A Guide to the Ernest M. Dickerman Papers, 1940-[1962-1999] Dickerman, Ernest M., Papers 3085

A Guide to the Ernest M. Dickerman Papers, 1940-[1962-1999]

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Special Collections
Collection Number 3085


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Repository
Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection number
3085
Title
Ernest M. Dickerman Papers 1940-[1962-1999]
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of three records storage boxes and one Hollinger box.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

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Preferred Citation

The Ernest M. Dickerman Papers, Collection #3085, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection is donated by E.M. Dickerman in Nov. 1994, with several subsequent additions. After his death, two large additions of papers were donated by his nephew and executor, Robert Dickerman.


Biographical/Historical Information

"Grandad of the Eastern Wilderness," Sierra Magazine, Nov/Dec, 1986.

Bolgiano, Chris. The Appalachian Forest, A Search for Roots and Renewal. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1998. Pp. 172-176.

See also the Ernest M. Dickerman oral history conducted by Carrier Library in 1995, and the several newspaper articles and Tribute Book in the Obituaries and Biography folder in Series 2.

Scope and Content Information

Contains a wide variety of materials that document Dickerman's efforts to obtain Congressional designations of Wilderness for various tracts of public land, mostly in Virginia. Also contains papers of the Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC), a grass roots conservation group that Dickerman led. These papers include correspondence, maps, field notes, reports, news clippings, wilderness proposals, minutes, financial statements, newsletters and other materials, 1940 - current, with most materials dating 1962-1999, that document Dickerman's activities as a leader of the movement to designate Wilderness Areas on public lands in the East under the Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Eastern Wilderness Act of 1975. Operating papers of the Virginia Wilderness Committee, a grass roots conservation group of which Dickerman served as president for several years, are also included.

Organization

Series 1. Places and policies. Maps, reports, conference agendas, environmental assessments, congressional testimony, and some correspondence dealing with specific places, topical issues, and policies of public land agencies. The Laurel Fork, VA folders hold the largest body of materials; Laurel Fork was Dickerman's favorite place in VA, and he worked intensively (and successfully) against a proposed gas line through it.

Series 2. Dickerman's professional and personal correspondence. Includes carbon copies of his outgoing letters, original incoming letters, notebooks, texts for speeches, data sheets he composed about various issues, and other items. One folder contains personal Christmas messages, biographical articles, obituaries and remembrances.

Series 3. Virginia Wilderness Committee. Operational documents including minutes, financial reports, newsletters, Virginia Wilderness coalition notes, the 1984 VA Wilderness Bill, and wilderness proposals.

Series 4. Finding Aid to The Wilderness Society Papers, Denver Public Library, CO. Aug. 2000 ed. Includes mention of Dickerman in the staff and correspondence series.

Contents List

Series: 1:Places and policies.
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Alaska - Pipeline, etc. (1971, 73)
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Assateague (1970-74)
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Assorted State Issues (1969?-74)
  • Box-folder 1:4
    Back Creek - Pumped Storage Project (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Back Bay - Vehicular Access Fight (1970-81)
  • Box-folder 1:6
    Back Bay - Wilderness Proposals (1974-78)
  • Box-folder 1:7
    Big Levels/St. Mary's (1972-79)
  • Box-folder 1:8
    Bull Run Mountain (1973)
  • Box-folder 1:9
    Central Atlantic Environmental Center (1972)
  • Box-folder 1:10
    Conservation Council of VA (1971-75)
  • Box-folder 1:11
    Crawford Mountain (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 1:12
    Cumberland Gap (1967; 1972-73)
  • Box-folder 1:13
    Dismal Swamp (1972-75)
  • Box-folder 1:14
    Eastern Wilderness Bill - House (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 1:15
    Eastern Wilderness Bill - Senate (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 1:16
    Eastern Wilderness Bill - Senate Hearings (1973)
  • Box-folder 1:16A
    Eastern Wilderness Bill - Wilderness Areas (1975)
  • Box-folder 1:16B
    Eastern Wilderness Bill - Citizens for Eastern Wilderness Memoranda (1973-75)
  • Box-folder 1:17
    Gathright (1972-73)
  • Box-folder 1:18
    Hipes Dam (1967-72)
  • Box-folder 1:19
    James River Face, Cave Mtn. Lake (1971-74)
  • Box-folder 1:20
    Laurel Fork (1962-74)
  • Box-folder 1:21
    Laurel Fork - Gas Line Proposal (1975-6/95)
  • Box-folder 1:22
    Laurel Fork - Gas Line Proposal (7/95-1996)
  • Box-folder 1:23
    Laurel Fork - Environmental Assessment, Decision Notice, & Responses (1995-97)
  • Box-folder 2:1
    Little River (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 2:2
    Little Stoney (1973)
  • Box-folder 2:3
    Mason Neck (1973)
  • Box-folder 2:4
    Massanutten (1974)
  • Box-folder :
    Mill Creek, see Mountain Lake
  • Box-folder 2:5
    Mt. Pleasant (1985-97)
  • Box-folder 2:6
    Mt. Rogers (1971-77)
  • Box-folder 2:7
    Mountain Lake, Peters Mountain, Mill Creek (1974, 1994)
  • Box-folder 2:8
    National Forests (1969-75, 1982-89; includes 1986 appeal of GWNF plan)
  • Box-folder 2:9
    National Forests - Unit Planning (1972-74)

    Peters Mountain, see Mountain Lake

  • Box-folder 2:10
    Ramsey's Draft (1968? - 79)
  • Box-folder 2:11
    Rich Hole (1973-77)
  • Box-folder 2:12
    Roadless Areas (1991)
  • Box-folder 2:13
    Roadless Areas (1992-94)

    Saint Mary's, see Big Levels

  • Box-folder 2:14
    Salem Church Dam (1971-73)
  • Box-folder 2:15
    Shenandoah Natl. Park Wilderness (1967-73)
  • Box-folder 2:16
    Shenandoah Wilderness (1987, 93; 2001)
  • Box-folder 2:17
    Sierra Club - VA Groups (1973-74)
  • Box-folder 2:18
    VA Environmental Coor. Legislation (1973)
  • Box-folder 2:19
    VA State Parks (1971, 73)
  • Box-folder 2:20
    Wetlands (1970-72)
  • Box-folder 2:21
    Wild Areas Bill (1972)
Series: 2: Dickerman Correspondence and Personal Files
  • Box-folder 2:22-30
    Dickerman Correspondence, 1962, '68, '74;1976-80
  • Box-folder 3:1-9
    Correspondence 1981-98
  • Box-folder 3:10
    Master List of Basic Statements on Wilderness
  • Box-folder 3:11
    Personal letters and items. Contains Christmas messages; series of letters and postcards from Mildred Menard of MA, Sept.-Nov. 1969; biographical articles; cartoon; three two-inch plastic hammers in envelope labeled "The Patent Button Co. of Tenn, Knoxville, Tennessee"; and three photos, 1967 (see top of page for one of two 1967 photos) and 1975. Also includes obituaries and two copies of booklet, "ErnieDickerman,1910-1998:A Tribute," edited by Elizabeth Murray of the VA Wilderness Committee and published by The Wilderness Society, 1999, 75 p., illus.
  • Box-folder 3:12
    Talks by Ernest M. Dickerman
  • Box-folder 3:13
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1965-67)
  • Box-folder 3:14
    TN Citizens for Wilderness Planning (1967-71)
  • Box-folder 3:15
    Wilderness Workshops (1967-68)
  • Box-folder 3:15A
    Dickerman's notebooks, 1966, 1975-76
  • Box-folder 3:15B
    Robert Marshall Wilderness Fund Minutes Book, 1940-1953, 1969
Series: 3: Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC).
  • Box-folder 3:16
    Virginia Wilderness Bill and Hearings, 1984
  • Box-folder 3:17
    VA Wilderness Coalition (1979-87)
  • Box-folder 3:18
    VWC Correspondence (1970-74)
  • Box-folder 3:19
    VWC Finances (1969-98, 2001)
  • Box-folder 3:20
    VWC Hot Line (1971-72)
  • Box-folder 3:21
    VWC Minutes & membership (1971-79)
  • Box-folder 3:22
    VWC Minutes & membership (1980-97)
  • Box-folder 4:1
    VWC Newsletters (1970- 2002) (WVC volunteers have added to this file beyond Dickerman's death)
  • Box-folder 4:2
    Wilderness Proposals, 1970s, 1
  • Box-folder 4:3
    Wilderness Proposals, 1970s, 2
  • Box-folder 4:4
    Wilderness Proposals, 1980s
  • Box-folder 4:5
    Wilderness Proposals, 1990s, 1
  • Box-folder 4:6
    Wilderness Proposals, 1990s, 2
Series: 4: Finding Aid
  • Box-folder 4:7
    Finding Aid to The Wilderness Society Papers, Denver Public Library (Aug. 2000 ed.)