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Harold A. Jerry, Jr. papers

Identifier: ARL-045

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, articles, press releases, environmental studies and field reports, legislation, meeting minutes, summaries, agendas, clippings, writings, report drafts and miscellaneous publications on the Adirondacks created and compiled during service with various New York State agencies, commissions, and environmental organizations.


  • 1952 - 1995

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical Note

Harold A. Jerry, Jr., 1920-2001, was a politician and lawyer from New York State. He was a member of the New York Senate from 1959-1962. In 1963, he was named director of the Office for Regional Development. He held that position until the Office of Planning Coordination succeeded the Office for Regional Development in 1966. In 1968, Governor Nelson Rockefeller named Jerry executive secretary of the Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks. The commission's recommendations led directly to the creation of the Adirondack Park Agency in 1971. In 1973, he was appointed to the Public Service Commission, on which he served until his retirement in 1997. Jerry also served as a member of the Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century. His work greatly assisted conservation efforts by preventing overdevelopment within the Adirondacks.

Administrative History

The Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks was appointed by Governor Rockefeller in 1968 to investigate issues that would impact on Adirondack Park use, including private and public lands; wildlife; forest; minerals, water and air; transportation and the economy; recreation; and local government. The mandate of the commission was to make recommendations that would insure development was consistent with the long-range well-being of the park area as an integrated entity. The studies and recommendations of the commission led directly to the creation of the Adirondack Park Agency.

The Commission on the Adirondacks in the Twenty-First Century was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo. Peter A. A. Berle was chairman, and George D. Davis was executive director of the commission. Issues studied by the commission resulted in technical reports on topics including Adirondack Park economy and quality of life; private land regulation; subdivision and development trends, including zoning rules and regulations; forestry, the Adirondack Forest Preserve, and state land classification and management; land acquisition, management, and parking planning; and natural resources, including biological diversity, aesthetic resources, water quality, and soil productivity.


11.09 Cubic Feet

11 Boxes


The Harold A. Jerry, Jr. papers consist of 11.09 cubic feet and date from 1952-1995. The papers include environmental reports, correspondence, writings, and other records associated with Jerry's work as a government official working to prevent overdevelopment in the Adirondack Park.


The collection is arranged as two series, Administrative Files (1952-1995) and Printed Materials (1953-1994). Administrative files are further arranged as four sub-series based on Jerry's appointment to various agencies and commissions.

Series 1: Administrative Files, 1952-1995

Sub-series 1: National Park Study Committee, 1963-1969 Sub-Series 2: Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks, 1952-1971 Sub-Series 3: Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century, 1988-1989 Sub-Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1965-1995

Series 2: Printed Materials, 1953-1994

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jocelyn Jerry-Wolcott, October 2016.

Processing Information

The papers were processed and a finding aid written by Matthew Golebiewski in Summer 2019. Funding was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Harold A. Jerry, Jr. papers
Matthew Golebiewski
Description rules
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Adirondack Research Library Repository

897 St. David's Lane
Niskayuna NY 12309