Guide to the John Freeman Papers At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freeman, John
Title: John Freeman Papers
Dates: 1872-2014
Quantity: 8 box(es) (3.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS181
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

John F. Freeman is the founder and president emeritus of the Wyoming Community Foundation. He has a PhD in early modern European history from the University of Michigan and is the author of High Plains Horticulture: A History, Black Hills Forestry: A History, and Persistent Progressives.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Freeman's research for his book, High Plains Horticulture: A History, Black Hills Forestry: A History, and Persistent Progressives. Topics included are recreation use, timber harvesting, mining and Homestake, grazing, tourism as an income, a brief history of the early Black Hills, and some of the most recent issues of wildfires and mountain pine beetles that all revolve around the Black Hills. Forestry icons such as Gifford Pinchot and Seth Bullock are mentioned in the collection along with other lists of other Forest Reserve supervisors of the Black Hills. Starting from the early exploration of the Black Hills by General George Armstrong Custer to the most recent battles with the Pine beetles, this collection covers a vast and detailed history of the Black Hills forest reserve.

Acquisition Information

Received May 2015

Related Material

Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection.

Preferred Citation

John Freeman Papers, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed by Ian Gunderson, September/October 2015

Detailed Description of the Collection

Collection shows detailed records of the Black Hills forest reserve and its various supervisors that began with Seth Bullock being the first. Various timber harvest techniques from the beginning of the forest to present times are included. Further detailed items include the Ponderosa Pine, Mountain Pine Beetle, and various law documents involving the Black Hills.

Box File
1 1 Acts involving the Black Hills, 1872-1978
2 Andrew Delmar Hopper 1991
3 Annals of the Black Hills Forest 1967
4 ATVS: Senate Bill 175 and Botany Canyon 2004-2010
5 Beaver park 1999-2002
6 Black Hills Chronology 1897-2013
7 Black Hills Scenic Tramway 1971
8 Black Hills Ecosystem 1949-2010
9 Black Hills Forest Reserve 1896
Box File
2 1 Biomass utilization and coal 1916, 2010
2 CCC in Black Hills Fire Suppression 1937
3 Cooperative Forestry Assistance act of 1978 1978
4 Curbing wildfires cost 2009-2011
5 Early Forestry Movement 1847-1938
6 Edward Merriam Griffith 1901,1940, 2010
7 Fire history and methods for forest and home 1988-2005
8 First Timber sale and Homestake 1999
9 FORPLAN: Forest Planning Computer 19,862,011
10 Gifford Pinchot Papers 1901
11 Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, H.R. 1904 2003
12 Hell Canyon maintenance burn project 2009
13 History of Dakota Territory and Fort Laramie Treaty 1868-1874
14 Indians: Pe'Sla, Religious and freedom act, and AIM 1978-2012
15 Individuals in Black Hills Forestry 1874-2010
16 Land and Resource Management plan 1997
Box File
3 1 Logging Industry prior to establishment of forest reserve 1988
2 Mountain Pine beetle 1895-1974
3 National forest system land management planning 2011
4 Old-growth forests in Southwest and Rocky mountain region 1992
5 P.A. Rydberg 18,962,010
6 Phase 1&2 amendments 2002-2005
7 Ponderosa Pina 1914-2005
8 Private camping industry in Black Hills 1974
9 Sam Clauson 1973-2002
10 Sand Creek 2010
11 Secure rural schools and community self-determination act of 2000 2009
12 Senator Tom Daschle and Forest thinning 2002
13 Sierra Club Black Hills chapter and Lawsuits 1994-2001
Box File
4 1 Silviculture and Shelter wood method 1905,1920,2002-2010
2 Sources for research 2010
3 Timber sales and Forest products 1999-2009
4 Tourism: Mt. Rushmore, Michelson trail, and development 2001-2011
5 The War Years:1942-1945, Smoky the Bear 2010
Box File
5 1 Wildlife Habitat 19,722,004
2 William Covington: Southwest Ponderosa 1994
3 "who is the guilty party" by Jay Cravens 2004
4 Final Environmental Impact Statement 1996
5 Final Environmental Impact Statement 1996
Box File
6 1 Mitchell Project area final environmental impact statement 2007
2 Final Environmental Impact Statement 2010
3 Phase 2 Amendment 1997
Box File
7 1 Prairie Project Area; Final Environmental impact statement 2003
2 Phase 2 Amendment 1997
3 Phase 2 Amendment 1997
4 Record of Decision; Black Hills National Forest Travel Management Plan 2010
Box File
8 Notes for paper 2014
Box File
Black Hills Forest Reserve; Large Fire History 1910-2009 2009