Boone and Crockett Club Donates Historic Archives to University

Boone and Crockett Club Donates Historic Conservation Archives to University of Montana

Boone and Crockett Club
Boone and Crockett Club

MISSOULA, Mont.— -( The Boone and Crockett Club has donated its collection of historic files, letters and photographs to the University of Montana in Missoula. These archival materials will be housed at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and available for anyone researching America’s conservation history.

“This collection not only represents the history of the Boone and Crockett Club but the history of the conservation movement itself,” said Tony Schoonen, chief of staff for the Club, which is headquartered in Missoula. “By partnering with our trusted friends at the University of Montana, not only will this cherished collection remain close to home but also be open to those who want to learn about an integral and important part of this nation’s history.”

The Club was founded in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt to address declines in wildlife populations. It was the first hunter-conservationist organization in of its kind. George Bird Grinnell, John Lacey, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold and other early conservation leaders served as members. The Club remains active today and continues to help shape almost every major conservation effort in North America.

“We are thrilled this material is coming to The University of Montana. This is a collection of national significance and we’re proud the Club chose to place their records at UM,” said Donna McCrea, university archivist.

She added, “There should be some really amazing stuff in there. Part of the reason they are turning things over to us is to really find out what they have. It’s a big collection and it may take us a year to really go through it and get it fully organized and catalogued.”

Boone and Crockett historian Leonard Wurman said, “The Club researched a number of nationally acknowledged archival institutions and was delighted to find the one we wanted right in our own backyard in Missoula. It is important to the Club that these materials be easily available to those researching America’s conservation history.”

In 1992, the Club established an endowed chair in wildlife biology at the University of Montana to teach classes and conduct research both on campus and at the Club’s 6,000-acre Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Dupuyer, Mont. Boone and Crockett has used this model to establish endowed chairs at other universities around the nation.

In addition to fostering academic scholarship and advancing conservation, the Club also maintains hunting records of native North American big game as a vital conservation tool for assessing the success of wildlife management programs.

About the Boone and Crockett Club
Founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, the Boone and Crockett Club promotes guardianship and visionary management of big game and associated wildlife in North America. The Club maintains the highest standards of fair-chase sportsmanship and habitat stewardship, and is the universally recognized keeper of the records of native North American big game. Member accomplishments include protecting Yellowstone and establishing Glacier and Denali national parks, founding the National Forest Service, National Park Service and National Wildlife Refuge System, fostering the Pittman-Robertson and Lacey Acts, creating the Federal Duck Stamp program, and developing the cornerstones of modern game laws. The Boone and Crockett Club is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For details, visit

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Mark H. Jones, Ph. D.

I am the Connecticut State Archivist at the State Library in Hartford. I am in the process of doing research on Frederic Collin Walcott (1869-1949), a leading conservationist of his era who was admitted tothe club in 1913. In the 1940’s, he served as the organizastion’s president and I believe was on the Club’s finance committee. I regret that I cannot travel to Missoula and do research in the Club’s records. At this point, I am trying to find out what apex mammal Walcott brought down in order to qualify for membership. Is there any way that this question could… Read more »