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Wilson Martindale Compton papers

Call Number: MS 1175

Scope and Contents

This collection consists almost entirely of writings and speeches by Wilson Martindale Compton on the lumber and logging industry, on housing construction, and on forest management. Included are typescripts, some with extensive annotations, mimeographed reports, printed articles, and transcripts of Compton's testimony before various government agencies on unemployment in the lumber industry and similar topics. A number of the reports were prepared for the National Lumber Manufacturers Association, of which Compton was secretary and general manager from 1918 through 1944. Several memoranda and minutes of the National Lumber Manufacturers Association and of the American Forestry Association are interfiled with Compton's writings, which are arranged in chronological order.


  • 1924-1961


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

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 Elwood Maunder, 1968.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Writings and speeches of Wilson M. Compton, relating to lumbering and logging, forest management, and housing construction; includes material prepared for the National Lumber Manufacturers Association.

Biographical / Historical

Wilson Martindale Compton was born in Wooster, Ohio, on October 15, 1890. He attended Wooster College, receiving the degrees of Ph.B. in 1911, M.A. in 1912, and LL.D. in 1935. He also received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1915. Compton was a fellow at Princeton between 1913 and 1915. He was appointed assistant professor at Dartmouth between 1915 and 1916. Between 1916 and 1918, he was an economist with the Federal Trade Commission. The majority of his working career, however, was spent as secretary and general manager at National Lumber Manufacturers Association, where he worked from 1918 until 1944. Between 1934 and 1941, he was also a professor at George Washington University. After leaving National Lumber, he was president of Washington State University and State Export Station. He was also a member and director of the Council of Financial Aid to Education., Inc., in New York City, between 1953 and 1967. He died on March 7, 1967.

Guide to the Wilson Compton Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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