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Harry Littell '86 Book of 19th Century Logging Photographs Published

A sample photograph from 'Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers'

A sample photograph from 'Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers'

“Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers,” by  Alfred University alumnus Harry Littell ’86 and Ronald Ostman, was published recently by Penn State University Press and reviewed in the Jan. 17 issue of The New York Times (http://lens.blogs.nytimes...). The book is a handsome collection of photographs by the 19th century photography William T. Clark, who photographed scenes of Pennsylvania logging camps in the years following the Civil War.

Pennsylvania’s forests were virtually denuded in the railroad and building booms that followed the Civil War. The book’s title is drawn from two particular jobs undertaken by woodcutters in the pre-industrial logging camps.

Littell, the chairman of photography at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, N.Y., tracked down the negative images that formed the photographs after a student showed him a number of Clark’s 8” x 10” glass plates, exposed when Clark was working in Pennsylvania’s logging camps.

Co-author Ronald Ostman, a professor emeritus of communication studies at Cornell University, has collaborated with Littell on additional projects.

Littell received his MFA from Alfred University in 1988. A member of an Alfred University family, he is the son of Alan Littell ’53 of Alfred and the late Caroline Littell, and the nephew of Robert Littell ’56.