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New York Zoological Society. Office of Assistant Secretary. Harold C. Palmer records

 Fonds
Identifier: 2034
The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and subject files dealing with New York Zoological Society administrative matters, 1902-1983 (bulk 1937-1976), New York Aquarium and Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences, 1944-1968, and wildlife research and conservation activities, 1927-1975 (bulk 1952-1971). There are many records regarding the Institute for Research in Animal Behavior (IRAB) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Also included are records regarding the NYZS fine arts collection and works by wildlife artist, Carl Rungius.

The remainder of the records, most predating Palmer’s tenure, was transferred to his office upon the death of NYZS President Fairfield Osborn in 1969. Osborn’s records consist of correspondence and subject files dealing with Society matters, 1935-1967, Conservation Foundation activities, 1949-1954, and African wildlife conservation, circa 1956-1965. The planning, building, and development of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island and the Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences are also the subjects of extensive correspondence and reports. There is also correspondence between Osborn and Parks Commissioner Robert Moses.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1937-1976
  • 1902-1983

Access Restrictions

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Usage Restrictions

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Extent

10.4 linear feet (8 cartons, 1 Hollinger box, most of 1 map case folder)

Overview

Harold Cornelius Palmer (1918-1998) joined the staff of the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) in 1961. Palmer served as director of the Development Fund Campaign and as assistant to the Society President Fairfield Osborn. From 1964 until his retirement in 1980, Palmer held the office of Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees. The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and subject files dealing with NYZS administrative matters, 1902-1983 (Bulk 1937-1976), the New York Aquarium and the Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences, 1944-1968, and NYZS wildlife research and conservation activities, 1927-1975 (Bulk 1952-1971). There are many records regarding the Institute for Research in Animal Behavior and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Also included are records regarding the NYZS fine arts collection and works by wildlife artist, Carl Rungius. The remainder of the records, most predating Palmer’s tenure, was transferred to his office upon the death of Fairfield Osborn in 1969. Osborn’s records consist of correspondence and subject files dealing with Society matters, 1935-1967, Conservation Foundation activities, 1949-1954, and African wildlife conservation, circa 1956-1965. The planning, building, and development of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island and the Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences are also the subjects of extensive correspondence and reports. There is also correspondence between Osborn and Parks Commissioner Robert Moses.

Biographical Note

Harold Cornelius Palmer (1918-1998) was born in Detroit, MI on August 1, 1918. He graduated from Harvard College in 1940 and briefly served in the Navy. Palmer worked as a salesman for Merck & Co and as an account executive for N. W. Ayer before joining the staff of the New York Zoological Society in 1961. Palmer served as director of the Development Fund Campaign and as Assistant to Society President Fairfield Osborn. From 1964 until his retirement in 1980, Palmer held the office of Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series:
Series 1
Administrative files, 1902-1983 (bulk 1937-1976) (1A): General administrative files, 1930-1983 (bulk 1958-1980) (1B): NYC/NYZS files, 1902-1969 (bulk 1937-1969) (1C): Estates, 1922-1969 (1D): Gifts, 1938-1976
Series 2
New York Aquarium and OLMS files, 1944-1968
Series 3
Wildlife conservation and research files, 1927-1975 (bulk 1952-1971) (3A): Administrative files, 1948-1971 (3B): Conservation research, 1927-1975 (bulk 1952-1970) (3C): IRAB and IUCN, 1960-1970

Related Collections

Collection 1029. Fairfield Osborn records, circa 1936-1967.

Collection 2023. Harold Palmer records, 1960-1975.

Collection 3001. New York Aquarium records, 1903-1999.

Processing and Finding Aid Information

Finding aid created and collection processed by Ginny Van Winkle, Queens College intern, November 2011.
Title
Guide to the Records of the New York Zoological Society Assistant Secretary Harold C. Palmer, 1902-1983 (bulk 1937-1976) 2034
Status
Published
Author
Finding aid prepared by Ginny Van Winkle, Queens College Intern
Date
November 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • August 2019: Finding aid entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

Contact:
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