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American Committee for International Wild Life Protection. Office of Secretary records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1025
This collection, which spans from 1930 to 1962, reflects the regular office work of the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, including maintaining a clearing house of information on endangered wildlife and efforts to more effectively solve conservation problems; referring important matters to the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of ACIWLP; coordinating policies of cooperation with foreign governments and institutions in guiding the protection of wildlife and natural habitats by means of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and protective legislation; and supervising the preparation, publication, and distribution of special research studies concerned with endangered and extinct species of fauna.

Individuals prominently represented include Charles Cadwalader, James L. Clark, W. Redmond Cross, Jean Delacour, Childs Frick, Madison Grant, Francis Harper, C. W. Hobley, Julian Huxley, Erna Mohr, Robert T. Moore, William Phillips, Kermit Roosevelt, Sir Charles Ross, Peter Van Tienhoven, Arthur Vernay, and Alexander Wetmore.

Dates

  • 1930-1962

Creator

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Extent

7.6 linear feet (18 Hollinger boxes, 2 half-Hollinger boxes)

0.62 cubic feet (1 flat box)

Overview

The American Committee for International Wild Life Protection (ACIWLP) was founded in 1930 by the Boone and Crockett Club for the purpose of promoting the conservation of wildlife in its original habitat and the protection of vanishing species of birds and mammals in all parts of the world except the United States. This collection, which spans from 1930 to 1962, reflects the regular administrative work of the Secretary and Assistant Secretary and includes correspondence and subject files concerning conservation work, arranged by geographic region and by animal.

Historical Note

The American Committee for International Wild Life Protection (ACIWLP) was founded in 1930 for the purpose of promoting the conservation of wildlife in its original habitat and the protection of vanishing species of birds and mammals in all parts of the world except the United States. ACIWLP was an independent organization comprised of a voluntary Executive Committee and Advisory Board representing the leading natural history museums, zoological societies, and conservation organizations in the United States. It was funded by contributions from individuals on the Committee, member organizations, and friends. The founding Executive Committee consisted of John Phillips, Chairman, and Harold J. Coolidge, Secretary, both representing the Boone and Crockett Club; George Tate of the American Museum of Natural History; and Kermit Roosevelt on behalf of the New York Zoological Society.

A central office, operated under the supervision of the Secretary, was provided through the generosity of a member organization and staffed by a salaried Assistant Secretary. This office was located at the Museum of Comparative Zoology until 1938. Betty Hone and Ruth Dauchy served as Assistant Secretary during portions of this period. In 1938 Childs Frick accepted the chairmanship of ACIWLP, W. Reid Blair became Secretary, and the Committee office was moved to the Bronx Zoo. In 1940 Edith Franz was employed as Assistant Secretary. Blair's successors as Secretary included George E. Brewer, Jr. and Lee S. Crandall. During the early 1960s, the administrative office of ACIWLP moved to the American Museum of Natural History. In 1974 the association was reorganized as the American Committee for International Conservation.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:
Series 1
Correspondence, 1930-1940
Series 2
Administrative files
Series 3
Geographical subject files, divided in seven subseries:
(3A) Pan-America subject files
(3B) Europe subject files
(3C) Australia and New Zealand subject files
(3D) North America subject files
(3E) Africa subject files
(3F) Asia subject files
(3G) National parks subject files
Series 4
Animal subject files, divided in two subseries:
(4A) Rare animal files
(4B) Mammalia files
Series 5
Correspondence, 1942-1960

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.
Title
Guide to the Records of the American Committee for International Wild Life Protection Secretary, 1930-1962
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • July 2012: Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Nicholas Kennedy.
  • March 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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