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Guide to the Herbert Baldwin McKean Papers 1932-1985

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Herbert Baldwin McKean, 1911-
Dates: 1932-1985
Quantity: 3 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence, reports on foreign consulting, lectures, articles and presentations, and photographs.
Identification: MG180
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

Most of the material in this record group was in labeled folders or three ring binders when it was received, but the items were in no apparent order, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.The first series contains a large collection of typescripts and reprints of McKean's talks before forestry groups and articles written for forestry journals. Some items in this group have research notes or illustrations attached. In a few cases correspondence is also attached to the speech. Also included in this series are his M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation. The items in this series are arranged chronologically, the smaller items being combined three or four to a folder, and the items having a number of pages or attachments having individual folders.The Oriented Strand Products (OSP) series is divided into two subseries. The first of these, Reports, were removed from three ring binders; their original order was maintained and each section contains its own table of contents. The second subseries contains other articles and notes on OSP found in the collection.The third series contains correspondence, notes, and reports relating to McKean's status as an international consultant on forest products. Included are items relating to a six week trip to Europe in 1965, and trips to Zambia and Brazil which he made following his retirement from Potlatch.The next series, entitled Research & Development, contains articles, pencil notes, typed outlines of procedures, correspondence, annual reports, brochures and other publications dealing with his position as vice president for research and development at the Potlatch Company in Lewiston.The final series contains forest industry related articles, photographs of forest products, and several manuals from his early career with the Forest Products Laboratory.

Scope and Content

The papers of Herbert B. McKean span the years 1932 to 1985, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1940 to 1976.

The papers include talks given by and articles written by McKean, other articles pertaining to various aspects of forestry, correspondence dealing with specific topics, reports on foreign consulting jobs, and photographs.


Administrative/Biographical History

Herbert Baldwin McKean was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1911, the son of Scott Rockwell and Martha (Hutchings) McKean. He entered the New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse University in September 1929, receiving his B.S. degree in Wood Utilization in June 1933. He did graduate work on scholarship and received his Master of Forestry degree from the same university in June 1934. Later, in 1942, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

He began his career as a tie and log buyer for T.J. Moss Tie Co. in western Tennessee, where he was employed from June 1934 to September 1935. From 1935 to 1942 he taught wood technology and utilization in the forestry department at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Following receipt of his Ph.D. he became a technologist at the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. From 1945 to 1954 he worked for Timber Engineering Company, Washington, D.C., first as assistant and later as associate director of research.

In 1954 he was hired by Potlatch Forest, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho, to start and build a Research and Development Department. He was elected Vice President of Research and Development in 1968, serving in that capacity until his retirement on December 31, 1976. Some notable developments during his administration at Potlatch include laminated roof decking, stored heat glue curing, the world's first oriented strand commercial plant, coatings for high quality printing papers, new paper grades, and a reduction in operating costs for the sulphite pulp mill. He was the first to conceive and use the idea of measuring the modules of elasticity as a nondestructive test or mechanical method for grading lumber, and was responsible for the development and commercialization of machine stress rating (MSR) of lumber in the U.S. and holds the first U.S. patent on MSR. He also received the Charles Dudley medal from the American Society for Testing and Materials for this work.

From 1955 to 1959 he served as a trustee of the Inland Empire Section of the Forest Products Research Society, serving as chairman in 1957. In 1958 he became a charter member of the organization which later became the Society of Wood Science and Technology. From 1968 to 1990 he served as Chairman of the Board of Review of the American Lumber Standards Committee. Following his retirement from Potlatch he was associated with International Executive Services Corporation as a wood products consultant, working in the United States and foreign countries.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Forestry and Forest Products
Idaho

McKean, Herbert B., 1911- --Archives.

Potlatch Forests, inc.

Forest products -- Research -- Idaho -- History -- Sources
Wood -- Testing

Director of research and development, Potlatch Forests, Inc., Lewiston, Idaho, 1954-1976, and developer of machine stress rating of lumber.

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Herbert Baldwin McKean of Lewiston, Idaho were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Mr. McKean in August 1986.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Articles and Talks 1932-1985
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1/11/1Bibliography 1935-1953 2 items
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1/21/2Talks undated 2 items
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1/31/3The Michigan-California Lumber Company Operation (a paper written as a requirement for graduation from Syracuse University) 1932 1 item
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1/41/4Motor Truck Transportation of Logs in Central New York (Master of forestry thesis, Syracuse, New York) 1943 1 item
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1/51/5Production of Sawed Oak Cross Ties in the Lower Tennessee Valley 1936-1938 4 items
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1/6-81/6-8 1939-1942 12 items
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1/91/9Glued Laminated Beams Composed of Two Wood Species (Dissertation, University of Michigan) 1942 1 item
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1/10-111/10-11 1943-1944 13 items
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1/121/12Mechanical Properties and Design Procedures for Glued Laminated Beams Composed of Two Wood Species. University of Michigan School of Forestry and Conservation, Bulletin no. 11 1944. 1 item
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1/13-151/13-15 1945-1948 20 items
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1/161/16National Lumber Manufacturers Association addresses 1949 3 items
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1/17-201/17-20 1950-1959 17 items
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1/21-221/21-22 1960-1961 17 items
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1/231/23Wood Product Development, presented at the 50th anniversary celebration of New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse April 13, 1961 1 item
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1/24-261/24-26 1962-1964 8 items
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1/271/27Forestry at the Top of the Nation, Society of American Foresters, Denver, Colorado September 28, 1964 1 item
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1/281/28 1965 6 items
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1/291/29Electro-Mechanical Stress Rating of Lumber, paper for the 3rd CIB Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark August 1965 1 item
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1/301/30 1966-1967 3 items
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1/311/31Have the Forest Products Industries Lagged Behind Other Industries in Research & Development, A Paper presented at a Conference on "The History of The Forest Products Industries", Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston May 1966 1 item
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1/321/32Apercu of the Wood and Wood Fiber Products Industry, Presented at the 25th Western Conference, The Society of the Plastics Industry, San Francisco May 2, 1968 2 items
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1/331/33Some Ideas on How "The Forest Products Utilization Program" Can Aid Western Forest Products Industry, U.S. Forest Service Representatives Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin May 12, 1971 1 item
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1/341/34The Future of Softwood Dimension Lumber, Forest Products Research Society Annual Meeting, Dallas June 19, 1972 1 item
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1/351/35Oriented Wood Strand Structural Panels (manuscript submitted for publication) December 1974 1 item
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1/36-371/36-37 1976-1977 18 items
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1/381/38Commercializing Newly Developed Products and Processes, Forest Products Research International Symposium, Pretoria, South Africa April 1985 12 items
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1/391/39Ten Years of Oriented Strand Board (OSB), Forest Products Research International Symposium, Pretoria, South Africa April 1985 9 items
Series II. Oriented Strand Products (OSP) 1970-1985
A. Reports 1970-1976
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1/40-421/40-42Physical properties 1970-1976 42 items
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1/431/43Products 1972-1973 7 items
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1/441/44Species and wood variables 1973-1976 8 items
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1/451/45General 1972-1976 7 items
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2/462/46Pilot plant 1972-1975 4 items
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2/47-482/47-48Marketing 1973-1975 9 items
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2/49-502/49-50Operating variables 1972-1976 22 items
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2/512/51Cost & economics 1970-1976 5 items
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2/522/52Equipment 1973-1976 9 items
B. Related Papers 1973-1985
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2/53-542/53-54General information 1975-1985 61 items
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2/552/55Cross ties 1977-1981 3 items
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2/562/56Marketing 1976 4 items
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2/572/57Seminar undated 8 items
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2/582/58Statements of income and production 1976 10 items
Series III. International Consulting 1965-1985
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2/592/59European trip 1965 72 items
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2/602/60International Executive Service Corporation 1977-1985 45 items
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2/612/61Saab Systems 1977-1983 32 items
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2/622/62Notebook on trips to Zambia and Brazil 1980-1982 1 item
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2/63-642/63-64Food and Agriculture Organization, U.S. and Zambia 1980 24 items
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2/652/65Notes for a report on the trip to Zambia for the World Bank 1980 14 items
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2/662/66Brazil trip, correspondence 1981-1984 58 items
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2/672/67Articles about Brazil 1981-1984 6 items
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2/682/68Report of Brazil trip: Research Management and Research Objectives and Priorities for CPPF (Centro de Pesquisa de Produtos Florestias) 1982 1 item
Series IV. Research and Development 1946-1984
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2/692/69Aspinate and waferboard 1975-1976 7 items
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2/702/70Commercializing PFI products 1964-1965 2 items
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2/712/71The Competitive Position and Manufacture of Goss Fiberboard, by Timber Engineering Company 1946 1 item
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2/72-752/72-75Eastern Study: A Proposed Northeast Division for Wood Products Group 1968-1983 42 items
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3/76-773/76-77Elmdorf Research, Inc. 1954-1982 24 items
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3/783/78Machine stress rating 1984 1 item
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3/79-813/79-81Management material 1965-1981 84 items
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3/823/82Measuring research & development 1967-1972 6 items
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3/83-843/83-84Metric conversion 1974-1982 41 items
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3/853/85Plystran analysis after 18 months 1977 2 items
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3/863/86Reports: annual, miscellaneous & lists of Wood Products Research and Development Department 1968-1980 47 items
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3/87-883/87-88Research management meetings 1968-1970 3 items
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3/893/89Seasoning of wood 1976-1978 19 items
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3/903/90University of California patent 1978 1 item
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3/913/91Whole tree chipping 1976-1983 9 items
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3/923/92Miscellaneous articles on wood products 1963-1982 2 items
Series V. Photographs and Other Papers 1935-1984
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3/933/93American Plywood Association publications 1974-1984 7 items
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3/943/94The Influence of Wood Furnish Type on Properties of Oriented Strand Panels, by Manoel Sobral Filho (dissertation, University of Idaho) 1979 1 item
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3/953/95Michigan Technological University. Agreement 1975 5 items
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3/963/96Other timber industry articles 1973-1982 10 items
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3/973/97Renewable Resources for Industrial Materials. National Research Council 1976 1 item
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3/983/98Wood and Fiber. Journal of the Society of Wood Science and Technology 1976 1 item
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3/993/99Travel itineraries and other personal information 1965-1974. 33 items
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3/1003/100Photographs: National Lumber Manufacturers Association Applied Research Award 1962 2 items
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3/1013/101Slides: used for talk on commercialization undated 17 items
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3/1023/102Photographs and negatives: Oriented Strand Products 1978 12 items
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3/1033/103Slides: Potlatch Plant, Lewiston, Idaho 1976 11 items
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3/1043/104Slides: trial marketing 1973-1976 21 items
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3/1053/105Photographs: McKean with Governor Evans; McKean with Mr. Booth of Borden Chemical Co. undated 3 items
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3/1063/106Forest Products Laboratory. Wood handbook 1935 1 item
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3/1073/107Forest Products Laboratory. Technical notes 1953-1945 1 item
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3/1083/108War Department, Ordnance Office. Packaging manual 1942 1 item

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