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Augustus Seymour Houghton collection

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Florida Conservation

New York State

New York State

New York State

New York State

National Parks

National Parks

Forestry

Forestry Material

Forestry Material

Forestry

Varied Organizations

Varied Organizations

Varied Organizations

Newspaper Clipping (Original)

Newspaper Clipping Material (Photocopies)

Congressional Records

American Game Protective/American Game Associations

American Game Association

American Wildlife Institute, Inc.

Florida Wildlife Federation

Florida Wildlife Federation

Camp Fire Club of America

Camp Fire Club of America

Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks

Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks

Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks

Pamphlet Subject File, A-B

Pamphlet Subject File, C-H

Pamphlet Subject File, I-V

Pamphlet Subject File, Water

Pamphlet Subject File, WB-Z, Miscellaneous, Wildlife

Pamphlet Subject File, Miscellaneous

Box 34



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Augustus Seymour Houghton collection, 1905-1948 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Pedro Ariz, Student Assistant under the supervision of Esperanza B. Varona.

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Collection Overview

Title: Augustus Seymour Houghton collection, 1905-1948Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1905-1948

ID: ASM0098

Creator: Houghton, A. S. (1866-1948)

Extent: 34.0 Boxes

Arrangement: His papers are mainly broken into time periods: from 1909 to 1925 lies most of the Camp Fire Club of America material; from 1925 to 1937 lies most of the American Game Association material; from 1930 to 1939 lies the bulk of papers related to the Association for the protection of the Adirondacks; from 1938 to his death, most of his correspondence and other materials were related to conservation in the state of Florida.  There is a large amount of material on the establishment of Everglades National Park, including correspondence from Ernest F. Coe, conservationist and Chairman of the Tropic Everglades Park Association, David Fairchild, who served as president of said Association, Mrs. Ruth Bryan Owen, the first elected Congresswoman from Florida who proposed the Everglades Park Bill in Congress. The correspondence relates a public polemic between Mrs. Owen and Mr. Coe that very nearly doomed the existence of the park.  It should be noted that Mr. Houghton always kept in contact with all the organizations he was a member of through correspondence, printed matter, or otherwise.  As a result of this, the collection encompasses a tremendous amount of information on many organizations.

Formats/Genres: Articles, Clippings, Documents, Letters, Pamphlets, Reports

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of A.S. Houghton (1866-1948) numbering approximately 4500 items consist of articles, printed matter, newspaper clippings, by-laws, legislative matter, and pamphlets. The material extends from 1905 to 1948 with the bulk of the papers falling within the period of 1929 to 1948.

The papers deal primarily with Augustus Houghton's work as a conservationist.  The material is broken down into the different organizations with which he was involved.  There is a large section of material dealing with the American Game Association, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, and the

Camp Fire Club of America but they are not a major part of the collection because Houghton corresponded and kept files on a diverse number of conservation and wildlife organizations.

The correspondence to and from August S. Houghton is varied and he had several principal correspondents, all of whom shared with him their interest in conservation.  His principal correspondents were: John B. Burnham, President of the American Game Protective Association, which later became the American Game Association; Carlos Avery, President of the American Game Association; Seth Gordon, President of the American Game Association; William Greely, leading member of the American Game Association; Erl Roman, Fishing Editor of the Miami Herald; Merlin Mitchell, Executive Secretary, Florida State Fish and Game Association and later secretary of the Florida Wildlife Federation; Jay N. (Ding) Darling, famous cartoonist and leading Florida conservationist; Dr. W.T. Hornaday, Zoological Gardens, N.Y.; Lithgow Osborne, Conservation Commissioner, State of New York; Raymond Torrey, Camp Fire Club of America; and Karl Frederick, President of the New York State Conservation Council.  Houghton also corresponded with F.G. Walton Smith, Director of the University of Miami's Marine Laboratory (now the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences) and with Spessard L. Holland, Governor of Florida in the early 1940's.

Biographical Note

Augustus Seymour Houghton was born in Palisades, N.Y. on January 3, 1866. He received his preparatory education at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, was graduated B.A. at Amherst College in 1888, studied law in New Bern, N.C. and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1890. He studied law under Elihu Root in New York City and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1891.

Houghton established his own law firm and practiced in New York City until his retirement in 1948. He was a partner in the firm of Holtzman, Wise, Shepard, Houghton, and Kelly, director of the New Jersey Zinc Co.; Pohatcong Hosiery Mills, Inc.; and the Putnam Trust Co., Greenwich, Conn.

Houghton became actively involved in conservation in 1909 when he was elected to serve as a member of the Conservation Committee of the Camp Fire Club of America, a post he held until 1948. From 1915 to 1918, he served as secretary of the New York State Conservation Commission and from 1928 to 1932 he was a member of the Legislative Reforestation Commission. In 1935, New York Governor Herbert Lehman appointed him chairman of the State Conservation Committee that was to decide whether or not to build truck trails in forest preserves. In 1936, he was elected president of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. He served as director and secretary of the American Game Association. He also served as director of the American Forestry Association, trustee of the American Wildlife Institute, Inc., and was a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Houghton assisted in obtaining a treaty with Great Britain, Russia, Japan, and Canada for the protection of Alaskan fur seals and a treaty with Great Britain and Canada for the protection of migratory birds. He also wrote extensive articles of the preservation of wildlife and conservation.

Augustus S. Houghton resided in Coconut Grove, Florida during the winter months and as a result became actively involved in the restoration of wildlife in the state. In 1942, the Florida State Chamber of Commerce awarded him a gold medal for his efforts. He died on September 25, 1948 while visiting his son in HyŠres, France.

Subject/Index Terms

American Game Association
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks
Camp Fire Club of America
Ecology
Everglades (Fla.) - Environmental conditions

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research, but is kept in an off campus storage facility. Please allow up to 72 hours for delivery of requested materials.

Use Restrictions: Augustus Seymore Houghton Papers finding aid © 1980 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Finding Aid Revision History:

Revised by Rudo Kemper.

Container list by Marcia Evanson.

Container List (PDF): http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/legacy/asm0098CL.pdf


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1: Florida Conservation],
[Box 2: New York State],
[Box 3: New York State],
[Box 4: New York State],
[Box 5: New York State],
[Box 6: National Parks],
[Box 7: National Parks],
[Box 8: Forestry],
[Box 9: Forestry Material],
[Box 10: Forestry Material],
[Box 11: Forestry],
[Box 12: Varied Organizations],
[Box 13: Varied Organizations],
[Box 14: Varied Organizations],
[Box 15: Newspaper Clipping (Original)],
[Box 16: Newspaper Clipping Material (Photocopies)],
[Box 17: Congressional Records],
[Box 18: American Game Protective/American Game Associations],
[Box 19: American Game Association],
[Box 20: American Wildlife Institute, Inc.],
[Box 21: Florida Wildlife Federation],
[Box 22: Florida Wildlife Federation],
[Box 23: Camp Fire Club of America],
[Box 24: Camp Fire Club of America],
[Box 25: Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 26: Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 27: Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 28: Pamphlet Subject File, A-B],
[Box 29: Pamphlet Subject File, C-H],
[Box 30: Pamphlet Subject File, I-V],
[Box 31: Pamphlet Subject File, Water],
[Box 32: Pamphlet Subject File, WB-Z, Miscellaneous, Wildlife],
[Box 33: Pamphlet Subject File, Miscellaneous],
[Box 34],
[All]

Box 25: Assocation for the Protection of the AdirondacksAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Printed Matter and ConstitutionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: [General], 1922-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 3: [General], 1931-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [General], 1936-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 5: [General], 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [General], 1940-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1910-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Special Correspondence, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Letters to Government Officials, 1934-1945Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Florida Conservation],
[Box 2: New York State],
[Box 3: New York State],
[Box 4: New York State],
[Box 5: New York State],
[Box 6: National Parks],
[Box 7: National Parks],
[Box 8: Forestry],
[Box 9: Forestry Material],
[Box 10: Forestry Material],
[Box 11: Forestry],
[Box 12: Varied Organizations],
[Box 13: Varied Organizations],
[Box 14: Varied Organizations],
[Box 15: Newspaper Clipping (Original)],
[Box 16: Newspaper Clipping Material (Photocopies)],
[Box 17: Congressional Records],
[Box 18: American Game Protective/American Game Associations],
[Box 19: American Game Association],
[Box 20: American Wildlife Institute, Inc.],
[Box 21: Florida Wildlife Federation],
[Box 22: Florida Wildlife Federation],
[Box 23: Camp Fire Club of America],
[Box 24: Camp Fire Club of America],
[Box 25: Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 26: Assocation for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 27: Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks],
[Box 28: Pamphlet Subject File, A-B],
[Box 29: Pamphlet Subject File, C-H],
[Box 30: Pamphlet Subject File, I-V],
[Box 31: Pamphlet Subject File, Water],
[Box 32: Pamphlet Subject File, WB-Z, Miscellaneous, Wildlife],
[Box 33: Pamphlet Subject File, Miscellaneous],
[Box 34],
[All]



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