Information for Researchers
Scope and Content of Collection
Collection Title: Woodbridge Metcalf papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1886-1972
Date: (bulk 1912-1972)
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1018
Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888-
Number of containers: 25 cartons, 2 cardfile boxes, 3 oversize folders, 1 box, 1 oversize box
(Linear feet: 33)
The Bancroft Library
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Abstract: Papers of Woodbridge Metcalf, first extension forester for the state of California.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
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Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
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Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See:
[Identification of item], Woodbridge Metcalf papers, BANC MSS C-B 1018, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Photographs and pictorial materials have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
- Related collection: [Collected reprints] (308x M579 co v.1).
- Related collection: Fire protection in the Berkeley Hills, 1921-1926 (BANC MSS 67/65 c).
- Related collection: Woodbridge Metcalf files relating to the Northern California Section of the Society of American Foresters,
1916-1972 (BANC MSS 84/118 c).
- Related item: Extension forester, 1926-1956: transcript, 1968 (BANC MSS 69/150 c).
- Related item: Woodbridge Metcalf interview concerning forestry [sound recording] / conducted by Paul Casamajor, 1968 June
- Associated collection: The Metcalf-Fritz photograph collection (University of California, Berkeley Marian Koshland Bioscience
and Natural Resources Library: BIOS PIC 01).
Alternate Forms Available
There are no alternate forms of this collection.
The Woodbridge Metcalf papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Mrs Woodbridge Metcalf and the University of California
Department of Forestry, 1973-1978.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Metcalf, Woodbridge, 1888- --Archives
University of California, Berkeley. School of Forestry and Conservation.
California Conservation Council
Whitaker's Forest Cooperative Natural Resources Research Station (Calif.)
Society of American Foresters. Northern California Section
Saratoga Horticultural Foundation
General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Forests and forestry--California
Trees--California--San Francisco Bay Area
Forest fires--California--Prevention and control
Nature conservation--Study and teaching--California
Nature study--Activity programs--California
No additions are expected.
Processed by Lara Michels in 2013.
Woodbridge Metcalf (1888-1972) was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He received his B.A. and his M.S. in Forestry from the
University of Michigan in 1911 and 1912 respectively. In 1914, Metcalf accepted a position teaching silviculture and dendrology
in the newly formed Department of Forestry at the University of California. His scholarly interests and activities included
studies of the Coast Redwood, Sierra Redwood, Cork Oak, and Eucalypts. In 1926, Metcalf became the first Extension Forester
for California. He would serve in that post for thirty years, dedicating himself to public education in forestry and conservation.
As Extension Forester, Metcalf played a key role in the development of rural and forest fire protection programs in California,
organized a number of 4-H summer camps at Whitaker's Forest, Las Posadas, and White Oak Flat (among other locations) to teach
California youth about forests and the California environment, advocated for better management of farm woods, studied the
efficiency of windbreaks in the protection of citrus orchards in Southern California, and managed the University-owned Whitaker's
Forest in Tulare County. Metcalf was a life member of the California Conservation Council and served as its president for
four years. After retiring in 1956, Metcalf continued to pursue his tree studies and forestry activities. He conducted tree
surveys and developed street tree recommendations for the cities of Livermore, Walnut Creek, Hollister, Campbell, and Santa
Barbara. He participated in the International Shade Tree Conference amd the Street Tree Symposium at Saratoga and was active
in the California Christmas Tree Growers' Association. Metcalf was the author of numerous forestry articles and pamphlets
as well as censuses of trees in a range of California locations, including the the San Francisco Bay region and the campus
of the University of California, Berkeley, In addition to his forestry work, Metcalf was a skilled yachtsmen. He and his partner,
Glenn Waterhouse, won the International Star Class World Championships in 1933 and represented tne United States in the in
the 1936 Olympic games.
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection consists of six series: correspondence, subject files, work-related organizations and institutions, teaching,
notebooks and clippings, and personalia. These series document the scholarly and public service forestry work of Woodbridge
Metcalf from the beginning of his career through his retirement years. The correspondence, which is arranged chronologically
by year from 1911 to 1972, is both personal and professional. The subject files include general subject files documenting
Metcalf's interests and activities with a range of tree species and California locations as well as particular sets of files
on his work with eucalypts and fire. These files include research material as well as manuscripts and reprints of some of
Metcalf's writings. The files on work-related organizations and institutions date mostly from the 1950s and 1960s and document
Metcalf's work with the the foloowing institutions, among others: the California Conservation Council, the Saratoga Horticultural
Foundation, the Society of American Foresters, Northern California Division, the University of California Agricultural Extension,
and the FSX club. Files on Metcalf's teaching include course instruction manuals for a range of Forestry courses at the University
of California dating from circa 1917 to 1925 as well as copies of course exams and materials relating to the University of
California Forestry camps. Personalia includes biographical materials, genealogy, some family papers, early school notebooks,
a file of Metcalf's verses and songs, materials relating to organizations in which Metcalf was personally active, including
the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Berkeley Senior Center, and the City of Berkeley Committee on Aging, and diaries
and appointment books. Among the personalia is also a circa 1936 paper (written by Metcalf and Glenn Waterhouse) entitled
Yachts of the International Star Class on San Francisco Bay, 1923-1936.