Collection ID: LMC 2871
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Frederick, Robert A.
The Frederick, Robert A. mss., 1880-1993, consist of photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and research materials gathered and written by historian Robert A. Frederick about conservationist Richard Lieber.
22 Boxes
English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Frederick, Robert A. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Robert A. Frederick is a historian with an interest in Colonel Richard Lieber, who played a significant role in creating and shaping both the Indiana State Park System and the national park system. His dissertation, "Colonel Richard Lieber, Conservationist and Park Builder: The Indiana Years," completed as part of his history doctorate at Indiana University, sparked his lifelong interest in Lieber.

Richard Lieber, 1869-1944, was a German-American businessman and conservationist. In his early 20's, he settled in Indianapolis, Indiana; his first American job was reporting for the Indiana Tribune. His extensive travels throughout the American West inspired his passion for parks, both national and state. Lieber began acquiring park spaces throughout Indiana in 1916 with private funds, serving as chairman to the State Parks Committee which he had pushed Governor Samuel M. Ralston to create. He became Conservation Commission Chairman in 1919, leading the Department of Conservation that he had convinced Governor Goodrich to create. The Indiana park system, which Lieber was significantly responsible for building and maintaining, became a model for other parks throughout America.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and research materials about Lieber gathered by Frederick with the intent of writing a monograph about Lieber's impact on the parks system. Frederick interviewed Lieber's only daughter, Dr. Jeanette Lieber Baker, in the 1980's, at which time Baker gifted a sizeable amount of family memorabilia (scrapbooks, clippings, photographs) that are included in the collection.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 2011
Processing information:

Processed by Kamden Spies, under the supervision of Kyra Triebold. Completed in 2024.


The collection is arranged in the following order: I. Photographs, II. Government Documents, III. National Park Service, IV. Reports, V. Transcripts, VI. Letters and Correspondence, VII. Postcards, VIII. Notes and Library Call Clips, IX. Indiana German Historical Society, X. The Lieber Report, XI. Indiana Heritage Research Grant, XII.Financial Documents, XIII.Brown County Residence, XIV. Landmarks and Historical PLaces, XV.Indiana Heritage Documents, XVI. Other Individuals and Locations, XVII.Indiana Lincoln Union, XVIII.Research Documents, XIX. Dissertations, XX. Manuscripts, XXI. Clippings, XXII.Diaries, Scrapbooks, and Memoirs, XXIII. Maps, XXIV. Magazines, XXV. Pamphlets, XXVI.Books and Bounded Material, XXVII. Audio-Visual Material. Items in boxes are stored in the order recieved with their original folders themselves also having contextual notes or labels written on the outside of them.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)



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[Item], Frederick, Robert A. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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