40.7 linear ft.
Organized into nine series: 1. Personal, 1938-1993. 2. The University of Montana, 1935-1993. 3. Correspondence, 1950-1993. 4. Speeches and Writings, 1947-1993. 5. Research/Subject Files, 1939-1993. 6. Organizations, Committees, Conferences, 1930-1993. 7. A University View of the Forest Service, 1963-1989. 8. Writings By Others, 1958-1993. 9. Photographs, 1961-1969.
Writings, correspondence, research, and other materials from Arnold Bolle?s career in the Soil Conservation Service, as a forestry professor at the University of Montana, his work on A University View of the Forest Service, and the organizations he worked with before and during his retirement, like the Wilderness Society and the Montana Wilderness Association.
Arnold W. Bolle, a leading figure in the Montana conservation movement, was born 5 Oct. 1912 in Watertown, Wis. He graduated from Northwestern College with a liberal arts degree and received his bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Montana in 1937. He served as assistant ranger on the Deerlodge Forest and went to work for the Soil Conservation Service in 1938, a job he held for the next eighteen years. His renowned method of working with farmers and ranchers became a model for the Soil Conservation Service. In 1954, Bolle took a fellowship at the Public Administration School at Harvard University. He returned to Montana in 1954 and became a professor in the School of Forestry. He returned to Harvard in 1958 and earned his Ph. D. in public administration and became dean of the School of Forestry at the University of Montana in 1962. He retired as dean in 1964 but continued teaching as a professor until his retirement in 1978.
At the request of U.S. senator Lee Metcalf of Montana, Professor Bolle and six of his colleagues at the University of Montana documented clearcutting practices in the Bitterroot National Forest. Their report, entitled "A University View of the Forest Service" but known as the ʺBolle Report, ʺ launched a national forest land management controversy and contributed to the passage of the National Forest Management Act of 1976. During his retirement years, Bolle served on boards and committees of many local and national environmental organizations including Montana Wilderness Association, the Forever Wild Endowment, and the governing council of the Wilderness Society. He was honored nationally with the Bolle Center for Ecosystem Management, a segment of the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C., and received the Wilderness Society?s highest honor, the Robert Marshall Award, in 1993. The University of Montana Bolle Center for People and Forests was named that same year. The center is an independent, service-oriented natural resource learning center dedicated to Bolle?s philosophy of ecosystem management and sustainable forests. Bolle died on 18 Mar. 1994.
Materials in English.
Finding aid in the repository.