James Groppi Papers, 1956-1989

Container Title
Mss 4
Part 1 (Mss 4, Audio 219A, PH 3164, PH 3165, PH 3166): Original Collection, 1904-1966
Physical Description: 3.0 c.f. (7 archives boxes and 1 flat box), 5 tape recordings, 728 photographs, and 68 negatives 
Scope and Content Note

Part 1 of the C.L. Harrington Papers consist primarily of correspondence, memoranda, subject files, resource files, photographs, and ephemera covering the period 1909-1966. The bulk of the correspondence is related to Harrington's forty-eight year career with the Wisconsin Conservation Department. There is relatively little personal correspondence per se. The correspondence covers four rather distinct periods: Correspondence during his college days, 1909-1913, mostly with his parents; correspondence and related papers from the First World War years; correspondence for the period 1920-1958, primarily concerned with Wisconsin Conservation Department matters; and correspondence, 1958-1966, after his retirement. The Conservation Department group is essentially routine in content, but does indicate the nature of the internal workings of the department, especially for the years from 1945 through 1955. See especially the 1954 exchange with Commissioners John O. Moreland and Charles P. Smith for a good illustration of this. After Harrington's retirement, the correspondence is centered around his fight against the “sticker plan” and his work on the Natural Resources History Project.

Included in the Harrington papers is the correspondence of E.M. Griffith, State Forester of Wisconsin from 1904 to 1916.

The memoranda files, 1931-1964, record the day-to-day internal workings of the Wisconsin Conservation Department. Again, see especially memoranda for the 1954 period. The subject and resource files contain material pertaining to sundry aspects of Harrington's work including material assembled for the Natural Resources History Project. Subject headings are general and much material is in miscellaneous files.

The clipping files contain newspaper articles on all aspects of conservation, particularly in Wisconsin. There are a large number of clippings dealing with the 1954 controversy.

Other items in the collection are class notebooks kept at the University of Michigan; a personal expense ledger; a plat book used in early Wisconsin Conservation Department work; and a daybook, journal, and account book recording financial transactions of Harrington's father's livery stable in Hurley.

Box   1
Biographical information
Correspondence
Box   1
1909-1959
Box   2
1960-1966, undated
Box   2
Correspondence of E.M. Griffith, 1904-1916
Box   2
Memoranda Files, 1931-1964
Subject Files
Box   3
Army service
Box   3
Association of State Foresters
Box   3
Devil's Lake investigation
Box   3
Departmental reorganization
Box   3
Financial matters
Box   3
Forests
Box   3
Forests/Parks
Box   3
Forest crop matters
Box   3
Forestry mill tax
Box   3
Investigations
Box   3
Land exchanges
Box   3
Legislation
Box   4
Minutes of the Commission
Box   4
Monthly calendars
Box   4
Natural Resources History Project
Box   4
Notes and articles
Box   4
Printed ephemera
Box   4
Reforestation, tree nurseries
Box   4
SHSW tape (Oral History Project) - transcript of Audio 219A
Box   4
State park stickers
Box   4
Transcript of 1954 hearing
Box   4
Water conservation
Box   4
Wisconsin Forestry Association
Box   5
Miscellaneous
Physical Description: 6 folders 
Resource Files
Box   6
Forest fires in Wisconsin
Box   5
History of conservation in Wisconsin
Physical Description: 2 folders 
Box   6
History of forestry in Wisconsin
Physical Description: 2 folders 
Box   6
Natural Resources History Project
Box   7
Folder   1
Clipping file, conservation miscellaneous, circa 1910-1916
Box   7
Folder   2
Class notebooks, University of Michigan, 1909-1913
Physical Description: 3 volumes 
Box   7
Folder   4
Personal expense ledger
Box   7
Folder   5
Income tax form
Box   7
Folder   6
Miscellaneous personal
Box   7
Folder   7
[folder number skipped]
Box   7
Folder   3 and 8
Plat book of Wisconsin Lake region
Box   8
Daybook, journal, and account book recording financial transactions of T.S. Harrington's livery stable, Hurley, Wisconsin
PH 3164
Photographs
Folder   1
Portraits
Folder   2
Parks
Folder   3
Forestry
Folder   4
Group portraits
Folder   5
Company “D” 20th Engineers, Forestry Unit
Folder   6
Family
Folder   7
Hurley, Madison
Volume  
Photograph album/Scrapbook
PH 3165
SS Tuscania, burial of U.S. dead, circa 1918
PH 3166
French pine forest product postcards, circa 1918-1919
Audio 219A
Audio recordings
219A/1-5
Reminiscences, 1960 January 12