Land, Water, and Environment


Land, Water, and Environment


Environmental history


This collection contains oral history interviews and excerpts that address topics related to land use, water, environmental activism, and natural resources in Central New York State. New items are added on an ongoing basis.


Cooperstown Graduate Program


Cooperstown Graduate Program

Collection Items

John Davis, November 10, 2010
John S. Davis, M.D. was born June 17, 1930 in Buffalo, NY. He grew up Orchard Park, NY. He received his BA from Hamilton College in 1952 and married his college sweetheart, Jean in 1953. He earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1956. After…

Raymond Key, November 16, 2011
Raymond Key was born in Cooperstown, NY in 1935, but first lived in West Edmeston. He moved to Pierstown with his family in 1944 or 1945 and acquired a dairy farm there. He lived with his parents, three brothers, a sister, and a cousin. Key…

Ellen Weir, November 14, 2012
Born in 1951, Ellen Weir grew up in Cooperstown, New York on Nelson Avenue. Ellen was a self-proclaimed “wild child.” She has two brothers. Both her mother and father are deceased. When her parents divorced Ellen moved to California for ten years…

Marion Karl, November 16, 2012
Marion Karl was born in 1928 in India where her parents were working as Baptist missionaries. She and her family returned to the United States from India at the cusp of the Second World War. Mrs. Karl went to Keuka College and Syracuse…

Dorothy Bolton, November 14, 2012
Dorothy Bolton is a lifetime resident of Burlington Flats, New York. She grew up as the daughter of a maple syrup producer and continued her agrarian lifestyle when she married a dairy farmer. Though farming remained a major aspect of Mrs. Bolton's…

Dorothy Hudson, November 16, 2012
Dorothy Hudson, known to friends and family as Dotty, was born on January 16, 1937 and spent her childhood in East Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in microbiology, Dotty married her husband, Charles…

Martha Clarvoe, November 14, 2012
Martha Clarvoe is a prominent member of the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA). Clarvoe was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and later moved with her family to Maryland. In Maryland, Clarvoe attended high school and college. Clarvoe…

Rodney Ingalls, November 10, 2012
Rodney Ingalls and his family have been farming in Hartwick Seminary for almost a century. Mr. Ingalls was born in 1919 on Christian Hill and moved with his father and mother to Hartwick Seminary in 1922 when he was three years old. Mr. Ingall's…

Timothy Kelso, November 14, 2013
Tim Kelso is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, New York. His father was a dairy farmer who was prominent in the community due to his large farm, adoption of new agricultural technologies, political activism, and purchase of Hanford Mills after…

Bill Coleman, November 22, 2013
William Coleman was instrumental in the founding of the Hanford Mills Museum. After securing the loans the museum needed to gain independence, Coleman headed the financial committee for the first few years of the museum's existence. Though at times…
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