Fletcher Steele Collection
Born in Rochester, New York, Fletcher Steele (1885-1971) enrolled the new program in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University in 1907. While only mildly successful in the academic realm, his talents were recognized by Warren Manning, one of America's foremost landscape designers at the time. In 1908, Manning persuaded Steele to leave Harvard and come work for him at his Boston office. Never looking back, Steele embarked on a career that would make him one of the most prolific and successful designers of the 20th Century.
What Fletcher Steele represents to the profession of landscape architecture is a bridge between two different design periods. He was trained in the ideas of Beaux Arts classicism, yet he had a yearning to abandon its formulaic methods in favor of art. His clients had particular demands, and Steele was forced to compromise between the classical and the modern. His designs mingle in both camps. While many classical elements served as inspiration for his ideas, he customized them to fit the unique situations of his client's designs. This process tended to result in very idiosyncratic gardens. The clients ultimate pleasure of the garden came from the fact that it was exactly what they wanted, and more.
Roosevelt Wild Life Station Collection
The Roosevelt Wild Life Station was established by an act of the New York State Legislature in 1919 to memorialize Theodore Roosevelt as a wildlife conservationist. The Station was established at the College of Forestry at Syracuse University (now SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) through the efforts of Dr. Charles C. Adams, who was a professor of forest zoology at the College and went on to become Director of the New York State Museum in Albany.
Items in the Roosevelt Wild Life Station (RWLS) Image Collection were produced by RWLS staff and researchers. Many of the photographs were used in the Station’s publications of Annals and Bulletins. The subjects of these photographs include: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone National Park, North American wildlife, and more. The Terrence J. Hoverter College Archives at SUNY ESF houses over 12,000 photographs and corresponding negatives from the Roosevelt Wild Life Station.