Reflections on the foundation, persistence, and growth of the laboratory of tree-ring research, circa 1930-1960

Pearce Paul Creasman, Bryant Bannister, Ronald H Towner, Jeffrey S. Dean, Steven Leavitt

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On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, it is appropriate to reflect on the origin of the LTRR and the oft overlooked early period of its history. The period from the "Bridging the gap" event in 1929 to the semi-retirement of A.E. Douglass in 1958 was a crucial time in the development of the LTRR. Although this paper focuses on the history of the LTRR between those events, at points the history of the LTRR is, essentially, the history of the field, making a holistic understanding all the more important. The information presented here is rooted in a series of transcribed historical lectures delivered in 1992 and 1993 by Director/Professor Emeritus Bryant Bannister, and several historical reports composed by him between 1963 and 1998.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-89
Number of pages9
JournalTree-Ring Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012



  • A.E. Douglass
  • dendrochronology
  • Edmund Schulman
  • Emil Haury
  • history
  • Terah Smiley

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Geology
  • Palaeontology

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