Guide to the Louis Linden Madsen Papers 1956-1973
Cage 397

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Madsen, Louis Linden
Louis Linden Madsen Papers
Cage 397
Date [inclusive]
1750.0 items.
General Physical Description note
5 linear feet of shelf space.
Minutes, agendas, reports, resolutions, proposals, land and timber appraisals, correspondence and other papers relating to the monthly meetings of the Board of Natural Resources. Principal correspondents include Governors Albert Rosellini and Dan Evans, and Commissioner of Public Lands Bert Cole.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 397, Louis Linden Madsen Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Louis Linden Madsen was born in Salt Lake City in 1907, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Utah State Agricultural College in 1930, and went on to obtain his Doctorate from Cornell University in 1934. On July 1, 1955 he became the Director of the Washington State University Institute of Agricultural Science which, in 1965, was renamed the College of Agriculture. He retired from W.S.U. as Dean Emeritus in 1973. His papers, however, concern his tenure as a member of the Washington State Board of Natural Resources.

In 1957 the state of Washington enacted House Bill No. 68 which stipulated the creation of the Department of Natural Resources and its executive body, the Board of Natural Resources. This law also designated the board members as the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Commissioner of Public Lands, the Dean of the College of Forestry of the University of Washington, and the Dean or Director of the School of Agriculture of W.S.U. Dr. Madsen sat on the board from 1957 to 1973. The Board held its first meeting April 1, 1957 and, by law, chose the head of the Department of Natural Resources. The department, under the direction of the board, abolished and consolidated the functions of: the Board of State Land Commissioners; the Forestry Board; the Sustained-Yield Forest Committee; and others. The board itself exclusively controls and supervises the department and all public lands, including their use, lease, exchange, acquisition, sale, timber production, minerals, and other valuable materials.

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Arrangement note

The papers of Dr. Madsen are arranged in two series: the first, an alphabetized subject series; the second, a chronological correspondence series. The first series includes material from January 1957 to August 1967 and is mainly concerned with the forestry and agricultural interests of the Board of Natural Resources of which Dr. Madsen was a member. The second series includes material from November 1956 to March 1973 and is primarily a monthly correspondence file concerning the Board. Each of these files usually contains materials distributed to Board members for their monthly meetings: packets of proposed timber sales, Board proposals and resolutions, minutes and agendas, proposed land leases or exchanges, reports, correspondence, and other papers. The bulk of this series is from 1965 to 1973.

Principal correspondents include Governors Albert Rosellini and Dan Evans, as well as Commissioner of Public Lands Bert Cole.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1979
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Dr. Louis Linden Madsen Papers were received by the Washington State University Libraries in February 1978 (UA 79-41) along with the records of the Department of Forestry and Range Management (UA 78-2).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington (State). Board of Natural Resources
  • Washington (State). Governor (1957-1965 : Rosellini)
  • Washington (State). Governor (1965-1977 : Evans)

Personal Name(s)

  • Cole, Bert L.
  • Evans, Daniel J., 1925-
  • Madsen, Louis Linden, 1907- --Archives
  • Rosellini, Albert D.


  • Government and Politics
  • Logging
  • Natural resources--Washington (State)--Management

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Subject File 

Box Folder

Battelle: Log Export November 30, 1964-March 1965   9.0 items.

1 1

Blake Island September 4, 1958-August 10, 1959   22.0 items.

1 2

Chermes Program August 26, 1957-November 4, 1958   9.0 items.

1 3

Colockum Creek Research Area April 24, 1960- December 18, 1962   55.0 items.

1 4

European Pine Shoot Moth June 10, 1960-June 6, 1962   32.0 items.

1 5

Forest Roads July-August 1967   1.0 item.

1 6

Forest Roads: Baker Report May 3, 1960-March 14, 1961   13.0 items.

1 7

Fransen vs. Board February 18, 1965-January 19, 1966   15.0 items.

1 8

Harbor Line Commission July 14, 1960-September 6, 1967   15.0 items.

1 9

Hemlock Looper February 15, 1963-June 10, 1963   12.0 items.

1 10

Legislative Bills: Department of Natural Resources January 18, 1957-May 7, 1957   13.0 items.

1 11

Publications: Department of Natural Resources January 10, 1958-April 21, 1960   10.0 items.

1 12

Red Lake Exchange July 7, 1960-December 13, 1960   24.0 items.

1 13

University Grant Land Appraisals February 24, 1965-March 9, 1965   7.0 items.

1 14

Western States Land Commission Association March 24, 1961-August 24, 1961   16.0 items.

1 15

Yocolt Honor Camp January 28, 1958-February 3, 1958   4.0 items.

1 16

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Series 2: Chronological File 

Box Folder

 November 8, 1956-March 5, 1965   125.0 items.

1 17-26

 January 27, 1965-May 9, 1967   415.0 items.

2 27-56

 May 26, 1967-May 1, 1969   305.0 items.

3 57-78

 April 6, 1969-January 27, 1971   340.0 items.

4 79-108

 January 20, 1971-March 20, 1973   315.0 items.

5 109-133

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