those he mentored.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents Emanuel Fritz's work on the forestry faculty at the University of California, his work with a range of forestry and lumber organizations and associations, his consulting work in forestry and wood technology, and his role in shaping forestry law and policy on the national, state, and local level. The collection is arranged into thirteen series: Correspondence; University of California files; Consulting and industry case files; Forestry organizations and associations; Civic and conservation organizations; Redwood National Park files; Forestry law and policy; Writings, speeches, and notes; Projects; Redwood reference files; General forestry reference files; Forestry card file bibliography; and Personal.