Richard Hale Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Richard Hale Collection, 2447
Credit: "From Trees to Paper," Richard Hale Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Tree seedlings are planted to replace those cut in a forest, 1951.
Credit: Richard Hale Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Maine logging.
Primary Format and Extent
film (8,750 feet): si., sd., col., b&w. ; 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1927 - 1984
The Richard Hale Collection consists of 30 reels shot between the 1920s and 1984. The majority of the films are amateur films documenting the many aspects of the logging industry and how it has changed over time. The footage covers the entire spectrum of the industry from the equipment used to the practices of the loggers in each step of the process. The collection also contains a few films produced by and for the University of Maine at Orono School of Forest Resources, previously the Forestry Department. These films show students learning the science of managing forests. The collection also contains educational films sponsored by commercial enterprises and governmental agencies. Educational films include materials on preventing and treating forest fires, children learning about mill work and logging and how trees become paper. Most notable of the educational materials is a 1942 film about how wood is used in everyday life and in the war effort during World War II. The film was sponsored by the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and stars Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Richard Hale is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Wood Technology at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources. The Department of Forestry was started at the university in 1902 with grant money from the Maine legislature. The University took over funding and management of the department in 1929. In 1935, the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was founded with C.M. Aldous as its leader. The department was accredited by the Society of American Foresters for the first time in 1937 and the first Master of Science degree was conferred in 1938. The Ph.D. program in forest resources was approved in 1970. The School of Forest Resources became the College of Forest Resources in the 1980s.
People and Organizations
Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Northeast Historic Film
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Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See for more information.
Items in this collection: 28
Showing 1 - 10 of 28:
1) Richard Hale Collection Reel 1
Intertitle: “Photographed by WM. H.MC Gill, President Lombard and Company Incorporated Boston Montreal” Footage of a forest fire interspersed with title cards explaining that it was st...more
2) Richard Hale Collection Reel 2
Footage of horses pulling a raft full of equipment across a river. A shot of a small waterfall from a canoe. A man pulls a moose onto a barge and then carries it across the shore. Me...more
3) Richard Hale Collection Reel 3
A shot of University of Maine graduates in their caps and gowns. A shot of a faculty member in a cap and gown. Guests arrive at the commencement ceremony. A faculty member instructs...more
4) Richard Hale Collection Reel 4
Two men surveying, taking notes and making their way through the scrub in the forest. A shot of a clearing in the forest. A man measures a tree’s width. A shot of a surveyor looking...more
5) Richard Hale Collection Reel 5
Footage of men milling about a campsite with tents, cars, a still photographer and men sitting around a fire. Footage of the Oronoco Harmonica Band performing on bleachers at the Unive...more
6) Richard Hale Collection Reel 6
Footage of a large bird coop and a fawn in a pen. A group of men pose and joke for the camera. A shot of a saw mill, the adjacent river full of logs and the nearby town. Footage of m...more
7) Richard Hale Collection Reel 7
Footage of a farmer herding game birds through the brush and back to the coop. Footage of a bird coop including birds in cages and shots of the buildings on the farm. A man displays a...more
8) Richard Hale Collection Reel 8
A shot of a wooden structure in the forest. Young men walk along a road in the forest. A group of young men, an older man and a young woman gather in a meadow. A shot of the surround...more
9) Forestry for 4H
Footage of a group of children at R. Leon Williams Lumber Co. including the group gathered around an older man, learning how to measure the width of logs from two other men, watching a...more
10) The Tree In A Test Tube
Directed by Charles McDonald, narrated by Pete Smith and Lee Vickers and starring Laurel and Hardy. Pete Smith explains to Laurel and Hardy how many products in their daily lives are m...more
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