MeadWestvaco Research Reports 1945-2006

Creator
MeadWestvaco (Firm)
Size
9.5 linear feet (19 archival boxes)
Call number
MC 00496
Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

The MeadWestvaco Research Reports contain various reports and materials created and used by forestry researchers at 14 research stations established and owned by MeadWestvaco from 1945 to 2006. The collection is broken down into four series which correspond to types of reports published. The first contains various lists and indexes and the other three series are research reports, technical memoranda, and information sheets. The largest series contains research reports from each of the 14 research stations about fertilization, herbicide use, chemical debarking, pulpwood growth, stand yield and tree transportation cost analysis. The subject matter of individual reports varies greatly. The technical memoranda and information sheets are supplementary material.

In 1945 what would become MeadWestvaco was called the “West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company”, and David L. Luke had recently been named its president. He was the grandson of the original founder William Luke, who founded the company in 1888. David L. Luke would oversee the purchase of many acres of forest in Pennsylvania, Maryland, the Virginias and the Carolinas, where company research stations would be established. His son, David Luke III, became president in 1963, and after that his other son, John A. Luke led the company. Although a member of the Luke family has continued to be Chief Executive Officer, even at present with John A. Luke Jr., the family no longer possesses majority stock ownership.

Biographical/historical note

In 1945 what would become MeadWestvaco was called the “West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company”, and David L. Luke had recently been named its president. He was the grandson of the original founder William Luke, who founded the company in 1888. David L. Luke would oversee the purchase of many acres of forest in Pennsylvania, Maryland, the Virginias and the Carolinas, where company research stations would be established. His son, David Luke III, became president in 1963, and after that his other son, John A. Luke led the company. Although a member of the Luke family has continued to be Chief Executive Officer, even at present with John A. Luke Jr., the family no longer possesses majority stock ownership.

Scope/content

The MeadWestvaco Research Reports contain various reports and materials created and used by forestry researchers at 14 research stations established and owned by MeadWestvaco from 1945 to 2006. The collection is broken down into four series which correspond to types of reports published. The first contains various lists and indexes and the other three series are research reports, technical memoranda, and information sheets. The largest series contains research reports from each of the 14 research stations about fertilization, herbicide use, chemical debarking, pulpwood growth, stand yield and tree transportation cost analysis. The subject matter of individual reports varies greatly. The technical memoranda and information sheets are supplementary material.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series: Introductory Material, Research Reports, Technical Memoranda, and Information Sheets.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], MeadWestvaco Research Reports, MC 00496, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company records, 1884-1974. Collection Number: 1781. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, New York.

West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company South Carolina mill records, 1937-2000. OCLC Number: 741158548. South Carolina Historical Society, Charleston, South Carolina.

Source of acquisition

Gift of the MeadWestvaco Corporation, November 2013 (Accession 2013.0281).

Processing information

Processed by: Bennett Chapman

The collection is organized into four principal series:

Access to the collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files may be provided for use in the SCRC Reading Room upon request.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], MeadWestvaco Research Reports, MC 00496, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.