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Duncan Howlett Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 0254

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the papers of Duncan Howlett of Center Lovell, Maine, a minister, author, and forester. They concern his activities as a small woodland owner and as one of the founders of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. Represented in the collection are materials from Rev. Howlett's terms of office on the boards of directors and various committees of the American Forestry Association, the Forest History Society, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. These files include minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial information, and conference and membership information. The records for the Small Woodland Owners Association are especially complete and include board and committee meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, grant applications, newsletters, and planning documents. The collection also contains files on Howlett's Christmas tree business, research and information files on forestry, lumber and paper companies, and forestry and conservation activities in the state of Maine and other relevant states. Also included are files documenting Rev. Howlett's course of study at the University of Maine's Forestry School; these include articles, coursework, and student papers. The final section of the collection contains research materials and drafts of articles Rev. Howlett wrote after visiting forests in Finland and Scotland.


  • Creation: 1968-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1974-1988


Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Duncan Howlett was born in 1906 in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard, receiving an LLB degree in 1931. After practicing law for two years, he returned to Harvard in 1933 to study religion, receiving an STB degree in 1936. He was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1936 and served in churches in Salem, New Bedford, and Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to Center Lovell, Maine, and began to manage the forestland adjacent to his home. Interested in good forestry management and realizing the challenge this presented, in 1971 he enrolled in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine at Orono. He also became deeply involved in various forestry and conservation organizations, serving on the boards of directors of the American Forestry Association, the Forest History Society, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. In 1975, he was one of the founders and first president of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. He died on May 19, 2003 at 97 years of age.


9.4 cubic feet (9 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Duncan Howlett in 1999.

Related Materials

The user should also note that the Moulton Library of Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine, holds most of Rev. Howlett's theological books and personal papers, including copies of the sermons he preached from 1934 to 1986.

Guide to the Duncan Howlett Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States