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UA 140.052 Guide to the North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension Records, 1955 - 2002

The Wood Products Extension Records, having no original order, is now comprised of six series: Historical Information, General Records, Publicity, Papers, Education, and Publications. Within series or subseries, the material is primarily arranged in chronological order.
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This series contains documents on the history of the Wood Products Extension at North Carolina State University. The series includes information on William E. Keppler, the head of the Wood Products Extension section and has documents that relate to his work with the Extension service.
Wood Products Extension (UA 140.052 Subseries 1.1)
[Box 1, Folder 1] "North Carolina State University, Wood Products Extension" / Larry G. Jahn
[Box 1, Folder 1] Booklet, "A Program Guide Pointing to Wood Products Marketing Extension"
[Box 3, Folder 1] Reports on History of Wood Products Extension
[Box 3, Folder 7] Plan of Work: A Contract for the Evaluation and Demonstration of State Programs in Wood Products Utilization, 12-06-300-68, 1969
William Keppler (UA 140.052 Subseries 1.2)
[Box 1, Folder 2] "Memories of Bill Keppler, An Outstanding Wood Products Specialist and Man" / Donald Nelson, 1970 July 7
[Box 1, Folder 2] Eulogy for William Keppler
This series contains letters, memoranda, and papers that were generated by specialists, namely William Keppler, Donald Nelson and Nancy Keppler, William Keppler's wife, after her husband's death. There are also two papers that were originally attached to one of the letters in this series. The letters are arranged chronologically.
[Box 1, Folder 3] General Records, 1969 - 1976
This series contains brochures advertising various courses, video courses, seminars, and symposia in the wood industry offered by North Carolina State University.
[Box 1, Folder 4] Seminars and Symposia, 1986-1996
[Box 3, Folder 2] Brochures, 1955-1979
[Box 3, Folder 3] Brochures, 1980-1988
[Box 3, Folder 4] Brochures, 1990-1999
[Box 3, Folder 5] Brochures, 2000-2002
[Box 3, Folder 6] Brochures, undated
This series contains, for the most part, papers from various seminars in the late 1960s. The first folder, Rough Mill Yield and Operations Seminar, contains the various speakers' papers from this seminar, which was hosted by North Carolina State University on December 1, 1966. The second folder contains papers that relate to the Hardwood Dimension Stock Yield Optimization Workshop. The third folder contains miscellaneous papers that were presented at various workshops or that were on file.
Rough Mill Yield and Operations Seminar (UA 140.052 Subseries 4.1)
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Potentials for Increased Profits Through Analysis of Yields and Operational Procedures," / H. C. Moser
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Notes on the Use of North Carolina State University's Lumber Yield Tables," / Nicholas C. Weidhaas
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Salvage Matching, Moulder, Finish Planer" / Rudolph Willard
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Least Cost Yield of Dimension Stock" / Nicholas C. Weidhaas, 1966 November
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Short Log Bolter for Furniture Dimension Stock" / Rudolf Willard
[Box 1, Folder 5] "New England Kiln Drying Association's Proposed Drying Quality Standard for Kiln Dried Rough Hardwood Lumber" / Nicholas Engalichev
[Box 1, Folder 5] "Reduction of Lumber Degrade" / Roy M. Carter
The Hardwood Dimension Stock Yield Optimization Workshop (UA 140.052 Subseries 4.2)
[Box 1, Folder 6] "Management's Role in a Program for Yield Optimization" / Vincent R. Ross
[Box 1, Folder 6] "Planing, Joining, and Ripping" / Vincent R. Ross
[Box 1, Folder 6] "Yield in Number of Longest Length Cuttings per 1,000 Board Feet Clear Two Sides," Chart
[Box 1, Folder 6] "Select Grade: Yield in Number of Longest length Cuttings per 1,000 Board Feet Clear Two Sides," Chart
[Box 1, Folder 6] "No. 1 Common Grade: Yield in Number of Longest Length Cuttings per 1,000 Board Feet Clear Two Sides," Chart
[Box 1, Folder 6] "No. 2 Common Grade: Yield in Number of Longest Length Cuttings per 1,000 Board Feet Clear Two Sides," Chart
[Box 1, Folder 6] "Anatomy of a Lumber Utilization Improvement Program" / Vincent R. Ross
[Box 1, Folder 7] "North Carolina: Staff Interviews - What Research or Education Projects and Activities are Being Conducted by Organizations?"
[Box 1, Folder 7] "Plant Feasibility Checklist for a Forest Products Industry" / Richard Jorgens, 1962 April
[Box 1, Folder 7] "Workshop for Maximum Hard Hardwood Yield in the Rough Mill," Report / Donald Nelson
This series deals primarily with the Wood Products Extension Specialist Training School. Most of the documents date from either 1961 or 1962. The series consist of worksheets, answer sheets, course outlines, data sheets, and handouts. While the "Workshop for Maximum Hardwood Yield in the Rough Mill" has nothing to do with the specialist school, the records contain documents relating to the workshop, like itineraries, a program for the two-day workshop, a report, and a registrant list. This workshop, which was similar to the previous workshops held in North Carolina and New Hampshire, was held in Jamestown, N.Y., 1967 May 24 - 25, and was in association with New York State College of Foresty, Forest Products and the Manufacturers Association of Jamestown. The Slide Index contains a master index of 35 mm slide sets developed by the Wood Products Extension.
[Box 1, Folder 8] Specialist Training School
[Box 1, Folder 9] Worksheets
[Box 1, Folder 10] Exercises
[Box 1] Workshop for Maximum Hardwood Yield in the Rough Mill
[Box 1, Folder 12] Slide Index
This series, the largest in this collection, contains reports, newsletters, books, and manuals. Reports contains miscellaneous reports of the Wood Products Extension in North Carolina and other states. The second folder, Pamphlets, contains a collection of pamphlets from seminars, workshops, and other miscellaneous educational information. The Activity Reports were produced by Extension Forest Resources, and date from 1981 to 1999. Following that, the next set of folders pertain to the "Forum Newsletter", which was put out by the Extension Forest Products Utilization and Marketing and date from 1968 to 1979. "The Extension Service Update Newsletter" covers 1988 to 1993. The Extension Service, Natural Resources and Rural Development, ultimately a division of the United States Department of Agriculture, published these Wood Products Extension publications. There are also books and manuals included in this series. Most of the manuals are 'how-to' books.
(UA 140.052 Subseries 6.1)
[Box 1] Miscellaneous Reports
[Box 1, Folder 14] Pamphlets
Activity Reports, 1981 - 1999 (UA 140.052 Subseries 6.2)
[Box 1, Folder 15] Activity Reports, 1981
[Box 1, Folder 16] Activity Reports, 1982
[Box 1, Folder 17] Activity Reports, 1983
[Box 1, Folder 18] Activity Reports, 1984
[Box 1, Folder 19] Activity Reports, 1985
[Box 1, Folder 20] Activity Reports, 1986
[Box 1, Folder 21] Activity Reports, 1987
[Box 1, Folder 22] Activity Reports, 1988
[Box 1, Folder 23] Activity Reports, 1989
[Box 1, Folder 24] Activity Reports, 1990
[Box 1, Folder 25] Activity Reports, 1991
[Box 1, Folder 26] Activity Reports, 1992
[Box 1, Folder 27] Activity Reports, 1995
[Box 1, Folder 28] Activity Reports, 1996
[Box 1, Folder 29] Activity Reports, 1997
[Box 1, Folder 30] Activity Reports, 1998
[Box 1, Folder 31] Activity Reports, 1999
Forum Newsletter, 1968 - 1979 (UA 140.052 Subseries 6.3)
[Box 1, Folder 32] Forum Newsletter, 1968
[Box 1, Folder 33] Forum Newsletter, 1969
[Box 1, Folder 34] Forum Newsletter, 1970
[Box 1, Folder 35] Forum Newsletter, 1971
[Box 1, Folder 36] Forum Newsletter, 1972
[Box 1, Folder 37] Forum Newsletter, 1973
[Box 1, Folder 38] Forum Newsletter, 1974
[Box 1, Folder 39] Forum Newsletter, 1975
[Box 2, Folder 1] Forum Newsletter, 1976
[Box 2, Folder 2] Forum Newsletter, 1977 - 1979
Extension Service Update Newsletters, 1988 - 1993 (UA 140.052 Subseries 6.4)
[Box 2, Folder 3] Extension Service Update Newsletters, 1988 - 1989
[Box 2, Folder 4] Extension Service Update Newsletters, 1990 - 1993
Books and Manuals (UA 140.052 Subseries 6.5)
[Box 2, Folder 5] "Two General Technical Transfer Acronyms Developed from Two Educational Programs for Small Wood-Using" /(Dissertation, University of Michigan ) / Donald Nelson , 1983
[Box 2, Folder 6] "Three Case Studies of Lumber Manufacturing Firms in North Carolina" / William Keppler, William T. Huxster Jr., George Smith, and Peter Dyson
[Box 2, Folder 7] "The Yield of Dimension Stock from Hardwood Lumber, Volume 1 and Volume 2" / North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service
[Box 2, Folder 8] "The Yield of Dimension Stock from Hardwood Lumber: Instruction Manual"
[Box 2, Folder 9] "The Yield of Dimension Stock: Instruction Manual for Use of Yield Tables" / William Keppler and R. J. Thomas, 1965 July 5
[Box 2, Folder 10] "Wood for People---Supplement for the Extension Conference on Forest Products, Utilization" / University of Massachusetts, CE Service, College of Agriculture
[Box 2, Folder 11] "Two Cases in Materials Handling: Improving Lumber Sorting Efficiency and I Need to Replace My Present Log Handling Equipment" / William T. Huxster
[Box 2, Folder 12] "Enterprise Feasibility: Feasibility Guide for Charcoal Briquetting Plant, for X County, North Carolina" / William Keppler and William T. Huxster Jr., 1962 April
[Box 2, Folder 13] "Working With Wood Processing Firms" / Peter J. Dyson, William T. Huxster Jr., William Keppler, and George Smith, 1962 September
[Box 2, Folder 14] "Wood Products Industries: Description, Problems, and Resolutions" / William Keppler, George Smith, William T. Huxster Jr., and Peter Dyson, 1961
[Box 2, Folder 15] "Work Measurements" / William Keppler, William T. Huxster Jr., and Peter Dyson, 1962
[Box 2, Folder 16] "Basket Veneers: Grading, Handling, and Manufacturing" / William Keppler and William T. Huxster Jr., 1962
[Box 2, Folder 17] "Estimated Production Rates and Board Thickness Variation of the 24 Inch Sash Gangsaw" / William Keppler and William T. Huxster Jr.
[Box 2, Folder 18] "Veneer Drying Times for High Temperature Continuous Dryers"
[Box 2, Folder 19] "A Decision Model for Least Cost Inventory of Repairable Items" / William Keppler, 1964
[Box 2, Folder 20] "Improving Green-End Processing" / William Keppler and William T. Huxster Jr., 1962


North Carolina State University. Extension Wood Products Section.


1.5 Linear feet 3 archival storage boxes.

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2 archival boxes


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Transferred from the North Carolina State University Department of Wood and Paper Science.


Processed by: Virginia Smith; machine-readable finding aid created by: Virginia Smith, Linda Sellars

Scope and Content Note

The Wood Products Extension Records contain documents that pertain to the wood industry in North Carolina and in other states. There are many manuals that contain information about equipment and procedures used in wood production. The majority of the papers in the collection come from various workshops that were held at North Carolina State University and other land-grant universities. These papers address the numerous aspects and concerns of the wood industry in the United States, particularly in North Carolina. There are also publications issued by state and federal departments of forestry. Much of the material documents the work of extension specialists, William T. Huxster, William E.Keppler, and Donald E. Nelson. The bulk of the documents come in the form of papers, worksheets, data sheets, and course outlines.

This collection was formerly numbered MC 315 and UA 140.050.

Historical Note

Wood Products Extension was originally part of the Agricultural Extension Service under the Smith-Lever Act (1914 May 8). This act provided for agricultural extension work by agricultural colleges across the country. It also produced a system of county farm agents that were stationed at land-grant colleges. In 1958, the Extension Forestry Department split into two sections, creating the Extension Forest Management and the Wood Products Extension. Today, the Wood Products Extension at North Carolina State University is a part of the Cooperative Extension Service, College of Natural Resources, and Department of Wood and Paper Science.

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