John Burnham papers, 1882-1977.


Burnham, John (John B.), founder of the American Game Protective and Propagation Association. John Burnham papers, 1882-1977.

John Burnham papers, 1882-1977.

The bulk of the John Burnham papers consist of Burnham's correspondence from 1891 through 1939, the majority relating to wildlife conservation. Correspondents include many significant conservationists, including Theodore Roosevelt, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Robert Sterling Yard, Gifford Pinchot, and George Bird Grinnell. Additional materials include written manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, speeches, scrapbooks, and various organizational and government documents. A significant part of the collection documents conservation work related to New York State and Adirondack Park. Portions of the collection contain materials that relate to John Burnham's work and legacy, and were created by his son Koert Burnham after John's death.

20.27 cubic ft. (44 boxes)

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Burnham, John (John B.), founder of the American Game Protective and Propagation Association. (person)

John Burnham was an influential proponent of wildlife conservation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He joined the staff of "Field and Stream" in 1891 and wrote articles in support of game laws and game preserves. An enthusiastic hunter, he was tasked with reforming the game laws of New York State between 1904 and 1915. From 1911 to 1928 he was president of the American Game Protective and Propagation Association, which lobbied for Federal legislation protecting wildlife popula...