Wright-Blodgett Company Records, ca. 1901-1935
approx. 1 cubic foot


Scope and Content Note

The Wright-Blodgett Company Records consist predominantly of maps and ledgers that document the company's land and timber holdings with tract locations, prior ownership, taxes paid, and subsequent sale or other disposition. The records are primarily for holdings in Oregon (Clatsop, Columbia, Linn, Tillamook, and Washington Counties) but also include holdings in Washington (Cowlitz County) and California (Humboldt County). The records also include photocopies of correspondence pertaining to land holdings in Oregon and California.

Of particular note are records for the Blodgett Tract in Columbia County (township 7N, range 5 west) that was donated to the Oregon State University College of Forestry by the Blodgett family.

Historical Note

The Wright-Blodgett Company was owned and operated by John Wood Blodgett, Sr. and later his son, John Wood Blodgett, Jr. The company was dissolved in 1948.

John Wood Blodgett, Sr. (1860-1951) was a lumberman, civic leader, and philanthropist, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to timberlands in Michigan, Blodgett acquired lands in Mississippi, Louisiana, California, and Oregon. Companies in which Blodgett was prominent were the Blodgett Co., Ltd.; the Wright-Blodgett Co., Ltd.; the Hill-Davis Co., Ltd., of all of which he was chairman or manager; and the Michigan-California Co., of which he was organizer and president.

Provenance

Edith Blodgett donated these records to the College of Forestry which transferred them to the OSU Archives.

Related Materials

The OSU Archives holdings include College of Forestry Records (RG 139) and Photographs (P 61) as well as several other manuscript collections pertaining to forestry and the lumber industry.

Other records relating to the Blodgett lumber interests are held by the Michigan Historical Collections at the University of Michigan. The Noyes-Holland Logging Company Records (Mss 1539) held by the Oregon Historical Society include financial statements and correspondence regarding the Blodgett Tract in Columbia County.

Shelf Locations

SR 4/1/3/a [20x24 oversize box]


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