Preliminary Guide to Environmental Sources
Cornell University. Cornell University Libraries. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
- Adams, Armand, 1911-1983. Papers, 1947-1967.
11.4 cubic ft, 1 tape recording.
Armand Adams (Cornell University Class of 1931, LL.B.1934) was an Ithaca, New York attorney who served on several state legislative committees and commissions, many of which dealt with conservation, water pollution and public health.
Printed matter, bound volumes, correspondence, clippings relating to the New York State Constitutional Convention, 1967, the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Revision of Conservation Law, 1955-1964, and state water pollution legislation, 1947-1961; and tape recording of talk to Rotary Club, 1967.
Notebooks, correspondence, and publications pertaining to water resources law, primarily relating to Cayuga Lake. Includes material from the Citizens Committee to Save Cayuga Lake, Cornell University Water Resources and Marine Sciences Center, Tompkins County Environmental Management Council, Regional Water Resources Planning Board, and New York State Water Pollution Control Board.
Finding aids: Boxes 1-10 have folder list by donor. Boxes 11-12 have folder list and publications list.
- Adams, Bristow, 1875-1957. Bristow Adams papers, 1853-1970, 1862-1957
15.1 cubic ft; 18 drawings.
Journalist, artist, and forester. Bristow Adams worked for the United States Forest Service from 1906-1915, when he became publication editor for the New York State College of Agriculture. He established courses in journalism at Cornell and served as faculty advisor for track, athletics, and several student publications. Elmer E. Farmer Creighton was Adams' brother-in-law.
Consists primarily of papers of Bristow Adams (1875-1957), journalist, professor, forester, and illustrator. Correspondence, published and unpublished articles, press releases, illustrations, newspapers, pamphlets, clippings, posters, and periodicals document his journalistic career beginning with his early work on THE PATHFINDER (1894-1895), a current affairs weekly published in Washington, D.C., of which he was a co-founder and associate editor, and including editorial responsibilities on Stanford University student publications, THE DAILY PALO ALTO, THE STANFORD SEQUOIA, and a college humor magazine, THE STANFORD CHAPPARAL, of which he was a founder; work on Washington, D.C. journals, WASHINGTON LIFE, AMERICAN SPECTATOR, and FORESTRY AND IRRIGATION; his work as publications program director for the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University (1914-1945); and his editorship of CORNELL PLANTATIONS (1944-1957). Also documenting his student years are sketches of fur seals and other drawings done in the Pribilof Islands while he was an artist for the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission (1897); lecture notes, essays, and college memorabilia; and many letters to his mother, Ada G. Harrison Adams. Numerous photographs document his work for the United States Forest Service (1906-1914).
Other activities while Adams was at Cornell are evidenced by teaching materials from his courses in journalism and conservation of natural resources; photographs of the Cornell track team, for which he was faculty advisor for twenty-five years; student publications, THE DELICATE BROWN and THE CORNELL WIDOW, for which he was faculty advisor; scripts for radio programs regularly broadcast on WGY, Schenectady, N.Y, or WHCU, Ithaca, N.Y; and many speeches and creative writings, poetry, jokes, plays and short stories. Also include many drawings, paintings, and scrapbooks of clippings (1908-1956) chronicling his life, including his brief tenure as director of the WPA writers' project in New York and his participation in municipal politics as an alderman and, on occasion, acting mayor of Ithaca, N.Y (1946-1954). His numerous correspondents include Henry G. Alsberg, Margaret Bourke-White, Sherwin Cody, Charles Collingwood, Edmund Ezra Day, A.W. Gibson, David B. Greenberg, Lester W. Herzog, David Starr Jordan, Russell Lord, Deane W. Malott, Albert R. Mann, Gifford Pinchot, Anastasia J. Romanoff, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Harold M. Schmeck, Jr., Jacob Gould Schurman, William Howard Taft, Robert E. Treman, Peter Vischer, E.B. White, and Lee A. White. His family life is reflected by extensive correspondence with his wife, Luella Farmer Adams, and many other family members (1880-1957) and family photoprints.
This collection also contains papers of Adams' father, Crawford Cadwallader Adams (1839-85), primarily concerning his Civil War service in the 14th Ohio Infantry, but also including his certificate of appointment as a Special Agent of the Treasury Department (1877) and a journal containing excerpts from his correspondence with his future wife, Ada G. Harrison; and papers of Elmer E. Farmer Creighton (1878-1928), electrical engineer, primarily letters from his mother, Eleanor Creighton Farmer, brothers, Fred B. Farmer and Clyde C. Farmer, sister, Luella Farmer Adams, friends, and professional colleagues written to him while he was studying and teaching at Stanford University (1891-1897, 1901), participating in the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission expedition to the Pribilof Islands (1897), studying at the Sorbonne in Paris (1898-1900), and working for the Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company, Pittsfield, MA (1901-1904) and for the General Electric Company and Union College, Schenectady, N.Y (1904-1927), after the Stanley Company became part of General Electric; also includes letters from others to his mother, who lived with him during the 1920's, technical notes, clippings, information concerning a gold mine he operated, and college memorabilia. Includes correspondence of Bristow Adams while he was a member of the Bering Sea Fur Seal Commission. Also, eighteen Ivy League athletic posters drawn by Adams.
Finding aids: Unpublished guide.
- American Nature Study Society. American Nature Study records,
5.2 cubic ft.
Includes correspondence of society secretary-treasurers Nellie Matlock (1937-1940) and Richard L. Weaver (1943-1949) and the Conservation Committee (1947-1949); correspondence (1947-1948) with the U.S. Department of the Interior, senators and congressmen, Izaak Walton League, Ecologists Union, National Council of State Garden Clubs, and other groups concerning legislation on national parks, grazing lands, irrigation and reclamation projects, and other aspects of forest, soil, and wildlife conservation and national land use policy; letters dealing with annual meetings and with the printing and distribution of CANADIAN NATURE, the official publication of the society. Also, newsletters, membership lists, marked ballots, minutes, reports, memoranda, offprints, pamphlets, programs, accounts, constitutions and other printed items. Also, correspondence, announcements, and membership and mailing lists of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Natural Resources Council of America and resolutions and press releases of the National Parks Association.
Also, correspondence of Ephraim Laurence Palmer, professor of rural education at Cornell University, officer and active member of the society, with Bertha Chapman Cady, William L. Finley, George R. Green, Edith Patch, Ellen Eddy Shaw, Otis W. Caldwell, C. Girard Davidson, George Free, Ruth Miriam Gillmore, Samuel H. Ordway, Jr., L.B. Sharp, Dwight E. Solberger, Edwin Way Teale, William Gould Vinal, Richard W. Westwood, and Farida Wiley.
- Brown, Stuart M., Jr. Stuart M. Brown, Jr. papers, 1943-1986.
1.2 cubic ft.
Stuart MacDonald Brown, Jr. received a BA from Cornell in 1939 and a PhD in 1942. He served as an assistant, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Philosophy Department, becoming chairman in 1953. An authority in the philosophy of ethics and political theory, he served as editor of the Philosophical Review from 1950 to 1954 and from 1959 to 1961. In 1963 he was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for Academic Affairs in 1968. In 1970, he was appointed to the latter position at the University of Hawaii. He returned to Cornell in 1974 to become the executive director of the the Humanistic Implications of Science and Technology Project in Cornell's Program on Science, Technology and Society. He became professor emeritus in 1987.
Class schedules, lecture notes, photocopies of readings, and other course material for Biology and Society courses including Professional Ethics, 1983-1986; Biomedical Ethics, 1981; and Environmental Ethics, 1981-1982.
Includes letters and photographs deriving from Brown's military service during World War II, including time spent in Czechoslovakia.
- Call, David L. David L. Call papers, 1977-1995.
67 cubic ft.
Dean, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), 1977-1995.
Records of Dean David L. Call include materials pertaining to various departments of the college; other colleges at Cornell University; the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York; the Cornell Board of Trustees and administration; Cornell Plantations; SUNY; CALS Alumni Association; Isles of Shoals; the Sea Grant Institute; Boyce Thompson Institute; New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; New York State Council of Farmer Cooperatives; the Council of Agricultural Organizations; Agway, Inc., Agricultural Resources Commission; and the Environmental Protection Agency. Included are minutes, reports, statements, correspondence, speeches and other items concerning pesticide use and environmental issues, bovine hormone use, agricultural extension, rural development, pest control, migrant labor, agricultural policies, soil and water conservation, legislative bills, investments, land-grant affairs, academic funding and tuition, development, budgets, admissions, faculty salaries and tenure, staff relations, affirmative action and minority affairs, sex discrimination, education programs, libraries, computers, campus planning and development, university policies and procedures, and other matters. Major correspondents include Frank Rhodes, Henry Uihlein, and Roy Carver.
Restricted to permission of the office of origin.
Finding aid: Guide available.
- Church Women United in the Schenectady Area. Church Women United
in the Schenectady Area records, 1935-1997.
2.1 cubic ft.
Includes constitutions, minutes of and agenda for meetings, correspondence and memoranda, clippings and programs, and yearly schedules of events; rosters of officers, members, and committee chairmen; attendance sheets; president's and secretary's annual reports, reports of the nominating and executive committees and committees in charge of arranging for such celebrations and observances as May Fellowship Day, World Community Day, and World Day of Prayer; treasurer's reports, budget proposals, and other financial records; and group photographs, programs, biographical data on speakers, newsletters, and miscellaneous items having to do with the aims and activities of the organization. Also, mimeographed and printed material with relevant correspondence and notes concerning its affiliation or cooperation with local, national, and international organizations devoted to the betterment of mankind, among them the American Host Program, Charlton School (Saratoga County), Church Women United in New York State, Church World Service, Committee of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Viet Nam, Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County, Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady, Family Court (New York State), League of Women Voters, Literacy Volunteers, Inc. (Syracuse), National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, National Council for Church Women (later CWU), National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., New York State Council of Churches, Red Cross, Schenectady Area Peace Center, Schenectady Area Council of Churches, Volunteer Bureau of the Community Welfare Council of Schenectady County, Women in Community Service (Washington), and the United Nations. Also included are similar records of predecessor organizations, the Women's Missionary Federation of Schenectady (1935- ), and the Schenectady Council of Church Women (1948-1957), and incomplete runs of the annual reports (1956/1957, 1971/1972) of Church Women United in New York State and its quarterly, TOGETHER (1967-1972).
Finding aid: Folder list.
- Citizens Committee to Save Cayuga Lake. Records, 1968-1975.
2.3 cubic ft.
Most correspondence and some articles are photocopies. The committee was headed by David D. Comey as executive director; Cornelia H. Hill was chairman, and Alfred W. Eipper headed the Scientific Advisory Committee. Newsletters, news releases, pamphlets, reports of the committee and other groups, hearings, slides and text of slide lecture, correspondence, reprints, articles and clippings documenting the group's successful effort to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant on Cayuga Lake by the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG). Material largely deals with the environmental impact of nuclear power, especially thermal pollution. Finding aids: Unpublished guide.
- Conklin, Gordon T. Gordon T. Conklin oral histories, 1984-1985.
3 tape recordings. 132 pages of transcripts.
Editor of the AMERICAN AGRICULTURIST, a Northeastern farm publication. Gordon T. Conklin received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell in 1949 and 1950; worked as a farm loan manager in the Delhi (New York) National Bank, 1950-52; served in the army as a corporal, 1952-54; was an assistant Cayuga County agricultural extension agent, 1954-59; and from 1959 to 1962 was associate editor and later editor of the AMERICAN AGRICULTURIST.
Tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews with Conklin conducted by Laurie K. Todd, 1984-85. Includes his personal history and observations of people and events that have shaped New York agriculture: growing up on a farm in Cuba, New York; student experiences; professioanl experiences as a farm loan officer, agricultural extension agent, and editor; the relationship between the AMERICAN AGRICULTURIST and THE RURAL NEW YORKER, the New York State Farm Bureau, Dairymen's League (now Dairylea), Eastern Milk Producers, New York State Grange and the Grange Laegue Federation, and the New York State College of Agriculture; impressions of how politics influenced the production of sugar beets in Cayuga County during the 1960s, agricultural tax laws, efforts to preserve farm land, and the use of pesticides.
Forms part of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Historical Documentation Project.
Subjects: Agricultural chemicals -- Environmental aspects.
- Conklin, Howard. Howard Conklin papers, 1949-1982.
21 cubic ft.
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Resources and Managerial Economics.
Correspondence, course material and class lecture notes, professional writings, extension surveys and followups, subject files, project statements, material relating to Cornell University, and subject files relating to the New York State Land Use Committee and the New York State Agricultural Resource Commission.
- Cornell University. Cooperative Extension. Cornell University
Cooperative Extension records, 1944-1992.
42.6 cubic ft.
Cooperative Extension Administration files regarding county extension associations; Cornell departments including Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Animal Science, Botany, Conservation, Entomology, Food Science, Plant Breeding and Biometry, Rural Sociology, Communication Arts, and Buildings and Grounds; committees and special projects; community resource development; project summaries, 1914-1965; some annual summaries of county farm bureaus and home bureaus. Also, miscellaneous files on dairy herd improvement, 1919; farm management, 1917-1918; National Board of Farm Organizations, 1919; New York State Dept. of Health; New York State Grange, 1918-1919; agricultural conservation, 1936; Farm and Home Week, 1930-1942; farm debt adjustment and debt reconciliation, 1934; farm forestry program, 1939; Farm Bureau Federation, 1938 and 1940; rural electrification program, 1936-1942; rural housing, 1946-1947; and World War II activities. Files of Lincoln Kelsey, primarily relating to Cornell United Religious work and to the Christian Rural Fellowship movement; radio speech scripts, 1932-1941; and negotiations about the Bartlett Club, 1947. Also, Annual Reports (1944-1960); "On the Extension Line" (1968-1992); and "Perspectives" (1992), and two student papers on Extension written by Lucinda Noble (1959).
Financial records regarding the publication of the BULLETIN and EXPERIMENT STATION MEMOIR, published by Cooperative Extension for the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Ithaca. Includes material on Hurricane Agnes and the Flood of 1972; Extension Faculty Resources material; and records relating to the New York State Association of Extension Home Economists, and the American Home Economics Association.
Finding aid: Box list.
- Cornell University. Dept. of Conservation. Cornell Conservation
Department slides, 1949-1965.
.3 cubic ft.
Slides showing activities of the Cornell Conservation Department (later the Department of Natural Resources), mostly concerning Arnot Forest camp construction and development.
Subjects: Conservation of natural resources.
- Cornell University. Department of Natural Resources. Cornell
University Department of Natural Resources records, 1909-1983.
24.4 cubic ft.
Includes annual reports, monthly reports, bulletins, plans of work, field notes, slides of Cornell campus and activities, radio talks, publications, photographs, committee records, drawings, subject files, and other materials of the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, formerly the Conservation Department. Also, 1939 report on land use in Arnot Forest and slides and photographs used in a 1983 master's thesis by Wayne Hartz.
- Cornell University. Office of Regional Resources and Development.
Publications of the program include: Report of the Program and Operations of Cornell University from Sept. 1, 1965 through June 30, 1971; Highway Route Location in the Finger Lakes-Southern Tier Region, New York State; Historic Resources of the Finger Lakes - Southern Tier Region New York State (2 copies, one annotated); Nuclear Power Plant in the Finger Lakes-Southern Tier Region New York State; Regional Resources of the Finger Lakes - Southern Tier Region New York State, by Robert I. Mann, concerning city and regional planning, history, architecture, archaeological sites, and historic preservation in the Finger Lakes Region; Poverty in the Finger Lakes - Southern Tier Region New York State, edited by Pierre Clavel and William Goldsmith; A Regional Jetport for the Finger Lakes-Southern Tier Region New York State, 1970; Rural Lands and Owners in the Finger Lakes-Southern Tier Region New York State.
- Cornell University. Office of Senior Vice President. Title: Office
of the Senior Vice President records, 1973-1989.
17 cubic ft.
Records of Senior Vice President William G. Herbster include correspondence, applications, minutes, reports, and other material pertaining to campus buildings; parking; budgets; planning; energy conservation; tuition; the Cornell Medical School and Nursing School; the National Institutes of Health; Boyce-Thompson Institute; CALSPAN (Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory); Shoals Marine Laboratory; Africana Studies; minority education; South Africa; Frontlash; the Freedom of Information Act; labor relations, personnel policy, and wages; the Self Governance Commission; Title IX, affirmative action, and the Bakke case; the Status of Women Committee; the Cornell University Press; computers; the Cranch, Bucklin, and Schultz Committees; alumni; athletics; Johnson Wax; and the June Fessenden-Raden Study. Names included are William V. Campbell, Deane Malott, Laing Kennedy, Richard Moran, William A. Stowe, Ken Kraft, James L. Jones, Christine H. B. Grant, William B. Putnam, Carl R. Meyer, Richard S. Sakala, Mrs. Morris Bishop, June Fessenden-Raden, Matthew McHugh, William Pierpont, Ben Bluitt, Howard Molisani, and Harold Uris.
- Cornell University. Vice President for Social and Environmental
Studies. Records, 1969.
2 cubic ft.
Records concerning the Cornell Center for Environmental Quality Management, the Center for Housing and Environmental Studies, and other Cornell environmental study centers; student intern and work study programs; reports; and related records; includes files of Lisle Carter.
- Corson, Dale R. Dale R. Corson papers, 1963-1977.
134.9 cubic ft.
Dale R. Corson was named chairman of the Physics Dept. at Cornell University in 1956, Dean of the College of Engineering in 1959, Provost in 1963, and President in 1969, a position he held until 1977.
The Dale R. Corson papers consist of office files, correspondence, and other material deriving chiefly from his provostship (1963-1969) and presidency of Cornell University (1963-1977). The papers illustrate the Corson administration reconstituting the University following the trauma of the 1969 student revolt and the negative publicity following the takeover of Willard Straight Hall; dealing with anti-war demonstrations and protests relative to other social and local issues; and surviving the university fiscal crisis of the early and mid 1970s. Subjects include long range financial planning, the endowment fund, relations with trustees, and the improved functioning of the university administration; also, relations with trustee special committes and the many formal and ad hoc university committees, social responsibility and investment policy, the cultivation of alumni support, relations with the University Faculty, relations with the New York State College of Agriculture, the New York State College of Human Ecology, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Cornell University Medical College, the School of Nursing, the Center for International Studies, the Center for Environmental Quality Management, the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, the Human Affairs Program, and the Society for the Humanities; the collection also documents the separation of Cornell and the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, and the growth of the Division of Biological Sciences.
Other subjects include the controversy surrounding Cornell United Religious Work and the role of Daniel Berrigan, the investigation of the Safety Division, the involvement of university employees in decision making and grievance procedures, the problems of parking and space needs, the issue of minority hiring on university construction projects, the building of the Campus Store, North Campus Dormitories, and several other facilities, the development of the Dept. of Physical Education and Athletics and intercollegiate athletics generally, and the investigation of Cornell by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The papers show the growth of the Personnel Dept. and the reorganization of the central administration, and the relations between Cornell and the Ivy League and other colleges, and with several educational and philanthropic foundations, including the American Council on Education, the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the American Association of University Professors, the Ford Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation. Similar files are concerned with university research and government funded research, and with relations with state and federal governments and corporations such as IBM and Xerox. Topics also include academic freedom and the rights and responsibilities of the University Faculty, representative governance, the University Senate, the Faculty Council of Representatives, and the Office of the Judicial Administrator.
Includes tape recordings of interviews conducted by Gould P. Colman, University Archivist.
Includes employment contracts, and correspondence with Frank R. Clifford.
Other subjects include the development of the Affirmative Action Program, the Africana Studies and Research Center, Ujamaa Residential College, and the associated difficulties arising from HEW guidelines pertaining to the college, and the needs of non-black minorities and international students. Other topics include the emergence of women's issues and programs, including the Women's Caucus, the Women's Study Program, and the Committee on the Status of Women; student dissent, protest, and demonstration, and the administration's several means of dealing with them. There is ample documentation of the takeover of Carpenter Hall in 1972, and the vandalism on campus and in Collegetown; the administration's response to the use of drugs and the changing deportment of students, to the new attitudes concerning commencement, and to the demands and interests of several student groups, including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Another issue is the involvement of students in matters of educational relevance, and the appearance of controversial speakers on campus. Major correspondents include Morton Adams, J. Robert Barlow, Mark Barlow, Max Black, Derek C. Bok, Ernest L. Boyer, Stuart M. Brown, Patricia J. Carry, Lisle C. Carter, Van Alan Clark, W. Donald Cooke, Edmund T. Cranch, H. Justin Davidson, Arthur H. Dean, Mary H. Donlon (Alger), Thomas Gold, Henry Guerlac, William D. Gurowitz, Jackson O. Hall, David B. Hayter, Delridge Hunter, Herbert F. Johnson, Alfred E. Kahn, and Robert J. Kane.
Other correspondents include William R. Keast, John G. Kemeny, W. Keith Kennedy, David C. Knapp, Samuel A. Lawrence, Paul J. Leurgans, Harry Levin, Sol M. Linowitz, Franklin A. Long, Thomas W. Mackesey, Deane W. Malott, Paul L. McKeegan, Robert D. Miller, Robert S. Morison, Steven Muller, Floyd R. Newman, Benjamin Nichols, Jansen Noyes, Nicholas H. Noyes, Ewald B. Nyquist, Robert D. O'Brien, John M. Olin, Spencer T. Olin, Charles E. Palm, Kermit C. Parsons, Norman Penney, James A. Perkins, Arthur H. Peterson, Robert A. Plane, Robert W. Purcell, Richard M. Ramin, Gustav J. Requardt, Robert F. Risley, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Thomas R. Rogers, Byron W. Saunders, Andrew S. Schultz, Robert A. Scott, Alain Seznec, Robert L. Sproull, Neal R. Stamp, Thomas L. Tobin, James E. Turner, Henry G. Vaughan, J. Carlton Ward, John H. Whitlock, Philip Will, Diedrich K. Willers, L. Pearce Williams, and Theodore P. Wright.
Access restriction: Restricted to permission of the President's Office until 2007.
Finding aid: Unpublished guide with index.
- Dalrymple, Daniel M., 1904-. Daniel M. Dalrymple oral history,
interview by Laurie K. Todd, 1982.
Published: Ithaca, N.Y. : New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Historical Documentation Program, 1982.
3 tape recordings. 218 pages of transcript.
Agricultural administrator and consultant, agricultural extension agent, farmer. Daniel M. Dalrymple graduated from Cornell University in 1928. He served as an agricultural extension agent in Seneca County from 1928-1932 and in Niagara County from 1932 to 1946. He operated a farm in Niagara County and served as Secretary of the New York State Horticultural Society from 1946 until 1959 when he became deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which he left in 1973. Mr. Dalrymple also served as Secretary of the New York State Council of Agricultural Organizations and as a consultant to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Three interviews with Daniel M. Dalrymple, conducted by Laurie K. Todd in 1982. Mr. Dalrymple's personal history and observations of people and events that have shaped New York agriculture: childhood on a farm in Chemung County, New York; impressions of Cornell professors and courses; recollections about being an Extension agent, including relationships with Grange, efforts to encourage dairy farming in Seneca County, organizing spray service for fruit and vegetable farmers, maintaining local appropriations during the Depression, relations with Niagara Sprayer Co., advising the Nigara County draft board during World War II, establishment of local cooperative farm credit service, purchase of land in Niagara County for the Manhattan Project, trade between Niagara County and Canada, concern about increased emphasis in Extension on social programs and growth of administration, and relations between New York Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture; recollections of fruit farming including organizing a local cooperative to process sweet cherries and the construction of controlled atmosphere storage for apples; service as secretary of New York State Horticultural Society.
Service as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, including division of responsibilities with Don J. Wickham and John H. Stone, policy of non-interference toward agriculture, impressions of Nelson Rockefeller, assessment of the Department of Environmental Conservation, regulation of agricultural chemicals, control of golden nematode and Dutch Duck Disease on Long Island; observations of lobbyists in Albany; work as consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency including the use of DDT, impressions of William Doyle Ruckelshaus and Russell Errol Train; impressions of William I. Myers, Robert F. Flacke, Edward S. Foster, George F. Warren, and others.
Access restriction: Transcript: access restricted to permission of donor during his lifetime. Tapes and transcript: permission of donor required in order to cite, quote, or reproduce.
- Dorsey, Bert Joseph. Bert Joseph Dorsey papers, 1877-1964.
1.2 cubic ft.
Farmer. Bert Dorsey was a farmer in the town of Leon, Cattaraugus County, New York. He was also chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. Correspondence, financial reports, clippings, and other items relating to the Board of Supervisors, mostly 1939-51; the County Agricultural Society and its fairs, 1953-64; home front activities in World Wars I and II; forest conservation; the Salamanca Red Cross, the Lions Club, and the Little Valley Rod and Gun Club. There are also notes on Dorsey cheese and ice cream manufacturing interests and on Dorsey's local history publications; family records and genealogical data with related correspondence for the Cottrell, Beyerle, and Dorsey families. Other materials are stock certificates, gas leases, record of gas wells in the Leon Pool, and incorporation certificate of Leon Gas Company; and title searches, deeds, and mortgages for property in Cattaraugus County, 1877-1930.
Finding aid: Folder list.
Described in REPORT OF THE CURATOR AND ARCHIVIST, 1962-66.
- Empire State Forest Products Association. Empire State Forest
Products Association records, 1917-1961.
4.2 cubic ft.
Minutes and reports of annual meetings and committees, financial reports, membership lists, circular letters, surveys, pamphlets, articles, scrapbook and photographs. Also, material concerning forest fires, pest damage and control, and legislation affecting the forest industry, the "Keep New York Green" Committee and use of wood as fuel during World War I.
Described in REPORT OF THE CURATOR AND ARCHIVIST, 1950-54, 1958-62.
Related collection: Northeastern Wood Utilization Council. Records, #1964.
Related collection: Arthur Bernard Recknagel. Papers, #1891.
- Farm Family Decision Making Project. Farm Family Decision Making
Project oral histories and records, 1966-1982.
327 tape recordings. 594 transcripts (21,362 pp.)
Biannual conversations with adults and children eight and older, individually and in family groups, in a panel of thirty-three New York and Iowa farm families concerning how the occupation of farming is organized and conducted. Topics include activities of family members and employees, daily and weekly, by season; aspirations, expectations, and responsibilities attributed to the self, other family members, and employees; obtaining and evaluating information; extent of involvement in decisions attributed to self, other family members, and employees; conflict between generations in the family and its resolution; reproducing the stem family; establishing and maintaining boundaries between in-laws and stem family, between family and outsiders, and between rural and urban culture; conflict between rural and urban culture; connections and barriers between production and family within occupation; means for evaluation in production and family sectors; mate selection; determining priorties; meaning of work, labor, tasks, chores, and recreation; task differentiation by gender; using and compensating hired and family labor; reserve labor; programs and forms of emotional and financial support; capital formation; credit; sources of income; marketing farm commodities; land use and conservation; record keeping; adoption and use of production and household technology; apprenticeship education; and values attached to consumption.
Other topics discussed are the form, timing, and quantity of rewards to family members and employees; distinction between ownership and control of farm resources; religious participation; farm maintenance; soil conservation; formal and informal training; dairy farming; poultry farming; apple production; 4-H clubs; farm organizations; U.S. agricultural colleges; the United States Department of Agriculture; Cooperative Extension; and related topics.
Also includes "The Game," with playing board, markers, cards, money, and rules, used in facilitating interviews, January, 1971; and files of Gould P. Colman including drafts of case studies, memos to project leaders, memos to farm family participants, planning exercises, checklists, and other papers, 1974-1982.
Access restrictions: Access restricted. Use restricted.
- Federation of New York State Bird Clubs. Federation of New York
State Bird Clubs records, 1946-1996.
1.8 cubic ft.
From its first organizational meeting in Rochester in 1946, the Federation served as a mechanism for birders in the state to share their ideas and experiences and to promote research, education, and conservation. The Federation numbered more than forty bird clubs in 1992, with a combined membership of over twenty thousand birders. It is governed by a council of delegates representing those clubs. Individual memberships are also accepted. Many 20th century ornithologists and prominent birders in New York State have been associated with the Federation, serving as club officers and contributing to "The Kingbird" such as Peter Paul Kellogg, Arthur A. Allen, Winston Brockner, Eugene Eisenmann, and Sally Hoyt Spofford.
Materials relating to the organization's history and ongoing business, including minutes of meetings, membership rosters, announcements, and programs of annual meetings, photographs, news clippings, "New York Birders" from 1971, "The Kingbird" from 1950, correspondence and special projects such as the New York State Avian Records Committee, and the New York State Bird Book Committee. The bulk of the material was collected by Federation co-founder Dr. Gordon Meade, until his death in 1990, with correspondence of Dr. Foster Gambrell contributed by Charles A, Rousse of the Eaton Birding Society. Material collected by Mary Ann Sunderlin, who held numerous executive positions in the Federation:
Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secrtary, and Vice President, was donated to the Federation after her death in 1992. The complete set of "New York Birders," 1871-1993 was collected by Stanley Lincoln, President of the Federation from 1991-1993.
- Fernow, Bernhard Eduard, 1851-1923. Papers, 1885-1930.
2.7 cubic ft.
Bernhard Fernow was Chief of the Division of Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture (1886-1898), and Director of the New York State College of Forestry at Cornell University (1898-1903).
Includes manuscripts of speeches and articles by Fernow concerning forestry, forest legislation, and the Division of Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture; letters concerning the history of forestry and forest legislation in the United States; correspondence related to Fernow's position at Cornell, with J. Sterling Morton, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, with commercial firms in the United States and Germany, and with the New York State Forest, Fish and Game Commission; scrapbooks of clippings concerning forestry, the College of Forestry at Cornell, artificial rain making, and Fernow himself; corrected printer's proof of his book ECONOMICS OF FORESTRY; and family correspondence. Also includes correspondence between Fernow and Captain Ahern, head of the Philippine forestry service, concerning the recruitment of foresters to serve under Ahern, and including remarks on the alleged mismanagement of Philippine forests by the Spanish, 1900-1902.
Finding aids: Preliminary box listing.
- Greeley and Hansen, Engineers. Greeley and Hansen, Engineers
4 cubic ft.
Series headings: consulting reports, published articles, pamphlets. Arranged chronologically within series.
Consulting reports, reprints, and articles pertaining to water resources and sanitation projects written by Samuel A. Greeley, Paul Hansen, their staff, and others.
- Hiteman Leather Company. Hiteman Leather Company records, 1898-1968.
30.0 cubic ft.
Correspondence, financial and business records for the Hiteman Leather Company, West Winfield, New York, including information on shoe industry trends, industry newsletters and detailed material concerning daily maintenance of a tannery operation. Financial records include invoices, cash receipts, checks and cash payments, daybooks, quarterly financial statements, receipted bills and remittances. Production records include skin lot orders, skins received and processed, processing, color and grade of leather, soak books, dying processes and color formulas. Also includes correspondence and reports on sanitary sewage treatment and water pollution, 1960-1967. Chief correspondents for the company, 1915-1967, are William H. Hiteman, George Hiteman, Ralph Toye, Ralph Pleatman, Gordon Davis and Allen N. Bennett.
Finding aids: Folder list
- Hosmer, Ralph Sheldon, b1874. Ralph Sheldon Hosmer papers, 1885-1941.
27.3 cubic ft.; c. 83 c.f.
Professor of Forestry, Cornell University; Superintendant of Forestry and Head of the Territorial Division of Forestry in Hawaii. Correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, and printed matter concerning the Department of Forestry at Cornell, including curriculum material, minutes of staff meetings, and reports; correspondence pertaining to the forestry education situation in New York. Includes Hosmer's student notes at Harvard (1891-1894), notes on Central Park (1895), a diary (1897-1898), papers and articles by Hosmer and others, manuscripts of radio talks. Also, clippings concerning Hamilton Littlefield, Jesse Hoyt, and Edward F. Loud, 19th century Michigan "lumber kings." Also, material pertaining to the Society of American Foresters, American Forestry Association, Empire State Forest Products Association, U.S. Forest Service, Institute of Forest Genetics, State College Council, New York State Forestry and Park Association, and the New York State Forestry Association.
Finding aids: Box list available.
- Kennedy, W. Keith, 1919-. W. Keith Kennedy papers, 1971-1978
47 cubic ft.
Dean of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1972-1978.
Administrative correspondence, reports, proposals, financial records, and other material documenting the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and Kennedy's deanship from 1972to 1978. The papers show the relation of the College and the University, the State University of New York, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the United States Department of Agriculture, and New York State agriculture generally, on issues of environmental concern, water resources, agricultural research, migrant labor, agricultural finance, agricultural technology, and matters of University operation. Other issues and organizations cited include the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension, the Sea Grant project, Agway, Inc., and Cornell's Division of Biological Sciences. Major correspondents include Charles E. Palm, Nyle C. Brady, Mark Barlow, and R. D. O'Brien.
Finding aids: Guide available.
Access restriction: Restricted to permission of the Office of Origin.
- Kephart, George S., collector. George S. Kephart, Collector family
3 cubic ft.
George S. Kephart is the great-grandson of Horace Mack, Sr. and Eliza Ann Ferris, and the grandson of Horace Mack, Jr. and Lucy Wheeler.
Legal documents, 1791-1897, include articles of agreement, deeds, mortgages, and property titles in and around Ithaca, New York, drawn up by Horace Mack, Sr. and Jr., Benjamin G. Ferris, and Joshua Ferris. Also included are affidavits of application for military land grants by Revolutionary War soldiers, 1818; maps of Tioga County (New York) township divisions, surveyed, 1808; will of Thomas Hathway bequeathing a portion of land to the Publick Universal Friend (Jemima Wilkinson), 1795; expense account, probably of Benjamin Ferris, for a trip to Albany, 1827; and correspondence between Mack and Ferris family members about banking, legal favors, and property interests. Personal papers include bills and receipts, 1804-1902; a deed for land in Montgomery County, New York for John Shelly signed by Governor George Clinton; a well water analysis, Ithaca, New York, 1895; manuscripts on local history, 1901, 1975; and miscellaneous correspondence. Also, material concerning the Riley and Kephart families. Correspondence of Horace Kephart and printed material pertaining to his work as a naturalist and early advocate for establishing the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
- Ladd, Carl E. 1888-1943. Carl E. Ladd papers, 1932-1943.
23.5 cubic ft.
Dean, New York State College of Agriculture, 1932-1943. The Carl E. Ladd papers consist entirely of material relating tothe New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University, and include correspondence, typescripts, reports, drafts and publications concerning his deanship of the College and its administration from 1932 to 1943, particularly regarding its relationship with the state and federal governments, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York and National Granges, the Association of Land Grant Colleges and State Universities, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the New York State Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, the New York State Farm and Home Bureau Federations, the Dairymen's League Cooperative Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Grange League Federation. Subjects include the economic crisis in agriculture in the 1930s, the fluctuations and problems of the dairy industry, rural electrification, soil conservation, Dutch elm disease, agricultural research, economics, and legislation, the American Agriculturist, Four-H Clubs, Dairymen's League Cooperative Association, Farm and Home Week, extension work, and the role of the New York State College of Agriculture in World War II.
Major correspondents include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Howard E. Babcock, Frank E. Gannett, Leonard K. Elmhirst, William I. Myers, Edward R. Eastman, Arthur A. Allen, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Reuben Brigham, Martin P. Catherwood, Edmund Ezra Day, Mary H. Donlon, Livingston Farrand, Herbert H. Lehman, Frank B. Morrison, Lithgow Osborn, Lloyd R. Simons, and Leland Spencer.
Finding aid: Unpublished guide and index.
- Land use and water resources committees materials, 1935-1941.
.8 cubic ft.
Correspondence, project outlines, minutes, memoranda, reports, lists of committee members, relating to utilization of land and water resources in New York State.
- Lord, Bert, 1869-1939. Papers, 1902-1939.
18 cubic ft.
Businessman, politician. Bert Lord was born in Sanford, Broome County, New York, and attended public schools and the Afton Union School and Academy. He engaged in the mercantile business in Afton, New York, from 1863 to 1918, when he entered the lumber business and operated sawmills; served as supervisor of the Town of Afton, 1905-1915; member of the New York Assembly, 1915-1922 and 1924-1929; served as Commissioner of Motor Vehicles of the State of New York, 1921-1923; member of the state Senate, 1929-1935; was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congress, serving until his death in 1939.
Political business, and personal papers consisting mainly of correspondence, but also including scrapbooks, loose newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other printed or mimeographed material, copies of speeches, legal documents, and accounts. Correspondence for the period when Lord was supervisor of the Town of Afton is concerned mainly with Chenango County politics, road construction, the Chenango County Tuberculosis Hospital, and the operation of the direct primary. Correspondence for the time during which Lord was was a member of the New York Assembly and the state Senate deals with the internal affairs of the legislature and also contains a considerable volume of letters from constituents and colleagues on farm abandonment, the shortage of farm labor, and other agricultural problems; milk quality and prices, oleomargarine production and sale, and other dairy industry issues; teachers' salaries and pensions, nurses' salaries, and veterans' benefits; the gasoline tax, highway construction, and motor vehicle legislation; banking and insurance legislation; forestry and fish and game laws; local option and prohibition; minimum wage and maximum hour, workmen's compensation, and other labor laws; movie regulation and censorship, Sunday observance, boxing regulation, women's prison reform, and public health; the exclusion of the five Socialists from the Assembly (1920); and numerous other matters of public concern.
Correspondence for the two terms Lord served as Congressman from the 34th New York District includes numerous letters from constituents concerning current economic conditions, federal tax policy, the Townsend Plan, the operation of the Wages and Hours Law (1938), Social Security, unemployment compensation, veterans' pensions, and tariff legislation, particularly that affecting imported shoes; the Agricultural Adjustment Act, Civilian Conservation Corps, Farm Security Administration, Home Owners Loan Corporation, Public Works Administration, Railroad Retirement Act, Resettlement Administration, Supreme Court reorganization plan, Tennessee Valley Authority, and various other aspects of the New Deal; United States naval power and other questions of national defense; immigration and naturalization policies, neutrality legislation, the situations in China, Ethiopia, and Spain, and other matters pertaining to American foreign policy. In addition, there are approximately four hundred letter (1914-1938) between Lord and members of the Republican Party organization, in which finances and support given candidates for various offices are discussed. Lord's business papers (1902-1932) consist of correspondence and accounts of Lord & McHugh, general merchandise store at Afton, and letters concerning his timber land and lumber mill interests, especially the sale of railroad ties and mine props to the Hudson Coal Company and the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Company; personal correspondence concerns family matters and trips made to Europe and Florida. The Lord scrapbooks (8 vols., 1915-1937) contain clippings from newspapers and magazines, photographs, and other items pertaining to Lord's political career and to events on the state and national scene. Correspondents include William H. Anderson, William G. Andrews, Robert L. Bacon, Frank W. Barnes, Nelson P. Bonney, John Boyle, Jr., Charles L. Carrier, Glenn F. Carter, Nelson W. Cheney, John D. Clarke, Marian W. Clarke, Roland L. Davis, Thomas E. Dewey, John J. Dillon, George R. Dutton, Edward R. Eastman, Melvin C. Eastman, Melvin C. Eaton, George W. Fairchild, George R. Frearon, James D. Flanagan, James F. Forman, Edward B. Furry, Archie D. Gibbs, Charles S. Gibson, John Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Charles A. Harnett, Oswald D. Heck, Charles J. Hewitt, Homer Higley, James P. Hill, William H. Hill, Harold J. Hinman, Harvey DeForest Hinman, W.O. Hintermister, Cordell Hull, Irving M. Ives, George F. Johnson, J. Kennard Johnson, Samuel A. Jones, Carl E. Ladd, Herbert H. Lehman, Alfred A. Lord, Seymour Lowman, Clayton R. Lusk, John T. McNeil, Edmund H. Machold, W. Kingsland Macy, Joseph Martin, Jr., Nathan Miller, Ogden L. Mills, Abbott Low Moffat, Henry Morganthau, Jr., Reuben B. Oldfield, Tom O'Rourke, Daniel A. Reed, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., E.F. Runnells, Alfred E. Smith, Louis W. Stotesbury, Thaddeus C. Sweet, Gage E. Tarbell, James W. Wadsworth, Jr., George F. Warren, Charles Seymour Whitman, and numerous others. There are also letters from or concerning the New York State Agricultural Advisory Commission, American Defense Society, Anti-Saloon League, Civil Service Reform Association, Dairymen's League, W.H. Dunne Company, Magnolia Petroleum Company, New York Civic League, New York State Association of Real Estate Boards, New York State Women's Relief Corps Home (Oxford), Norwich Pharmacal Company, Otsego Forest Products Cooperative Association, Rock Royal Cooperative, South Coast and Northern Lumber Company, Wayne Lumber Company, and the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
Finding aids: Box list; list of correspondents.
Described in REPORT OF THE CURATOR AND ARCHIVIST, 1954-58.
- Matthes, Gerard Hendrik, 1874-1959. Gerard Hendrik Matthes papers,
33.3 cubic ft.
Gerard Hendrik Matthes was born on March 16, 1874, in Amsterdam, Holland. He and his twin brother, Francois Emile, travelled to the United States in 1891 to attend M.I.T. In 1895 Gerard became a draftsman and instrumentman with Alexis H. French, the Town Engineer for Brookline, Massachusetts. Gerard became a naturalized citizen in 1896. His appointment with the U.S. Government as Hydrographic Aid, U.S. Geological Survey in 1897 started an association with government service that lasted forty-five years. Francois became the Chief Topographer for the U.S. Geological Survey. Gerard Matthes' projects included an investigation of the sources of pollution and power potential of the Potomac River in 1897. In 1898 he was sent to southeastern Colorado to make plane table surveys of reservoir sites and learn about irrigation practices. He did a topographical survey of reservoir sites and much mapping of Colorado and Arizona in 1899.
In 1901 Matthes went on an expedition to Sumatra to observe a solar eclipse. In 1902 he was in charge of the computation division of the Water Resources Branch and helped in designing the first hydroelectric plant on the Susquehanna River. Also in 1902, he was selected by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior as the first Commissioner of the Reclamation Service. The need for construction of public works in the Oklahoma Territory brought him to Oklahoma in 1903 as the municipal engineer. In 1904 he married Mary Bewick. The first irrigation storage dam was completed by the Reclamation Service in 1906. Matthes resigned from the Reclamation Service and accepted a position with the Colorado Power Company. He was appointed Division Engineer for the Pennsylvania Water Commission in 1914, and was in charge of flood inventory. In 1915 he joined the staff of the Miami Conservancy District in Ohio.
Congress authorized the first water resources investigation for improvement of navigation, control of floods, development of hydroelectric power, and utilization of mineral resources in 1920. Along with the Tennessee Valley Authority Matthes first used aerial photography in this investigation. In 1923 he became a consultant for Fairchild Aerial Surveys, Inc. in New York City. He was appointed to the Committee on Photographic Surveying of the Board of Survey and Maps of the Federal Government in 1925.
As a U.S. Army Engineer Matthes was sent to Norfolk, Virginia in 1929. Along with General Ferguson, President of the Mississippi River Commission, Matthes, as Principal Engineer, took an inspection trip of the Mississippi River in 1932. In 1936 the largest hydraulic river model was built by the Waterways Experiment Station and in 1942 Matthes was made first Civilian Director of this department. He was made Water Consultant for President Roosevelt's National Resources Committee in 1936. As a consultant about flood control to the U.S. Army, Matthes was sent to Dennison, Texas in 1943. Also in 1943 Matthes was made an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers who also awarded him the Norman Medal in 1950. In 1945 he retired from federal service. Until 1953 Matthes remained president of the Rocky Mountain Hydraulic Laboratory at Allenspark, Colorado. He also continued to be a consultant for private and corporate projects until he died on March 3, 1959.
Professional papers of Gerard Hendrik Matthes, a hydraulic engineer and member of the U.S. Geological Survey, include material about projects investigating the Potomac, Susquehanna, Mississippi, Atchafalaya, Tennessee, Missouri, California, Ohio, and other rivers worldwide. Matthes was concerned about water policy, water conservation, and the legal aspects of of river and flood control.
The collection includes clippings, pamphlets, notes, reports, maps, surveys, blueprints, traverse books, binders, printed materials, volumes, photographs, and lantern slides on these subjects as well as on dam design, canals, irrigation, river geology, revetments, spillways, hydraulic design, and national resources. Personal papers include Matthes' writings and notes on topics such as entomology and paleobotany, as well as biographical information, scrapbooks, diaries, and photographs.
- Mid-Hudson Forest Products Cooperative. Records, 1941-1950.
5.5 cubic ft.
The Mid-Hudson Forest Products Cooperative was a producer-processor-user cooperative for wood products. Correspondence, reports, surveys, and other records concerning the cooperative's office administration, forest and watershed management, logging and forest products marketing, forest research, and economics. Also, correspondence files of several farms, forests and lumber associations in New York State; certificate of incorporation and bylaws; bonds, bankbooks, and cancelled check books; and tracings, blueprints, and sketch plans of forest areas worked by the cooperative. Also, bylaws and volume of blank membership certificates for the Eastern Forestry Association, Inc., New Paltz, New York. Farms and forests of the Mid-Hudson Forest Products Cooperative are located in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Putnam, Greene, Columbia, Westchester, and Rockland counties.
Finding aids: Folder list.
- Mottley, Charles M., 1905-1993. Charles M. Mottley papers, 1926-1992
.1 cubic ft.
Charles McCammon Mottley was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky and grew up in British Columbia. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and received a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Toronto. He taught at Cornell University in the Department of Entomology and Limnology from 1937 until the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the Navy. After the war, he worked as chief of inland fisheries research for the Department of the Interior, and later in research and development for the Air Force. In 1956 he became director of marketing and operations for Charles Pfizer Incorporated, and then general manager of the Stanford Research Institute. In 1962 he returned to Washington and served as director of the Center for Naval Analysis. He was also a consultant in strategic planning for various agencies.
Typescript and handwritten manuscripts and papers documenting Mottley's varied research interests in ichthyology and zoology, including salmon migration, Kamloops and rainbow trout, fisheries, taxonomy, fish population dynamics, and the relationship between environmental factors and applied ecology. Papers on fisheries written jointly with Russell F. Lord, C. W. Lyon, Jr., Daniel R. Embody, and H. John Rayner. Notes and reports relating to biostatistics of Paul Lake Trout Population including "Trout Investigation: 1931 Report," a handwritten manuscript probably by Mottley. Also, papers on strategic planning, policy making and biographical information and a bibliography of Mottley's writings.
- Murphy family. Timber lot, Tompkins County, miscellany, 1958.
"Report on Murphy Lot" prepared by James D. Pond, and newspaper clippings and photographs concerning virgin forest and conservation.
- National Forestry Program Committee. National Forestry Program
Committee records, 1920-1928, 1945-1947.
2 cubic ft.
The National Forestry Program Committee was established to secure national forest conservation legislation.
Correspondence, publicity materials, and publications concerning forestry conservation legislation. Chiefly correspondence of Roy S. Kellogg, chairman; circular letters, memoranda, resolutions, press releases and other publicity materials and miscellaneous printed and mimeographed items. Kellogg's correspondence with committee members, professional foresters, lumber dealers, and other lumber industry groups, conservation associations, farm organizations, newspaper publishers, Congressmen, and others concerns efforts to promote various conservation bills; correspondents include Edgar Allen, E.T. Allen, Shirley Allen, Philip W. Ayres, Elbert H. Baker, Hugh Potter Baker, John W. Blodgett, Warren B. Bullock, Ovid M. Butler, Earle Hart Clapp, Wilson M. Compton, Samuel Trask Dana, John Foley, David L. Goodwillie, William B. Greeley, William L. Hall, Gilbert M. Haugen, Ralph Sheldon Hosmer, Charles L. McNary, Barrington Moore, George N. Ostrander, Charles Lathrop Pack, Joseph Hyde Pratt, Arthur B. Recknagel, Paul G. Redington, Arthur C. Ringland, Percival Sheldon Risdale, Sherman Rogers, Edward A. Sherman, George W. Sisson, Jr., Bertrand H. Snell, Robert Y. Stuart, James William Toumey, Arthur T. Upson, and Raphael Zon. Aslo included is correspondence of Ralph Sheldon Hosmer and others concerning an article he wrote on the work of the committee, rough notes, and corrected drafts (1945-47).
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Agricultural Experiment Station oral histories, 1962-1965, 1982-1983.
Published: Ithaca, N.Y. : New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Historical Documentation Program.
Tape recordings and 1389 pages of transcript.
Tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews with Donald W. Barton, Paul J. Chapman, Arthur C. Dahlberg, Robert E. Doran, Arthur J. Heinicke, George J. Hucker, Roscoe E. Krauss, James D. Luckett, Carl S. Pederson, Charles B. Sayre, Jessie E. Sperry, Donald K. Tressler, and Richard Wellington. The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, New York is a unit of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University,Ithaca, New York. These interviews cover the research, administration, and public service contributions of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Scientists, administrators, support staff, and other Geneva residents were interviewed. Topics include: relationships of Geneva faculty and staff with their Ithaca campus counterparts, including coordination of research and administration on the 2 campuses, and with New York State farmers and agricultural organizations, especially the food processing industry; relationships of Geneva station with other American agricultural experiment stations; and research by Geneva scientists in entomology (including the use of pesticides and biological control), vegetable crops, viticulture, pomology, bacteriology, food science, and dairy science (including the transfer to dairy research to the Ithaca campus).
Also, development of Geneva physical facilities, especially after WWII and during the 1960's; Geneva publications; administration of substations in the Hudson Valley and Fredonia; procurement of funds; hiring and promotion of staff and administrators; conducting seed investigations in coordination with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets; influence of personality on Cornell's agricultural research and teaching; assessment of Cornell administrators; participation by Geneva staff in community activities. Personal histories are also included.
Access restricted in part.
Use restricted in part.
Some of the 1962-1965 tapes have been erased; only 5 minute excerpts remain.
- New York State College of Agriculture. Dept. of Forestry. Dept.
of Forestry records, 1937-1941.
1.3 cubic ft.
Records and correspondence pertaining to Extension Forestry projects with the Civilian Conservation Corps and the New York State Conservation Dept.; correspondents include Professor Joshua A. Cope.
- New York State College of Agriculture. Director of Research.
Water Conservation files, 1959-1965.
2 cubic ft.
Correspondence, subject files, and other papers created by the Office of the Director of Research pertaining to water conservation issues in New York State.
- New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dept.
of Natural Resources. New York State Sea Grant Extension Program records,
20.3 cubic ft.
Includes records of annual meetings, organizational records, budget and finance, Sea Grant Association newsletters, student abstracts and research paper competition, and historical files on universities, colleges, and businesses.
- New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dept.
of Soil, Crops, and Atmospheric Sciences. Dept. of Soil, Crops, and
Atmospheric Science records, 1900-1980.
13.4 cubic ft.
Records include a manuscript concerning the history of agronomy at Cornell University; eleven photograph albums pertaining to soils and crops, taken by Cornell professors E. O. Fippin, E. L. Worthen, Ernest VanAlstine, and others; correspondence and design material for Caldwell and Leland field houses, and Bradfield and Emerson Halls. Also, black and white photographs of department activities, 1950s and 1960s, and portraits of the faculty, 1920-1950. Also, photographic slides and photoprints and negatives (c.1905-1980), especially by Reeshon Feuer and Harry Kerr, of agronomic projects and tests; and Herbert B. Hartwig instructional materials for elementary agronomy.
Also, photographs, many well annotated, of 1930s and 1940s farm structures and equipment, soil conservation; framed print that served as a departmental registry of marriages; photgraph of Chinese trainees; slides, and other papers and records.
- New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Resource
Information Laboratory. Survey records of the Resource Information
Laboratory, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
225 cubic ft.
Data notebooks for New York State Land Use and Natural Resource Inventories.
Finding aids: Unpublished guide.
- New York State College of Forestry. New York State College of
Forestry records, 1895-1936.
7 cubic ft.
Correspondence of Bernhard Eduard Fernow concerning forestry, job recommendations, articles and a book Fernow was having published, the acquisition of material for the N.Y.S. College of Forestry, and advice on forestry technique. Includes correspondence between Fernow and various parties, especially newspapermen, inquiring into the management of Cornell property in the Adirondacks, 1900-1902; correspondence between Fernow and President Snyder of Michigan State Agricultural College (later Michigan State University) concerning the recruitment of a properly trained forester to supervise the creation of a forestry program at the college, 1901-1902; and correspondence between Fernow and Captain Ahern, head of the new Philippine forestry service concerning the recruitment of foresters to serve under Ahern, including remarks on the alleged mismanagement of Philippine forests by the Spanish, 1900-1902.
Includes circa 3000 photographs and slides of forestry practices, especially in Germany and Switzerland, and examples of application of same in New York State.
- New York State Conservation Council. New York State Conservation
Council, Inc. records, 1948-1967.
2 cubic ft.
Minutes of annual meetings, reports, and brochures.
Subjects: Conservation of natural resources.
- Ostertag, Harold Charles, 1896-. Harold Charles Ostertag papers,
154 cubic ft., 26 v.
New York State Assemblyman, 1932-1950; United States Congressman, 1950-1964. In the New York State Assembly, Ostertag was chairman of the Joint Committee of the Legislature on Interstate Cooperation; officer and director of the Council of State Governments, 1935-1950; delgate to Republican State Conventions, 1930-1958; U.S. Congressman, 37th and 39th New York Districts, 1950-1964; member of Appropriations Committee and Subcommittees on Defense and Independent Offices; member of Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; vice-chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee; delegate to the Republican National Conventions, 1952, 1956, 1960.
Early papers consist of correspondence and printed matter concerning his years in the Assembly, much of which pertains to his work with organizations devoted to interstate cooperation; among the subjects dealt with are aviation, discriminatory laws and trade barriers, fisheries, forestry, water diversion on the Delaware River, highway safety, interstate villages, civil defense, labor, liquor control, law enforcement and crime, marriage laws, milk control and agriculture, social welfare and relief, sanitation, and taxation; a file of the New York State War Council Official Bulletin (1942-1944) is also included. Papers dealing with his years in the House of Representatives include correspondence concerning servicemen's and veteran's affairs, and appointments to the United States Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies, immigration cases, visa and passport applications, social security claims, and other matters of special concern to residents of his district; correspondence with constituents, colleagues, and others concerning matters of general legislative interest, among them agriculture, appropriations, civil service, conservation, Kinzua Dam and flood control in western New York and elsewhere in the nation, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and power project, housing, labor, national defense, taxation, and foreign affairs; files having to do with the management of his office and the conduct of his political campaigns; and public statements, press releases, questionnaires, films, tapes, photographs, newspaper clippings, and copies of bills he introduced into Congress and his Newsletter (1951-1964).
Finding aid: Unpublished guide available.
- Palm, Charles E. Charles E. Palm papers, 1956-1986.
82 cubic ft.
Correspondence, typescripts, reports, drafts, handwritten notes of telephone conversations, and publications pertaining to his deanship of the New York State College of Agriculture from 1959 to 1972 and to his work as Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Agricultural Sciences beginning in 1972. The papers mainly document the administration and growth of the New York State College of Agriculture, its departments, committees, and related activities, including the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, the New York State Cooperative Extension Service, and the Water Resources Center; the relation of the New York State College of Agriculture with Cornell University, state and federal governments, and other organizations, including the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Foundation for American Agriculture, the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Agway, the New York State Horticultural Society, the New York State Grange, and the State University of New York. Subjects include the Office of International Agricultural Development's Chapingo and Los Baños Projects in Mexico and the Philippines, and the New York State Cooperative Extension Service (including 4-H).
Also, the College of Agriculture Advisory Council, the Cornell University Division of Biological Sciences, the College of Agriculture Television Project, student dissent and protest, McDonald Farms, Uihlein Farms, and the Miner Institute, agricultural research and economics, international agriculture and the world food supply, the expanded use of pesticides and the sociological implications of their application, environmentalism, the Adirondack Study Commission, Alpha Zeta, agricultural labor, migrant labor, and the Cohn Farm controversy, the Agricultural Policy Accountability Project, the vegetable, fruit and wine industries, the food processing and marketing industries, and the New York State sugar beet industry. Major correspondents include Morton Adams, Donald W. Barton, Charles Dana Bennett, Maurice C. Bond, Damon Boynton, Earl L. Butz, Orvilee L. Freeman, Deane W. Malott, Leland Spencer, Nyle C. Brady, Dale R. Corson, Edmund H. Fallon, W. Keith Kennedy, Joseph P. King, Thomas E. LaMont, Deane W. Malott, T. Norman Hurd, William I. Myers, James A. Perkins, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Edward H. Smith, Kenneth L. Turk, and D.L. Umali.
Access restrictions: In part, restricted to permission of the office of origin.
Finding aids: Unpublished guide.
- Pell, Stuyvesant Morris, 1905-1943. Stuyvesant Morris Pell papers,
3.8 cubic ft.
Includes lab and lecture notes taken by Pell while at Cornell University with sketches and drawings related to various courses; thesis, monographs, and notes on the common snapping turtle, ca.1939; notebooks with photographs and commentary on wildlife including a "Log of the Pleasant Valley Beaver Colony," 1932, "Log of the Survey of Southern Sanctuaries," 1937, and others from Yosemite Field School, 1939, and from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, 1940; broadsides, brochures, and pamphlets relating to wildlife sanctuaries; prepared biology slides, dissecting kit, and field magnifying lens; original manuscript, carbon copies, and galley proof of SCRIBBLINGS OF AN OUTDOOR BOY, an autobiography; sketches and sketchbooks, pen-and-ink drawings and original watercolor paintings, mostly of birds, wildlife, and camping scenes; also glass slides and photographs of Pell's watercolors, scenes, trips, and wildlife.
- Recknagel, Arthur Bernard, 1883-1962, Arthur Bernard Recknagel
.4 cubic ft.
Oral history transcript:
Original at Forest History Foundation, St. Paul, MN.
Recknagel served as a U.S. Forest Assistant, 1906-07; Chief of Reconnaissance on National Forests of the West, 1907-08; Chief of Silviculture, Southwestern District, 1908-10; Assistant District Forester, 1910-13; Professor of forestry at Cornell University, and also chairman of the department; Technical Director of Forestry, St. Regis Paper Company; author.
Monthly reports, minutes, printed material, and a transcript of an interview with Recknagel concerning his career in forestry education and management. Included are Recknagel's monthly reports for the St. Regis Paper Company and related materials on the management of St. Regis lands, research, conservation, government policies, and other matters of interest to the forest products industry; snapshots of the St. Regis River area and forest operations in New Hampshire; pamphlets, reports, minutes, programs, clippings, and other mimeographed and printed materials concerning forestry management in general and meetings of various forestry and conservation associations, including the Forestry Committee of the American Paper and Pulp Association, the Forest Industries Council, the Society of American Foresters, the Fourth American Forest Congress, and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association; and a transcript of an interview (1958) in which Recknagel discusses his work with the U.S. Forest Service, his career at Cornell, and related subjects.
Finding aid: Folder list.
Described in REPORT OF THE CURATOR AND ARCHIVIST, 1954-58, 1958-62.
- St. George, Katharine Price Collier. Katharine Price Collier
St. George papers, 1939-1979.
63 cubic ft.
Politician. Member and officer, Orange County Republican Committee, 1942-48; delegate to Republican National Convention, 1944; parliamentarian, Republican National Convention, 1956, 1960; Congresswoman, New York 27th, 28th, 29th Districts, 1947-64; member of the Armed Services Committee, House Rules Committee, Committees on Committees, Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Postal Operations.
Papers deal almost entirely with Mrs. St. George's service in the U.S. House of Representatives and include correspondence with her constituents in Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties, with other citizens, and with her Congressional colleagues concerning specific legislation and issues of public concern, among them appropriations, agriculture, alien property, civil rights, conservation, flood control, foreign affairs and aid the space program, health insurance, housing, poverty, and the administration of public welfare in the city of Newburgh; also, correspondence with her constituents concerning veterans benefits, old age and war widows' pensions, other claims, immigration cases, and appointments to the U.S. Military, Naval, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine Academies, to the post offices in her district, and to other offices; correspondence, bills and reports, and speeches and remarks (1957-64) pertaining to her effort to eliminate sex discrimination through the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; political campaign files and correspondence with the Republican Party organization; information on postwar Germany, including charts and reports on population, election results, occupational status, and other statistical data, mainly for the U.S. Zone (1946-48) and a file on the dismantling of German steel plants (1948-49).
Also, correspondence, itineraries, and memoranda concerning St. George's tour of Spain (1958) and her visits to U.S. military and naval bases in that country; bills introduced by her in the 80th through 88th Congresses; scrapbooks (19 vols., 1942-64) of clippings from the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD and various newspapers, copies of her speeches, newsletters, and press releases (1947-64), and other background information on many of the subjects noted above; transcript (54 pp.) of an oral history interview with St. George conducted by Fern S. Ingesoll (1979); and guestbooks, photographs, films, records, and tape recordings.
- Schuck, Howard Anthony, 1919-. Howard Schuck papers, 1989.
.6 cubic ft.
Howard A. Schuck became interested in trout fishing and trout conservation as a young boy with a vision disability. He attended Cornell University, studying stream and fisheries management with George C. Embody and Charles M. Mottley. He designed a method for counting the total number of trout in an entire stream system. During World War II he worked on counts of commercial fisheries, especially the North Atlantic haddock for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries in the Dept. of the Interior. After the war, he joined Charles Mottley in the Operations Analysis group of the U.S. Air Force on a project to evaluate the existing North American Warning System. After his plan was adopted, he became head of the Identification and Raid Recognition Division of the Operations Analysis Office of Headquarters Air Defense Command, Chief of the Alaskan Air Command Operations Analysis Office, Senior Operations Analyst at the Stanford Research Institute, and later joined the Dykewood Corporation, another defense contractor. He returned to environmental research, with a project at the University of Alberta to explore options for developing the Canadian Arctic regions; to Grumman Ecosystems Corporation as Director of Alaskan Operations; and to the National Marine Fisheries Service in Washington, D.C. and Woods Hole, Mass. He also served as a volunteer to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was active in Cornell University alumni activities, especially a project to conserve Cornell football films.
"How Could Such Happen?: Cornell Football vs. Ohio State 1939," account of Cornell football game, by Harvey T. Miller (pseud.); also, typescript of his account of Carl Snavely and Nicholas Drahos, 1937-1941. Also, collection of films: IC4A field events, 1932; Cornell-Maryland Lacrosse; Penn Relays, 1955; 1952 Olympics.
Papers include autobiography, and files about Cornell University and the Class of 1941, reminiscences of Cornell football and the preservation of Cornell football films, Carl Snavely (Cornell football coach), Matt Urban, Nick Drahos, and speed skating at Cornell. Files documenting his life and career as a trout angler, trout ecologist, fish population analyst, and tuna researcher; his careers as a defense analyst and environmental researcher; his activities as a sports analyst and as a big game hunter. Also, miscellaneous writings, biographies, and bibliographies.
Subjects: Fishery management--New York (State). Trout fisheries--New York (State). Rainbow trout--New York (State). Brown trout--New York (State).
Notes: Folder listing by donor.
- Sennett, George Burritt, 1840-1900. George Burritt Sennett papers,
.1 cubic ft.
Correspondence, primarily to George Burritt Sennett from fellow ornithologists, concerning bird taxonomy and conservation efforts. Major correspondents include William Brewster, Arthur P. Chadbourne, Frank M. Chapman, George Bird Grinnel, H. W. Henshaw, F. W. Langdon, G. H. Ragsdale, Robert Ridgway, who was curator of the Department of Birds, United States National Museum, and J. A. Singley.
- Smith, Henry P., III (Cornell University LL.B. 1936), 1911-.
Henry P. Smith papers, [1966-1978?].
122.1 cubic ft.
Papers of Henry P. Smith III from his terms as a United States Congressman from New York State. Includes transcripts of interviews, correspondence, requests for information, legislation, press clippings, voting records, inter-office memos, subject files, records of committees, and related records. Subjects include armed forces, crime, education, pollution, poverty, taxes, Vietnam War, agriculture, civil rights, drug abuse, and other issues.
- Stewart, Edwin Crowell, 1864-1921. Edwin Crowell Stewart scrapbooks,
Legislator Scrapbooks of Edwin Crowell Stewart of Ithaca, New York State assemblyman, 1894-1895, and senator, 1896-1898 and 1901-1904.
Contains area newspaper clippings and cartoons, invitations and programs, telegrams, correspondence, and scattered handwritten commentary, pertaining to Stewart's political career with special references to Tompkins County and Ithaca city politics and to the passage of the legislation establishing the New York State Colledge of Forestry, the Veterinary College, and the College of Agriculture at Cornell University; also unmounted newspaper clippings, c. 1904-1921.
Finding aid: Container list.
REPORT OF THE CURATOR AND ARCHIVIST, 1958-1962.
- Swanson, Gustav Adolf, 1910-. Gustav Adolf Swanson photograph
Professor of conservation, Cornell University. Gustav A. Swanson was head of the Department of Conservation, Cornell University, from its founding in 1948 until 1966.
Photograph album: "Gus Swanson's Years at Cornell, 1948-1966."
- Thompson, Donald Church, 1894-1978. Donald Church Thompson scrapbook,
Cornell University Class of 1917.
Scrapbook of student memorabilia and photographs. Includes photographs of the 1916 Forestry Camp in Saratoga.
- Sutherland, Arthur E. Arthur E. Sutherland papers, 1938.
3.2 cubic ft.
Summary: Correspondence and letters relating to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1938. Many topics under consideration by the convention are addressed, including state finances, taxes, apportionment, debt limits, funds for social security, education costs, proportional representation, unicameral legislature, the election system, civil service appointments, conservation, control of the St. Lawrence and Niagara power sites, and the penal system. Papers relating to the Judiciary Committee include materials on jurisdiction of county courts, appellate divisions, the retirement age for judges, the selection of juries, the restriction of labor injunctions, and other topics.
- Wildlife Society. New York Chapter. Wildlife Society, New York
Chapter records, 1962-1969.
.3 cubic ft.
The New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society was organized in 1963. The Society is an international organization of management and research biologists, information specialists, administrators, enforcement officers, teachers, writers, and other interested persons whose objectives are high professional standards, management of wildlife along sound biological lines, and dissemination of information to these ends.
Correspondence, minutes of meetings, and related records of the New York Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
- Wood family. Wood family papers, 1926-1989.
8.2 cubic ft.
Dairy farm records of Mabel and Walter Wood and their sons, Loren and Carl, Horseheads, New York, contain financial records including farm and household bills and receipts, check stubs, milk check receipts, account books, and income tax records; Farm Security Administration receipts, account statements, correspondence, farm visit reports, and farm family record books; Farmers Home Administration loan records, promissory notes and agreements, mortgages, and farm development plans. Other farm records include inventories of real estate, cattle, and machinery; cattle records for registration, tuberculosis and brucellosis testing and certification, breeding, and milk production; New York State College of Agriculture production and feeding analysis sheets; poultry records; and USDA Agricultural Conservation Program forms for acreage allotments and allowances for lime and superphosphate.
Also, typescript stories and reminiscences.
Also Veterans Administration correspondence, insurance policies and claims, funeral receipts, will of Walter A. and Mabel Wood, and other documents relating to death of Walter A. Wood, Walter's discharge from the army; will of Mabel Wood; oil and gas leases; application for renewal of copyright; documents regarding property ownership and sale; and savings account book.