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Title: Robert F. Collins Papers, 1847-1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Primary Creator: Collins, Robert Foster (1906-1999)

Extent: 10.41 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 05/30/2002

Subjects: Daniel Boone National Forest (Ky.), Forests and forestry., Red River Gorge (Ky.), Winchester (Ky.)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Robert Foster Collins papers consist of three series of records--subject, slide, and maps and charts--roughly covering the years 1953 to the present. Most of the materials relate to Mr. Collins' occupation as a United States Forest Service administrator, especially his position as supervisor of the Cumberland National Forest (renamed Daniel Boone National Forest in the 1960s) during the 1950s and 1960s.

Of particular interest to the researcher is Collins' research notes and draft of his manuscript on The History of the Daniel Boone National Forest. In addition, there is information about pioneer Kentucky history and material about conservation and environmental issues in Kentucky during the last twenty-five years.

The slide series is strong in color images which Collins took of Winchester and Clark County historical sites and structures and of field and streams and flora and fauna of Kentucky. The papers also contain information about weapons a favorite subject of Collins. The papers are open for research.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Foster Collins was born in 1906 in Lansing, Michigan to Frank Noble and Grace Foster Collins. He received his formal education in the public schools of southern Michigan and graduated with a B.S.F in 1928 from Michigan State University. In 1929 he obtained a M.F. degree from the Yale Forest School of Yale University.

Initially Collins was employed by the Land and Economic Survey of the Michigan Department of Conservation as a research assistant. By 1930 he had joined the United States Forest Service, first serving as a technical advisor at the Lake States Forest Experiment Station. From 1933 to 1934 he worked in South Dakota at the Medicine Bow National Forest and Black Hills National Forest. In 1934 he moved to the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri where he held increasingly responsible administrative positions.

His tenure there was interrupted in 1941 when his army reserve unit was called to active service. During World War II Collins was with the armor division in the South Pacific theater and participated in the Guam, Leyte, and Okinawa operations.

After the war he returned to the Mark Twain National Forest, staying there until 1950 when he was transferred to the Forest Service regional office in Philadelphia. In 1953 he was assigned as forest supervisor of the Cumberland National Forest (renamed Daniel Boone National Forest in the 1960s) in Kentucky. During his tenure the Forest Service successfully resisted the encroachment of strip miners in the forest and saw the rise of an active conservation movement in the region.

Collins retired from his supervisory position in 1970. Shortly after retirement, Collins spent four years as a visiting professor of forest policy at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He taught a course in forest policy and wrote a textbook on Forest Policy of the United States and The History of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Collins is a member of numerous professional, historical, and civic organizations including a fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He continues his interest in Kentucky and military history, the history of weaponry, and conservation and environmental issues. He and his wife the former Ruth Estelle Mangum were married in South Dakota in 1934. They have one son, Robert T. Collins who resides in California. Mr. and Mrs. Collins lived for years in Winchester, Kentucky but recently have moved to Lexington and are living at Richmond Place.

Subject/Index Terms

Daniel Boone National Forest (Ky.)
Forests and forestry.
Red River Gorge (Ky.)
Winchester (Ky.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Collins, Robert F.

Other Note: Photographs were initially numbered with the accession number; however, a decision was made to change to collection number. The database was changed, but the numbers written on the images were not changed.


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Series 1: SubjectAdd to your cart.
The Subject Series consists of nineteen boxes (1-19) covering many different subjects from years 1747 through 1988. The bulk of the papers fall between 1950 and 1985. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder. The more prominent subjects found within the series are firearms legislation, history of Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) which includes Mr. Collins' research notes, drafts of the manuscript and final copy, Clark County history, Red River Gorge, Kentucky history, nature and forestry of Kentucky and conservation in Kentucky.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056962
Folder 1: Acquisition Correspondence, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Acquisition, Historical Memo by W.E. Hedges, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The American Forestry Association, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: American Forests, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Forests - High Points in Conservation March, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The American Revolution, 1975-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Appalachian Mountain People by W.E. Hedge, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Bald Knobbers - A Tale of the Missouri Ozarks, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Battle of Blue Licks, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Battle of Wildcat Mountain, 1962-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Beaver Creek Controversy, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Beaver Creek Management Area - Rangers File, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Beckner, Col. Lucien P., 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Belle Breezing's "House", 1966-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Big South Fork Country, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Biltmore Story, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Boone, Daniel Deposition - Naming of Lulbegrud Creek and Log Lick, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Boone, Daniel Historical Data, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Boone Historical File 1650, 1961-1976Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056954
Folder 1: The Boone Hut, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Boone Notes, 1963-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Boone Trace, 1966-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Boone Trace, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Boone Trace Correspondence, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Boone's Creek Baptist Association, History of, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Boone's Daniel - Rifle "Old Ticklicker", Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Boone's first trip to Kentucky, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Boonesborough, Fort - Bicentennial Committee, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Boonesborough, The Great Siege of Fort, 1972-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bush Settlement of Pioneer Days, Not DatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Recreation of the landholdings of the original landowners around the Bush Settlement.
Folder 12: Callaway, Col. Richard, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Cave Run Reservoir, 1967-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Civil War Historical Data, 1931-1975Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056939
Folder 1: Civil War Battle Historical Data, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: The Civil War in Kentucky, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Civil War Weapons - Historical Data, 1961-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clark County Chronicles, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clark County Courthouse, 1974-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clark County Established, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Clark County Historical Data, 1942-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Clark County Historical Society, 1972-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cassius Clay, Historical Data, 1960-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Contribution to local government by the Cumberland National Forest, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: CCC Camp Locations, 1933-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Cumberland National Forest - Historical Data, 1929-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cumberland National Forest Correspondence, 1930-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Cumberland National Forest Extension of, 1935-1971Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056947
Folder 1: Cumberland National Forest - Proclamation, 1970-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cumberland National Forest Report, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Daniel Boone National Forest (DBNF) - Beaver Creek Wildlife Management Area, 1940-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: DBNF - Data on Historic Sites, 1962-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: DBNF Dedication, 1965-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 6: DBNF History Publication Appendix - Folder 1, 1933-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: DBNF History Publication Appendix - Ex. Maps - Folder 2, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056921
Folder 1: DBNF History Publication Appendix - Folder 3, 1933-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: DBNF History Publication Appendix - Folder 4, 1953-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: DBNF History Publication Appendix - Folder 5, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 4: DBNF History Publication Manuscript - Folder 1, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: DBNF History Publication Manuscript - Folder 2, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056913
Folder 1: DBNF History Publication - Manuscript - Folder 3, 1770-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: DBNF History Publication - Manuscript - Folder 4, 1770-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: DBNF History Publication - Manuscript - Folder 5, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: DBNF History Publication - Manuscript - Folder 6, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056905
Folder 1: DBNF History Publication - Reference Material - Folder 1, 1946-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: DBNF History Publication - Reference Material - Folder 2, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: DBNF Stearns Strip Mine Case, 1953-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: DBNF History Project - The Sublimity Report, 1933-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Dedication - Bibliography Introduction, 1974-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Directory - Telephone, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: District Rangers Tenure on Cumberland and Daniel Boone Districts, Records of, 1941-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Donaldson Family - Strodes Station, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056897
Folder 1: The Story of Chief Doublehead & Princess Cornblossom, 1965-1975Add to your cart.
News clippings, correspondence and personal writings on Chief Doublehead and Princess Cornblossom. Also includes the publication Legion of the Lost Mine: Indians and Pioneers, by Thomas H. Troxel.
Folder 2: Dueling, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dueling in Kentucky, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Early Kentucky Pioneers, 1773-1775Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Eastern Kentucky Land Deed Description, Sample of, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Environmental Reference Material, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Environmental Statement - Beaver Creek, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Eskippakithiki, 1927-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Examination report of U.K. lands - Troublesome Creek, Breathitt & Knox Counties, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Falmouth Dam Controversy, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Filson Club History Quarterly, 1968Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057002
Folder 1: Firearms Legislation, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Firearms Legislation, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Firearms Legislation, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Firearms Legislation, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057069
Folder 1: Firearms Legislation, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Firearms Legislation, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Anti-Firearms Legislation - Articles, clippings, 1965-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Forest Fires in America, Great, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Forest Resource Contribution Potential for the Rural Development Program in Kentucky, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Forestry 315 - Quiz Questions, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Forestry 315 - Reference Data, 1905-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Freeman, Gene - Historical Correspondence, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057077
Folder 1: The French Family of Kentucky, 1940-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The "French Pete" Controversy (Oregon), 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Gay, Captain James Family, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Gist House, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Goff House, 1747-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Governor James Clark, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Governor James Clark, 1779-1839Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The "Governor James Clark" House, 1972-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Greeley Went West By Stuart Holbrook, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Gun Control References, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Gun Laws, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Gun Legislation, 1959-1970Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057085
Folder 1: Hedges Report - Proposed Extension December, Cumberland Purchase Unit, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Historical Writing - Historical Data, 1944-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: History Distribution, 1966-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Hubbard Taylor Family, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Iron Furnaces in Eastern Kentucky, 1957-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Jesse James, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Kentucky - The Name, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Kentucky Base Map Series, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Kentucky Counties - Historical Atlas, 1957-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Kentucky - Daniel Boone Country, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Kentucky Forest History, 1946-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Kentucky Forest History, 1971-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Kentucky Forests - Reference Data, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Kentucky Historical Society, 1964-1976Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057101
Folder 1: Kentucky History, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Kentucky History Notes, 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Kentucky History Great KY Raid of June, 1864-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: KY Land Surveys Past & Present - Thomas D. Clark, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Kentucky Settlement - Historical Data, 1942-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Kentucky State Forester - Report of J.E. Barton, State Forester, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lincoln Correspondence, 1947-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Line Fork Forest Controversy in Perry County, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Logging in Early Kentucky, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Logging in Maine - White Pine - Information Material and Maps, 1947-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Madison County - Historical Data, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Mangum Name History, 1955-1957Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057119
Folder 1: Maps of Kentucky, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: McClure, Lt. Nathan, Death of, 1961-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Morgan, John Hunt, 1983-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Moundbuilders, the History of, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Murder Branch Notes, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Name Change - Cumberland National Forest to Daniel Boone National Forest, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Name Designation Correspondence, 1930-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 8: National Forests - Land of Many Uses, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: National Forests Policy Legislation, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Natural Bridge Area Photos, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Official Stationary of U.K., Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Old Homes and Landmarks - Clark Co., KY, 1967Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057036
Folder 1: Old Kentucky Iron Furnaces, 1957-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Old Stone Church on Lower Howards Creek, 1920-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Pinchot, Gifford - Journal of Forestry, Aug-65Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Pinchot Story - Breaking New Ground, 1962-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Pine Mountain Area - Quicksand and Troublesome Headwaters of Licking -Reports by E. Murray Bruner, 1914-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Pre-Acquisition Correspondence, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pre-Acquisition Correspondence - Frontier Nursing Service, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Proclamation of Governor Martin - North Carolina, 2/10/1775Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Proclamation of Lord Dunmore - Virginia, 3/21/1775Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Proclamation of Transylvania Company, 6/26/1776Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Proposed Kentucky Purchase Unit by W.E. Hedges, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Public Domain From the Sierra Club Bulletin, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Public Ownership vs. Private Exploitation, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Publication - 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Publication - Lake States Forest Experiment Station, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Publication - Oracle, 1923Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Publication - Report of XIII Italian Mountain Festival, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Publication - The Reserve Officer, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Reappraisal Reports - W.E. Hedges, 1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014057028
Folder 1: Reconnaissance Report - Headwaters - Levisa Fork of Big Sandy by E. Murray Bruner, 1914Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Redbird P. Unit History Papers by Tom Frazier, 1965Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Birth of a DistrictAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A History of the First Four Years of the Redbird District of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky by Thomas R. Frazier.
Item 2: A Proposal for Housing, Relocation and Employment in Eastern KentuckyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tom Frazier's proposal to local development group regarding the Redbird acquisition.
Item 3: Redbird Purchase UnitAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Expansion of Cumberland National ForestAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Reconnaissance Report on Eastern Kentucky with Particular Reference to 445,000 Acres of Forest Land Situated in Bell, Clay, Harlan and Leslie Counties, Kentucky, 1939Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Notes from a Tabbott and Hedges Report.
Item 6: Rules Governing Attendance and ConductAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
For Nelson Amendment Enrollees in the Peabody District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Item 7: Appropriations Correspondence, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Relating to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Item 8: News Clippings, 1965-1975Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Includes several articles about the Frontier Nursing Service, politics, history,
Folder 3: Red River Gorge, 1966-1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Red River Gorge through, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Red River Gorge, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Red River Gorge, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Red River Gorge, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Red River Gorge Controversy - Report of Forest Policy Problem, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Red River Resevoir - Environmental Impact Report, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056996
Folder 1: River Drainage Map - Maine, 1947-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Robertson, Charles - Deposition of, 1777Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scrapbook #1, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Scrapbook #2, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scrapbook - Italy, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Chief Sequoyah, The Paternity of, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sierra Club - Cumberland Chapter - Club Handbook, 1970-1974Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056988
Folder 1: The Sorrows of Nancy by Lucinda Boyd, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Southern Appalachian Forest Reserve by R.S. Bruce, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sphar Family History, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Special Folder, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Stearns Lumber Co., History of, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Strip Mining - The Coffey Heirs Tract, 1957-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Strip Mining - Robinson Forest, 1966-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Strodes Station - Reference Material, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Sublimity Project, 1933-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Swift Silver Mine, 1959-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Timber Cutting Controversy - Red River Gorge, Through 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Timber Cutting Controversy - Red River Gorge, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Timber Cutting - Red River Gorge Area, Not DateAdd to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Barcode: 31234014056970
Folder 1: Traces and Roads - Early Kentucky, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: The Transylvania Colony, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Traveling Church, 1781Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Treaty of Watauga, March 17, 1775Add to your cart.
Folder 5: U.S. Forest Service, chiefs of the Journal of Forestry, Nov. 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Waveland, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Weeks Law Story, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: The White Pine Logging Period, Not DatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Wildlife - McCreary County Project, 1964-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Winchester and Clark County History, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Zilpo Road Controversy, 1967Add to your cart.

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