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Edward Augustine Sherman papers

Call Number: MS 594

Scope and Contents

The Edward A. Sherman papers record the travels of Edward Sherman in Alaska in 1915, 1921, and 1922. Sherman, who worked for the forest service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, became assistant forester in charge of lands in 1914, and in 1915 traveled to Alaska as representative of the Agriculture Department in company with Forester Henry S. Graves, later dean of the Yale School of Forestry. He made his second and third visits (1921 and 1922) in his capacity as chairman of the Interdepartmental Alaska Board.

The papers consist of Sherman's detailed typescript journals of these three trips, copiously illustrated with photographs, and of two memoranda Sherman wrote describing his findings. The memoranda and much of the journals discuss Alaskan agriculture, forestry, and industry, as well as potential development of natural resources and hydro-electric power, but the journals also reflect Sherman's sensitivity to the beauty of the countryside and his interest in both the native and the white population.


  • 1915-1922


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Catalog Record

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

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Typed manuscripts; diaries of 3 trips to Alaska, illustrated with photographs; memorandum on Alaska re: forestry and agriculture.

Biographical / Historical

Edward A. Sherman (1871-1940): in 1903 appointed supervisor of Bitter Root Forest Reserve; in 1905 entered Forest Service, Department of Agriculture; in 1907, became supervisor of Hell Gate, Lolo, and Big Hole Reserves; forest supervisor, Sequoia National Forest, 1908-1910; assistant forester in charge of lands, Washington, D. C., 1915-1920; associate chief forester, 1920-1935; assistant chief and advisor, 1935- ; admitted to Utah Bar, 1915; formulated land classification system for national forests.

Guide to the Edward Augustine Sherman Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
September 1981
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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