FORBES, JOHN RIPLEY.
John Ripley Forbes papers, 1913-2006

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/v248h

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Forbes, John Ripley.
Title: John Ripley Forbes papers, 1913-2006
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1453
Extent: 57.25 linear feet (58 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of naturalist and conservationist John Ripley Forbes, including museum files, organizational files, personal files, writings, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Additional Physical Form

text

Source

Gift from Ripley Forbes and Anne Spengler, 2018.

Custodial History

Ripley Forbes and Anne Spengler are the children of John Ripley Forbes. Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections, Randy Gue, packed the materials at the Forbes home and transferred them to the Rose Library.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], John Ripley Forbes papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Curator of Modern Political and Historical Collections, Randy Gue, acquired the collection as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Georgia activism.

Processing

Arranged and described at the collection level by Katy Lindquist, October 2019.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Ripley Forbes (1913-2006) was an American naturalist and conservationist. He was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and spent most of his early life in Massachusetts and Stamford, Connecticut. His father, Kenneth Forbes, was an Episcopal Church bishop and amateur naturalist who often took Forbes on long nature walks. In 1927, Forbes met and befriended zoologist and conservationist William T. Hornaday, who is known for founding the Bronx Zoo (New York) and developing exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.) that would eventually become the National Zoo. Forbes studied at but never graduated from the University of Iowa (Iowa City) and the Boston University School of Fine Arts (Massachusetts). From 1935-1936, Forbes attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Over fifty years later, in 1987, Bowdoin awarded Forbes an honorary doctorate. Following his year at Bowdoin, Forbes, serving in the role of ornithological collector, went on a 1937 Arctic expedition led by explorer Donald MacMillan. During World War II, Forbes served with an Army Air Force medical unit at bases in Alabama and Tennessee where he attended to returning injured airmen by taking them fishing and on nature walks. Forbes helped found hundreds of nature museums for children in over 200 communities and thirty states across the United States. His museums are known for their interactivity including live animal exhibits and animal lending libraries. In 1937, Forbes founded the William T. Hornaday Foundation for children's museums, which later became the Natural Science for Youth Foundation. Later Forbes turned his attention to preservation and in 1976 founded the conservation group the Southeast Land Preservation Trust. In 1989, Forbes saved what is now called the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs, Georgia, from becoming a car dealership. Forbes was married to Margaret Sanders and had two children, E. Ripley Forbes and Anne Forbes Spengler. He died in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2006.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of John Ripley Forbes from 1913-2006 and includes museum files, organizational files, personal files, writings by Forbes, photographs, and negatives. Museum files include correspondence, memos, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, maps, and printed material about the museums, zoos, and nature preserves Forbes founded or with which he was affiliated over the course of his career, arranged alphabetically by state. Organizational files include correspondence, memos, newsletters, newspaper clippings, notes, and printed material about the youth and conservation organizations in which Forbes was involved, primarily the National Audubon Society and the Natural Science for Youth Foundation. Personal files include correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, and files related to independent conservation projects, including Forbes' involvement in a 1937 Arctic expedition led by explorer Donald MacMillan. Writings include both published and unpublished manuscripts written by Forbes.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Museum files for museums located in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, and California, 1947-1989
2 - Museum files for museums located in California, 1951-1989
3 - Museum files for museums located in California, Colorado, and Connecticut, 1943-1996
5 - Museum files for museums located in Connecticut, 1958-1985
6 - Museum files for museums located in Connecticut, 1958-1994
7 - Museum files for museums located in Connecticut, 1959-2001
4 - Museum files for museums located in Connecticut, 1966-1995
8 - Museum files for museums located in Connecticut and Delaware, 1934-1990
10 - Museum files for museums located in Florida, 1945-1986
11 - Museum files for museums located in Florida, 1955-1988
12 - Museum files for museums located in Florida and Georgia, 1962-1997
9 - Museum files for museums located in Florida and Washington, D.C., 1950-1988
17 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia, 1944-2001
18 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia, 1946-1999
16 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia, 1962-1999
13 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia, 1964-2004
19 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana, 1954-2004
15 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia including the Big Trees Forest Preserve (Sandy Springs), 1969-2003
14 - Museum files for museums located in Georgia including the Big Trees Forest Preserve (Sandy Springs), 1986-2005
20 - Museum files for museums located in Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Massachusetts, 1938-1992
21 - Museum files for museums located in Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri, 1939-1990
22 - Museum files for museums located in Missouri and New Hampshire, 1939-1990
27 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, 1963-1988
26 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, 1970-1990
28 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, 1975-1995
29 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, 1977-1995
30 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire and New Jersey, 1954-1996
23 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, including the National Audubon Society, 1965-1994 [1]
24 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, including the National Audubon Society, 1965-1994 [2]
25 - Museum files for museums located in New Hampshire, including the National Audubon Society, 1967-1990
31 - Museum files for museums located in New Jersey and New York, 1961-1995
32 - Museum files for museums located in New York and North Carolina, 1945-1990
33 - Museum files for museums located in North Carolina and Ohio, 1951-1990
34 - Museum files for museums located in Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, 1945-1992
35 - Museum files for museums located in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee, 1945-1998
36 - Museum files for museums located in Tennessee and Texas, including files on the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 1944-1996
37 - Museum files for museums located in Texas, 1944-1997
38 - Museum files for museums located in Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, including youth museum scrapbook with printed material from many of Forbes' museums, 1945-1997
53 - Museum files, photographs, and negatives, 1971-1986
39 - Organizational files, including files from the American Association of Museums, National Audubon Society and the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1942-1996
43 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1938-1998
45 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1955-1965
42 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1961-1972
44 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1969-1976
41 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1971-1979
40 - Organizational files, including files from the Natural Science for Youth Foundation, 1979-1989
47 - Personal files, including awards, files on Forbes' birding expeditions, correspondence, printed material, and obituary, 1913-2006
48 - Personal files, including printed material; notes and records from personal conservation initiatives; and notes, photographs and records from the 1937 Arctic expedition, 1937-2000
46 - Personal files, including printed material, notes and records from personal conservation initiatives; and awards, 1949-2004
50 - Personal files, including World War II correspondence and publications, unpublished and published manuscripts, and printed material, 1929-1994
51 - Personal writings, 1965-1975
55 - Photographs, 1940-1959
56 - Photographs, 1947-1986
54 - Photographs, 1953-1989
52 - Photographs, negatives and printed material, 1943-1955
58 - Photographs and personal files, 1972-1975
57 - Photographs and personal files, including Arctic expedition files, 1913-1995
49 - Photographs and personal files, including Arctic expedition files, 1936-1998
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