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New York Zoological Society Board of Trustees. Office of Secretary. Madison Grant records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1002
These records document a portion of the duties of the Secretary, including the following: member, ex-officio, of the Executive, Auditing, and Aquarium Committees and Scientific Council; and, after 1897, official correspondent of the New York Zoological Society. Most of the correspondence deals with the executive administration of funds, policy, contracts, and membership. Also present is a series of correspondence with officers, containing letters of Charles T. Barney, Harlow Brooks, H. A. Caparn, Frank H. Miller, Levi P. Morton, and Henry Fairfield Osborn. Materials of interest include records of arrangements with the City of New York, the director of the Zoological Park, architects, landscape architects, and sculptors; a report by H. de B. Parsons on the Italian Fountain in the Zoological Park; and correspondence with members of the first Aquarium Committee.

Dates

  • 1895-1905

Creator

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Extent

4.0 linear feet (10 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

Madison Grant was the first Secretary to the Board of Managers (Trustees) of the New York Zoological Society. He became Secretary in 1895 and resigned in 1925 to assume the office of President of the New York Zoological Society. These records document a portion of the duties of the Secretary, including serving as member, ex-officio, of the Executive, Auditing, and Aquarium Committees and Scientific Council. Additionally, as Secretary, Grant maintained records about a variety of Society activities, including membership recruitment, animal purchases, and zoo construction.

Biographical Note

Madison Grant (1865-1937) was the first Secretary to the Board of Managers (Trustees) of the New York Zoological Society. He became Secretary in 1895 and resigned in 1925 to assume the office of NYZS President. He served as President until 1937.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series:
Series 1
New York Zoological Society official records and officers' correspondence, 1894-1904, alphabetical by name or subject
Series 2
Roster of societies, alphabetical by society name
Series 3
Incoming correspondence and subject files, 1895-1905, divided into seven subseries and arranged alphabetically within by name or subject:
(3A) General correspondence, 1895-1900 May
(3B) Treasurer, art, and architecture correspondence, 1895-1904
(3C) Dues and finance correspondence
(3D) General correspondence, 1900 May-1902 May
(3E) General correspondence, 1902 May-1904 April
(3F) New York Aquarium correspondence, circa 1902-1904
(3G) Correspondence and lists regarding acquisitions

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.

Related Collections

Collection 1003. Madison Grant records, 1895-1905.

Collection 1030. Madison Grant and W. Redmond Cross records, 1906-1940.

Collection 1036. Madison Grant zoological history project records, 1901 and 1923-1939.

Title
Guide to the Records of the New York Zoological Society Board of Trustees Secretary, Madison Grant, 1895-1905
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • January 2018: Finding aid revised and entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

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