Midwest Archives Conference Records, 1972-2019

Contents List

Container Title
Series: 1. Zoos, 1976-1997
Scope and Content Note: This series contains Meyer's correspondence with zoos and other animal institutions with which he did business during his many years working with animals. The correspondence consists of both business and personal letters. Most of the correspondence is related to Meyer's elephant consultation at various zoos, including discussion of the treatment and training programs of the elephants. Some of the correspondence documents Meyer's personal relationships that he developed while working with the zoos. The series also contains photographs from several of the zoos where Meyer provided elephant consulting. The photographs mainly consist of pictures of elephants and people with whom he worked while doing consulting. Many files have to do with the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Box   1
Folder   1
City of Garden City, Kansas, 1986
Box   1
Folder   2
Detroit Zoological Park, 1990-1992
Box   1
Folder   3
Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri, 1978-1987
Box   1
Folder   4
Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri, Breeding Program Information, 1989
Box   1
Folder   5
Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri, Breeding Program Information, Photographs, 1989
Box   1
Folder   6
Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, Missouri, Photographs, 1983
Box   1
Folder   7
Greater Ozarks Zoological, Springfield, Missouri, 1982
Box   1
Folder   8
Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, 1991-1995
Box   1
Folder   9
Kings Island, Ohio, 1988-1990
Box   1
Folder   10
Los Angeles Zoo, Hannibal, Elephant Death, 1992
Box   1
Folder   11-13
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, 1981-1989
Box   2
Folder   1-6
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, 1990-1995
Box   3
Folder   1
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, 1996-1997
Box   3
Folder   2
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Elephant Management, Meetings, undated
Box   3
Folder   3-4
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Photographs, 1981-1986, undated
Box   3
Folder   5
Memphis Zoo, 1993-1994
Box   3
Folder   6-8
Milwaukee County Zoo, 1981-1988
Box   4
Folder   1-3
Milwaukee County Zoo, 1989-1999
Box   4
Folder   4
Milwaukee County Zoo, Photographs, undated
Box   4
Folder   5
National Zoo, Washington, D.C., 1976-1982
Box   4
Folder   6
National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Elephant Survey, 1991
Box   4
Folder   7
National Zoo, Washington, D.C., Photographs, undated
Box   4
Folder   8
Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, Illinois, 1985-1995
Box   4
Folder   9-10
Racine Zoo, 1986-1987
Box   4
Folder   11
Racine Zoo, 1993
Box   4
Folder   12
Riddle's Elephant Breeding Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1990-1991, 1997
Box   4
Folder   13
Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1980-1992
Box   4
Folder   14
Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Photographs, 1977
Box   4
Folder   15
San Diego Wildlife Park, 1987-1990
Box   4
Folder   16
San Diego Wildlife Park, Photographs, 1988
Box   4
Folder   17
San Francisco Zoo, 1988-1989
Box   5
Folder   1-6
Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York, 1979-1995
Box   5
Folder   7
Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York, Project ADEPT, School Program, 1991
Box   5
Folder   8
Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York, Project ADEPT, School Program, Photographs, 1991
Box   6
Folder   1
Topeka Zoological Park, 1983-1990
Box   6
Folder   2
Tulsa Zoological Park, 1980-1987
Box   6
Folder   3
Tulsa Zoological Park, Photographs, 1986
Box   6
Folder   4
Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, Virginia, 1977-1981
Box   6
Folder   5-7
Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, Virginia, 1986-1995
Box   6
Folder   8
Virginia Zoo, Norfolk, Virginia, Photographs, 1978-1987
Box   6
Folder   9
Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City, Indiana, 1982-1983
Box   6
Folder   10
Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City, Indiana, Photographs, 1982-1983
Series: 2. General Files, 1979-2000
Scope and Content Note: This series consists of a mixture of files dealing with animal and elephant management. The files contain copies of several elephant-related newsletters including the Elephant Manager's Association newsletter and the Hasti newsletter. The series also contains several scholarly papers about elephants including a history of elephants in the Ringling Brother's Circus. Many files describe the Elephant Workshops in which Meyer participated over the years. Elephant Workshops were annual gatherings where professionals would meet and discuss elephant management issues. The series also has a large newsclippings file that contains various elephant-related newspaper articles from around the United States. The series includes some photographs of elephants, as well as photographs of elephant training equipment, including elephant ankuses, stands, and pallets. The series also contains a file related to the Lota elephant controversy that occurred at the Milwaukee County Zoo and gained national attention.
Box   7
Folder   1
Animal Education Protection and Information Foundation, Correspondence, 1991-1994
Box   7
Folder   2
Elephant Abuse Law, Section 596.5 to the Penal Code, California, 1989
Box   7
Folder   3
Elephant Equipment, 1987, undated
Box   7
Folder   4
Elephant Equipment, Photographs, undated
Box   7
Folder   5
Elephant Interest Group, 1984
Box   7
Folder   6
Elephant Manager's Association, 1988-1991
Box   7
Folder   7
Elephant Manager's Association, Ethics Board, 1997
Box   7
Folder   8
Elephant Manager's Association, Newsletter, 1989-1990
Box   7
Folder   9
Elephant Pallets and Elephant Stands, 1986-1987
Box   7
Folder   10
Elephant Pallets and Elephant Stands, Photographs, 1987
Box   7
Folder   11
Elephant, Photographs, undated
Box   7
Folder   12
Elephant Training, 1981
Box   7
Folder   13
Elephant Workshop, 1st Annual, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1980
Box   7
Folder   14
Elephant Workshop, 3rd Annual, Springfield, Missouri, 1982
Box   7
Folder   15
Elephant Workshop, 4th Annual, Kansas City, 1983
Box   7
Folder   16
Elephant Workshop, 9th Annual, Jacksonville, Florida, 1988
Box   7
Folder   17
Elephant Workshop, 10th Annual, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1989
Box   7
Folder   18
Elephant Workshop, 11th Annual, Milwaukee, 1990
Box   7
Folder   19
Elephants, Reference Materials, 1990, undated
Box   7
Folder   20
Hasti, Newsletter, 1986-1987, 1989-1990
Box   7
Folder   21
Humane Society of the United States, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Guidelines, Elephants, Washington, D.C., 1991
Box   7
Folder   22
International Species Inventory System, 1982
Box   7
Folder   23
Lota Controversy, 1990-1991
Box   7
Folder   24
Miscellaneous, Photographs, undated
Box   7
Folder   25
Narrating Captivity, Nigel Rothfels, 1999
Box   8
Folder   1
Newsclippings, 1979-1988
Box   8
Folder   2
Newsclippings, 1992-2000
Box   8
Folder   3
Newsclippings, undated
Box   8
Folder   4
Ringling Elephant History: The First Fifty Years, Raymond Moreau, 1990
Box   8
Folder   5
Species Survival Program, Application Materials, 1991-1997
Box   8
Folder   6
Twilight of the Elephant, James Orgill, 1983
Series: 3. Elephant Management, 1982-1993
Scope and Content Note: This series contains records from the elephant management organization that Meyer helped found in 1978. Elephant Management was based in Franksville, Wisconsin. The series includes board minutes for 1982 and 1993, a list of the 1982-1983 board of directors, contracts and historical information, correspondence, and photographs. The board minutes document the administration of the Elephant Management organization. Most of the letters consist of correspondence between Meyer and other members of Elephant Management, documenting the organization's administration, including the direction of the organization, potential breeding arrangements, and African elephant acquisition. Photographs in the series are from the first Elephant Management meeting in 1982, showing Don Meyer and some of the other founding members.
Box   9
Folder   1
Advertisements, Mailer, 1990
Box   9
Folder   2
Board Minutes and Diary, 1982
Box   9
Folder   3
Board of Directors, 1982-1983
Box   9
Folder   4
Contracts and Historical Information, undated
Box   9
Folder   5-6
Correspondence, 1982-1993
Box   9
Folder   7
Letterhead, undated
Box   9
Folder   8
Minutes, 1993
Box   9
Folder   9
Photographs, 1982
Series: 4. Jo-Don Farms, Inc., 1976-1996
Scope and Content Note: This series consists of the records from Don Meyer's exotic animal farm that he founded in 1975 in Franksville, Wisconsin. The series contains correspondence, photographs, pamphlets of the farm, and resumes of people who worked at Jo-Don Farms, Inc. Some of the photographs are of Meyer with elephants, others are of various other animals from the farm.
Box   10
Folder   1
Correspondence, 1976-1996
Box   10
Folder   2
Pamphlets, undated
Box   10
Folder   3
Photographs, 1982
Box   10
Folder   4
Photographs, 1996
Box   10
Folder   5
Resumes, undated
Box   10
Folder   6
Rules and Regulations, undated