Arthur Crocker Collection, 1950-1993


Born in New York City in 1909, Arthur Crocker earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He went on to become a security analyst and account executive for the United States Trust Company of New York, a lieutenant in the US Navy, and independent investor. He was President of the Tahawus Club, President and Chairman of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, a member of the Constitutional Council for the Forest Preserve, Vice Chairman of the Adirondack Council, and a board member of various other environmental organizations. The collection includes materials relating to his work with the AfPA and other environmental organizations. The collection strongly documents issues and events in the Adirondacks during the 1970s and 1980s and the AfPA’s reactions to them. Heavily represented are matters related to public and private land use and the balance in the ethical use of State lands between responsible forestry, conservation, and recreation. Issues such as acid rain and invasive species are well documented. The establishment of the APA and the public reaction to the agency’s work and its members and the resulting public outcry are also well documented. The collection closely follows the AfPA campaigns to generate public support through documentary films. Folders remain in their original titles and order.

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