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INTRODUCTION :

PROVENANCE:

The items in this collection were donated by Rosalie Edge and the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association from 1962-1965

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

The Rosalie Edge Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Identification of item], Rosalie Edge Papers, CONS29, Conservation Collection, Denver Public Library.

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 4 (2 linear feet)

LOCATION:

CONS29

PROCESSED BY:

Barbara Korpi and Judy Marks

1973

REVISED BY:

Robert Russell

2002

ENCODED BY:

Claudia Jensen

2004

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :

Rosalie Edge was born November 3, 1877 in New York City. She attended Wagner College, also in New York City.

Edge was active in the women’s suffrage movement, but shifted her focus to the environment after the passage of the women’s suffrage amendment in 1920. Due to her concern for wild birds, Edge became active in the National Audubon Society. She launched a successful personal campaign within the society for changes in leadership personnel. In 1929, she created the Emergency Conservation Committee, of which she remained chairman for approximately thirty years. The Committee reprinted pamphlets and articles on resource issues. Their areas of concern were waterfowl hunting laws, predator poisoning policies, and the potential creation of Olympic and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The accomplishment that Edge is most recognized for is the establishment of the Hawk Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 1934, she gathered enough funding to obtain a one-year lease on Hawk Mountain, which had previously been an area where hunters shot migrating birds of prey. Later she purchased two square miles surrounding the original sanctuary that formed the nucleus of the current sanctuary area. The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was the first established for birds of prey. It was administered by the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, which Edge organized in 1936. She was the director and president until her death on November 30, 1962.

Information obtained from Leaders of American Conservation by Henry Clepper, New York: The Ronald Press Co., 1971.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :

The collection contains items from the years 1928-1975. Included in the collection are correspondence, newsletters, published articles, and statements. The material in this collection provides a glimpse of activities, trends, and ideas of the conservation movement in America from the 1930s to the late 1950s.

The collection contains information on the Emergency Conservation Committee, which Rosalie Edge established in 1929. Also included is information on the upheaval in the administration of the National Audubon Society from 1929-1938, activities of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, and the establishment of Kings Canyon National Park.

This collection was initially processed in 1973. The original finding aid is very in-depth, and provides information at an item level. That finding aid is still available, and should be consulted for information on specific items in the collection.

SERIES 1 AUDUBON SOCIETY REORGANIZATION 1928-1955 BOX 1 :

This series consists of items relating to Rosalie Edge’s drive for reform among the leadership of the National Audubon Society. Correspondence, court documents, press releases, and reports form part of this series. Publications of the Emergency Conservation Committee, the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, and the National Association of Audubon Societies that address Audubon Society leadership are also parts of this series.

SERIES 2 EDGE CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES 1948-1954 BOX 1-2 :

Rosalie Edge participated in many conservation efforts in addition to those of the Audubon Society, Kings Canyon, or the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and legislation regarding these efforts are all included in this series. Some of the other projects include establishment of the Dinosaur National Monument, the Sacramento Waterfowl Refuge, and several grazing bills.

SERIES 3 KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK 1938-1939 BOX 2-4 :

The establishment of Kings Canyon National Park was another of Edge’s major conservation endeavors. This series consists mostly of correspondence received and sent by Edge regarding the efforts to establish the park. Pamphlets, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and press releases are also included in this series.

SERIES 4 ARTICLE REPRINTS 1931-1975 BOX 4 :

The final series in this collection consists of articles complied by Rosalie Edge. Most deal with issues she was facing, and are written by various authors. Some of the articles were written by Edge and published by the Emergency Conservation Committee. These articles are arranged by date of publication, and comprise three folders of the collection.

SUBJECT ACCESS :

: SUBJECT ACCESS - :

  • Edge, Rosalie, 1877-1962 -- Archives.
  • National Audubon Society -- History.
  • Emergency Conservation Committee (U.S.) -- History.
  • Nature conservation.
  • Wilderness areas -- United States.
  • Women in conservation of natural resources -- United States.
  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (Pa.)
  • Kings Canyon National Park (Calif.)

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