Untangling the tangled bank: Locating, preserving and interpreting the archival history of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest
Results/Conclusions: Results are creation of the collection, compilation of an interim category/subject guide, scanning of important materials, and continuation of oral history collections, a corollary to the archival project. This large cache of materials represents the entire history of the H.J. Andrews, as U.S. Forest Service experimental forest and IBP/LTER site, illustrating how it became a leader in forestry, ecosystem science, environmental education, interdisciplinary programming, data management, and inter-institutional collaboration. Future benefits from the archives will be tremendous, as researchers can analyze historical materials from the HJA’s diverse programs, looking at original data, methods and observations, to check, re-calibrate, or modify theories and results. The collection will also help proposal/funding processes, as PIs and administrators can easily reference an organized past, and having the collection in a prominent university archive will aid research on the history of science, ecosystem science, the Pacific Northwest, forestry, and land management. We also believe this project can be a model for ecosystem science, especially long-term, place-based research, demonstrating how historical preservation and archiving are essential for long-term scientific research programs and sites (LTER/ILTER and otherwise), and which can help them remain successful long after their founding generations have moved on.