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David Townsend Mason Papers

Call Number: MS 545

Scope and Contents

In 1966 David Townsend Mason gave to the Yale University Library 31 diaries for the years 1907-1936. These diaries may be found in boxes 1 and 2 of the papers. (HM film 46 was made from this accession.) In April 1976, Manuscripts and Archives received an additional 37 volumes of personal diaries spanning the years 1937-1973, and 15 volumes of travel journals of David Townsend Mason dating from 1950 to 1972.

The address that appears inside each diary is given in the listing which follows.


  • 1907-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Diaries from 1907-1936 are available on microfilm (3 reels, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost: order no. HM46.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David T. Mason, 1966, and the Oregon Historical Society, 1976.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The papers consist entirely of Mason's diaries and travel journals spanning the years 1907-1973. The sixty-eight volumes of diaries deal chiefly with forestry and give considerable attention to the formulation of national policy on forests in the 1930s. The fifteen travel diaries (1950-1972) record Mason's almost annual trips to Europe and the Far East and are also largely devoted to technical subjects.

Biographical / Historical

David T. Mason (1883-1973): professor of forestry at the University of California, manager of the Western Pine Association, executive officer of the New Deal Lumber Code Authority, advocate of sustained-yield forestry management.
Guide to the David Townsend Mason Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
April 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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