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New York Zoological Society Board of Trustees. Office of Secretary/Chairman of the Executive Committee. Madison Grant records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1003

This collection includes correspondence collected, received, and composed by Madison Grant during portions of his tenure as Secretary of the New York Zoological Society from 1895 to 1925 and as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1909 to 1937. Also present is Grant's correspondence as Chairman and President of the Bronx River Parkway Commission.



Major correspondents on Society matters include Henry Fairfield Osborn, Jr., William T. Hornaday, architect C. Grant LaFarge, and landscape architects H. A. Caparn and James L. Greenleaf. Subjects include the execution of plans for the Zoological Park (the Elephant, Deer, and Boat Houses, the Boston Road Entrance, and West Farms Plaza); the establishment of a bison herd at the Wichita Game Reserve; and distribution of Grant's articles on Adirondack mammals and wildlife in Alaska. Correspondents from the Bronx River Parkway Commission are Nathaniel Lord Britton, James Cannon, William White Niles, owners of land desired for the Bronx River Parkway, and officials of state, city, and local government.

Dates

  • 1897 - 1912

Creator

Access Restrictions

Letterpress volumes are fragile and may not be photocopied. Please contact the WCS Archives regarding possible additional access restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Please contact the WCS Archives regarding any usage restrictions.

Extent

2.0 linear feet (5 Hollinger boxes)

2.25 cubic feet (17 letterpress volumes in 9 flat boxes)

Overview

This collection includes correspondence collected, received, and composed by Madison Grant during portions of his tenure as Secretary of the New York Zoological Society from 1895 to 1925 and as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1909 to 1937. As Secretary, after 1897 Grant served as official correspondent of the Society and this collection includes his outgoing correspondence in that role. Also present is Grant's correspondence as Chairman and President of the Bronx River Parkway Commission. A significant portion of the collection focuses on plans for the New York Zoological Park and improvements made to Park grounds.

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. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NYZS Board of Managers from 1909 to 1937.

Arrangement

These records are divided into four series:
Series 1
Correspondence, primarily incoming, regarding Zoological Society and Zoological Park administration, 1901-1910, arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Series 2
Correspondence and subject files regarding ground improvements, 1901-1903 and 1906-1909, arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject
Series 3
Bronx River Parkway Commission correspondence and subject files, 1906-1909, arranged chronologically
Series 4
Outgoing correspondence, 1897-1912

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.

Related Collections

1002. Madison Grant records, 1895-1905.

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

Title
Guide to the Records of New York Zoological Society Board of Trustees Secretary/Executive Committee Chairman Madison Grant, 1897-1912
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • February 2012: Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Madeleine Thompson.
  • January 2018: Finding aid revised and entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

Contact:
WCS Library/Archives
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx New York 10460 United States