James E. Fickle
Office: 129 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., History, Louisiana State University, 1970
Fields of Interest
My most recent book is Timber: A Photographic History of Mississippi Forestry (2004). It includes some two hundred historic photographs and a brief narrative.
Many of the photographs are published for the first time or have been misidentified
in earlier publications. Also appearing in 2004 was Arthur Temple College of Forestry: The Story of Forestry At SFA, which I co-authored with Archie P. MacDonald. It is a history of the forestry school
at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.
A book entitled Green Gold; The Rise, Decline, and Restoration of Alabama’s Forest Products Industries will be in bookstores in December of 2013. I have also completed a history of the
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory for the U.S. Forest Service and the Forest History
I have been appointed as Visiting Professor of Forest and Environmental History at
the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and I am well along on researching and writing the history of the nation’s oldest
forestry school. I have also received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to write
a history of bottomland hardwood research in the South, and I have been conducting
interviews and visiting archival depositories across the nation in connection with
this project. I am also serving as the consultant for the production of a state forest
history in Alaska, and have recently been a member of the organizing board of the
new U.S. Forest Service history museum in Missoula, Montana.
I teach courses in U.S. business and economic history, labor/working class history,
and environmental history. My publications and research interests have centered around
the forest products industries, with books and articles on labor in that industry,
trade associations and organizational structure, and the historical development of
the profession of forestry. In the labor area I am particularly interested in biracial
unions and organizational efforts. I have a strong interest in conservation, land
use, and land and resource management, which combines my recreational interests as
a backpacker, camper, climber, and rafter with my academic specialties.
- Green Gold: The Rise, Decline, and Restoration of Alabama's Forest Products Industries (University of Alabama Press, 2013) (Forthcoming)
- Timber: A Photographic History of Mississippi Forestry (University Press of Mississippi, 2004)
- Mississippi Forests and Forestry (University Press of Mississippi, 2001)
- The New South and the “New Competition”: Trade Association Development in the Southern
Pine Industry (University of Illinois Press, for the Forest History Society, 1980)