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Collection George Davis papers
Title George Davis papers
Catalog Number 07589
Call Number MS 76-11
Object Name Collection
Creator Davis, George D.
Date 1967 - 1976
Extent of Description 4.2 cu. ft. of textual records; 4 audiotapes
Scope & Content George D. Davis was an ecologist on New York's Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks (TSCFA) from 1968-1971 and was Director of Planning and then Assistant Director for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) from 1971-1976. These papers consist of correspondence and related material created or collected while Davis was a member of Governor Rockefeller's TSCFA; correspondence, publications, minutes, and consulting records created or collected while he was Director of Planning or Assistant Director of the APA; and a 1976 interview of Davis.

These papers are arranged into three series. Series 1 consists of correspondence and related material created or collected by Davis while he was a member of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks. Series 2 consists of correspondence, publications, minutes, and consulting records created or collected by Davis while he was Director of Planning and then Assistant Director of the Adirondack Park Agency. Also included in this series are reports, notes, correspondence, and papers regarding Davis' work for the Hudson Basin Project's Land Use-Natural Resource Task Force. Series 3 includes 4 audiotape reels of an interview of Davis conducted April 5, 1976 by William K. Verner, Curator of the Adirondack Museum, at Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.


Physical characteristics 3.13 linear ft. (9 boxes); 5 notebooks; 4 audiotapes
Admin/Biographical History George D. Davis was born in 1942 in Oneida, New York, son of Pearl Floyd and K. Virginia (Connolly) Davis. He received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1964 from the State University of New York College of Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. and completed graduate work in conservation at Colorado State University and Cornell University. He married Anita Face Rines in 1976 and the couple had five children.

Davis served as Forester and Assistant District Ranger of the United States Forest Service at both the Routt National Forest, Steamboat Springs, CO and the Roosevelt National Forest, Estes Park, CO (1964-1968). He was an ecologist on New York's Governor Nelson Rockefeller's Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks (TSCFA; 1968-1971), Director of Planning and then Assistant Director of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA; 1971-1976), and director of the Adirondack Council. He also was co-chairman for the Wild Areas Panel for the National Heritage Program, U.S. Department of Interior, and a member of the Land Use-Natural Resource Task Force for the Hudson Basin Project. He left the region to serve as Executive Director of the Wilderness Society in Washington, D.C. (1976-1977) and later served as Assistant Director of Recreation Management Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He authored and co-authored many works regarding the Adirondack Mountain Region including "Man and the Adirondack Environment" (1977), "The Unfinished Agenda" (1977), "Meeting Recreational, Park, and Wilderness Needs" (1975), "State Land Use Controls-The Adirondack Experience" (1973), and "The Commission Form of Government-Is the Public Involved?" (1971).
System of arrangement The papers are arranged into three series: Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks correspondence and related papers; Adirondack Park Agency correspondence and related papers; and Interview tapes and transcript.
Archivist's Notes This collection's description was enhanced as a part of the New York State Archives Environmental History Virtual Research Collection Project, 2004. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for this project.
Finding Aids An inventory is also available at the repository
People Davis, George D.
Verner, William K.
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Subjects New York (State). Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks
Adirondack Park Agency (N.Y.)
Hudson Basin Project
Conservation and restoration
Land use
Environmental conditions
Child Records George Davis papers
George Davis papers
George Davis papers