Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr

Resources: Metal, Wood, Water

Found by Peter Wimmer and James Marshall at Sutter’s Mill on the American River, the Wimmer Nugget, precipitated the 1849 California Gold Rush

The Wimmer Nugget, Displayed in Gold Rush-era Scales, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, February 1966

The Wimmer Nugget, Displayed in Gold Rush-era Scales, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, February 1966

When Benjamin Ide Wheeler became the eighth president of the University in 1899, he tried repeatedly to obtain funds for a school of forestry from the legislature and from the lumber industry. It was not until 1913 that Wheeler finally secured the necessary financial support for a school of forestry at the University.

Dr. Burt Litton, Professor of Forestry, Meadow Valley Forest Station, August 1966

Dr. Burt Litton, Professor of Forestry, Meadow Valley Forest Station, August 1966

Mountains of chips, once burned as the sole way to get rid of them, are brought in huge trucks which are lifted up, cab and all, to dump their contents into bins. Movable pipes spray the chips forth, to wait until they go to be pulped and bleached for paper. Few paper mills until recently have been built in California: contamination of air or water by the evil-smelling effluents of the older pulping processes has been strictly controlled by law. Now chemists have developed processes of wood pulping that are both more efficient and free of pollutants. In one, still experimental, the waste material, even the water used in washing the chips, proves to be a fertilizer rich in nitrogen.

Pulp Mill, Mountains of Chips, Crown Simpson Corporation, Eureka, August 1966

Pulp Mill, Mountains of Chips, Crown Simpson Corporation, Eureka, August 1966

Water is crucial in California. In 1956, the state turned most of its huge, bewildering, and constantly expanding water research problems over to the University.   

Fore-Pond Spill, Lake Matthews, March 1966

Fore-Pond Spill, Lake Matthews, March 1966