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Historical Maryland Wye Oak Photos Featured
on NAL Web Site By
June 13, 2002
In the week after Marylands famous Wye Oak was
felled in a June 6 thunderstorm, the U.S.
Department of Agricultures National Agricultural Library (NAL) has made available a
featuring historic photos of the majestic tree.
The photos of the Wye Oak are in the
Historical Photograph Collection, part of nearly 60,000 mounted
black-and-white photographs in the NAL's special collections. Photographs from
the 1920s and 1930s show the Wye Oak as a tree that is an important part of
Housed at the National Agricultural Library since 1985, the
Forest Service Historical Photograph Collection is one of the librarys
most frequently used resources. The photographs document an array of subjects
dating back to the 1890s, including homesteading, Smokey Bear (the real cub),
the Civilian Conservation Corps, early logging techniques and equipment,
smokejumpers, forest fires, cowboys, miners, famous conservationists including
John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt, and famous trees including the Wye Oak.
For access to the Wye Oak photographs and other resources in the
NALs special collections, contact staff at (301) 504-6503 or e-mail
The National Agricultural
Library is the worlds largest and most accessible agricultural
library. The librarys web site is its electronic gateway to a wealth of
agricultural resources. The NAL is part of the
Agricultural Research Service,
USDAs chief scientific research agency.