EWP Monographs

The White Pine Bureau was formed in 1915 to carry on an advertising campaign on behalf of the White Pine manufacturing industry (of the time) that would be supported by an assessment on their total lumber production.  The Bureau represented two White Pine organizations; The Northern Pine Manufacturers Association of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; and The Associated White Pine Manufacturers of Idaho.  These trade organizations were located within the Upper Midwest and Northwestern regions of the U.S. and dominated by various mills and businesses owned by Weyerhaeuser Forest Products. The headquarter office of the Bureau was located in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The flagship promotional piece developed by the Bureau was the White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs, a publication whose purpose was to encourage the use of white pine as a building material. The Bureau hired Russell F. Whitehead as the publication’s editor who was well known within the early years of design and construction type journals.  He had been named editor of The Architectural Record in 1912 and the Brickbuilder in 1913.

Following the 1915 start-up of the Monographs with 3 issues, the frequency was increased to 6 issues a year (expect for 5 in 1919). Each publication featured early American buildings made of white pine, inside and out.  A general architectural style of building such as Colonial Cottages, or structures in a specific town (Portsmouth), or specific architectural elements that included doorways and mantels would make up each publication. Periodic design contests were also part of the Monograph history where specific end use structures made up the design criteria.  This included the design of a Roadside Tavern and a home of Eastern White Pine that would cost $12,500.

The high quality photographs, for the time, and the measured drawings of buildings and features made the series a popular success with its audience.  Over 9,800 architects and architectural designers received the Monographs at its peak.  Public libraries and universities around the country also received the publication.  Curiously, while the Bureau supporters were all located in the Upper Midwest and Western U.S., the content within the Monographs were locations exclusively within the Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, and even some Southern geographic locations of the country.

After 10 years of support for the Monograph Series, the White Pine Bureau ended its sponsorship of the publication after the last issue of 1924. At that time, the editor, Russell F. Whitehead took over the Series as both editor and publisher with the assistance and financial support of Weyerhaeuser Forest Products Company through full-page advertisement insertions.  Mr. Whitehead also became editor of the architectural journal, Pencil Points in 1924 in addition to working as a practicing architect with the firm of Clark & Whitehead.

In 1928, the title of the publication changed to The White Pine Monograph Series on Early American Architecture, which changed again in 1929 to The Monograph Series – Recording the Architecture of the American Colonies and the Early Republic.  And at the end of 1931, the publication ceased to be published as a stand-alone printing after 98 issues.  In 1932, the series was absorbed into the previously-mentioned Pencil Points journal as a 10-15 page insert, where Mr. Whitehead remained as editor until 1940.  These inserts were of single, architectural topic focus and appeared in this monthly magazine approximately 6 times per year.  In 1941, the original series disappeared altogether from print.  Pencil Points merged with Progressive Architecture in 1943 to become “the leading voice in architectural and graphic design when modernism flourished, introducing key players from America and Europe”.

In 2006, the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA) resurrected the Series as part of their marketing and communications program on behalf of the Eastern White Pine manufacturing membership.  The “new” series maintains the look and feel of the original publication, while bringing today’s trends and examples into reference regarding the use of this sustainable and versatile wood species.  The White Pine Bureau was far ahead of its time when it created the White Pine Monograph Series for marketing purposes in 1915.  With the original series lasting 27 years, this fascinating publication continues to be of interest today within the architecture and building design community.

NELMA is pleased to house all of the original, historic 98 booklets along with the issues published since 2006 within its reference library.  We gladly extend the Series availability by providing each of these online for reading, with printing capabilities.

1915 – Volume I

Vol I Issue I Colonial Cottages

Vol I Issue II – Colonial Houses

Vol I Issue III – Farm Houses of New England

1916 – Volume II

Vol II Issue I – Houses of the Middle and Southern Colonies

Vol II Issue II – Domestic Architecture in Massachusetts 1750-1800

Vol II Issue III – Early Houses of the Connecticut River Valley

Vol II Issue IV – A Suburban House and Garage – to cost ten thousand dollars

Vol II Issue V – Old Woodbury and Adjacent Domestic Architecture in Connecticut

Vol II Issue VI – Colonial Architecture of the Eastern Shore of Maryland

1917 – Volume III

Vol III Issue I – Three Story Houses

Vol III Issue II – Early Wooden Architecture of Andover Massachusetts

Vol III Issue III – Homes of Newburyport Massachusetts

Vol III Issue IV – A White Pine House

Vol III Issue V – The Bristol Renaissance

Vol III Issue VI – The Early Dwellings of Nantucket

1918 – Volume IV

Vol IV Issue I – Marblehead

Vol IV Issue II – Some Old Houses on the Coast of Southern Maine

Vol IV Issue III – Providence

Vol IV Issue IV – Vacation Season

Vol IV Issue V – Central New York

Vol IV Issue VI – Vermont

1919 – Volume V

Vol V Issue I – Seventeenth Century Connecticut Houses

Vol V Issue II – Eastern End of Long Island

Vol V Issue III – Historical Houses of Litchfield

Vol V Issue IV – Community Centre Building

Vol V Issue V – Old Chatham

Vol V Issue VI – Announcement

1920 – Volume VI

Vol VI Issue I – The Boston Post Road

Vol VI Issue II – A New England Village

Vol VI Issue III – Lower Delaware Valley

Vol VI Issue IV – Designs for a Roadside Tavern

Vol VI Issue V – Old Deerfield

Vol VI Issue VI – Essex Connecticut

1921 – Volume VII

Vol VII Issue I – Portsmouth New Hampshire

Vol VII Issue II – Early American Doorways

Vol VII Issue III – Greek Revival in Owego and NY

Vol VII Issue IV – Design for a Three Teacher School

Vol VII Issue V – Early American Doorways Pt 2 Porches

Vol VII Issue VI – The Town of Suffield Connecticut

1922 – Volume VIII

Vol VIII Issue I – Port Towns of Penobscot Bay

Vol VIII Issue II – Dependencies of the Old Fashioned House

Vol VIII Issue III – Newport Rhode Island

Vol VIII Issue IV – Designs for a Country Church and Sunday School

Vol VIII Issue V – Bennington Vermont

Vol VIII Issue VI – Fences and Fence Post of Colonial Times

1923 – Volume IX

Vol IX Issue I – Forgotten Farmhouses on Manhattan Island

Vol IX Issue II – The River Towns of Connecticut

Vol IX Issue III – Cooperstown

Vol IX Issue IV – Designs for a Rural Library Building

Vol IX Issue V – The Stage Coach Road

Vol IX Issue VI – Old Canterbury on the Quinnebaug

1924 – Volume X

Vol X Issue I – Old Hill Towns of Windham Connecticut

Vol X Issue II – Ornamental Cornices Pt.1

Vol X Issue III – Ornamental Cornices Pt.2

Vol X Issue IV – Rensselaerville

Vol X Issue V – Wooden Architecture in the Berkshires

Vol X Issue VI – A Review and Forecast

1925 – Volume XI

Vol XI Issue I – Connecticut Valley Colonial

Vol XI Issue II – Interior Woodwork in New England

Vol XI Issue III – Dutch Houses of New Jersey

Vol XI Issue IV – Late Eighteenth Century in Western Massachusetts

Vol XI Issue V – Country Meeting Houses

Vol XI Issue VI – George Read II House

1926 – Volume XII

Vol XII Issue I – New Castle Delaware

Vol XII Issue II – Farmington Connecticut

Vol XII Issue III – The Burlington County Court House

Vol XII Issue IV – Alexandria Virginia

Vol XII Issue V – Early Dwellings in New Hampshire

Vol XII Issue VI – Wiscasset Maine

1927 – Volume XIII

Vol XIII Issue I – New Bern Pt. 1

Vol XIII Issue II – New Bern Pt. 2

Vol XIII Issue III – A Eastern North Carolina Town House

Vol XIII Issue IV – Moravian Architecture of Bethlehem Pennsylvania

Vol XIII Issue V – Col. Robert Means House NH

Vol XIII Issue VI – Churches of Vermont

1928 – Volume XIV

Vol XIV Issue I – Houses in Southeastern Massachusetts

Vol XIV Issue II – Old Charleston

Vol XIV Issue III – A Townhouse of Charleston SC

Vol XIV Issue IV – Charleston Mansions

Vol XIV Issue V – Charleston Doorways

Vol XIV Issue VI – Edwards-Smyth House Charleston SC

1929 – Volume XV

Vol XV Issue I – Churches in Eight Colonies

Vol XV Issue II – Old Salem

Vol XV Issue III – The House of John Imlay

Vol XV Issue IV – A Pre-Revolutionary Annapolis House Pt.1

Vol XV Issue V – A Pre-Revolutionary Annapolis House Pt.2

Vol XV Issue VI – Annapolis on the Seventh

1930 – Volume XVI

Vol XVI Issue I – Montpelier the Snowden-Long House

Vol XVI Issue II – Early American Windows

Vol XVI Issue III – Gunston Hall Fairfax County Virginia

Vol XVI Issue IV – Colonial Maryland

Vol XVI Issue V – Wye House Talbot County Maryland

Vol XVI Issue VI – Public Buildings Pt.1

1931 – Volume XVII

Vol XVII Issue I – The Builders Companion Pt.1

Vol XVII Issue II – The Builders Companion Pt.2

Vol XVII Issue III – Architectural Inspiration from Northern Virginia

Vol XVII Issue IV – The Charm of Old San Antonio

Vol XVII Issue V – Anne Arundel County Maryland

Vol XVII Issue VI – Small Colonial Houses

2006-08 – Volume XXVII

Vol XXVII Issue I – A Historical Perspective

Vol XXVII Issue II – Modern Applications of Historical Species

Vol XXVII Issue III – White Pine Adds to Island Living Ambiance

2009 – Volume XXVIII

Vol XXVIII Issue I – Portsmouth New Hampshire

Vol XXVIII Issue II – Sustainable Versatility

2010 – Volume XXIX

Vol XXIX Issue I – New Milford

Vol XXIX Issue II – Newburyport

2011 – 2014 Volume XXX

Vol XXX Issue I – Sandwich New Hampshire

Vol XXX Issue II – Lumber and Sons

Vol XXX Issue III – Making the Grade

2014 – Volume XXVI (XXXI)

Vol. XXVI – The Next Generation – Architectural Students Design to Feature Eastern White Pine

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