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Trail of Tears State Forest collection

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Ralph Fisher, Supt.

K. Andrew West, Supt.  ~1984 -- present

Annual Reports, Periodicals, and Recreation/  Conservation Guides

Maps


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Collection Overview

Title: Trail of Tears State Forest collection, 1936-2002Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 236

Primary Creator: Trail of Tears State Forest

Other Creators: Mohlenbrock, Robert H., (1931-)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into four series: (1) Ralph Fisher, (2) K. Andrew West, (3) Annual reports, periodicals, and recreational/conservation guides, (4) maps.

Subjects: Forest management - Illinois - History, Trail of Tears State Forest

Forms of Material: Corporation records., Correspondence., Records (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Trail of Tears State Forest collection contains materials including correspondence, documents, and essays dating from 1936 through 2002 that were retained by two of the forest's superintendents. This material relates to the construction of facilities for forest management,  seed production, and activities in the forest (bird watch, archaeology studies). Also in this collection are two copies of Natural History each contain an article by Robert Mohlenbrock, a professor of plant biology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Biographical Note

Originally called the Union County Forest, the Trail of Tears State Forest is situated in western Union County, five miles northwest of Jonesboro and 20 miles south of Murphysboro, Ill. Just over 5,000 acres are within the State Forest.

In 1936, Ralph Fisher moved to the area as the forest's first superintendent and proposed adding a nursery to the State Forest, using Civilian Conservation Corps labor.  The military veterans (and later German WWII prisoners) began work on a series of roads and buildings, as well as planting trees.

With facilities up and running, the Union County Tree Nursery was able to provide millions of seedlings for reforestation projects throughout the country. 

During the 1970s, the forest itself was given the name Trail of Tears State Forest in remembrance of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek nations who passed near the forest during the Indian relocation program of 1838.

The Trail of Tears State Forest and Nursery still operates today with Andy West serving as the site superintendent.  In addition to coordinating programs regarding the site's cultural and natural history, Mr. West organized a reunion in August 1998 for individuals involved in the park's formative years.

Subject/Index Terms

Forest management - Illinois - History
Trail of Tears State Forest

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Trail of Tears State Forest collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Ralph Fisher, Supt., 1936 -- 1946],
[Series 2: K. Andrew West, Supt.  ~1984 -- present],
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Series 1: Ralph Fisher, Supt., 1936 -- 1946Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Short biography and memoirs of Ralph FisherAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1936 -- 1945, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: EssaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Press cuttingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs of raccoon dog and raccoon squalling contest, photocopies of Camp Union photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Seeding/harvesting ledger, 1934 -- 1946Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cost of fixtures and equipment ledgerAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Operation schedules of CCC Labor for various capital  projects, 1937 -- 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Capital projects documents (bids, specifications, etc.)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: InvoicesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Documents (park notices, charts)Add to your cart.
Series 2: K. Andrew West, Supt.  ~1984 -- presentAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1984 -- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Slides (Panther's Den Hollow, Heron Pond,  Draper's Bluff)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Winter bird watch materials, 1989 -- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Archaeology studies, 1990 -- 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Documents regarding search for synandra hispidula, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Report on CCC Heritage Trail Kiosk, 2001 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Materials regarding 30 Aug 1998 reunion (photos,  program, press cuttings)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brief history of Camp Union by Kay Rippelmeyer-TippyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Teacher's Forest Fire Prevention & Conservation Kit (Smokey the Bear teaching aids)Add to your cart.
Series 3: Annual Reports, Periodicals, and Recreation/  Conservation GuidesAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Illinois Department of Conservation Annual ReportsAdd to your cart.

Illinois Department of Conservation Annual Reports,

1974, 1976, 1985

Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources

Annual Report, 1986

Folder 11: Illinois Department of Conservation Annual ReportsAdd to your cart.

Illinois Natural History Survey Annual Report, 1982 -- 1983, June 1983, September 1983, March 1989, April 1990, June 1991

Illinois Nature Preserves System Annual Report, 1977 -- 1982

Folder 12: Second Eastern Cave Management SymposiumAdd to your cart.
Proceedings of the Second Eastern Cave Management Symposium, 1981
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PeriodicalsAdd to your cart.

Illinois Conservation Today, 1972

Illinois Resources, May 1991

The Illinois Steward, Fall 1999

The Living Museum, 1991

Natural History, January -- February 1992

Outdoor Illinois; April, June -- July 1995

Folder 2: PeriodicalsAdd to your cart.

Shooting Times, May 1966

National Lampoon, January 1974

The Small Catechism by Martin Luther

Folder 3: Obelisk Centennial EditionAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Pocket guidesAdd to your cart.

Small Sawmills

Pruning Trees Near Electric Utility Lines

Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PeriodicalsAdd to your cart.

Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, 1974

Conserving Biological Diversity in our National Forests, 1986

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, 1980

Illinois Trail Riders Handbook, 1995

Illinois Wildlife and Nature Viewing Guide, 1997

Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast, 1996

Trail Plants of Año Nuevo, 1986

Series 4: MapsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Assorted street mapsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General highway map of Southern IllinoisAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: MapsAdd to your cart.

Contour map of Union County State Forest, 1935 (2 copies). In mapcase room: case 12, drawer 5, folder 1.

Traverse of State Forest Extension, 1939

Aerial photographs (2), locations and dates unknown. In mapcase room: case 12, drawer 5, folder 1.

Plat of a survey of Union County State Forest, (n.d.)

Union County State Forest map, 1935

Road map of Union County State Forest, (n.d.)

Oversized photograph of Fisher family, (n.d.). In Map Case Room: Case 15, Drawer 3, Folder 3.

Certificate adding Union Lookout to National Register of Historic Places (February 5, 2003). In Map Case Room: Case 15, Drawer 3, Folder 3.


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[Series 1: Ralph Fisher, Supt., 1936 -- 1946],
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