Zuckerman Archive: Conservation Foundation

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1187 SZ/CF
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      4 boxes; 11 files; 3 linear feet

Scope and Content

The file of correspondence with Fairfield Osborn (SZ/CF/1) includes a letter written to Zuckerman by Dr Osborn's father, Henry Fairfield Osborn of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, 14 November 1933, discussing Zuckerman's recently-published book Functional Affinities of Man, Monkeys, and Apes. The files of correspondence with later Presidents of the Foundation, Samuel H. Ordway and Russell Train, are slight and formal in nature.

The first sub-file of correspondence with Dr Robert Snider (SZ/CF/4/1) is concerned with Foundation business and in particular the Caribbean Commission Conference on demographic problems; the next (SZ/CF/4/2) relates to International Population Research, a consultancy service established by Dr Snider. The third (SZ/CF/4/3), relates to an International Indian Ocean Expedition, sponsored by the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU) Special Committee on Oceanic Research; Robert Snider was Coordinator of the Expedition.

The file on the Caribbean Commission Conference on Demographic Problems, 1957, consists of copies of the report of the conference and some of the papers presented, and a variety of background publications on population, human fertility, and demography. Zuckerman attended the Conference in an official capacity at the request of the Colonial Office.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Conservation Foundation was incorporated in 1948 in New York, moving to Washington DC in 1965. It was established as a non-profit organization financed by grant-aid, conducting research and providing consultancy services in the fields of ecology, conservation, resource management, planning, law, education and other disciplines. The Foundation was the creation of Dr Fairfield Osborn. Fair Osborn and Solly Zuckerman had mutual interests in wildlife and zoos, the use and conservation of natural resources, and population studies. By 1954 Zuckerman had been appointed to the Foundation's Advisory Council.


  • SZ/CF/1 Correspondence with Dr Fairfield Osborn, 1933, 1951-1968
  • SZ/CF/2 Correspondence with Samuel H. Ordway Jr, 1962-63, 1965
  • SZ/CF/3 Correspondence with Russell E. Train, 1969
  • SZ/CF/4 Correspondence with Dr Robert G. Snider, 1953-1962, 1972, 1978 [in three sub-files]
  • SZ/CF/5 Miscellaneous papers, 1957-1966
  • SZ/CF/6 Annual reports, 1952-57, 1962, 1966-68, 1972
  • SZ/CF/7 Mid-season summary of activities, 1955-56, 1958, 1960
  • SZ/CF/8 CF letter, 1967-69
  • SZ/CF/9 Bulletin of Conservation Education, 1961-64, 1966-68
  • SZ/CF/10 Miscellaneous publications, 1958-1967
  • SZ/CF/11 Caribbean Commission Conference on the Demographic Problems of the Area Served by the Caribbean Commission, Trinidad, July 25 - August 2, 1957, 1957 [in two sub-files]

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