Finding aid of the Peter Black Collection

Edith Butler, MA, CA
Redwood National Park
121200 Highway 101 South
PO Box 7
Orick, California 95555
Phone: (707) 465-7711
© 2006
Redwood National Park. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Peter Black Collection

Collection number: REDW 32900

Redwood National Park

Orick, California
Processed by:
Edith Butler, MA, CA
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Edith Butler
© 2006 Redwood National Park. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Peter Black collection
Dates: 1930-2005
Bulk Dates: 1960-1978
Collection number: REDW 32900
Creator: Black, Peter E.
Collection Size: 1 cubic foot
Repository: Cultural Resources Center (United States. National Park Service. South Operations Center)
Orick, CA 95555
Abstract: The Peter Black Collection brings together articles and documents reflecting the environmental and political issues surrounding Redwood National Park's creation (1968) and expansion (1978)in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, California.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Curator.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Access is by appointment with the Curator of the Redwood National Park.

Publication Rights

Copyright is partially held by Redwood National Park. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator.

Preferred Citation

Peter Black collection, REDW 32900, Redwood National Park, Orick, California.

Acquisition Information

Dr. Black's decision to donate this collection grew out of communication, starting in late 2004, between himself and the RNSP Curator, James O'Barr.

Biography / Administrative History

Dr. Peter Black became involved with the establishment of Redwood National Park while he was an Assistant Professor of Forestry at Humboldt State University (then Humboldt State College) from 1961-1965. Under contract with the National Park Service Dr. Black wrote "Climate, Soils, and Hydrology of the Redwood Region". His involvement with the park continued until its expansion in 1978.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of papers authored by Dr. Peter Black, 1960s era scholarly and popular journal articles about redwoods and the creation of a national park, state and federal agency publications, and forest products industry articles and brochures.


The collection consists of one series and is arranged in this order: Dr. Black's writings, journal and government materials, clippings and brochures. Some of the collection arrived at RNSP in labeled file folders but much was loose material. During processing original file headings were retained as the files were rehoused in archival folders. When the subject matter related directly to the creation of the park and/or the preservation of redwoods the loose materials were filed by the entity that created them. Other loose materials were sorted by major categories. File headings created during processing are enclosed in brackets [ ].

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Black, Peter E.
Redwood National Park (Calif.)
Forest conservation - California
Humboldt County (Calif.)
Del Norte County (Calif.)

Collection Contents


Box 1


Box 2


Box 3