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Metcalf (Woodbridge) Papers
BANC MSS C-B 1018  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Related Items
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Processing Information
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Woodbridge Metcalf papers
    creator: Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888-
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 1018
    Physical Description: 33 linear feet Number of containers: 25 cartons, 2 cardfile boxes, 4 oversize folders, 1 box, 1 oversize box
    Date (inclusive): circa 1886-1972
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1912-1972)
    Abstract: Papers of Woodbridge Metcalf, first extension forester for the state of California.
    Language of Material: 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.


    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.
    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Woodbridge Metcalf papers, BANC MSS C-B 1018, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs and pictorial materials have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

    Related Items

    1. Related collection: [Collected reprints] (308x M579 co v.1).
    2. Related collection: Fire protection in the Berkeley Hills, 1921-1926 (BANC MSS 67/65 c).
    3. Related collection: Woodbridge Metcalf files relating to the Northern California Section of the Society of American Foresters, 1916-1972 (BANC MSS 84/118 c).
    4. Related item: Extension forester, 1926-1956: transcript, 1968 (BANC MSS 69/150 c).
    5. Related item: Woodbridge Metcalf interview concerning forestry [sound recording] / conducted by Paul Casamajor, 1968 June (Phonotape 499B).
    6. Associated collection: The Metcalf-Fritz photograph collection (University of California, Berkeley Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library: BIOS PIC 01).

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    The Woodbridge Metcalf papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Mrs Woodbridge Metcalf and the University of California Department of Forestry, 1973-1978.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2013. Finding aid revised for better performance in Aeon in 2017.


    Woodbridge Metcalf (1888-1972) was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He received his B.A. and his M.S. in Forestry from the University of Michigan in 1911 and 1912 respectively. In 1914, Metcalf accepted a position teaching silviculture and dendrology in the newly formed Department of Forestry at the University of California. His scholarly interests and activities included studies of the Coast Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Cork Oak, and Eucalypts. In 1926, Metcalf became the first Extension Forester for California. He would serve in that post for thirty years, dedicating himself to public education in forestry and conservation. As Extension Forester, Metcalf played a key role in the development of rural and forest fire protection programs in California, organized a number of 4-H summer camps at Whitaker's Forest, Las Posadas, and White Oak Flat (among other locations) to teach California youth about forests and the California environment, advocated for better management of farm woods, studied the efficiency of windbreaks in the protection of citrus orchards in Southern California, and managed the University-owned Whitaker's Forest in Tulare County. Metcalf was a life member of the California Conservation Council and served as its president for four years. After retiring in 1956, Metcalf continued to pursue his tree studies and forestry activities. He conducted tree surveys and developed street tree recommendations for the cities of Livermore, Walnut Creek, Hollister, Campbell, and Santa Barbara. He participated in the International Shade Tree Conference amd the Street Tree Symposium at Saratoga and was active in the California Christmas Tree Growers' Association. Metcalf was the author of numerous forestry articles and pamphlets as well as censuses of trees in a range of California locations, including the the San Francisco Bay region and the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, In addition to his forestry work, Metcalf was a skilled yachtsmen. He and his partner, Glenn Waterhouse, won the International Star Class World Championships in 1933 and represented tne United States in the in the 1936 Olympic games.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of six series: correspondence, subject files, work-related organizations and institutions, teaching, notebooks and clippings, and personalia. These series document the scholarly and public service forestry work of Woodbridge Metcalf from the beginning of his career through his retirement years. The correspondence, which is arranged chronologically by year from 1911 to 1972, is both personal and professional. The subject files include general subject files documenting Metcalf's interests and activities with a range of tree species and California locations as well as particular sets of files on his work with eucalypts and fire. These files include research material as well as manuscripts and reprints of some of Metcalf's writings. The files on work-related organizations and institutions date mostly from the 1950s and 1960s and document Metcalf's work with the the foloowing institutions, among others: the California Conservation Council, the Saratoga Horticultural Foundation, the Society of American Foresters, Northern California Division, the University of California Agricultural Extension, and the FSX club. Files on Metcalf's teaching include course instruction manuals for a range of Forestry courses at the University of California dating from circa 1917 to 1925 as well as copies of course exams and materials relating to the University of California Forestry camps. Personalia includes biographical materials, genealogy, some family papers, early school notebooks, a file of Metcalf's verses and songs, materials relating to organizations in which Metcalf was personally active, including the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Berkeley Senior Center, and the City of Berkeley Committee on Aging, and diaries and appointment books. Among the personalia is also a circa 1936 paper (written by Metcalf and Glenn Waterhouse) entitled Yachts of the International Star Class on San Francisco Bay, 1923-1936.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Forests and forestry--California
    Coast redwood
    Giant sequoia
    Christmas trees--California
    Trees--California--San Francisco Bay Area
    Trees--California--Santa Barbara
    Trees--California--Walnut Creek
    Trees--California, Southern
    Forest fires--California
    Forest fires--California--Prevention and control
    Fire prevention--California
    Fire management--California
    Forest management--California
    4-H clubs--California
    Nature conservation--Study and teaching--California
    Nature study--Activity programs--California
    Faculty papers
    Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888-
    Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888- --Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. School of Forestry and Conservation.
    California Conservation Council
    Whitaker's Forest Cooperative Natural Resources Research Station (Calif.)
    Society of American Foresters. Northern California Section
    Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
    General Society of Mayflower Descendants