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New York State Conservation Council, Inc. records

Identifier: ARL-026

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of New York State Conservation Council annual convention minutes. Additional material includes reports, resolutions, and other records of the Council's Forest Preserve Committee. The committee files are mostly from chairman Paul Schaefer. Minutes of the New York State Conservation Council consist of typewritten copies of minutes produced during annual convention meetings. Council Records consists of all other records created by the New York State Conservation Council, including bylaws, reports, resolutions, releases, correspondence, bulletins, and other administrative records.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1989

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The NYSCC is the oldest conservation organization in New York State, comprised of volunteers who are concerned with sound management of the state's and the nation's land, water, fish and wildlife. Members are involved in all aspects dealing with the environment, ranging from educating youth and adults, to legislation, and including hands-on projects, cleaning up waterways and roadsides, and habitat improvement projects.

The New York State Conservation Council (NYSCC) is the oldest statewide conservation organization in New York, incorporated in 1933 by sportsmen and conservationists to help secure and manage natural resources for future generations, as well as to protect the rights of sportsmen and sportswomen to hunt, fish, trap and own firearms. Since its inception, the NYSCC has fought for regulations and laws to protect and manage fish, wildlife and other natural resources. Many of the hunting, fishing and trapping regulations safeguarding resources today are the result of the NYSCC’s efforts.

Their mission is to to aid in the formulation and establishment of sound policies and practices designated to conserve, protect, restore and perpetuate forests, wildlife and scenic and recreational areas with especial regard to the state of New York, to the general end that the present and succeeding generations may continue to enjoy and to use these great natural resources. The New York State Conservation Council, Inc. completes its mission through the coordination and stimulation of individuals and organizations interested in conservation in the State of New York and to interest and educate the people of the state with respect to conservation. Its volunteer membership actively work to assure the enforcement of conservation laws and educational endeavors that safeguard our resources for generations to come. The leadership of the group is comprised of volunteers.


1.89 Cubic Feet

3 Boxes

Language of Materials



The New York State Conservation Council, Inc. records measure 1.89 cubic feet and were created during the years 1937-1989. The records consist of annual meeting minutes, reports, resolutions, and other records of the Council.


The first series is arranged chronologically. The second series is arranged alphabetically by title and sorted by document size.

Series 1: Minutes of The New York State Conservation Council Convention, 1947-1969 (Boxes 1-2; 1.47 cubic feet)

Series 2: Council Records, 1937-1989 (Boxes 2-3; .42 cubic feet)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On April 22, 2011, Protect the Adirondacks! placed the collection on permanent loan with Union College.

Processing Information

Portions of the collection received a preliminary level of processing at some point after donation. The collection was further processed and a finding aid prepared by Matthew Golebiewski in Winter 2019 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Guide to the New York State Conservation Council, Inc. records
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Adirondack Research Library Repository

897 St. David's Lane
Niskayuna NY 12309