Research

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of subject and correspondence files of the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Typical records include correspondence, briefing documents, reports, meeting files, and other records related to carrying out executive level decision and policy making of the commissioner.

13063-95: This accretion consists of the records (correspondence, memorandums, and reports) of special assistant to the commissioner J. Winthrop Aldrich (1976-1992) and executive deputy commissioner Langdon Marsh (1993-1995). There are references on several boxes to "G. Spielmann" who may have been a DEC staff member at some unidentified level.

13063-95A: This accretion represents the papers of Sharon J. Mauhs, who was Commissioner of the New York State Conservation Department from 1956-1958. The papers are in three groups: subject files (ca. 1955-1958), speech files (1938, 1942-1962; bulk 1955-1958), and clippings and printed matter (1907-1964; bulk 1957-1964). The bulk of the material comes from Mauhs' service as Conservation Commissioner.

The bulk of the subject files contain Mauhs' office records as commissioner starting in 1958; included are correspondence, reports, memorandums, newsletters, brochures, press releases, and other material. Files contain some items dating a year or two prior to his service as commissioner. The speeches are manuscripts, typescripts, reprints, and processed copies, along with some related correspondence, memorandums, and notes. At least half of the speeches were given by Mauhs as commissioner; the others appear to be political or civic in nature. The news clippings and unrelated printed materials are in addition to those included in the subject files.

13063-96: The bulk of this accretion consists of interdepartmental memorandums, correspondence between members of the executive office, and correspondence with other state agencies, private and public groups, and individual members of the public. Correspondence concerns such topics as waste recycling, refuse disposal, health issues, protection of natural resources, cleanup of hazardous waste sites, and the regulation of hunting and fishing.

13063-09, 13063-10: These accretions consist of files created by the office of Commissioner Erin M. Crotty, who served from March 2001-February 2005. Commissioner Crotty was appointed by Governor George Pataki, and was the first female commissioner of the Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

13063-14: This accretion consists of the subject and correspondence files of Commissioners Henry Williams, Thomas Jorling, Langdan Marsh, Michael Zagata, and John Cahill dating from 1986-2000. The records include correspondence to the governor, legislators, state and federal agencies and local officials, and to the general public. Additional records include meeting files, memorandums, orders, and decisions. The records cover environmental topics such as education, solid and hazardous material, air pollution, compliance, fish and wildlife protection, and global warming.