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The Terence J. Hoverter College Archives

Information Overview for the SUNY ESF College Archives

The Terence J. Hoverter College Archives operates in conjunction with F. Franklin Moon Library to provide an accessible location for College produced material of lasting historic value. Gifts and donations of relevant items created as part of ESF’s mission of instruction, research and public service are appropriate for archival acquisition.

Mission and Contents of the Archives Collection

The mission of the Archives is to collect, preserve and make accessible documentation of the history of SUNY ESF. To that extent, the Archives collection includes the following:

  • Manuscript of Fletcher Steele, photos, drawings, order books: 52 ln.ft.
  • Student work and publications, such as the Knothole and Empire Forester: 37 ln.ft
  • Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Station documents: 9 ln.ft.
  • Personal papers of faculty/professional staff: 110 cu.ft.
  • Department of Forest Extension historic media: 95 cu.ft.
  • SUNY ESF Theses and Dissertations: 5100 items - 252 cubic feet
  • NYS Ranger School archival items dating 1912 through 2006: 52.5 cubic feet
  • Audio-visual material used as teaching aids and public education: 125.6 cubic feet
    (This includes slides, audio and visual recordings, and photographs)

Highlights of the Archives collection

Papers of the College’s first dean, Dr. Hugh P. Baker

Along with papers related to the establishment of the College of Forestry at Syracuse University, the Archives has in its collection speeches given by Dr. Baker, as well as his marketing tools for the College of Forestry. Also included in the collection are scrapbooks compiled by Dr. Baker aimed at showing students and visitors visual interpretations of forestry.

The Thomas M. Cook Collection

Part of the works on the history of papermaking contained in the Special Collections is the Thomas M. Cook Collection.  Thomas Cook, ESF ’35, donated the works in 1983 in memory of his wife, Mary Gloria Cook.  The collection includes rare books by Dard Hunter, a paper scholar, papermaker and printer from 1927-1952.  Also included are books on Japanese and Chinese papermaking; Mexican and Aztec papermaking; the history of papermaking in the United States and in Great Britain; as well as some works about watermarks.  In total, the Thomas M. Cook Collection contains 145 volumes, 11 prints, and 19 issues of the journal The Paper Maker.

Early recorded public service announcements about forestry and the College

The Department of Forest Extension was responsible for educating the public about forestry and conservation concerns. The department accomplished this by recording public service announcements, as well as appearing on radio broadcasts to talk about the study and profession of forestry. Department of Extension members appeared on radio stations WSYR and WGY, out of Schenectady. Included in this collection are the shows “The Forestry Journal” and “Tree Time,” as well as general public service announcements. The original recordings are in the process of being converted to .wav files and burned onto CDs to help with preservation and accessibility.

Roosevelt Wild Life Station photograph collection

Part of the Archives audio-visual collection includes photographs from the Roosevelt Wild Life Station. Originally housed at the station, these photos were acquired by the Archives in 1983 in order to ensure their proper care and storage. The photos in the collection depict excursions and research conducted for the purpose of studying wild life and wild life conservation.

Photographic history of SUNY ESF

The Archives contains 5 cubic feet of photographs taken by past deans, professors and other members of the ESF community. These photos are a visual representation of the College of Forestry, its community and its activities. Some of the subjects represented in the collection include Summer Camp, Student Activities, China, California, Utilization, and many more. The conversion to digital format of these photographs is almost complete.

The Fletcher Steele Manuscript Collection

The Fletcher Steele Manuscript Collection, given to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1974 by the Upstate NY Chapter of the ASLA is located in the F. Franklin Moon Library on the SUNY campus in Syracuse. 

SUNY ESF Theses and Dissertations

Theses and Dissertations done at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are kept in the F. Franklin Moon Library Archives and on the main floor of the F. Franklin Moon Library (these may be checked out). Some newer SUNY ESF Theses and Dissertation can be found in the full text online. In order to use the SUNY ESF Theses and Dissertations Database you must be on the SUNY ESF or Syracuse University campus or if you use remotely be affilated with the SUNY ESF or Syracuse University campus.

Collection Access

Archival records are available for use according to guidelines set by individual donors, academic departments, and the library staff. Archival records are available for use according to guidelines set by individual donors, academic departments, and the library staff. The archives and special collections are located on the lower level of Moon Library and are open to SUNY ESF faculty, administrators and students, as well as the greater research community. Archival records are available for use according to guidelines set by individual donors, faculties and library staff. A policy statement, objectives, deposit procedures and memorandum for use are available for review. Gifts and donations of relevant items created as part of SUNY ESF’s mission of instruction, research and public service are appropriate for archival acquisition. To learn more about the archives and special collections mission click here. To learn more about SUNY ESF's history click here.

Hours, Location & Staff information

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (There are no Friday or weekend hours. Please make an appointment prior to visiting)

Flora Nyland, MLS - College Archivist
F. Franklin Moon Library - Room 18 (in the lower level of Moon Library)
SUNY College Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive - Syracuse, NY 13210
phone: 315-470-6719 fax: 315-470-4766 e-mail:archives@esf.edu


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