Timeline for the Department of Forestry
abbreviated version

1880

North American woods samples collected for Economic Botany in the Economic Department

1881

nearly 500 specimens displayed in the upper story of the Arsenal

1882

American Forestry collection moved to “Lower Hall”

1903

funding began for a Department of Forestry

1907

Morris K. Jesup substantially funded the Department of Forestry

1908

Department of Forestry officially established and contained the “Jesup Collection of North American Forestry”

1909

Department of Woods and Forestry ran by Macy C. Dickerson and Jesup Collection was rearranged

1913

Forestry Hall, also known as the Jesup Collection of North American Woods, opened in its entirety to the public

1919

Mary C. Dickerson left the museum

1920-1938

Frederick A. Lucas was the honorary curator but there is a gap in records, Department may have been inactive

1938

Clarence L. Hay appointed as honorary director to the Department of Woods and Forestry

1939

renamed Department of Forestry and Conservation

1945-1946

renamed Department of Forestry and General Botany

1946-1947

Henry K. Svenson appointed consultant in the Department of Forestry and General Botany

1949

Svenson oversaw planning and construction of the Landscape Hall

1953

Landscape Hall completed

1953

transformed to Department of Conservation and General Ecology

1956-1958

renamed Department of Vegetation Studies

1957-1958

proposal for a Hall of Botany

1958

Hall of North American Forests open to the public

1959-1960

Vegetation Studies listed as special activities

1960-1961

Official termination of the Museum’s full-time staff program in vegetation studies

Hall names used interchangeably in General Guides and Annual Reports
Jesup Collection of North American Woods
Forestry Hall
Jesup Forestry Hall
Hall of Forestry
Hall of North American Forestry
Hall of Trees of North America
Forestry and Conservation Halll (after 1943)
Felix M. Warburg Memorial Hall (after 1953, no more mention of Jesup)

 

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