Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection

The University of California’s Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library has announced the availability of a newly digitized photograph collection relating to forestry, conservation, and the lumber industry in California and the United States.

The collection comes about due to a long standing collaboration between Emanuel Fritz and Woodbridge Metcalf. Fritz and Metcalf were among the first to join the faculty of the new School of Forestry at UC Berkeley in the early years of the 20th century. Fritz taught forestry at the University from 1919 to 1954, while Metcalf served on the forestry faculty from 1914 until 1956.

Extension Foresters Metcalf of California, Lunnum of Washington, and Goodmonson of Oregon at Christmas tree meeting, 1952

Woodbridge Metcalf (at left)

Emanuel Fritz riding a lumber load on the Meadow Valley Grays Flat lumber tramway

Emanuel Fritz

The two men were also avid amateur photographers, and together amassed a collection of nearly 9,000 photographs documenting their passionate involvement with forestry and the University. Subjects of the photographs include:

  • The activities of the University of California Berkeley’s School of Forestry, including the Forestry Club and Forestry Summer Camp
  • Forest research, reforestation and conservation
  • Fire protection, firefighting equipment, and lookout stations
  • Logging operations and equipment
  • Lumber mills
  • Roads, railroads, bridges, and other logging infrastructure
  • The University campus

The bulk of the photographs were taken between 1910 and 1960 by Fritz and Metcalf, with contributions by other affiliates and friends of the University’s School of Forestry. Professor Fritz, a member of the faculty from 1919 until 1954, was a widely-respected expert on the Coast Redwood. Professor Metcalf was on the faculty from 1914 until 1956, and during his more than three decades as Extension Forester consulted on tree farm projects throughout the West. Both were highly active in conservation organizations such as the Save-the-Redwoods League and the California Conservation Council. The Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection is a rich resource for those interested in the history of forestry, logging, fire prevention, and the University’s School of Forestry, and is one of 18 photograph collections housed in the Bioscience Library.

Joe Flynn on tramway

Joe Flynn, a member of the Camp Califorest class of 1926 returning to the sawmill from the yards and planing mills of the Spanish Peak Lumber Company over their lumber tramway (photo #1465)

The approximately 9,000 images in the Fritz-Metcalf Photograph Collection can be browsed or searched online at:

For additional assistance with the collection please contact:
Norma Kobzina
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library
2101 VLSB #6500
U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6500

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