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Metcalf, Woodbridge Photographs from the Woodbridge Metcalf papers.
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Photographs from the Woodbridge Metcalf papers


Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888-1972, creator, photographer.


Chiefly research photographs depicting trees and forests of California and other locations. Also includes travel photographs, landscapes, individual and group portraits depcting Metcalf and his colleagues, various forestry activities, and domestic snapshots. Some specific subjects include cork oak, coast redwood, giant sequoia, eucalyptus and Christmas trees (douglas fir). Includes some photographs of the U.C. Berkeley campus, including a few taken at U.C. Berkeley football games.


approximately 1890-approximately 1970 (issued)


Trees -- Photographs
Trees -- California -- Photographs
Forests and forestry -- California -- Photographs
Cork oak -- Photographs
Giant sequoia -- Photographs
Coast redwood -- Photographs
Eucalyptus -- California -- Photographs
Christmas trees -- California -- Photographs
Forest management -- California -- Photographs
Arbres -- Photographies
Chêne-liège -- Photographies
Séquoia géant -- Photographies
Séquoia toujours-vert -- Photographies
Eucalyptus -- Californie -- Photographies
Arbres de Noël -- Californie -- Photographies
Forêts -- Gestion -- Californie -- Photographies
Christmas trees
Coast redwood
Cork oak
Forest management
Forests and forestry
Giant sequoia
Metcalf, Woodbridge -- 1888-1972 -- Archives
Metcalf, Woodbridge -- 1888-1972 -- Pictorial works
Metcalf, Woodbridge -- 1888-1972


Title supplied by cataloger.
Majority of photographs taken, presumably, by Metcalf. Most items bear Metcalf's annotations.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
NEGATIVES (NEG) and SLIDE (LAN): RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.
Gift ; Of Mrs. Woodbridge Metcalf and the University of California, Department of Forestry ; 1973-1978.
Transferred From the Woodbridge Metcalf papers (BANC MSS C-B 1018).
Folder list available in library.
Woodbridge Metcalf (1888-1972) was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He received his B.A. and 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.
Preferred citation: Photographs from the Woodbridge Metcalf papers, BANC PIC 1977.113, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Pictorial works.
Slides, color.

Physical Description:

5 boxes (approximately 2,900 slides), 1 box and 3 oversize folders (approximately 350 photographic prints) and 135 negatives : color and black and white ; 36 x 28 cm or smaller





Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
NEGATIVES (NEG) and SLIDE (LAN): RESTRICTED. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator.

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Woodbridge Metcalf papers : Metcalf, Woodbridge, : 1888-1972