Collection Facts

211 items
Dates of Original: 
1920 - 1934
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

The Roosevelt Wild Life Station was established by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1919 to memorialize Theodore Roosevelt as a wildlife conservationist. The Station was established at the College of Forestry at Syracuse University (now SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) through the efforts of Dr. Charles C. Adams, who was a professor of forest zoology at the College and went on to become Director of the New York State Museum in Albany. The scientific information gleaned from the RWLS helped wild animals become recognized as a natural resource in need of management. The RWLS was one of the earliest institutions of its kind, documenting the local ecosystems and its inhabitants. It is still in use today, focusing on the changing environment and its impact on the wildlife of the Northeastern United States.

Scope of Collection

The collection includes over 200 black and white photographs of nature scenes, landscapes, and wildlife dating from the early 1920s through the early 1930s. The subjects of these photographs include: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone National Park, North American wildlife.  Items in the Roosevelt Wild Life Station (RWLS) Image Collection were produced by RWLS staff and researchers. Many of the photographs were used in the Station’s publications of Annals and Bulletins.