Collection ID: LMC 2871
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Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Frederick, Robert A.
Abstract:
The Frederick, Robert A. mss., dates unknown, consist of photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and research materials gathered and written by historian Robert A. Frederick about conservationist Richard Lieber.
Extent:
21 boxes
Language:
English
Preferred citation:

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

Background

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
Arrangement:

The collection is arranged following original order.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library. However, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials. Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

PREFERRED CITATION:

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

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500, USA
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
(812) 855-2452
liblilly@indiana.edu