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Henry O. Trask Papers

Identifier: SpC MS 1691

Scope and Contents

Items in this collection include Trask’s class assignments and a number of items related to campus life at the University of Maine. Trask saved several programs from campus activities including the Swarthmore Chautauqua Festival in 1925, Winter Carnivals from 1925-1926 and theater productions of the Maine Masque Club from 1925-1927.

Many of the charts, graphs, and reports were submitted as assignments for undergraduate courses. Several reports focus on operations of various manufacturing companies in Maine and New Hampshire and typically include information about the location of the facility, a floor plan, and an explanation of the workings and products of the company. Other assignments were prepared on general scientific topics and reflect the curriculum of courses in civil engineering, entomology, and forestry. These include daily temperature, wind velocity, and last frost dates for Orono, Maine; a draft survey of the area between Stillwater Avenue and the campus bicycle path; and lumber cut in the United States from 1850 to 1925.

Also included are writings and publications related to Trask’s career in forestry.


  • 1917-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1926-1936


Restrictions on Access

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

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Library.

Biographical Note

Henry “Chick” Orville Trask was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1903 and graduated from the University of Maine in 1927 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. As an undergraduate student, he participated in a number of campus activities including the Student Senate, Prism Yearbook Board, freshman football team, track team, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Forestry Club’s annual publication, Maine Forester. Trask continued his education at the Yale School of Forestry in New Haven, Connecticut, completing a doctoral degree in 1933. He went on to serve as District Supervisor for Northeastern Timber Salvage Administration at Athol, Massachusetts. He served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He later held a number of forestry positions within the state of California, retiring in 1971 after 38 years and 8 months of service as a silviculturist with the U.S. Forest Service. He died November 13, 1998 at his residence in Redding, California, at the age of 94.


1 box

1 folio folders

Language of Materials



Records from Trask's roles as a student a the University of Maine and the Yale School of Forestry and writings related to Trask's career as a silviculturist with the United States Forest Service.

Arrangement of the Records

The collection has been arranged into five subseries: I. Charts, graphs and maps. -- II. Reference resources. -- III. Reports. -- IV. University of Maine related items. -- V. Yale School of Foresty, writings.

Conservation Note

The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Manuscript materials were given to the University of Maine by Henry O. Trask's daughter, Rosalind Sumner, in 2004. The vegetation and topographic maps were transferred to the Special Collections Department from Fogler Library's Science and Engineering Department in 2001.

Guide to the Henry O. Trask Papers
Box And Folder List Available
June 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
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